In celebration of the International Day of Disabled People, Forum Central and the Leeds for All working group are delighted to present a week-long programme of events starting on Monday 29 November.

The theme this year is “Leeds for All – Recovery from Covid-19”. Join us for a series of accessible and inclusive performances, stories, exhibitions, discussions. All events are free to attend and open to everyone.

The week will close with an online celebration event on Friday 03 December from 10am – 3pm.

Activities and booking links

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British Sign Language interpretation

1.30pm – 3.30pm Dream CIO, Yeadon Cricket Club, Support group for people with disabilities
Cancelled due to bad weather. Rescheduled to 06 Dec.

1.30pm – 3.30pm Leep1,  Leep1 Holiday Hangout Christmas Afternoon with Café Leep, Unity Business Centre, Unit 14, 26 Roundhay Road
Have fun making Christmas crafts with artist Amanda and the #abilitiesnotdisabilities team. You will learn to make lovely tree decorations, cards and gifts to give as beautiful presents or keep for yourself. Enjoy the good company of others, have lots of festive fun, make new friends and get creative! The café is open, serving lunches, homemade cakes, coffees, fresh latte’s and treats. BOOK HERE

2pm – 3pm Sense, Tai Chi via Zoom
Enjoy gentle, flowing movements and channel positive energy, wherever you are. This session can be completed seated, or standing and is suitable for all ability levels. You will need some water, and a clear space to exercise in and a chair. Feel free to stay online after the class to socialise with other participants.  BOOK HERE

7.30pm – 10pm Virtual Laugh-Able Comedy Night With Luke Poulton, via Zoom 
Laugh-Able is a 5 star reviewed Disability and Mental Health Comedy Night that gives a platform for acts with disabilities and mental health conditions to perform. The event will be headlined by Essex Comedian of the Year 2019, Luke Poulton. Luke tells stories about living with Autism and jokes about movies that no one else wants to watch. BOOK HERE

10.30am – 12pm Connect in the North, What’s Next in Leeds, Thackray Museum
A working group looking at what can be done in Leeds to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. BOOK HERE

12.30pm – 1.30pm Climate Action Leeds, Why Climate Action Now? via Zoom
An introduction to Climate Action Leeds to understand what this ambitious city-wide project is all about and how you can get involved. BOOK HERE

1.30pm-2.30pm, Yorkshire Dance, ‘digital disco’ – ‘Let’s Dance! via Zoom
A digital disco with a chance to come together virtually and have a dance to some of your favourite tunes. This event will celebrate International Day of Disabled People in Leeds. People can join in from their home, day centre or school via zoom. Our professional dance artists will lead us through these tunes, offering fun ways to move as well as encouraging people to do their own moves.

Please email Alex Garland at [email protected] with the number of people you are booking for and their names. You will then be sent the Zoom link to access the disco. Please also let us know if you have any song requests by Friday 26 November. BOOK HERE 

2pm – 3pm Advonet, Autistic Question Time via Zoom
An opportunity to ask a panel of autistic staff your questions. The panel can provide advice, support and information. BOOK HERE

10.45am – 11.30am Sense, Chair based exercise via Zoom
The session is a movement-based exercise class, aiming to improve mobility and coordination. The exercises have been designed for people with complex disabilities but can be enjoyed by anyone. BOOK HERE

11am – 12pm Association of Blind Asians, Eye Health Talk via Zoom
This session talks about the Importance of regular eye check ups. They’ll cover signs you should go for a check up, eye clinics and how to access them and how to maintain good eye health. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions about eye health. BOOK HERE

11am-11.40am Stockshill Woodwork Group, Live Q&A Session via Zoom
Stockshill Community Woodwork Group will be showcasing their work with a film and live Q&A session as part of Care Delivery Service Wellbeing Wednesday. Contact Catherine Smethurst to request the Zoom details. BOOK HERE

1pm – 2.30pm DeafBlind UK and Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service, Navigating the New World: Post-Covid Life for the Sensory Impairment Community via Zoom
The hosts will discuss the learning about how the pandemic affected the everyday lives of people with sight and/or hearing loss, and the challenges they now face in re-integrating with their communities. BOOK HERE

6pm – 8pm Leep1, Friendship Group via Zoom
A special online social for adults with learning disabilities and/or autistic adults. Cook, eat, have lots of fun, sing and dance! BOOK HERE

10am-11am Leeds City Council, Making Leeds Accessible and Inclusive, Thackray Museum 
A presentation by Leeds City Council on recent and current projects in the city centre with discussions to follow. BOOK HERE

11am – 12pm  Leeds City Council, Leeds Town Hall – A vision for the future with access at its centre, Thackray Museum
A presentation by Leeds City Council on the upcoming refurbishment of Leeds Town Hall. BOOK HERE

11am – 12pm Ascendance, Roomers & Zoomers, Leeds City Museum, Brodrick Hall
A celebration of Ascendance’s Dance with Parkinson’s hybrid dance programme comprising a film screening and a dance workshop demonstration. BOOK HERE

7pm – 8.30pm Purple Patch Arts, Purple Patch Arts Zoom Disco via Zoom
A fun-filled, inclusive evening where everyone is connected through feel-good music and dancing. The event is led by DJ Jessica and Super Sarah and everyone is welcome – put on your dancing shoes and join the party! Please email [email protected] to send any song requests! BOOK HERE

Venue change *** NOW ONLINE *** International Day of Disabled People

10am – Online event opening – Zoom link

  • Adam Douglas, Master of Ceremony
  • Cllr Kevin Ritchie, Councillor for Bramley and Stanningley and Disability Champion, Leeds City Council
  • Geoff Turnbull, Equality, Communities Housing and Environment, Leeds City Council

10am – 11am Change People, We are Out Spoken! – Zoom link
Join us for a workshop to find out more about the inclusion project involving LGBTQI+ people, who are also autistic and/or have a learning disability. Learn more about the barriers people face and how you can be an ally.

10.15am – 10.55am Online marketplace and discussion –  Zoom link
Meet our virtual stallholders, hear about their services and who they work with.

11am – Official opening –  Zoom link

  • Lord Mayor of Leeds
  • People In Action, Leeds Talent 2021 –
    • Olivia Quigley (singer)
    • Callum Kemp (singer/guitarist)
    • Catherine O’Donnell (Irish dancer)
    • Megan Nunns (singer)

11.30am – 11.40am ‘Beth & The Outsiders’ Video – Lippy People –  Zoom link
How does it feel when someone close to us dies? What can help us when we are coping with loss? Watch a video story made by Aarron on Lippy People’s ‘Life, Loss, Learning, Legacy’ project –  and hear his story.

11.45am – 12pm Ella Frances Sanderson –  Zoom link
Ella’s poetry on her Asperger’s inspires people with the difficulty not to give up on life. We’ll show a video about Asperger’s followed by live poetry.

12pm – 1.15pm Online marketplace and discussion –  Zoom link
Meet our virtual stallholders, hear about their services and who they work with.

12pm – 1pm Deaf Awareness & Everyday BSL signs, Deaf Women’s Society & Leeds Deaf Forum – Zoom link
Learn everyday basic BSL signs.

1.15pm – 1.30pm Northern Ballet’s Ability – Performance –  Zoom link
Short dance performed by members of Ability, Northern Ballet’s dance course for adults with learning disabilities.

1.40pm – 2pm Mircolink demonstration –  Zoom link

2pm – 2.40pm Online marketplace and discussion –  Zoom link
Meet our virtual stallholders, hear about their services and who they work with.

2.10pm – 2.30pm Sense, Drumming with Music – Booking link
Get moving to the upbeat music, and practice your drumming skills using wooden sticks! Suitable for people with complex disabilities, this class can be adapted for all individuals.

2.40pm – 2.55pm Leeds For All reflections and feedback –  Zoom link
Join us for reflections on the day, share your feedback and see Tom Baileys visual representation of the day

3pm  Close –  Zoom link
Councillor James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council


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