White Rose Centre Leeds

On Saturday 8 February 2014 the 'Time to Change Experience' popped up at the White Rose Centre  – and we had 58 volunteers from Leeds chatting to shoppers

A host of mental health, other voluntary sector organisations and Leeds City Council joined forces with Time to Change to get people in Leeds talking at White Rose Centre. We were in the prime central atrium and our activities throuout the day were impossible to miss.

The Time to Change Experience was a new interactive space, based on four key activity zones where the public could have conversations about mental health, whilst engaging in a range of activities and having lots of fun. These included  pledging, arts and crafts, sports and a surgery where people could be signposted to local services.

For children there was free facepainting, stiltwalking, table football, ballons, story telling from the beautifully embroided Leeds Mental Health Chair and the Likely Story theatre troupe.

At 12 noon there  was a special appearance by Ronnie the Rhino and he was joined by Lucas the Kop Kat; the official mascots of Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United. Professional rugby and football players shared tips on sport, tactics, fitness and wellbeing.

When people met our Volunteers with lived experience they found out more about the realities of mental health. This helps to challenge the prejudices and stereotypes which often lead to discrimination.

This was the flagship community engagement event  in conjunction with Time to Talk Day which took place across the country a few days before.

One Amazing Day!

Here is a great personal account of the day from Vanessa, a Time to Change Leeds Volunteer and one from Aimee who shares her experince of volunteering and talking to the public.

Mat, a keen photographer and Time to Change Leeds Volunteer, has put together this wonderful presentation of One Amazing Day

Please take a look at the Flickr gallery of images taken by Danny Solle.


A masssive heartfelt thank you to the volunteers from Leeds who supported our amazing day at White Rose Centre. For many it was the first time talking directly to the public about mental health.

If you are interested in getting more involved in Time to Change and have any ideas about how to challenging stigma using social contact please drop a line to Angela Slater, North East Regional Coordinator at a.slater@time-to-change.org.uk.

Opportunities for getting involved include taking part in training, networking events, writing blogs and events that challenge stigma among members of the public. Angela can also mentor anyone who feels this would help them to get involved.

A special thank you to Tricia Thorpe, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Time to Change Leeds (funded by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) who provided a team of volunteer co-ordinators who supported the volunteers throughout the day.

White Rose Centre

White Rose Centre is on Dewsbury Road, in the Beeston area of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It spans two floors and is near the M621 motorway. It takes its name from the White Rose of York, the traditional symbol of Yorkshire.

You can find White Rose Centre on the south side of Leeds, off junction 28 of the M62. It’s less than 3 miles from the city centre, and within easy walking and cycling distance of local residential areas.

White Rose Centre is owned and managed by Land Securities, the largest commercial property company in the UK.


Leeds Mind supports people with mental health problems, providing services throughout the Leeds area. We believe that everyone can lead a full, active and rewarding life, and we work with our clients to support them in achieving their goals and engaging in their communities.

Time to Change Leeds is fully supported by Leeds & York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust and NHS Leeds, who believe recovery begins when people feel part of their community.

Volition is an alliance of voluntary sector organisations that either provide mental health services for or work with people who have mental health needs in Leeds.

Touchstone provides a range of innovative services that improve health and wellbeing in Leeds.

Hamara works primarily (but not exclusively) with the South Asian community currently delivering several different strands of work; Information and Advice, Sports and Exercise, Youth Services, Community Cohesion etc

Space 2 believes that the arts can change lives and  continue to promote arts projects as part of the solution in some of Leeds’ most challenged neighbourhoods and to address entrenched issues for communities and cities.

State of Mind was established in 2011 with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby league players and communities. We want to get people talking about it. 

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to people within Leeds, York, Selby, Tadcaster, Easingwold and parts of North Yorkshire

Leeds City Council is responsible for providing all statutory local authority services in Leeds, except for those it provides jointly in conjunction with other West Yorkshire Authorities. The council is one of the largest employers in West Yorkshire, with around 33,000 employees.

Leeds United Foundation is a not for profit, grass roots sports charity, that exists to deliver targeted, high quality programmes that have a real and measurable positive impact on and which nurture the relationship between, the club, its fans and its communities.