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Mayoral candidate sees how working together is transforming West Yorkshire lives

Housing, health and local authority partners welcomed West Yorkshire mayoral candidate MP Tracy Brabin to two projects yesterday to see how, by working together, they are changing lives.

On Thursday 11 March 2021, Ms Brabin visited two transformative projects in Leeds seeing how the connection between housing, health and social care is bringing about lasting change in West Yorkshire communities.

The socially-distanced afternoon was arranged to showcase the support locally-forged partnerships can give residents, and to explore opportunities for continued collaboration.

In welcoming Ms Brabin, Helen Lennon, chief executive of Connect Housing and chair of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, said:

“We spent a great couple of hours yesterday with Tracy Brabin discussing how working together to prevent homelessnessachieves better outcomes.  This has been hugely important during the pandemic when so much has been achieved to bring people in from the streets as well as helping people escape domestic abuse and supporting others to keep their homes.”

She first visited The Old Fire Station in Seacroft to talk about Engage Leeds, a city-wide housing support service which has been working to prevent homelessness since 2017.

A productive discussion was held on the vitality of partnerships in tackling the issue of homelessness in West Yorkshire, and the importance of directing more support towards projects of these kind.


Ms Brabin then visited 17/19 Brudenell Road, a Connect Housing property which is being adapted into homes for deaf people with complex support needs.

Working with Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, and the deaf health charity, Sign Health, the property is being re-modelled to provide four self-contained flats for deaf people who will benefit from independent living.


Ms Brabin said:

“I want West Yorkshire to be somewhere that people want to live and where they can settle.
“I’m looking forward to meeting with Connect Housing, Engage and their partners to see the great work they’re doing to link up housing, health and social care, provide support and deliver real, lasting change for local people.  This kind of work will be vital as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Helen Lennon added:

“We are motivated by a desire to create imaginative and workable policy solutions to benefit people in need. Whoever is elected as West Yorkshire’s first mayor in May, we want to play a full part with them in delivering a hopeful and bright future.”

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