Press release: Barca-Leeds – Winners of the Yorkshire Medical Chambers Annual Charity Award 2017

Barca-Leeds are delighted to be the winner and first recipient of the Yorkshire Medical Chambers Annual Charity Award.

The Yorkshire Medical Chambers is a federation of doctors and health care professionals who provide essential support for medical practices across the Yorkshire region.

This award is a reflection of the quality and diverse work Barca-Leeds undertakes especially in relation to improving health outcomes. Barca-Leeds deliver the West Leeds PEP (Patient Empowerment Project) working with GP practices and it also delivers services in relation to Cancer Prevention and improving health and well-being.

Barca-Leeds is also a partner within the Forward Leeds service which provides comprehensive treatment services for Drug and Alcohol issues.

Barca-Leeds’ contribution to the partnership is the provision of alcohol treatment services within GP practices and family support services for those within treatment and early intervention and prevention services throughout the city.

Mark Law, MBE and Chief Executive Officer, Barca-Leeds quote:

“We are delighted to be the recipient of this award and would like to thank Yorkshire Medical Chambers for this expression of confidence in our services. Yorkshire Medical Chambers is a GP lead service and we are particularly honoured to be chosen as their charity of the year”.

Dr Sue Elton, GP, member of the Yorkshire Medical Chambers and a former trustee of Barca-Leeds quote:

“I am absolutely delighted that my colleagues have chosen Barca-Leeds to receive the Annual Charity Award. I have seen first-hand the impact of their work from the patients that I have treated and I am in admiration for the services they provide. The work Barca-Leeds does and has done for decades, makes a difference to the whole community, both now and for future generations. It is a truly holistic approach to community that is an inspiration to us all.”

Hester Dunlop, GP and Yorkshire Medical Chambers Clinical Lead: quote

“Yorkshire Medical Chambers is a federation of self-employed locum GP’s formed in 2010 who choose to organise their work together because of the benefits that brings them in terms of administrative support, peer support and accountability, access to different practices and education . We felt Barca ‘s local and committed approach to the community reflected the same values that we all value in primary care .”


Alcohol and Families

Alcohol Awareness Week 13-19th November

Between the 13th – 19th November is Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 and Barca Leeds will be using this as an opportunity to have conversations around harmful drinking and how this can have an affect on family life.

To raise awareness around Alcohol Awareness week we will be: 

  • Displaying information around alcohol use and parenting; drinking guidelines; information for family members and how and where to access support.
  • Delivering ‘Alcohol Awareness’ Sessions with children and young people.
  • Promoting Barca’s Family Services that support families affected by alcohol use.
  • Providing two weekly drop ins for young people aged 13-19yrs who require confidential advice and guidance (these will take place on Monday 13th November 4:00-5:30 and Sunday 19th November 12:00-2:00 at Barca Leeds, 259 Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3JT).

Forward Leeds Drug and Alcohol Service will also be providing support across Leeds around alcohol use and the impact on children. For more information on these sessions please see


Useful Resources to download:

Alcohol Awareness Pack

Alcohol and Families Leaflet

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