Firefighters and nurses join forces to prevent falls

    Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to support vulnerable people across the district who are at an increased risk of falling.

    The Trust has embarked on an 18 month project to train all firefighters across Bradford and Airedale to identify people aged over 65 who are at risk of falling as part of their routine Safe and Well Checks, to increase fire safety.

    The training will give firefighters the knowledge to identify people who may be at risk of a fall and offer advice to people in their homes to prevent falls from happening such as moving furniture and rugs which could cause a fall. Those people who are at risk of a fall are then referred by the firefighters to the Care Trust’s district nursing team to receive the help and support they need.

    Rachel Morris, Falls Prevention Nurse at the Trust who is delivering the training, said: “Over 25,000 people each year in the Bradford district have at least one fall. Out of this number 578 are admitted to hospital as a result of a hip fracture and 2,600 attend hospital as a result of a fracture.

    Leon Dentico, Neil Rhodes from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Jo Corbett, Rachel Morris, Jacqueline Critchlow, District Nurse from Bradford District Care Foundation Trust

    “By working together with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service we are now able to identify vulnerable people which we might not be aware of and offer help and support to prevent falls which could result in a serious injury or hospital stay.”

    The project is based on a successful six month pilot in Keighley run by the Care Trust with the Fire Service which saw 80 people undertake a falls screening assessment to identify people at risk of a fall, of those 46 referrals were made to the Trust’s District Nursing team.

    One of those referrals was for Jean*, aged 84, who was not known to Trust services before the Safe and Well Check. The district nurse visited Jean and found she had an undiagnosed condition called postural hypotension. This means that if *Jean stood up too quickly her blood pressure would drop and result in her becoming dizzy or lightheaded and potentially fall. Jean* received medication to support her condition and balance and exercise classes.

    Jo Corbett, Team Leader for Silsden District Nursing Team at the Care Trust, said: “When we receive a referral we visit people in their homes to look in depth at any factors that have or could cause a fall such as medication people are taking, high or low blood pressure, any infections a person may have that could cause them to lose balance and also potential hazards such as furniture and wires which need moving. We can also suggest further support for people such as eye tests and physiotherapy.”

    Chris Kirby, the Area Manager for Fire Safety for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “When firefighters visit people in their homes for Safe and Well checks across Bradford and Airedale to discuss fire safety they also will give basic advice on falls and see which people could be at risk of a fall. We can identify issues at an early stage which can reduce the likelihood of people being admitted to hospital by putting preventative measures in place.”

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    Community organisations are getting together to host Great Get Together with a Big Iftar in memory of the late MP Jo Cox

    The event, which takes place on Sunday 18 June at City Park in Bradford is being hosted by Muslim Women’s Council in partnership with Bradford Council, MyLahore, Martin House Hospice, Bradford Council for Mosques, Bradford Reform Synagogue, Touchstone Bradford, Wellsprings Together Bradford and Carlisle Business Centre.

    The Great Get Together is a joint initiative between More in Common, led by Brendan Cox (husband of the late Jo Cox MP) and Eden Communities who organise the annual Big Lunch. The initiative has been organised in memory of Jo Cox MP, who was killed on 16 June 2016. Her husband, Brendan and friends want to remember Jo by communities coming together.

    The date for the event this year falls within Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. To take account of this The Big Iftar has partnered with The Great Get Together to make it a truly inclusive event.

    Chief Executive of Muslim Woman’s Council Bana Gora said: “In the spirit of the unity Jo Cox lived and died for, the Muslim Women’s Council has worked in partnership with Bradford Council, MyLahore, Martin House Hospice, Bradford Council for Mosques, Bradford Reform Synagogue, Touchstone Bradford, Wellsprings Together Bradford and Carlisle Business Centre, and Noor Ul Islam Mosque, pulling together people from all corners and from all walks of life. On Sunday, Bradfordians of all faiths and none can share a meal with their fellow Muslim who will break their fast as the sun goes down.

    “There is so much to be worried about. Our small blue and green planet really does feel like it is hurtling down a rabbit hole of chaos. As much as it pains us that we had to lose Jo in order to launch such a beautiful event, we cannot ever forget that, as Jo said herself in her maiden speech to parliament, there is more that unites us than divides us, even if what unites us is a simple love of food”

    Chris Verney, community fundraiser for Martin House, said: “At Martin House we value the importance of sharing food together and the sense of community it brings – every day our families and care team eat their meals together, and the kitchen is at the heart of the hospice. Currently around a third of the children and young people we care for come from the Bradford area, which includes support at our hospice, in hospital and in their own homes. So we are delighted to be partner in Bradford’s Big Iftar and share in this community celebration.”

    Bradford’s Great Get Together and Big Iftar will take place on Sunday 18th June in City Park from 8pm – 10pm. Please let us know if you can join us for delicious food, inspirational speeches and a lot more!

    Bring along your prayer mats. Refreshments will be served at iftar (breaking of the fast) and there is lots of free street parking available.

    Email  or call 01274 223230.

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    Seventy years on: Peace after Partition

    August 2017 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Indian partition, the birth of two separate countries: India and Pakistan, before a further split after the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. The 1947 partition is one of the largest migrations ever recorded in history. Not only did this transform the landscape of South Asia, but the consequences are still affecting the lives of millions of people today, which includes communities who migrated to the UK.

    To chronicle these events and to share the experiences of Partition, the Peace Museum has put together an exhibition titled Peace After Partition. The exhibition will aim to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the event, showcasing a collection of stories and artefacts and will also include invitations for school, youth and elderly groups to participate in workshops.

    Launching on 14 June 2017, and running till 29 September 2017, the Peace Museum will offer a guided tour and Bradford residents will be encouraged to document their own family histories relating to Partition, share stories of peaceful reactions between communities in response to the violence that erupted, and map their migrations from South Asia.

    Diversity Development Officer, Samayya Afzal, said “this will be an opportunity for South Asians and non-South Asians of all backgrounds and ages to come together, to learn about and discuss our shared history, relate to the decisions and events that paved the way to Partition, and perhaps most importantly, see Partition through a perspective different to our own.”

    The exhibition is free and open to all. Tickets for the launch can be booked here:

    If you would like more information, please contact Samayya Afzal at 01274 780241 or email at

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    Just two weeks left to see Splendours of the Subcontinent

    There are just two weeks left to see Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 exhibition in the north of England before it moves on to Leicester.

    The free exhibition, which contains Indian works of art from the Royal Collection, tells the story of the grand tour of the Indian Subcontinent made by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1875-6.

    The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service and Royal Collection Trust, and runs at Cartwright Hall in Bradford until 18 June.

    Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-6 at Cartwright Hall, Bradford

    Since opening in March Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 has proved extremely popular, with a well over 18,000 visitors enjoying the special exhibition to date.

    Maggie Pedley, Bradford Council’s Libraries, Museums and Galleries Manager, said: “This exhibition has been so successful. We have had over 18,000 people from all over the country coming to see the amazing objects so far.

    “As there are only two weeks left for people to see Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6 in Bradford, I would encourage people to hurry up and not miss out.”

    In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four-month tour, visiting over 21 localities which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.

    He travelled nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea and met over 90 rulers of the different regions he visited. His visit sought to establish personal links with the local rulers and strengthen ties between the subcontinent and the British Crown prior to the declaration of his mother, Queen Victoria, as the Empress of India.

    Over 70 exquisite works of art that were presented to the Prince as part of the traditional exchange of gifts will be on display at the exhibition alongside watercolours, photographs and items from the Council’s own collection of South Asian metalwork.

    A beautifully illustrated full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition for £15.95 whilst stocks last.

    Cartwright Hall is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. For further information and bookings contact Cartwright Hall Art Gallery 01274 431212 email or visit

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    David Laws appointed new Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport

    Leeds Bradford Airport has appointed David Laws as its new Chief Executive in succession to John Parkin who is retiring, having substantially developed the airport during the last 10 years.

    The airport now operates to over 70 destinations in 25 countries and has grown passenger numbers by 6% over the last 12 months to 3.7 million passengers.

    LBA is a major contributor to the economic development of the region and new investment is underway to improve and expand the operations. John Parkin will continue as a non Executive Director.

    David Laws was previously Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport for 10 years and has 39 years’ experience in the airport sector. He began his career as a trainee Fireman at Newcastle Airport in April 1979 and went onto become Fire Officer, subsequently becoming the Airport’s Safety advisor.

    David held a number of roles in airport operations, before becoming Commercial Director responsible for the development of the Airline and Retail business and then Chief Executive.

    David Laws, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said:
    “My passion is for airport development and ensuring that the customer journey is a truly great experience. I am excited about joining Leeds Bradford Airport to further improve, expand and develop the business and look forward to working with the team at Leeds Bradford Airport and all those involved from the airlines, stakeholders and partners to develop the next phase of the airport’s growth.”

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