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Dying Matters Week Community Events – 13-19 May 2019

Every year in May, Dying Matters Leeds host an Awareness Week, which gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the local agenda. This year’s theme is ‘Are You Ready?’

The Dying Matters Leeds Partnership is a co-ordinated citywide campaign to open the conversation with local communities in Leeds about death, dying and loss and to enable people to plan for the last years of their life. This year for the second time Dying Matters Leeds opened a Community Grant Fund for groups across the city to apply for up to £200 to hold an event during Dying Matters Week. This year Leeds Bereavement Forum has administrated the grants on behalf of the Dying Matters Leeds Partnership. An Event Booklet is available to download which is also available in hard copy from Leeds Bereavement Forum.

2019 Events*

Friday 10 May

Event | All That Lives, Feasts
Time | 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Location | 11 Merrion Way Unit 6, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8BT
Organisation | The Grief Series
Cost | £15 (£10 for concessions)
More Information | Leeds International Festival

Join acclaimed artists from Mexico’s the Faro De Oriente and Leeds’ very own Ellie Harrison for a feast and a sneak-peek at their latest collaboration. Raise a glass of Mezcal, eat a menu that combines the best of Leeds and Mexico and see the brightly coloured sculptures the artists have created with people from across Yorkshire. We think food has the ability to open up difficult conversations around death in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.


Monday 13 – Saturday 18 May

Event | Finding Clarity in Loss – An Exhibition
Time | 10am – 5.30pm
Location | Leeds University Union Foyer, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JZ
Organisation | Bereaved and Young Student Network
More Information | luubaysn@gmail.com

Bereaved Student Network presents a creative exhibition on death and grief. Original work by students on these themes will be displayed together with an interactive opportunity for personal reflection. The exhibition will be accompanied by a talk, poetry reading and live music on Friday 17 May at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 May

Event | My Last Wishes Cafe
Time | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Location | St Andrews Church, Robin Lane, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 7BR
Organisation | Pudsey Live at Home Scheme
More Information | sandra.clibbens@mha.org.uk or 0113 256 2717

Come along to My Last Wishes Cafe, there will be free refreshments and cakes. Free booklet to take away with you which you can fill in with your last wishes. There will be a local solicitor and funeral director available for any questions you may have.

Event | Dying Matters Lunch
Time | 12pm – 2pm
Location | Kentmere Community Centre, Kentmere Avenue, Leeds LS14 1BW
Organisation | North Seacroft Good Neighbours
More Information | Carol.NSGN@outlook.com or 0113 232 3662

A local gathering for older people to share a healthy well balanced meal and freely discuss the importance of being able to choose what they want when it comes to the later stages of their lives and beyond in a safe and supportive environment


Tuesday 14 May

Event | Death – coming ready or not
Time | 10am – 3pm
Location | Leeds Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7HY
Organisation | Dying Matters Leeds Partnership
More Information | agefriendly@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 378 3831

Listen to a New Orleans Jazz Band, find out about wills, estate planning, lasting powers of attorney and end of life planning, colour a coffin, become an organ donor, sing along with a gospel choir and visit one of many information stalls.

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Wednesday 15 May

*** Unfortunately the event at Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid has been cancelled ***

Event | Dying Matters
Time | 12.30pm – 3pm
Location | The 59 Centre, 59 Belle Isle Circus, Belle Isle, Leeds LS10 3DU
Organisation | Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid
More Information | info@belleisle.org.uk or 0113 277 8208

We know this can be a difficult subject for many people to talk about, so we are giving everyone the opportunity to come together and view some short films from Dying Matters. We will facilitate discussion and give you your personal form to record your own wishes; take it home, complete and agree the form and then seal it and keep it in a safe place or give it to a loved one for when the time comes.

Event | Compassionate Community – Are We Ready?
Time | 10.30am – 12.30pm
Location | Central Methodist Church, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4AH
Organisation | MHA Horsforth Live At Home Scheme
More Informationhorsforthliveathome@mha.org.uk or 0113 259 1511

We will provide a platform for a compassionate community, bringing organisations and ideas together under the theme Are We Ready? These will include Joseph Geldart & Sons Funeral Directors, Pudsey Legal, Manse Financial Advisers, Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, Cruse Bereavement, Carers Leeds and Horsforth Churches Together. You will have the opportunity to join in with activities including starting your family tree, memory boxes, life books and contribute to our art feature. Refreshments will be provided.


Thursday 16 May

Event | The Tree of Life
Time | 10am – 12pm
Location | 6-8 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PT
Organisation | Carers Leeds
More Information | susan.sutton@carersleeds.org.uk or 07539 101014

A creative art workshop led by Ali Smith, Carer Support Worker and Therapeutic Artist. The workshop will be based on the image The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt, a symbolic image connecting life and death and heaven and earth. The image will be a starting point for participants to add design elements in the form of leaves/fruit/birds/blossoms or other imagery representing those they have lost. The workshop is open to current and former carers.

Event | Death Café
Time | 10.30am – 11.30am
Location | Horsforth Library, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5BL
Organisation | Leeds Bereavement Forum & Leeds Libraries
More Information | info@lbforum.org.uk or 0113 225 3975

At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Library staff will also be offering a vast array of books available to loan relating to death, dying and bereavement and free  refreshments will be available.

Event | Dying Matters Lunch
Time | 12pm
Location | Seacroft Methodist Hall, York Road, Leeds LS14 6BJ
Organisation | South Seacroft Friends & Neighbours
More Information | ssfn@btconnect.com or 0113 273 4979

We will provide a two-course lunch for older people in the Seacroft community, inviting a guest speaker and having information available to support Dying Matters Week.


Friday 17 May

Event | Dying Matters in Café Leep
Time | 10am – 3pm
Location | Café Leep, Unit A1, Unity Business Centre, 26 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS7 1AB
Organisation | Café Leep
More Information | manager@leep1.co.uk or 0113 243 9477

In the morning we will have a session to make memory boxes. In the afternoon we will be running a session on how to make a will, why it is important to make a will and to have support around the grieving process and offering some easy read booklets as handouts.  This support is important to help the person with a learning disability understand the written content and also to give them the opportunity to talk about the person who has died, their feelings and to ask any questions they may have

*Please note: All details correct at time of going to print. Please check with organisers to confirm.

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