A meeting was held today at Little London Community Centre to celebrate the achievements of the volunteers at Caring Together during 2016. The work that we do would be so much more limited in scope and quality without the input of volunteers and we appreciate the time and energy that they have brought to their respective roles. The range of feedback received particularly in relation to personal high points during the year included:
‘Children from the local primary acknowledging me on the street after previously taking part in an inter generational event alongside Caring Together and their school’
‘Feeling valued and welcomed during befriending visits’
‘Caring Together is like my family. I use it in all aspects of my life. Not only as a volunteer but also for social support and advice’
Thank you to Lisa for her stellar work with volunteers over the past year and her dedication in providing a full range of opportunities for volunteering and also her support for individual volunteers.
Last week saw the end of project exhibition for the Wordsworth Project, a collaboration between the Wordsworth Society, Leeds University, Caring Together and Shire Oak Primary School. Caring Together members have thoroughly enjoyed the project with one person saying that ‘it was the best thing that I have been involved in for ages’. A big thanks to Anna Fleming from the Worsworth Project who facilitated the project with so much enthusiasm.
Are you looking to become more involved in the activities of your local community?
Would you be interested in becoming a Trustee with Caring Together?
Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the charity. Trustees must ensure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of the charity and that the charity is run in accordance with its constitution, charity law and all other applicable laws and regulations.
Currently Caring Together has space for perhaps another 2 trustees. Ideally, to achieve the skills and experience balance on our board one should have experience within business and one should be a local older person.
If you feel that this is for you contact John O’Dwyer on 0113 2430298 for an informal chat.
Caring Together would like to offer our best wishes for 2017 to all of our members and supporters and to those whom we will be working closely with over this New Year. Your support over the past year has been invaluable and is very much appreciated.
Caring Together is happy to sign up to the principles underpinning the new Age Friendly Charter for Leeds. We concur with all its aims of promoting access by older people to quality services, their participation and input into service developments and their right to be consulted about any changes to service provision. We value the knowledge and experience that older people have and believe that only by their full involvement can services truly represent their full spectrum of needs and exploit their full potential.
Caring Together would like to offer our very best wishes for Christmas 2016 to our members, supporters, volunteers, trustees and those who help to fund us over the past year. Enjoy yourself, keep safe, and we will see you all in the New Year. The Caring Together offices will be closed from 4pm on Friday 23rd December 2019 and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. If anyone requires urgent help during this period please contact Adult Social Care on 0113 2224401, or in an emergency, outside of their office hours, on 0113 2409537
Members of Caring Together were once again recently invited to the annual Notre Dame Christmas party for older people in the locality. And once again they were treated to fantastic entertainment provided by staff and pupils as well as an array of food and beverages. Caring Together values the links that we have with schools in the area and offers thanks to the staff and pupils of Notre Dame for the consistently warm welcome that they make for our members every year.
Caring Together, as in other years, organised 2 shopping trips for members this year. One to Otley and one within Leeds. Wades charity provided funding again this year for the costs of minibus hire for both trips. Many thanks to them for their continued support.
One of the trips was for those who needed a little extra support to get around and we likewise offer our thanks to those Caring Together volunteers who helped out on the day.
The past couple of weeks have gone by in a blur at Caring Together with all of the groups organising their own outings to various fooderies around Leeds. Great times were had by all with most saying how the meals made them feel that this is the start of Christmas for them and how it was nice to be able to celebrate this with friends and neighbours
Caring Together held an end of year celebration last Friday at Woodhouse Community Centre for members, volunteers, local older people and supporters and there was a great turnout. We were treated to over an hour of fantastic entertainment provided by LUUMIC.
”LUUMIC, or Music Impact in the Community, is a volunteering society that aims to get involved in the community of Leeds through the shared love of music. We collaborate with a range of organisations to give our volunteers a wide variety of experiences that they can carry forward into their lives”.
Everyone in attendance had a great time and the quality of music played and the carols sung for us were superb. A fitting end, (well, almost), to the year for Caring Together and an afternoon that many remarked should become an annual event. Many thanks to all those students involved. They are a credit to themselves, their university (and Leeds college of music) and the local community.