Sunday, 23 June 2013

Week 76: Amanda

Hi, I'm Amanda, I'm 27 and live in beautiful Farsley (otherwise known as not-quite-Bradford!). I moved to Leeds from Surrey in 2004, to go to Uni, where I managed to both get a degree in Linguistics, and also meet a lovely lad from Leeds!

Nine years later and I'm more in love with Leeds (and the lad, now Husband) than ever. I work in the Marketing Team at the University of Leeds, where I spend my days working on campaigns and events to recruit more students! I love working on events (and starting my week I'll have just finished the main Open Days, so will be shattered!), preparing marketing and communications plans (sounds boring but isn't!), working on social media and generally talking to people who are considering Leeds for HE study.

But aside from boring work stuff, I like all sorts of different things, from music, books and films to walking my dog (Skittles), preparing to be a bridesmaid later in the year and finding interesting places to visit around our amazing city. Hopefully this week the people of leeds will help me find more things to see and do!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Week 75: Sally

My name is Sally and I live in Horsforth, with my boyfriend Todd. I came to Leeds for University 6 years ago, fell in love with the city and never left. We used to live in Headingley (I still miss it) but have been in Horsforth for nearly a year now, and I still don't think I know the area that well, so this week will give me an opportunity to explore it more! 

I work at the University of Leeds, as a Specialist Mentor for students with disabilities. My area of interest is with Autism and communication difficulties, so I'd love to hear what's going on in Leeds, in terms of support and social groups, and also with the Autism Strategy.

I sew in my spare time and catalogue my disasters on my blog, in the hope of encouraging other hapless folks to give it a go. I'd love to hear about other people's crafting disasters and share some of my own.

My boyfriend Todd is a web developer and self confessed geek, so I can often be found accompanying him to 'geek' events in bars across Leeds, seeking out new craft beers to try.

I will be leaving Leeds in September (sob) so my main aim of this week is to create a bucket list of things I have to do before I leave. All suggestions are welcome and as I try new things and go new places, I'll tell you what I think.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Week 74: Vicky

Hello, I am Vicky and live in West Park or Far Headingley, I have never been sure which!  I came to Leeds over two years ago, after living in Brighton and London.  However I originate from a small town called Thorne in South Yorkshire.  
I am a blogger for Leeds Wellbeing Web, which is a blog with the aims of helping people to keep well in Leeds, with information on events, courses, cheap things to do along with personal reflections and stories.
As well as blogging I also walk dogs, little ones.  I walk five Chihuahuas and a Bichon Frise called Dino.  I have been known to get tangled up in Leads or perhaps I should say Leeds, metaphorically speaking. 

I think Leeds is on the whole a good city, there is plenty to do - I love the quirky small cinemas we have - Hyde Park and Cottage Road.  
I also enjoy the green spaces in and around Leeds and the nearby towns which are easily accessible to visit - but also sometimes need the stimulation of the city. Yes, I enjoy variety.  After living in London for such a long time, I really appreciate being in a smaller city where I can bump into people and get to know them.

I have been dabbling with my creative side since being in Leeds and have even made my own film which is called the Present,  it’s about a 30something woman with a busy life who is suffering from stress, with an emphasis on Mindfulness.  This was shown as part of ‘FIlm to Change,’ in last years Film Festival.

It sounds like a cliché but I feel passionate about the world becoming a better place,  a more ‘human friendly‘ experience   - or at least I think about this a lot!  

I hope this week to Tweet from out in the nearby countryside, from some nice coffee shops in the city and also from some interesting community settings. I am trying to get a little/lot fitter, and so may try some beginners running, get my rusty bike out or go to a yoga class - this weeks tweeting may give me the push to do it!  
This week coincides with the Mental Health: Social Media Recovery week and so my tweets may have a well being theme at times. 

Oh, I forgot to put my age - never mind :)

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Week 73: Alan

I live in Collingham having moved up from the Cotswolds 8 years ago.

I'm married with three grown up children, two living in Yorkshire.

I own with my eldest daughter Bottle Alley Glass which recycles glass bottles and fuses them for fabrication into kitchen & bathroom worktops, wall and floor tiles and lighting panels. The business based at Thorp Arch Estate supports local social enterprises that collect & clean recycled glass bottles.

I play golf at Scarcroft Golf Club and enjoy rambling and drinking real ale.

My youngest daughter has PWS, so I raise funds and awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome whenever I can. I organise the Collingham Real Ale Festival annually for charity PWSA UK