South Leeds Roundup: Mars, mums and mental health

Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook and Twitter.

Mike Mars bracingWe start this week with Beeston blogger Mike Wallis who has done a lovely ‘daft little watercolour’. Mars is so bracing is in the style of the famous Skegness poster. You’ll have to read Backwards Lion to find out why he did it.

Good to see that the Yorkshire Evening Post’s article on apprenticeships featured Belle Isle mum Kelly Aitken who is now a qualified bricklayer.

Attendance is an important issue for Hunslet St Mary’s and every other school. After all if you’re not in school you are missing out on your education. They are celebrating the 49 children who had 100% attendance during the autumn term and especially Diamond Atjom who won the draw and a WH Smith voucher.

Meanwhile at Middleton St Mary’s children were travelling the world (virtually), visiting Spain, France, Tanzania, Russia and China. How exciting!

How many ways can you be positive to others? That was the thought for the week at Park View Primary Academy in Beeston this week. Children watched this video about random acts of kindness:

Debs has set her goals for January and shared them on her Rosietints blog. I won’t spoil the read, but they include fitness and vegetarian meals.

Being “sanctioned” by the DWP – having your benefit cut – can be pretty devastating. Jess Dewhirst, who works at BITMO’s GATE, has written about the effects and the link to mental health on her Through The Gate blog.

There’s a thoughtful piece by John Cockburn on his What Can I Do About It? blog, reflecting on the Charlie Hebdo shootings. He suggests that this is actually a complicated subject and admits he doesn’t know the answers. He prefers “Je ne sais pas” (I don’t know) to “Je suis Charlie”.

Searching for a job? Health For All are running an employment skills course over ten weeks at Holbeck Community Centre on Tuesday mornings.

A new exhibition is opening at The Tetley on Thursday (15 January 2015). Finalists for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, the oldest in the UK, will be displayed until 1 March.

If you’re interested in becoming a school governor, the South Leeds Academy are looking to fill two vacancies.

Running For Skye is inviting runners, walkers, skippers and hoppers to share their love on Valentine’s day by taking part in a 5km charity fun run in Middleton Park on 14 February. The event will raise money for the Candlelighters and Delete Blood Cancer UK charities.

And finally, stolen tools found in Beeston were reunited with their owner thanks to Facebook users who shared the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team’s message. They also have a child’s bike and scooter found in Middleton.