Leeds Cab Drivers Project
The Leeds Cab Drivers project (2012) is a Pfizer funded intervention that engages with taxi companies to deliver a culturally appropriate health education programme targeting South Asian male taxi drivers, a group which suffers high levels of chronic disease due to sedentary lifestyles, poor diet, long working hours and stress. The 12 week programme, which is based on the Active Lifestyle Model (recognised by British Heart Foundation as a model of good practice) uses sport, culture and the arts to disseminate positive health messages while simultaneously getting people involved within physical activity. Institute staff are working with Hamara to explore the potential effects of the intervention on the health behaviours of cab drivers and their families.
Haamla is part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and provides a unique service with essential ante-natal and post-natal support for women from Black and Minority Ethnic communities (including asylum seekers and refugees). Staff from the University have worked with Haamla since 2009, facilitated two "Vision for Haamla" events which brought together professionals, service users and partners to provide feedback on the achievements of the service and help identify a vision for strengthening the service. Leeds Beckett University acts as an independent facilitator, supporting a partnership forum and disseminating information about Haamla.