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.
Leeds 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 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.