University of Leeds Volunteering Fair

Caring Together, as we do every year, had a presence at the Leeds University Volunteering Fair on Tuesday. As always, it was hectic and vibrant. Lisa attended on behalf of Caring Together. This is a great opportunity to make local students and the university aware of what we do and of the myriad opportunities available.

If you wish to explore the range of ways in which you can volunteer with Caring Together phone Lisa on:


and we can make you aware of what we do and of the ways that you can make a difference to the lives of older people in our area.

Go on, give it a try.

Annual General Meeting

It was Caring Together’s 24th AGM on Friday. It was held at Little London Community Centre. There was plenty of food and refreshments and the Lord Mayor,  Cllr Eileen Taylor, attended and gave a speech. It was a day of positives with the finances for last year looking good and with a great deal of new projects to look back on and with new initiatives in the pipeline. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out on the day.


International Day of Older People

A fantastic day out was had by Caring Together members this afternoon. To celebrate International Day of Older People a group of us went into town, to The Light, to watch the movie Downton Abbey. Afterwards we all went for a drink and a cake.

It was a great way to spend the afternoon. One member said:

‘I really enjoyed the day. It has been years since I went to the cinema.’ ‘I have seen another couple of films that I would like to see. I shall come back again with my daughter’

Many thanks for the IDOP grant, administered by Leeds Older Peoples Forum, that paid for the transport and volunteer expenses for this outing.

At the cricket

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10 Caring Together members took advantage of free tickets offered by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation last Monday. The match was Yorkshire CCC v Kent CC. These Match Day Experience offers are fantastic opportunities to watch top flight cricket.

As it was, it was a sobering match for Yorkshire who were well beaten by Kent, by 433 runs, setting up in terms of runs Kent’s largest win, the losers’ heaviest defeat and the fourth heaviest defeat in County Championship history. Darren Stevens claimed his fifth wicket of the innings, his 50th championship wicket of the season and became the second-oldest player to score 200 and take five wickets in an innings after WG Grace.

If these opportunities arise again it would be good for Caring Together to have an up to date idea of how many people would be interested. Let us know by phoning the office on 2430298 and we can add you to the list for any future offers.

Lunch-time meet up at the Merchant

Caring Together were in the Merchant in the City Centre today for one of our regular monthly lunchtime meals out. If you are interested in joining us on one of these outings let us know and we will look out for you. Ideally it would be good if you could let a team member know if you are intending to come or alternatively call the office on 2430298 and let us know your intentions.

Our next meet-up is on Monday 28th October at the Hyde Park Pub at 12 noon

Writing Group

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Caring Together’s Writing Group will be having its first session tomorrow at Little London Community Centre. This for members only. If you are interested in attending, call the office on 0113 2430298 and speak with John so that we know the numbers to expect.

No previous experience of writing your own material is required. Just turn up and as a group we will determine the direction things go.

This pilot group will be running for initially 8 sessions

The sessions will be:

5th September between 2pm and 4pm

12th September between 2pm and 4pm

19th September between 2pm and 4pm

26th September between 2pm and 4pm

3rd October between 2pm and 4pm

10th October between 2pm and 4pm

17th October between 2pm and 4pm

24th October between 2pm and 4pm

Come along and give it a try!