A huge thanks to Leeds Benevolent Society for Single Ladies

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.

Bhole Bisre Yaadein

 

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.

History Pin Project

SAM_3205Leeds Libraries and the Big Lottery have combined to develop the History Pin Project in Leeds.Their aim is to bring older adults together to share stories and memories of the history of Leeds, as told by the people who have lived through it. Caring Together have been fully supportive of the project since its inception and were delighted to welcome the project to our groups last week A big thanks to Sharon Hughes, the project worker with History Pin, for sharing resources from library archives with our members.

A big thank you to Caring Together volunteers

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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.

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‘Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher’

DSC06081Last 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.

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Become a Trustee with Caring Together

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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.

 

An Age Friendly Charter for Leeds

 

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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.

 

Christmas Greetings from Caring Together

 

all-souls-churchCaring 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

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