Caring Together recently held a successful tea and cakes afternoon at Little London Community Centre. All present remarked on what an enjoyable afternoon it was. Many thanks to Headingley Methodist Church for the loan of their cups, saucers, side plates and cakes stands, to Tesco Express on Burley Rd for a generous selection of cakes that they donated and to Little London Primary School for supporting us too on the day.
A special mention to our volunteers and members for attending and supporting the day. In addition, aprons worn on the day were hand made by a volunteer, flowers/foliage were hand picked and arranged by a volunteer, vases to house them were recycled and decorated by volunteers and members, even some of the table cloths were from volunteers/members. All the prizes were donated by volunteers/members and the Mansion House, and one prize was made by a volunteer. Other decorations around the room were also made and arranged on the day by volunteers. Most of the cakes and buns were hand-made for the day and all the coffee, tea and sugar was donated too. A truly amazing effort.
Leeds Forward came and finished the shed on the Caring Together allotment yesterday. It now has doors!! Many thanks to them for this. This will make a great difference to the allotment team in helping to keep the plot tidy.
The C.T Lounge was back in action last week. Singing in the rain was the musical chosen and as expected it was footstampingly amazing and well received. The cinema afternoons are continuing to be a success with ice cream and popcorn available as part of the experience. Many different suggestions were made as to which films to show in future, though of course, nobody attending knows what the film will be until it starts. A big thanks to Little London Community Primary School for the loan of the projector and speakers.
The second session of the LUUMIC Societies Ukulele sessions took place at Little London Community Centre recently. These have been a great success with our members many of whom never had the opportunity to learn an instrument before. The group moved up to using 3 chords and singing and playing at the same time much to the delight of all of the members.
Leeds University held its annual party for members of local Neighbourhood Networks recently and a great time was had by all. Students delivered a fantastic performance of jazz standards. Many thanks to the students and the university for maintaining this annual event which can only help in fostering community spirit and improving the links between the local communities and the local student population.
The Leeds Benevolent Society for Single Ladies (registered charity No 1155794) visited the Caring Together offices last Thursday to hand over the first cheque to us as part of their commitment to provide funding towards our work with older people in Woodhouse and Little London. Pictured are Anona Everett and Jill Richardson of LBSSL and our own Valerie McGregor. A big thanks to LBSSL for this. We look forward to working closely together in the years ahead.
Some time ago students from Leeds Beckett University helped Caring Together erect a shed on our allotment. However, before we had time to secure it properly, along came the winter winds and tossed it around the plot leaving it in a sorry state. We contacted Hyde Park Source who along with a partner project, Forward Leeds, set about repairing the damage and making sure that it was secured.
Many thanks to Hyde Park Source and Forward Leeds for their assistance which is greatly appreciated by Caring Together. There is still more work needed on the shed which they are both planning to return to carry out. We hope to continue our partnership working in the future
Hyde Park Source are a Leeds based cooperative who work with local communities to improve their surroundings, designing and creating attractive, exiting, safe and useful places for people to live, work and play.
Forward Leeds is the new alcohol and drug service in Leeds for adults, young people and families.
Our Spring 2017 Newsletter went out to our members and supporters last week. Lots of useful information and details of some of the things coming up at Caring Together in the near future.
We send this by email to many of our supporters but most of our members like to get the paper copy, which as you can imagine is a lot of newsletters!!
As always our Caring Together members and volunteers came to the rescue. First we had a small team in the office sticking on labels and packing envelopes and then we had an amazing team effort to get the newsletters out to older people in the area. From delivering batches to a specific area or just dropping off a couple to neighbours it all added up to over 250 newsletters being either hand delivered or passed on in groups.
This saved Caring Together almost £140 in postage costs!!
So thank you to each and every one of you – you were amazing (and we hope no-one got caught in the rain)
You can see all our most recent newsletters here
‘Thanks again to another wonderful partnership with Leeds Beckett University, Adult Nursing and School of Health and Community Studies we were able to offer some Everyday Basic First Aid skills again to our volunteers by volunteers. Three 3rd Year Nursing Students: Hayley Williams, Roisin Condon and Hayley Jackson joined us yesterday to help deliver our annual Awareness Session to our volunteers.
They had never delivered the training before so this proved a wonderful opportunity for them, and for us to be able to afford the same. Our volunteers felt the session was relaxed, friendly and fun as well as informative, with an opportunity to have a go if they wished. It also enabled them to share their own experiences including their fears in a supportive caring space.
I wish to thank School of Health and Community Studies, Hayley, Roisin and Hayley, APNA Day Centre for the venue, and our own volunteers for taking part and for being so supportive themselves to the next generation’. Lisa Argyle Community Resilience Worker/Health Amaze Project Worker
Our friends at OPAL (a scheme similar to Caring Together supporting older people in the Leeds 16 area) have been working very hard on renovating their new building and they are having an Open Day.
OPAL say, ‘Come along this Saturday 25th February 11am till 3pm to find out what’s happening at the Welcome In Community Centre.
We’re very lucky to have Brett Delaney & Keith Galloway from Leeds Rhinos visiting from 12 till 1pm and Ronnie the Rhino from 12 till 2pm.
There will be tea, coffee & cake plus face painting, craft and other stalls’