What’s your story?

World Storytelling Day 2019

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The Wednesday Group will be celebrating World Storytelling Day on 

Wednesday 20th March


Little London Community Centre

(everyone has a story, what’s yours?)

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral Storytelling It is celebrated every year on the March Equinox, on (or near) March 20. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create International contacts.

The significance in the event lies in the fact that it is the first global celebration of storytelling of its kind, and has been important in forging links between storytellers often working far apart from each other. It has also been significant in drawing public and media attention to storytelling as an artform.


Leeds Older women Urinary Incontinence Self-mAnagement

Are you a woman aged 55 or above experiencing urine loss?
If so, the University of School of Healthcare would like to invite you try a self-management package containing information and skills that may help you manage your condition.
Your views and experience in using this package will be collected helping us understand whether this package is feasible and acceptable to women.

If you are interested in this study or would like to find out more information about this study. Please contact the lead researcher:

Dr Maggie Fu
0113 343 1244
School of Healthcare
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

LOUISA is funded by Leeds Benevolent Society for Single Ladies charity (LBSSL).

The M&S Memory Cafe

The M&S Memory Cafe

Anyone interested in attending this?

From their website:

The M&S Memory Cafe runs from 1pm-3pm on the third Friday of the month – join us for relaxed chat, crafts, reminiscence, and of course tea and cake!

Upcoming dates are 15th March, 17th May, 21st June.

The cafe is free of charge, and we have crafty activities each month.

Please ring us on 0208 718 2800 to book your place.

Find out more about our other reminiscence activities here.

Find us:

  • Our address is M&S Company Archive, Michael Marks Building, off Clarendon Road, LS2 9LP. We are just behind the old Grammar School (now the Business School) on Moorland Road.
  • The 56 bus stops on Moorland Road, 200 yards from the archive.
  • We have two blue badge spaces for visitors, please call us on 0208 718 2800 to book a blue badge space.

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Leeds has a Recovery College

…but what’s that got to do with mental health and wellbeing?

So… last week Caring Together, being interested in the concept, met with Simon Burton, the Recovery College Development Manager at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for the first Recovery College session, …and we found out.

Recovery Colleges deliver comprehensive, peer-led education and training courses which focus on living well, both mentally and physically. They are run like any other college, providing education as a route to recovery and not as a form of therapy. Courses are co-devised and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental illness and by mental health professionals.

Their services can be offered to service users, professionals and families alike, with people choosing the courses they would like to attend from a prospectus. As well as offering education alongside treatment for people they also change the relationship between services and those who use them; they identify new peer workers to join the workforce; and they can replace some existing services.

The first recovery college opened its doors in 2010 and since then they have steadily grown in number and popularity. We now have over 85 across in the UK and even more worldwide.

Simon is looking for help from a range of people and organisations across Leeds to develop courses for the new college.’


Calling all Woodhouse Ramblers

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Caring Together are starting a series of pre-lunch small local walks every Thursday starting from next week, the 28th February. These will last for 50 mins to one hour. The start time will be 11.30. The first walk will be a simple jaunt around Woodhouse Moor. If these prove popular the walks may become a permanent feature.

If interested phone John on 2430298 or just turn up and meet at Woodhouse Community Centre at 11.30am.

Musical Miscellany

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Would any members be interested in attending any of the following  free lunchtime musical events on a Friday afternoon? These recitals only last for 50 minutes. If interested contact the Caring Together office and it may be possible to walk to the university with a staff member.

The location is :

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

‘Home to instrumental concerts, the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall is one venue where you can enjoy performances by the School of Music and visiting performers.

It provides a programme of free Friday lunchtime recitals and occasional ‘rush hour’ and Sunday afternoon concerts.

The concert programme covers almost every musical genre, from period instrument performances to the avant-garde including European art music, world and popular music, contemporary music and jazz.’

Get those boots on.


Caring Together and BAME have been in talks with the aim of organising a joint Walking Group in Little London and Woodhouse. If anyone is interested in taking part in any future walks contact Caring Together on 2430298 and we can organise a meeting of all those interested. It is likely that the walks will be starting around April. The walks will be around the Leeds area and will be likely of a moderate length though participants will have input into both the location and intensity of the walks.

Time To Talk

Since Time To Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Hundreds of events around the country took place to get people talking about mental health.

Caring Together held it’s own event last Thursday at Little London Community Centre. There was plant potting and craft tables to keep everyone occupied accompanied by cakes-a-plenty and copious hot drinks. It was a lovely relaxed session and all seemed to enjoy the afternoon.