We are committed to giving you the best possible service at all times. We want to know your views on how we provide our services and we want to work with you to improve the way we deliver them.
The Equalities Assembly has been set up to ensure we involve all our diverse communities.
The Equalities Assembly is a forum, made up of Equality Hubs, which helps ensure Leeds City Council is engaging with and involving the full range of citizens that live in Leeds in the decisions it makes. It offers all equality groups the opportunity to meet and work together to let the council know the issues that affect them.
On this page you will find minutes from previous Hub meetings and information about upcoming events. To view any minutes please use the Documents section.
LGB&T Hub meetings
Leeds City Council is committed to the aims of Making Leeds an LGB T* friendly city, in representing the diversity of the communities and providing equity in our service provisions.
The LGB&T* Hub group meets quarterly, in a function room of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Lower Briggate.
Future meeting dates are:
- 23 May 2017
- 15 August 2017
- 28 November 2017
Arrival for refreshments from 5pm, with the meeting time 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Please RSVP to LeedsLGBT@Leeds.gov.uk.
This Hub group is supported by a large number of private and 3rd sector organisations within the city, along with a number of key individuals who share the goals of making Leeds an LGB&T* friendly city.
A sample of projects currently under development within this Hub include: Sports inclusion, LGB&T* BME, Leeds 2023, Hate Crime, Domestic Violence, bullying, housing services, mental health alongside various awareness dates and campaigns.
Notes from previous meetings are available in the Documents section.
For further information or to register for the mailing list please email LeedsLGBT@Leeds.gov.uk.
Religion or Belief Hub
The Council's Religion or Belief Hub met for the first time on the 7th of March 2017. The Hub will be meeting quarterly and dates for the rest of 2017 are being planned now. The Hub's priorities will be:
- Setting up meetings of the Religion or Belief Hub (including taking the Covenant forward)
- Social media and websites
- Handling times of crisis together
- Defining the role of civic leadership and providing training and support in this
- Increasing Religious knowledge amongst Council staff and citizens
- Celebrating existing work and best practice
- Identifying where we have low engagement from particular faiths and possible barriers to their participation
- Working with young people
- Engaging with private business around Corporate Social Responsibility
- To challenge Council and other public services such as Health, Education and the Police on how they give due regard to Religion or Belief Equality and meet the needs of faith communities when delivering their services.
The notes from previous meetings of the Hub can be found in the document section. For further information or to register for the mailing list please email email@example.com
Disability Hub Minutes, February 2017
The last Disability Hub met on 22 February 2017. The meeting focused on setting the work programme and objectives for the Hub for the next 12 months - you can download our Disability Hub Meeting minutes document (PDF 221KB) for details. The next Disability Hub meeting is taking place on Wednesday 7 June 2017, 10am-1pm at Mencap Leeds, Vinery Terrace, LS9 9LU. If you would like to attend, please call 0113 378 5992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Families Act 2014
Please see in the Documents section details of the new Children and Families Act 2014, which gives some information about the changes to services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Hub Representative’s Network Meeting
The last Hub Representatives Network Meeting was held on 15 December 2016. The minutes from the meeting and accompanying reports are in the Documents section of this page.
Equalities Assembly Conference 2016
This year’s conference was held on 2 November at Civic Hall. The event focussed on the cohesion aspect of the council’s “Strong communities benefitting from a strong city” Breakthrough Project. The aim was to find out more about the activities going on in Leeds that promote cohesion and brings communities together. We also wanted to know about the “gaps”, such as where communities are not coming together, why they aren’t doing so, and what can we do to reverse this. Download the full conference report (PDF 666KB) for further details.
Becoming a member of the Equalities Assembly
If you would like to become a member of the Equalities Assembly or for more information about it please contact us by text: 07891 270162 or use the Contact us form on this page to email us.
You may also like to see our A-Z directory of health and social care services for adults in Leeds which is available in the Documents section.
Access and Use-Ability Group
Access Success – Partnerships thrive and grow within Leeds Victoria Gate
The group is working with Leeds City Council’s City Development Directorate and private developers, to shape major plans for the City Centre.
Jagdeep Passan (chair of the group) enthused that “Leeds City Council has taken a brave step sharing their ambitions to be the best city by involving citizens in decision making powers as experts. It shows just what we can achieve when pay attention the wisdom of people and communities, this is essential to any change management or redesign process.”
Before the first stone was laid at the forthcoming Victoria Gate arcade, the group was keen to ensure that all communities including disabled people could enjoy the shopping experience with everybody else. Thanks to this truly unique partnership, the arcade will exceed accessibility standards with, for example, the inclusion of adult changing facilities that meet Changing Places requirements.
A detailed commitment to accessibility is now enshrined in our Supplementary Planning Guidance, which future planning applications will have to take into consideration. The planning process for Victoria Gate is included in the guidance as an example of best practice.
The Access and Use-Ability Group is looking now towards future developments, linking up with plans to make areas including New Briggate, Greek Street and City Square more pedestrian friendly.
The message is clear: Leeds deserves a city centre that everybody can enjoy and this will happen much sooner if all citizens have a role in designing it.
What are community committees?
There are 10 community committees across the city each providing a forum for local people to have their say about what happens in their community.
Community committees are an important part of the council’s decision making process and each committee has elected members as voting members.
The community committee holds at least 4 public meetings a year, where local people can meet with each other and with councillors, to discuss key issues of concern, and help influence decisions on matters of local interest.
Attending the meetings allows local people and councillors’ time to get to know groups and organisations that work in the area.
How do community committees work?
Local councillors elected to represent the area sit on the community committee, involve local people in discussions about the issues, and take decisions on key areas such as environmental improvements, community safety, health and wellbeing and employment.
The community committees also allocate money for local projects and activities. More information can be found by contacting your local area support team.
How can you get involved?
- Attend a meeting
- Contact your local councillor
- Ask a question or take part in a discussion either at a meeting or through our social media pages.
Meetings are held at different locations across the city, generally starting in the early evening and lasting a couple of hours. All meetings are open to the public and are usually themed around a particular topic. Details of your local community committee meetings can be found in the Documents section of this page.