Some more Christmas cheer arrived at Caring Together this morning, courtesy of the staff at Zurich in Leeds who collected money to enable them to make us 16 festive hampers which they delivered to us today to give out to some of our members.
This was part of the ZurichFestive Challenge and is just one of the many ways in which they have supported us during 2016. We are very grateful for all your continuing help and support
Our office was a hive of activity as the Caring Together Elves , Volunteers, were busy wrapping boxes and packing them with lots of goodies to make up hampers.
All the food that went into the hampers was donated to Caring Together by members, volunteers supporters and also from Grove Methodist Church.
The hampers will be winging their way to our oldest members and some of the most vulnerable. Many thanks to all those who have helped by donating food or by packing and delivering.
Some of our members were able to join in on the Little Community Primary School ‘Festival of Light’ event this year, which the school hosted on Friday 25th November 2016.
The children made lanterns to carry and walked around the area with their parents/carers and some of our members ending with a Community Supper.
The walk took them on the pathway next to the park, across to the new park, under the bridge and back via the crossing by the Army Barracks, through the new houses and back to school.
One member noted that the sight and sound of the children walking along, holding lanterns and singing was truly heart warming, he said ‘it went on for a quarter mile and really lifted your spirits with each step’. He said, it felt nice to be part of my community; not just with Caring Together members but also the children, parents/carers, everyone is so welcoming.
Thank you for the invite from all at Caring Together, we look forward to strengthening our connections further in the New Year.
The Wordsworth in Woodhouse project has now ended. The collaboration between Caring Together, the Wordsworth Society and Leeds University ran for 8 weeks and culminates in a exhibition as noted below:
‘The exhibition ‘Creative Communities: Wordsworth in Leeds’ will be on display in Leeds Central library (in the main lending library) from Monday 9th January to Friday 3rd Feb 2017′
The Caring Together group will be going to a one off event in January 2017 along with some Y5 pupils of Shire Oak Primary School to see their work and pictures in the exhibition. Activities will be organised to help bring both generations together.
‘The exhibition will present images of community. It will include pictures from the Wordsworth Trust archive that capture Grasmere in the 1800s, and these will be contrasted with pictures from the two reading groups in Leeds’.
Most of the members of the reading group have contributed a photo to the exhibition that captures their idea of ‘community’ in relation to the poems that have been read and discussed. Although bringing different generations together and community working is nothing new to Caring Together, such an opportunity to work in partnership with Anna of the Wordsworth Society on a different subject matter for all was thought provoking, fun and interesting. It challenged many preconceptions of poetry among participants. Our members thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward the finale event in January 2017.
The garden at Woodhouse Community Centre is looking lovely in the winter sunshine today but it is very cold out there!!
Make sure you keep warm today and take care if you need to go out.
Caring Together is a ‘Winter Friend’ in Leeds and we also have a small stock of warm bedding, socks, gloves and thermal underwear. Give us a call if you need any of these.
More information about help to stay warm and well this winter in Leeds is available here
Our walking group encountered some creatures you wouldn’t normally expect to see in Kirkstall!
Yesterday’s walk from St Chad’s to Kirkstall was the last one of 2016 and thankfully the weather allowed it to go ahead.
Our walking group is taking a break now, over the winter months. They will resume fortnightly Wednesday morning walks in Spring 2017. If this is something you would like to join please contact Caring Together
Once a month a small group of people, mainly retired aged from 50 to over 90, meet in the circle bar of Leeds’ very own City Varieties. The group is called The Fashionable Lounge.
”Memories are shared, heart-warming, moving, revelatory and funny. Everyone has their own story to tell. No-one is ever left out. A feeling of cosy camaraderie has grown. Sometimes we play games and we have even been known to do a bit of play acting which is fitting for the venue”.
At present the group are involved in an Inter-generational project along with Leeds Older People’s Forum.
Caring Together was involved in the initial pilot of the Fashionable Lounge project and it is good to see that it was such a success that most of those involved from Caring Together are still attending.
A Caring Together member recently approached us to ask about Walking Football. He said that he played football regularly when younger and would like to give it a try for social and fitness reasons. We advised him where sessions in Leeds already take place but he was wondering if there were any people in Woodhouse, Little London or the Town Centre who would like to get together to try it out. The man is 78 years old so ideally people around that age range would be preferable
Walking Football is a version of the game where any player caught running concedes a free kick to the opposition.
If you fancy giving this a go contact John at Caring Together and we will put you in touch with one another.
Alternatively the following City Council Leisure Centres all hold sessions:
Armley Leisure Centre, Carr Croft, Leeds, LS12 3HB Mondays 12.00 – 1.00pm
Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Leeds, LS27 8JP Wednesdays 7.00 – 8.00pm
Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Leeds, LS28 7BE Thursdays 7.00 – 8.00pm
John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Barwick Road, Leeds, LS15 8TA Sundays 6.00 – 7.00pm
£3 per session or £2.50 with a LeedsCard Extra
Caring Together has been successful in its recent application for a grant from the Winter Well-being programme which has been funded by Public Health, Leeds City Council and one of Leeds Community Foundation’s donors. The grant will enable Caring Together to more fully support older people in Woodhouse and Little London over the coming months in coping with difficulties experienced during the winter period. Caring Together, its staff, trustees and members offer our thanks to Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Foundation for the faith that they have shown in us to undertake this extra work.
Lisa Keyworth of the SAFER Project was back at Caring Together on Tuesday, stimulating discussion around scams and frauds. Lisa gave information about postal and telephone fraud and how to protect yourself from doorstep criminals.
The SAFER project is a community protection and empowerment programme, working with older adults across West Yorkshire aiming to raise awareness and provide residents with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves against rogue traders and scams, and also to provide front-line advice and support to those already in crisis from such activity.