More than 80 voluntary and community sector (VCS) representatives from West Yorkshire and Harrogate, including MacMillan, Age UK, Action on Hearing Loss, Carers Leeds, Yorkshire Sports Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK, attended the first of a series of partnership events in Bradford on Monday (November 6).
The purpose of the event was to help them find out more about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), also known as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
It was also aimed at strengthening the importance of the VCS, at a time when the sector is under increasing financial pressure, and giving participants the opportunity to find out more and get involved as equal partners within the health and care partnership.
VCS reps were updated on the partnership’s progress to date, and there was a specific focus on how the VCS could get more involved in the partnership’s priority areas of work, including preventing ill health, cancer, mental health, stroke services, urgent emergency care, supporting unpaid carers and community involvement.
VCS organisations already play a significant role across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, and there are many examples of great work taking place from preventing ill health to urgent and emergency care. One such example is Creative Minds, an award winning organisation that uses creative approaches in healthcare to increase people’s self-esteem, while developing their social skills and helping to improve their quality of life.
Another example is in Wakefield, where GPs, health workers and specialist voluntary workers are involved in making sure people in care homes and supported living schemes have their health and social care needs met and are helped to make the most of activities in their local community.
The event was led by Hannah Howe, Director for Forum Central, a VCS organisation which works with Leeds City Council and the NHS to provide a better life for the people of Leeds, and Dr Soo Nevison, Chief Executive of Community Action Bradford and District.
Event participants also heard from Ian Holmes, Director for the health and care partnership, and Rob Webster, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Lead Chief Executive for the partnership.
"The Health and Care Partnership has already stated that its ambitions will not be achieved without involving VCS colleagues as equal partners in the development of the work", said Rob.
“Modern health and care services look after the physical, mental and social needs of people. We need to join up services and look at the whole person. We already know the VCS help us to do this some of the time.
“There is a wealth of expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and the VCS are better placed than many to understand what communities need to keep them well and to make positive change happen at all levels".
Hannah added: “If we are to genuinely work alongside communities as equal partners, we need to change the relationships we have with public sector organisations.
“There is already good leadership from the VCS in the partnership’s work, including Healthwatch, but to make sure our work adds the greatest value possible we need more VCS organisations to be involved. I’m delighted that so many of our VCS colleagues came along today. This is just the start of our journey and I encourage more to get involved”.
Dessert Paradise – Ice Scoop Gelato’s newly opened store in Harrogate is offering the finest quality desserts and gelato that Yorkshire has to offer
The luxury Ice Scoop Gelato opens up its fourth branch as Leeds brand grows
Ice Scoop Gelato has expanded its growing empire across Yorkshire, as it continues to prove itself as the areas number one spot for gelato and deserts in Leeds, with their new store opening in Harrogate last week.
With a wide range of delightful desserts and delicious drinks on offer, Ice Scoop Gelato has successful opened its fourth store in Harrogate.
With Harrogate being a hub for fine dining and drinking, with an array of fine eateries on its high streets which appeal to people from far and wide, Harrogate seems the ideal location for Ice Scoop Gelato to branch out and deliver their incredible array of fine indulgent desserts.
The branch opened on October 17th, it was already clear to see that Ice Scoop Gelato is an inviting space for people to come, relax in a vibrant and chilled atmosphere, with a spacious dining and seating area to the back of the dessert parlor to sit and eat your mouthwatering desserts.
Wajid Hussain, director of Ice Scoop Gelato, has been very successful with his three branches in Leeds; he saw a gap in the market in Harrogate and jumped at the opportunity to expand his luxurious gelato brand.
Yusef Collins, who is one of the partners of Wajid, and who will be managing the Harrogate store, spoke about the store opening and why Ice Scoop Gelato has expanded to Harrogate he explained:
“Being from Harrogate, I have always had a big interest in the food industry, knowing Wajid, I have been a keen follower of what he has done with Ice Scoop Gelato branches in Leeds, we saw Harrogate as the ideal location to expand further.
“The opening of this store in Harrogate has been two years in the making, and Wajid wanted to continue the success of Ice Scoop Gelato in Harrogate
Ice Scoop Gelato are famed for their wide range of delicious desserts and indulgent treats that they offer, but primarily they are well renowned for their gorgeous gelato and unique flavor, Yusef described how Ice Scoop Gelato create their identifiable taste he explained:
“We are famed for our gelato which is made in house, we only use all the best ingredients, we cut no corners and never look for a cheap alternative, we only look to provide the best to our customers. We pride ourselves in what we do and making putting our customers first.
“We also sell freak shakes which are a particular hit, but our waffles, crepes and range of gelato are all popular and highly recommended and opening the fourth shop in Harrogate is testament to the popularity and quality of the products we have on offer.”
Yusef went on to further explain why Harrogate was decided for Ice Scoop Gelato’s fourth store and how they will fit into the town he said:
“Here in Harrogate Coffee is a massive thing and we make exquisite coffee, cakes, cookie dough and hot chocolates, were an indulgent dessert parlor where you would want to come to give yourself that richly deserved treat.
“Harrogate is a town draped with restaurants and bars, however a gap in the market was seen with a lack of ice cream and dessert places. Combining this with the success of Ice Scoop Gelato across Leeds and the branches in Hyde Park Leeds, Cross Gates and Clock Buildings, Roundhay Road, Harrogate was viewed as the ideal location to expand.”
Located in the heart of Harrogate’s thriving town center, and a stone throw away from the world-famous Betty’s tea room, they have identified this and would love to tap into the areas market, it is sure to attract tourists and locals who are looking to treat themselves.
Ice Scoop Gelato started out two years ago at Hyde Park, Leeds. Since then they have gone on to open a further store in Crossgates, and it has since spiraled from their opening up their luxurious store in February in Roundhay, which also serves authentic Indian Cuisine and now the Launch of the Harrogate store in October.
The popular brand is expanding with plans to move even further with nothing being ruled out, Yusef explained: “We’re currently based in the Leeds and Harrogate area but there is no reason we can’t expand further into other areas if the demand is there.”
Ice Scoop Gelato has no limits on who they aim to please, they want to provide all the people of Harrogate an indulgent and luxury experience and sit back and relax while tasting the finest desserts in Yorkshire, Yusef explained:
“Our target market is everyone, because everyone loves desserts.
“The thing about the Harrogate branch is that you can come in and sit down and relax with friends or family, it is an environment open to all to come, there is something for everyone here.”
Ice Scoop Gelato is here for the community and will keep spiking the interest and taste buds of the public with unique offers and flavors, Yusef explains:
“There is potential for special offers and promotions, such as a special flavor of the week, special offers for different times of the year especially with Halloween, we have a Halloween treat for all our customers, one scoop of gelato for £1 and with Christmas around the corner we will be having seasonal offers
The Harrogate store employs ten staff who are experienced and trained in supplying the customer high level service which Ice Scoop Gelato prides itself on.
Having just opened in Harrogate on 17th of October, it visible to see that the chilled-out atmosphere was a real draw to the public, with the seated area filling up nicely with a range of customers enjoying the ambience while settling down to a coffee or dessert.
Yusef explained how Ice Scoop Gelato are looking to use the opening weeks in their new surroundings he explained:
“We will be looking to attract tourists as well, we are five minutes from the bus station and the train station, we are in a perfect location.
“We will also be trying to attract the local schools and businesses with lots of golf clubs and gyms in the area we are keen to work with these organisations.
Yusef then explained the premise behind Ice Scoop Gelato and their simple message to customers, to come along and sample our uncompromising craftsmanship and attention to detail elevates gelato to an art form, and enjoy a sensory experience, so extraordinary, it captivates like nothing else.
“This branch is all about indulgence and serving your sweet tooth, we are a sophisticated yet relaxed environment where you can come and relax while enjoying our finest desserts.
Yusef went on to explain the importance of the customer to Ice Scoop Gelato and how feedback is crucial to what they do and we appreciate the reviews and feedback we receive especially on social media, Yusef explained:
“We strive in providing our customers a high level service, our gelato and desserts speak for themselves, we are always keen to bring in new products we take customer feedback very importantly and appreciate our customers taking the time out to provide this especially on social media.”
The Harrogate store is open Monday-Thursday 12PM-10PM and Friday’s 12PM-11PM, while they are also open weekends 11AM-11PM. If you want to sample the delicious delights that Ice Scoop Gelato has to offer you can visit their newly opened store at, 14 Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 1BT.
Prity’s award winning salon in Bradford which is home to natural Ayurvedic products and treatments
Since 2005 Prity Salon has established itself as pioneers of bringing new Indian beauty methods over to England.
The premier beauty salon which has two shops, one in Bradford and one in Harrogate, has won numerous awards including best beauty salon in the UK by Asian Style and are famous for their eyebrow threading and facials in Bradford.
They are leaders in their field and specialise in natural Ayurvedic treatments and products. They pride themselves on their skincare products and have introduced some new lines to their already esteemed range.
This includes the ‘Prity skin glow serum’, this is a night time serum which leaves you with brighter, smoother and glowing skin. It is a perfectly blended serum for facial massage which is used to combat wrinkles, dark circles, acne scars and blemishes. In the process improving complexion and texture. This can be used daily on all skin types as a moisturising oil or as a primer by using a few drops before applying make-up. This is available to buy instore and online for £30.00
Prity Salon have now expanded their range of expertise and have now developed a haircare range, this includes, the Prity Hair Growth Oil, which is designed to strengthen the root of your hair, increasing volume and shine, while repairing broken and damaged hair which helps to promote the growth of new hair. This is available to buy instore and online at £20.00
Prity also offers a Repair Shampoo, which is designed for dry, damaged and brittle hair. The shampoo will cleanse and nourish hair reducing dandruff. This is available to buy instore and online at £20.00
Prity also offer a Ayurvedic Conditioner, which is a naturally sourced product which is used on dry and damaged brittle hair to help regain its moisture repairing and replenishing to regain that shine and glowing look. This is available to buy instore and online at £25.00
You can also purchase all three haircare products in a bundle package which costs £60.00 and is available instore and online. To purchase these products online and to see the other products available to buy at Prity Salon, visit their website which is, www.prityskincare.com or visit their stores at Bradford or Harrogate.
If you would be interested in visiting a store near you to for a natural experience or to purchase one of their natural products you can visit their Bradford store which is, 14 Legrams Lane, Bradford BD7 1ND. Or you can visit their Harrogate store on 65 Leeds Road, Harrogate HG2 8BE.
There’s been a lot of publicity in recent years around the art of threading as a beauty treatment. It seems every single high street pharmacy has a ‘threading bar’ just waiting to get at unruly brows and there are even shops devoted to the craft that offer 15-mins lunch-time-fixes.
Whilst convenience is great for some things; food, drink, travel etc., one thing we don’t want to go for quantity over quality on is how we look, and most importantly, how we achieve that look!
Enter Prity Beauty Salons, based in both Bradford and Harrogate.
Prity Salons are market leaders in the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda. This means they concentrate on natural and traditional beauty and wellbeing treatments, ensuring their philosophy of high quality, natural & organic ingredients are first and foremost in their approach.
Prity Salons have over 30-years of experience within the beauty industry, and are a fully licensed and qualified microblading salon. Microblading is a form of semi permanent makeup which uses hair strokes to enhance the shape of eyebrows. It’s recommended for people who want to achieve a new shape or combat sparse eyebrows and lack of hair growth.
Always being one step ahead of the trends, Prity are one of the first salons to offer Microblading in the UK. Combining this unique treatment opportunity with their extensive experience in the industry and being the first salon to offer a Hamam (Turkish Bath) in Bradford, Prity show why they are leaps and bounds above the rest in offering innovative, original and ground breaking beauty therapy.
For those wanting something extra after enjoying the decadence and relaxation of a Prity treatment, the company has evolved to create a unique cosmetics brand, offering Ayurveda inspired products to take home from their salons, also now available to purchase online via their website: www.prityskincare.com.
Open 7 days a week and offering a walk in service, Asian Express readers can find out about Prity Beauty’s latest offers, made available on their Facebook (prityskincare.com) or Instagram @pritysalon.
With salons located at: 65 Leeds Road, Harrogate, HG2 8BE and Bradford 14 Legrams Lane, Bradford, BD7 1ND. Appointments can be made by calling 01423 871286 and 01274 307040 respectively.
Health professionals across West Yorkshire and Harrogate are inviting people to share their views on how stroke services across the area could be further improved to ensure they are fit for the future, whilst making the most of latest technology, such as mechanical clot retrieval thrombectomy, staff skills and maximising a person’s opportunity of a good recovery.
The work, led by a range of health care professionals, including consultants, doctors, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England is all about the sustainability of quality stroke services and reducing the incidence of stroke happening in the first place, wherever possible.
In 2015/16 there were 3,633 stroke admissions to West Yorkshire and Harrogate hospitals, with the majority of people over the age of 65 and half being 75 years+.
The numbers of people having a stroke is expected to increase in the future and the demand for services is growing. People are living longer than previous generations after a stroke, and the reality is that up to two thirds of people in the UK could spend their retirement years in ill-health.
Stroke is a life changing event and evidence shows the care people receive in the first few hours can make a difference to how well they recover. This includes having specialist scans to assess the nature of the stroke and if appropriate receive clot-busting drugs (thrombolysis) delivered by specialist staff working in sustainable and resilient hyper acute stroke units.
Evidence from elsewhere suggests the outcomes following stroke are likely to be better if people are treated in specialised centres, even if this means increases in travelling time following the event.
Most people with a suspected stroke arrive at hospital by ambulance. Ambulance staff provide assessment and treatment as they convey people to the right hospital for their medical needs.
Ongoing rehabilitation should however be provided at locations, closer to where people live, and they should be transferred to these as soon as possible after initial treatment.
Further improving hyper acute stroke services (hyper-acute refers to the first few hours and days after the stroke occurs) and making sure all stroke care services are fit for the future has also been highlighted as a priority in the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the area. This outlines how we want to improve people’s health and wellbeing, for example by reducing incidence of stroke, premature mortality and further improving care quality, such as increasing the proportion of people scanned within 12 hours.
Dr Andy Withers, Chair of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Clinical Forum said ‘Nationally and locally lots of work has taken place to improve outcomes for people who have suffered a stroke. This includes supporting people to stay well and preventing stroke happening in the first place.
Progress in improving stroke care over the past 10 – 15 years has also increased the demand for the provision of specialist services. This has led to some of our hyper acute stroke services experiencing difficulty in recruiting and retaining the skilled workforce needed to meet these demands. We need to change if we want to meet this growing demand whilst maximising people’s opportunities of a good recovery. People want things to be more joined up, and more aligned to their needs and we want to listen carefully to what they have to say. This is a priority to us all’.
Robert Harrison, Chief Operating Officer Lead for Stroke on behalf of West Yorkshire Acute Association of Trusts, said: ‘The delivery of stroke services has change significantly in recent years, with the development of specialist treatments which has meant that hospitals across West Yorkshire and Harrogate have been working collaboratively to support these changes. Evidence shows that there remains variation in the access to the full range and quality of stroke services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. By engaging with patients, relatives and staff we will be able to really understand their opinions and experiences and use that to develop future services. This work will help healthcare professionals across the region better understand how our stroke services can ensure every patient can access sustainable, high quality, consistent care’.
The engagement work is being supported by Healthwatch. At the end of the six week engagement period, feedback will be collated to inform proposals. Further engagement will take place to develop the final proposals, which would be subject to formal consultation.
Rory Deighton, from Healthwatch said ‘In the next few weeks, Healthwatch organisations across our area will be working hard to understand people’s experiences of using stroke services. We want to know what is important to people, what has worked well, and what needs improving to make sure services are sustainable in the future’.
With over 65 years of combined experience, and with showrooms in Rochdale, Oldham and Leeds, SA Sewing Machines and the specialist Pfaff Service Centre, between them boast dozens of machines for every sewers needs - be it Industrial or Domestic.
Both businesses have grown immensely in size and reputation over the past few decades, working with every type of client from national businesses to individual customers.
As a result of their commitment to providing a friendly personal service, the reliable high quality retailers can now offer the most competitive pricing around.
Saeed Ahmed, owner of SA Sewing Machines and Mark Briggs, owner of the Pfaff Service Centre agree that: “We appreciate that for all of our customers, value for money is perhaps the most important consideration but without compromising quality. We manage to strike this balance by using skilled traditional craftsmanship whilst being able to offer modern technology”
They have approximately 80 different sewing machines on display at any one time, shared between Rochdale, Oldham and Leeds, with prices starting from as little as £99, all set up and ready for demonstration.
New industrial machines start at just £399 whilst Roller Presses begin from only £999. These presses have proven to be an asset to hoteliers, restaurants, residential and nursing homes, colleges and any establishments which have regular ironing and pressing requirements
As well as home sewers who enjoy dressmaking, quilting or embroidery, SA Sewing Machines also work with local community centres, schools, colleges, councils, hospitals, factories and manufacturers, tailors and alteration outlets, furniture and vehicle upholsterers and regularly exhibit at exhibitions in Manchester and Harrogate.
Whilst Mark, who has been a Pfaff sewing machine, overlocker and iron press specialist since 1980, and was trained by Pfaff in Germany, and has utilised his skills all over Europe.
SA Sewing Machines whose showrooms cover Rochdale and Oldham and the surrounding Lancashire and Manchester areas, has an excellent selection of both domestic and industrial models at the Rochdale branch from basic flat bed machines and overlockers to under bed trimmers, walking foot machines, zigzag and twin needle models to name but a few.
The Oldham branch offers an array of domestic machines and a selection of flatbed industrial machines primarily for home sewers.
The Pfaff Service Centre in Leeds also carries a good selection for those people living in Yorkshire.
Specialist machines are available to order at all locations and can meet any specific requirements you might have.
Whether you are a business owner looking to purchase a high grade sewing machine or roller press, or a home sewing enthusiast, SA Sewing Machines and the Pfaff Service Centre are here to help you.
SA Sewing Machines will have its next public exhibition in November at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. More information about the dates and times are available by visiting www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/ harrogate