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’
‘Thanks to our partnership with LUUMIC and our mutual interest in music Caring Together has been able to bring something a little extra to our members this term. In the past we have reminisced, then listened and sang along, now it was our turn to get to have a play-along and try an instrument for ourselves. And for one member to join in using her own instrument: the harmonica’.
‘Being an adult learner myself I can appreciate how difficult it can be but also how much fun it can be too. Our limits in life are often of circumstance, yet given the same chance as others, one can flourish. Our members certainly did that. A couple of members have even enquired about where they can purchase one having loved the experience so much. For others it was just a nice opportunity for them. Most of the members stated they had never had the chance to play musical instruments when they were growing up, well, apart from the recorder. They just felt it was great to be able to try it themselves, in a safe, fun way and just to do something different.’
‘A big thank you to Betsy, LUUMIC President, and all the students and our members who gave up their time to make this a fun couple of sessions’.
Lisa Argyle, Community Resilience Worker/Health Amaze Project Worker
We are looking forward to our second session in March.
The Leeds Benevolent Society for Single Ladies (registered charity No 1155794) have approached Caring Together with the aim of providing an initial 3 years of funding to support our project work. The society is a charitable foundation that assists elderly single ladies or spinsters who reside in Leeds. Caring Together is delighted with this offer and wish to offer our thanks to the society from all of our staff, trustees and members. The funds will be used to support our advocacy support work within Woodhouse and Little London.
The Bhole Bisre Yaadein (Forgotten Memories) group at APNA Day Centre resumed back after a 2 month break on the 26th January. Caring Together has been fortunate to have received invites to this wonderful group in the past. The evening, held once a month from 7 pm -9.30 pm consists of poetry recitals, Bollywood and Panjabi sing-a-longs and playing memory enhancing games. The picture shows a snapshot of those attending one of the evenings including Caring Together members.