Today’s BGL is brought to you by journalism trainees from Leeds Trinity University College who’re doing Thursdays & Fridays here on BGL. Today’s writers are Joe Cooper and Michael Muncaster.
Hello and welcome to Thursday’s Beyond Guardian Leeds.
If you’ve been following the national news, you’ll have seen Save the Children’s shocking report on child poverty in the UK. The figures show that one in five children in Leeds and Wakefield regularly go hungry. More at the YEP.
There is good news on the horizon for social mobility in Leeds though, as local head teachers have said they will look to take on more pupils from poorer backgrounds if the government agrees to pay part of their fees.
Our friends at Culture Vulture are promoting the Love Arts Awards. Celebrating the contribution of people, groups and organisations in Yorkshire who have made a real difference to people’s mental wellbeing through the arts. Get in touch if you know someone who has made a real difference.
Culture Vultures also have a guest post from the Regional Director of the Arts Council about a new national scheme called Creative Industry Finance, which looks to support small and medium sized enterprises. Yorkshire and the Humber has been chosen for the only pilot of the scheme outside of London.
Do you live in Holbeck, Beeston, Cottingley, Hunslet, Belle Isle and Middleton? Then South Leeds life are giving you the chance to report on goings on in your patch by becoming community correspondent.
You may or may not know that Leeds is home to major players in gaming software development. Our pool of creative talent in the sector has led to US gaming company Activision choosing the city as the base for its new mobile gaming development studio.
An inspiring four-year-old girl from Horsforth had defied the odds. Her parents were as soon as she was born told that without a heart transplant she would only have months to live. The family are celebrating the milestone of her starting primary school.
Leeds City Council hope a new green space could be a “catalyst for further development” in the city. Leeds councillors have approved a £2.5m park scheme on Sovereign Street, near to the city’s central railway station.
Celebrating the history of Leeds – that is the aim for artist Andy Scott who has submitted planning permission to build a new sculpture in the city. The statue will be constructed in front of the New Trinity shopping centre.
Want to help raise money for local animal causes? Animal Ark Aid is hosting their 2nd Fun & Friendly Dog Show on September 23. Bring along your four legged friend to Wigton Moor Football Club and who knows, you may win a prize.
And finally, Leeds cheese club Homage to Fromage are back on tonight with another night of lovely cheese, fun, facts and more cheese. This month it’s a White Rind special, so if there are any tickets left get yourself down to the Adelphi pub on Hunslet Road, cheese fans!
That’s all from us. Thank you for reading!