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Petition to leeds city council

Save the home of community arts in Leeds

As of April 2018, changes brought in by Leeds City Council Officers will mean that 14 community arts groups will effectively be evicted from the Carriageworks Theatre. This has been our home since it was built, using public money in 2005, and was made for the community after the closure of the Leeds Civic Theatre where we were based before. Now Council Officers are moving to commercialise the venue and drive us out again - the very people who hold it so dear, who have made it the success it is, and who account for tens of thousands of feet through the door each year. We urge Leeds City Council to intervene and make good on their promises in the Leeds Culture Strategy 2017 to "utilise [cultural activity] as a means of improving the quality of life experienced by every person and every community in Leeds" and to keep the Carriageworks Theatre the home of community arts in Leeds.  The four main requests we have are: To allow the theatre to remain open past 8.30pm so that our members can rehearse at a sensible time To give back access to the rehearsal and meeting rooms so that groups aren't left with nowhere to rehearse while rooms lay emptyTo give us back access to the workshop facilities so that we can continue creating amazing sets for theatre and musical productionsFor a sensible community pricing structure, which is affordable and acknowledges the fact that we are community arts groups not professional touring companiesMore information can be found at the Leeds Community Arts Network website: LEEDS COMMUNITY ARTS NETWORK WEBSITE To show your support please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, share posts and get people involved! CARRIAGEWORKS IS COMMUNITY FACEBOOK CARRIAGEWORKS IS COMMUNITY TWITTER We will not let go without a fight, because this is our home. We are Leeds taxpayers, and this is a taxpayer funded theatre. The Carriageworks was built for the Community, and the Community refuse to be pushed out. A copy of our press release is below with additional information and background. -------- Leeds City Council Officers will force 14 nationally recognized, voluntary arts organisations out of their long-established home in Leeds. The Carriageworks Theatre, situated on Millennium Square in the Civic Cultural Quarter of Leeds, was purpose-built in 2005 as a home for community arts after the closure of the Leeds Civic Theatre. It came about after a lengthy campaign supported by the Yorkshire Evening Post and is currently home to groups such as Leeds Youth Opera, Leeds Children’s Theatre, Leeds Arts Centre, Our Community Dances, Leeds Writers Circle and Shatterproof. These groups are represented by an umbrella organization called Leeds Community Arts Network (Leeds CAN). The changes made by Council Offers are directly at odds with the Leeds Cultural Strategy 2017, which states that the city will “value and prioritise cultural activity, utilizing it as a means of improving the quality of life experienced by every person and every community in Leeds”. The changes being brought in are: Eviction from the scenic workshop facilities and storage area - space that was put into the new building specifically for the use of Leeds Community Arts Network member groups - will mean costs more than quadrupling for the volunteer-run community groups.A halving of the number of rooms available for rehearsals and meetings - meaning that groups will no longer be able to meet at the theatre.Early closure at 8.30pm - meaning that members who have family or work commitments would not be able to make earlier starting times of 6.30pm.New room-hire rates to come into effect as of the 1st April 2018, rising to the same level as professional arts rates by 2021/22 – an increase of 500%.Said Matthew Stirk, Chairman of Leeds CAN Board of Trustees - “Obviously we understand that savings need to be made, but the commercial activity of the Carriageworks was always intended to support community arts, notreplace it. To ask a community group, especially one performing youth theatre, to pay as much as a professional touring show is naive at best. The early closure times will affect most of our groups, considering that many ofour members have families and are often dictated by childcare and tea times. This could kill off the community spirit once and for all and, considering the West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment is funding an additionalperformance space for emerging artists, it could even kill off the Carriageworks Theatre itself.” Anita Adams, trustee of Leeds CAN and Artistic Director of Leeds Youth Opera – which was described by the Yorkshire Post as ‘a national cultural treasure’ - said “How can the council not be proud of all the incrediblethings being created at the Carriageworks? The theatre was built to have Community and specifically our groups at its very core. Access to the arts is absolutely essential to the well being of young people. Our groups empowerconfidence, inspire imaginations and above all provide amazing opportunities for many children and young people. This is at the heart of the Child Friendly Leeds agenda. The Carriageworks wouldn’t exist without the work we put in when the Civic was closed. The council should be hailing this theatre as a shining light for community accessibility and doing everything possible to champion the work. Instead we find ourselves outpriced, with restricted access and no support at all. This is our home, it’s the last in a long line of evictions and I fear this one we won’t survive.” The terms were described as ‘non-negotiable’ by one Council Officer. He also described the Carriageworks as ‘not a community theatre’, conflicting with a statement from Andrew MacGill (Head of Arts & Events, Leeds CityCouncil 2005) which said “I think we now have the final piece in the jigsaw. The Carriageworks will complement Leeds' other theatres promoting a range of events and it will also become a vital resource for arts and community groups in the city.” A petition to save community arts at the Carriageworks Theatre has been started on Social Media by a group of people involved with the original campaign to save the Civic Theatre ( – “Community arts groups like the ones supported by Leeds CAN at the Carriageworks Theatre are often the only way some young people can experience arts, as education cuts and negative attitudes from the Department for Education towards arts have resulted in fewer schools offering extensive extra-curricular arts programmes. No-one can deny the positive effects that involvement in the arts can have on all aspects of life, yet the Council seem intent on reserving this to only those who can afford it, and we believe it should be enjoyed by all. Considering the number of members we have over retirement age and the current problems with loneliness in the UK, these moves are absolutely callous.” – Janet Johnston, spokesperson for the Carriageworks is Community campaign.

Carriageworks is Community
12,069 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, The General Medical Council


We have set up this online petition on behalf of people living with Diabetes, their carers and families in support of our lovely Consultant Dr Paul Grant. Bring back Dr. Grant Paul Grant (often known as Doctor Paul) worked as the clinical leader for the community Diabetes service since it was set up in 2016. Before this he had worked in Brighton Diabetes services for many years at the County Hospital. Unfortunately Dr. Grant has been suspended by the GMC for admitted failings in academic publication matters and using the FRCP title after his name (a more senior type of royal college of Physicians membership). He is apologetic and pained by his failings. He has been dishonest and knows where he went wrong. Despite these errors we still support Dr. Grant and want him to come back to work. Doctors are human too. He knows he went wrong but He is now a loyal and trusted Doctor who works hard for patients and groups locally. He has saved the life of my sister on 2 occasions and has looked after me for years. We have a strong family history of Diabetes. Currently there is a significant lack of Diabetes specialised Doctors in Sussex. To show commitment, solidarity, confidence and support for Dr Grant we ask that you sign below so we can let the medical authorities (the clinical commissioning groups) and the Doctors regulator (the General Medical Council) know that he is a good Doctor who we want to come back to work and look after us. We don't want to lose him. Prolonged suspension is extreme. It does no-one any favours. It's a crisis of failing people with Diabetes if he is not forgiven. We care because he cares for us. His case details are on the MPTS website,

Andrew Christie
62 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP

Please allow Phra Rujisri to stay in the UK - urgent!

Phra Rujisri is a Buddhist monk and the abbot of our temple in Manchester. Phra Rujisri has had his visa revoked. We request that the Home Office reconsider their decision and allow him to remain in the UK. Phra Rujisri is a person of great integrity, kindness and wisdom who has had an immense impact on the lives of people in our community, regardless of their personal beliefs. As a Buddhist, he practices compassion, mindfulness, selflessness, patience, and respect for others. He cultivates inner peace and inspires others to develop this quality in themselves. Phra Rujisri has a great understanding of Buddhism and meditation, and he has excellent English language skills. Our temple depends upon his guidance and he has fostered many positive relationships between our communities. Phra Rujisri is indispensable to us. Phra Rujisri has provided the wisdom, direction and energy to help to transform an old, semi-derelict church building into a thriving and vibrant temple. Phra Rujisri teaches weekly meditation classes for local people. They experience many benefits including reducing stress, overcoming depression and sleep problems and learning to develop focus and concentration. Phra Rujisri generously gives his time to others. He visits families, primary schools, universities and Cub Scout groups. He also provides food and other essential items to homeless people. He helps people to learn to cope better with the problems and worries of life by encouraging a more positive outlook. His help is often life-changing. Phra Rujisri is supported entirely by donations from the community at no cost to the state.  Phra Rujisri overstayed his minister of religion visa, when he had emergency dental surgery outside the UK. The Home Office has not taken this into consideration when dealing with Phra ™Rujisri’s case. Phra Rujisri will have to leave the UK at short notice because of this, and we believe this is disproportionate because he contributes so much to our lives and to the life of the local community. Our hope now is that the UK Home Office will reconsider their decision. We ask that they have compassion and understanding and allow him to stay to continue his good work. Please sign our petition in support of Phra Rujisri.

Lisa Craig
1,433 supporters