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TLA CEO shortlisted in Leadership Awards

TURNING Lives Around CEO, Janet Spencer has been short listed for the inaugural Northern Leadership Awards in the Third Sector category. This award recognises that leaders are being challenged to achieve more with …

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Turning Lives Around consortia wins MoJ contract

Turning Lives Around is one of three partners in a Yorkshire consortium awarded a contract by the Ministry of Justice to tackle re-offending. A three-year pilot, the consortia led by Foundation UK with partners TLA and …

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Northern Soul Night for Homelessness Charity

CARAVANNERS know how to party and are set to rock Knaresborough at the end of August with a Northern Soul night to raise funds for the homeless. Holiday home owners of the Lido Leisure Park on the Wetherby Road were inspired …

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Sweeping up thanks to charity donation!

LEEDS based social enterprise, Clean Start, will be sweeping up thanks to a recent commendation and charity donation. The cleaning, clearance and decorating specialist business which celebrates its tenth …

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Overcoming alcohol abuse to paint a brighter future

RIA Smith has overcome years of alcohol abuse to fix her sights firmly on the future. She has her own tenancy for a flat she shares with one-year-old French bulldog / chihuahua cross Lula, a part time job and is about to enrol …

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Safeguarding is everyone's business

SAFEGUARDING can make a huge difference to the lives and outcomes of the people that Turning Lives Around supports. ‘Safeguarding is Everyone’s business’ is the theme for this year.   To …

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Bake off for Volunteering Day

OUR Wakefield Pathways Sustain celebrated National Volunteering Day with a series of events which recognised the contribution that have helped us make such a big difference in a short time. Just over a year after …

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Running for Fun!

FUN and run aren’t in the same sentence for many people but for David Allman running 10k in local races gives him the chance to support our Sustain Wakefield housing related support service. By day, David, works as a …

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Social Enterprise gives serial hoarders a Clean Start

EVERYONE loathes the prospect of cleaning.  But while most of us will simply pull on some rubber gloves and an apron the team at social enterprise, Clean Start, need full body protection to tackle some of the UK’s …

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Social Enterprise aims to move up a gear in tenth anniversary year

DESPITE almost full employment work remaining elusive for many people, particularly those at the margins of society, ten years ago, a Leeds charity decided to tackle the problem head on. Turning Lives …

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Handyman helps social enterprise grow

A social enterprise which is ten years old is celebrating with two new employees and giving one mature worker a second lease of life thanks to a grant from PATH Yorkshire. Stephen Stainforth thought he would never work …

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Turning Lives Around backs Homelessness Charter

TURNING Lives Around took part in the official launch of the Leeds Homelessness Charter last week, a joint initiative between Leeds City Council, statutory organisations and the third  sector. The initiative …

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Man’s best friend to tackle homelessness?

TACKLING entrenched homelessness is complex, particularly when a street sleeper’s only friend is a dog.  Persuading them to leave their best friend behind is often the barrier to them leaving the …

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Turning Lives Around Appoints Property Manager

YORKSHIRE based housing charity, Turning Lives Around has appointed a property manager after gaining new contracts. Matt Harmon joins the organisation, which operates across West Yorkshire, as it launches further …

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2019 celebrates how far women have come, whilst highlighting how much more can be done to create a balanced society and workplace. To honour those women from history, science, popular …

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Board Member Vacancies

TURNING Lives Around is a pioneering charity which works to prevent homelessness among the most vulnerable members of society. Brave, and not afraid to take risks it has evolved from a small organisation housing a few …

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Painting the rooms orange, green and blue thanks to donation

A supported accommodation service for young people has painted its rooms orange, green, blue and purple thanks to a £250 donation from Leeds Housing Options fund raising. The teenaged residents at Seacole were so …

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Children's Mental Health Week 2019

Turning Lives Around are supporting Children’s Mental Health Week Feb 4-10 with an open day to showcase improvements they have made to their Seacole scheme in Chapeltown and help raise awareness for vulnerable young …

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Seacole's Kerri Walker shortlisted for award

Turning Lives Around’s Seacole team member – Kerri Walker - has been nominated for a Child Friendly Leeds Award in the Adult Making a Difference category! Kerri has received city-wide recognition for her …

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Seacole login and become Digital Champions

LEARNING new skills helps our clients to turn their lives around and today we live in a  fast paced digital environment where people need to be able to access information quickly. Many of the young people at our …

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Carr Beck talks to BBC Radio Leeds

WE all enjoy a glass or two of wine at Christmas and most of us are able to control the amount we drink.   Spare a thought this Christmas for those who don't. Research revealed recently that young women are …

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LEEDS ACTS supports City's bid for food sustainability bronze status

LEEDS Food Partnership launched its bid for bronze level food sustainability backed by Leeds Academic Collaboration for the Third Sector (LeedsACTS!) on 22nd November. FoodWise is based on six key themes which …

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Turning Lives Around Backs White Ribbon Day

Turning Lives Around are backing the White Ribbon UK’s White Ribbon Day in a bid to raise awareness and help end violence against women. White Ribbon UK are encouraging men across the country to take part in 16 …

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Beacon Appeal for Christmas Goodie Bags

CHRISTMAS can be particularly difficult for the homeless.  To spread some seasonal cheer the team at a Leeds organisation is appealing for goodie bags to give to clients for Christmas. Beacon is a consortium of …

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STEP funding helps Clean Start grow again

Our successful social enterprise is growing again thanks to the support of PATH (Yorkshire) Skills Training Enterprise Programme. They have awarded us a grant of £5000 to help find another part time worker for 25 …

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Warming up for World Homelessness Day

To mark World Homelessness Day last month our team at Francis House spent a night on the streets in solidarity with those who have no choice and to find out first hand how tough it can be. During one of the …

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Turning Lives Around works in partnership with Leeds City Council on Street Support Scheme

Turning Lives Around has joined Leeds City Council's Street Support Scheme to tackle entrenched rough sleeping. Ben Mayor has been seconded to the council's Safer Leeds team to work on the year long Government …

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Marking World Homeless Day

                        SLEEPING OUT FOR WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY PREVENTING  homelessness  is key to our ethos of helping people turn their lives …

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Flowerpots blossoms after OFSTED success

  Flowerpots opens its doors to new students this September as it flourishes following its OFSTED success. Providing day care for up to 40 children at any one time, the Beeston Nursery accepts children aged …

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Carr Beck celebrates Turning Lives Around

CARR Beck is a unique wet hostel for women that since it started 22 years ago has helped countless women turn their lives around. The aim is always to help each individual to reduce their dependency on alcohol or give it up …

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2018 Safeguarding Success

Turning Lives Around (TLA) successfully promoted Safeguarding Week (25 June to 1 July) with a series of events to highlight how it is tackling abuse and how others can take action. Using locations across the …

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2018 Safeguarding Week

Turning Lives Around (TLA) is promoting Safeguarding Week (25 June to 1 July) with a series of events to highlight how it is tackling abuse and how others can take action. Using locations across the organisation staff and …

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Turning Lives Around puts Housing First for women sex workers

LEEDS based housing charity, Turning Lives Around, has pioneered a new scheme that will enable on-street sex workers to secure and maintain permanent accommodation which will help to improve the communities where they …

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Beacon Housing on the move

BEACON is moving home to provide a better service for all our clients and be part of the Leeds City Council Housing team in Merrion House. The move is part of the Turning Lives Around ambition to prevent homelessness as …

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Dual success for Turning Lives Around

TURNING Lives Around has scored a double success for 24-year-old Ria thanks to our Carr Beck and Clean Start projects. At a low ebb after a relationship turned sour Ria turned to drink and started going out in the city mixing …

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Flowerpots Blooms with Ofsted

We always knew that we provided first class child care at Flowerpots Day Nursery, but now it’s official thanks to our OFSTED GOOD accreditation. At its first OFSTED inspection the Beeston nursery was rated as GOOD …

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Clean Start Gets £15,000 For Paint Jobs

Turning Lives Around deep clean and hoarding service, Clean Start, has been given a £15,000 grant to expand and develop its decorating services. The cash has been given by Leeds Community Foundation Ideas that …

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TLA set to sustain Wakefield

Turning Lives Around (TLA) has been appointed the sole provider of The Housing Sustainment Pathway in Wakefield, the first time the organisation has won a contract outside Leeds. Sustain Wakefield will help people to …

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