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Kickstarting action to end violence against women

TODAY – November 25 – kickstarts Turning Lives Around’s 16 Days of Action to end violence against women to mark White Ribbon Day ’21. Colleagues across TLA offices and residential …

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New manager for support scheme for women drinkers

Turning Lives Around’s unique service, which helps women drinkers in need to reduce their alcohol intake and get their lives back on track, has appointed a new manager as it marks its 25th anniversary. Carr Beck was …

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Day trip to Brid banishes Covid blues

Clear skies and soaring temperatures helped banish the Covid blues when Sustain Wakefield service users and staff had their long-awaited day out to Bridlington. The day trip was organised by Sustain Volunteer …

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Funding boosts support for domestic abuse survivors

Support for survivors of domestic abuse is being stepped up after a successful bid by Turning Lives Around to secure funding to the tune of more than £80,000. The funding, which was awarded by Leeds City …

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Art and gardening put life into living for recovering Adrian

A love of art and gardening is giving Adrian Atkinson a foothold on a normal life after mental illness combined with alcohol and drug misuse saw him plummeting into debt and homelessness. Now he’s looking to help …

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Deepening our safeguarding knowledge during awareness week

At Turning Lives Around, we are all too aware of the harsher side of life, working daily with people of all ages with multiple complex needs due, all too often, to the hand life has dealt them. Safeguarding, i.e. …

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Supporting homeless young people through Lockdown

If you thought being locked down with one or two teenagers or young adults was a challenge, then you will be taking your hat off to the staff at Our Way Leeds Emergency Accommodation. Run by Turning Lives Around in …

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Businesswoman Gill joins TLA

Turning Lives Around’s newest trustee joins the organisation with a wealth of experience working with charities, plus PR and marketing skills to boot! Gill Laidler is a local businesswoman whose businesses …

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Virtually supporting each other through the Pandemic

As our way of life cautiously begins to reopen, a group of people with complex needs in Wakefield have reflected on the mutual support they have given each other online during repeated lockdowns. Sustain …

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New trustee boosts communications expertise

Following the recruitment of Sarah Griffin, Turning Lives Around has added communications and marketing expertise to its Board of Trustees.  Currently Communications Director at a Leeds hospital charity, …

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Musical tone to day-out fundraising

Fundraising for a day-out to Bridlington for a group of vulnerable people from Wakefield at risk of homelessness has taken on a musical note. SUSTAIN Wakefield - which works with vulnerable adults, couples and …

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Rising to the Challenge: International Women's Day 2021

Team members across Turning Lives Around are taking to Zoom today to take part in a virtual female-focused quiz and coffee morning to mark International Women’s Day 2021. This annual global event aims to celebrate the …

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Grant for IT boosts Pandemic support

A £30,000 grant is enabling Turning Lives Around to boost the support it is able to provide some of Leeds’ and Wakefield’s most vulnerable people in housing need during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Working …

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Raising funds to bring Christmas cheer

THE festive season kicked off in fundraising style for staff at Turning Lives Around with a morning of Christmas themed online activities. Starting with a fitness workout, the morning included a Christmas Quiz, Festive …

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Enabling unemployed to create their own careers

WAKEFIELD’S long term unemployed are being encouraged to overcome barriers to employment by creating their own careers. Sustain Wakefield, part of Turning Lives Around, has secured £20,000 from the …

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Counselling support for vulnerable in housing need

PEOPLE at risk of homelessness in Wakefield are now able to access counselling thanks to a new partnership between a housing support charity and the local college. Sustain Wakefield, part of Yorkshire charity Turning …

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Helping Leeds’ hidden homeless women

HOMELESSNESS amongst women in Leeds is on the increase as more and more fall prey to domestic abuse, low incomes and alcohol or substance misuse. The overall age of those finding themselves without a roof over their heads …

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Supporting an end to violence against women

2020 has seen us having to hide behind closed door in fear of coronavirus and spreading it to our loved ones. But what if the fear from within is greater than that posed outside and our so called ‘loved one’ are the …

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Welcome for returning trustee

A West Yorkshire charity which works to prevent homelessness amongst the most vulnerable in society is celebrating National Trustees Week by welcoming back Mike White.  Mike first joined Turning Lives …

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Homes and support for Leeds’ homeless women

HOMELESS women in Leeds with a history of multiple complex needs are being given the chance of a home of their own and support to change their lives around. Turning Lives Around has joined forces with Leeds Action to Create …

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Supporting the homeless 10 years on

HOMELESSNESS remains a growing issue today with younger people and more women finding themselves without roofs over their heads. Drug abuse is still a concern with increasing prevalence of Spice and New Psychoactive …

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Mini fundraisers big support for TLA

A LEEDS primary school created 34 Christmas gift bags to help Turning Lives Around clients enjoy the festive season.  The 12 children from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School who are part of a group called …

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Royal Mail bumps up funds

STAFF and managers at Royal Mail delivery office Wakefield have dug deep this December and donated £200 to Sustain Wakefield.  The funding will help towards the costs of a summer trip aimed at reducing loneliness …

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Santa schoolboy’s support for the homeless

AN 11-year-old Leeds schoolboy has pulled out all the stops to ensure vulnerable homeless people have a happier Christmas this year. Josh Marshall raised £153 through donations from friends, family and his …

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Good Places Leeds

  Good Places Leeds Leeds Housing Conference   Nexus University of Leeds Tuesday, January 14th To reserve your FREE place please follow this link. This conference will bring …

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TLA develop strategy growth with three key appointments

A YORKSHIRE charity committed to preventing homelessness is adding to its management team with three new appointments. Turning Lives Around (TLA) works with people to prevent homelessness and empower them to change …

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TLA Christmas Appeal 2019

On Christmas Day our schemes will be full of people making the first steps to starting new lives. A gift bag could help them get through what can be a tough day for many people. We fill each one with warm socks or gloves, something …

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Wellbeing walk boosts employee welfare

HOUSING support workers in Wakefield have taken to the great outdoors in a bid to improve their personal wellbeing. Ten team members from Sustain Wakefield, a housing related support service funded by Wakefield Council …

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Seacole Earns Digital Grant

THE 21st century is digital and now thanks to a grant from Leeds City Council’s Digital Inclusion Scheme 100% Digital Leeds, Turning Lives Around is helping more people go online. Turning Lives Around has been …

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Donations support new skills

POSITIVE  mental health is vital for our customers as they rebuild their lives.  Thanks to a summer of fund raising it will be top of the agenda for our Wakefield SUSTAIN setting. A Northern Soul Night and …

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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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