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Vote for Leeds community as friendliest in the UK

Hope you are all keeping safe and well. I have worked for the university in various roles for 20 years and have always been a community person at heart. I have become involved in the campaign to have Eden Crescent, a community close to the university, recognised as one of the UK’s friendliest streets, and hopefully to win the top spot.

We are currently in the top 10 for the UK’s friendliest street and this isn’t by coincidence or the fact that our street wanted to enter the competition.

We set up a WhatsApp group and have nearly 100 households on there all offering support practically, physically or emotionally. As a street we have a great sense of community and this has really come to the fore during the lockdown period.

We have a community of great people and as with all streets across Leeds, a diverse mix of people which really makes us unique in my mind. We have seen coverage in the Yorkshire Evening Post which has also run stories on how the university has supported the NHS and other key workers.

Currently, we have a weekly foodbank collection for a different charity each week and we have some great sewers making scrub bags, masks and PPE and this sits nicely alongside our own university commitment to supporting our NHS key workers.

We have also focussed on both adult and children’s mental health by undertaking numerous activities for the kids and adults alike.

One of our “Cresidents” as we are known ran an amazing distance of 60 miles in 24 hours with all proceeds going to mental health charities, and this has been backed up by table top sales and other great initiatives.

We have had rainbow painting, teddy bear hunts wildlife hunts and quizzes and much more to help in the home schooling endeavours, and a great community table for resource sharing.

Our great community of people at Leeds Beckett is reflected in the great community of people on the Crescent and sharing, caring and supporting not only those in need is at the heart of what we do both directly within the university community and locally. Many new ways of working have emerged and we have all adapted to the new normal so to speak.

Voting has now ended. 


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