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.