Getting active with Get Set Leeds Local

Summer is a great chance to recharge and reset after the challenging year we’ve all had, at whatever pace is right for you.

Get Set Leeds Local works within Beeston Hill and Holbeck to develop community solutions and ideas which will help make moving more an easier choice. Follow us on Facebook @GSLHolbeck&BeestonHill or on Twitter @GetLeeds to find out about local opportunities for all ages, along with information on community funding we have available to help get more people active.

We’ve just released the June e-training catalogue, with current opportunities and course training ideas all in one space. Find it on our social media or email James to send you a copy.

If you are someone who would love to help others in Beeston Hill and Holbeck be more active, and some upskilling would help you do that then get in touch:

We’ve recently supported a local youth group access some first aid training, and upskilled some community table tennis champions, whom will be supporting new people to enjoy the game.

We’re excited to be supporting an arts and photography based project, led by the friendly Highrise Project team, which will take place weekly at The Holbeck (Slung Low) on Fridays 1–3pm for 6 weeks from 11 June. The sessions are free, and no equipment, or arts or photography experience is required.

It’s all about getting out together in a social and safe way, and seeing the local spaces through a different lense. Please contact Victoria via 07856 695969 or to book on or to find out more information.

Leeds is getting behind a #SummerofPlay. One way to get involved is to have a street play on your street.

Anyone can apply for a temporary order to close their street for a couple of hours, so that children can play out on their street in a safe way. If its something you’d like to try on your street, but not sure where to start, then get in touch and we’ll connect with Fall into Place who are looking at how we can support more Play Streets within Beeston Hill and Holbeck to be trialled.

We’d love to keep hearing your ideas, and work with you to make some of them realities. Feel free to connect with us via sharing your thoughts for what could help being active within Beeston Hill and Holbeck an easier choice for people, or drop me, Karen Peck, a message on 07891 274130.

Movers and Shakers

A new project which has been launched as part of the bid to help make Leeds the most active city in the UK. Local charity Touchstone hopes to harness people-power by bringing together the city’s Mover&Shakers to get everyone moving more.

With the aim of recruiting 100 Mover&Shakers by January 2022, Touchstone are looking for people who know it feels good to be active and want to support others to move more too.

All Mover&Shakers will be offered training opportunities, volunteer support and a welcome pack with information and goodies. Mover&Shakers can use their influence on social media to inspire their friends – like Erica Martin, 54, who broadcasts dance routines to her mates on Zoom.

Other Mover&Shakers are encouraging their community to join in with litter picking and campaigning for improvements in their local park, organising for their street to be closed to traffic a couple of hours a month to host a Play Street, or training as walk-leaders to bring local dads together for outdoor walking meet-ups.

It’s all about making links and sharing ideas – so anyone who simply shares information about opportunities to be active with their online and local community networks can be a Mover&Shaker.

The project is a response to the 2019 Get Set Leeds conversations, led by a partnership of Active Leeds, Public Health, Leeds Beckett University and the Yorkshire Sport Foundation.

Involving 1,800 face-to-face conversations, and 2,200 survey responses, Get Set Leeds is the largest-scale physical activity research project attempted in the UK.

The research found that people are heavily influenced by their social environment – others in their local community, workplace and friendship groups. A small nudge from someone you know can be significant in encouraging you to be more active.

See the Mover&Shakers charter and sign up for a welcome pack at the website, or contact the Mover&Shakers coordinator Sarah So on 07824 481269, email You can also follow Mover&Shakers on Facebook and Twitter.


This post was written by Karen Peck

Photo: Mover&Shaker Erica Martin

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