Living in Gipton and Harehills during the pandemic and beyond

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leeds undertook a project to hear from the residents of Gipton and Harehills, the second most deprived ward in the city, to inform a strategic, community led response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic locally.  It took place from February to June 2021.  They spoke to 222 people in total.

  • People will need time and support to recover from a year of mixed messages about COVID.
  • Everyone’s COVID experience has been unique.
  • Community is a source of both tension and loyalty.
  • Gipton and Harehills are felt to be held back by stigma.
  • Nature and the environment have the potential to enhance lives.
  • Better services around crime, transport and rents make for a better life.

There were 6 recommendations addressing the findings of the report.

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General details

Report title 
Living in Gipton and Harehills during the pandemic and beyond
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Friday, 6 August, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Key themes 
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Health inequalities
Health protection
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Structured interview
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
16-17 years
18-24 years
25-64 years
65-85 years
85 +
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.