October 1, 1954, Hospital and Social Service Journal

A report by the Leeds City Medical Officer report on the city’s mental health services praised mental health social workers this week. ‘Nothing is too much trouble. Whether it is witnessing milk forms, taking youths and girls for interviews, helping and reassuring the mother in those low grade distressing cases for which institutional care cannot yet be found, (they) are contributing in no small measure their share to true preventative health’.

The report went on to ruminate on the ’50 or 60 jobs suitable for mental defectives’ in the area. The vast majority were employed as engineering or agricultural labourers or as doffers, bobbin liggers or minders (know we don’t know what these jobs either – can readers tell us?) in mills.

Other occupations varied from, we kid you not, ‘folding and feeding’ in the printing trade’, greasing tins in bakehouses or filling sauce bottles (location unspecified), to ‘the slightly more complicated processes in boot manufacture such as heel building.’