Sounds and Colour of the Carnival

Well we didn’t have the sun, but Caring Together had its own Carnival experience yesterday. Little London Community Centre was a riot of colour and SOCA beats as we organised an early celebration of the Leeds West Indian Carnival 50th anniversary. Mr carnival himself, Arthur France, attended and judged our own carnival headgear creations, crowning Myrna Rutledge our own carnival queen. Arthur’s wife, Tattra, helped with setting up the room and Angela Wenham, who creates much of the costumes for the carnival, brought some examples of headgear for members to try out. We had a special guest in Anona Everett from the Leeds Benevolent Society for Single Ladies, who provide much need funding Support to Caring Together. Our own Valerie supplied a fantastic array of cup cakes and the Little London Community Primary School supplied speakers for the sound system. Many thanks to Lisa who was the driving force in organising the afternoon and to members who displayed great creativity in preparing for the day.

Pre-Carnival preparations in pictures

Caring Together has been gearing-up for some time for our pre-carnival celebration event. The pictures show the hard work that has gone into preparations for the day.

This started some time ago with discussions between our own Lisa Argyle and Arthur France ( MBE Hon LLD Founding member and Chairperson Leeds West Indian Carnival). Arthur is also a member of Caring Together. The first Leeds West Indian Carnival was held in August 1967 and was the first formally organized authentic Caribbean carnival in Europe. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of that year. A tremendous achievement.

Carnival is coming


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Leeds West Indian Carnival

is ‘50’ this year!

Caring Together

warmly invites members to share your stories/memories & be part of the ‘Carnival’ atmosphere ahead of the main event

Thursday 29th June 2017


 Little London Community Centre

2pm – 4pm

Music, Cake & Refreshments

Most of the Groups at Caring Together have been involved in preparing for the day. Pictures of the preparations to follow on Monday in advance of the big day.

Game for a laugh

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    Mid-weekers Games Afternoon

The Mid-weekers Group on Wednesday held a games afternoon at Little London Community Centre. An enjoyable time was had by all.

Caring Together runs a number of social groups on a weekly basis covering a wide range of activities. We also, in conjunction with other community partners, plan and facilitate an ongoing series of time limited projects catering for a myriad of interests.

If you would like to join one of the Caring Together Groups or have a relative, friend or neighbour who you feel would benefit from attending phone John, Valerie or Lisa on 2430298 or by email on 

Basic Computer Refresher Sessions

Caring Together continually strive to develop programmes around I.T. support for older people in Woodhouse, Little London and the City Centre. Where possible we do this in partnership with other organisations. On this occasion we have linked with Age UK Leeds and Lovell Park Hub.  The first session took place this week but there is still time to join up for the remainder of the training. However there are very few places available..

Start Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017 for 6 weeks consecutive weeks

Last date being: Tuesday 25th July 2017

Venue: Lovell Park Hub (Computer Suite)

Wintoun Street

Little London

Leeds LS7: Computer Suite

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Note that the Caring Together Computer Drop-in at Lovell Park Hub will resume on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at the usual time of 10.30 am -12 noon and takes place every 3 weeks.

If you are interested in any of the above call 0113 2430298 and speak with Lisa, Valerie or John.

Writing Back Project Celebration

Writing Back is a volunteer pen pal scheme where older Yorkshire residents exchange letters with students at the University of Leeds, many of whom are away from home for the first time. This pioneering and award-winning scheme encouraged the formation of long-lasting friendships, whilst tackling loneliness in both demographics.  Caring Together have been involved with this fantastic project from the beginning and our members who participated were invited recently to yet another celebration event to meet their pen pals.

Winner of the Public Engagement with Research Award 2016: Research Execution Stage
Winner of the Leeds for Life Foundation Award 2015

Don’t forget to vote

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Your local polling Stations are listed below and are open until 10pm tonight

Main Hall Woodhouse Community Centre 197 Woodhouse Street Leeds LS6 2NY

Training Room Quarry Mount Childrens Centre Quarry Street Leeds LS6 2JP

Portable building at Grafton School Craven Road Woodhouse Leeds LS6 2SN HWK 209

Portable building at the junction of Lovell Park Hill & Lovell Park Close Little London Leeds LS7 1DF

New Little London Community Centre Oatland Lane Leeds LS7 1SP

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Moseying down Meanwood Way



The Caring Together Walking Group held its 7th walk of the year yesterday. A local walk from Charring Cross in Little London to Meanwood Valley Farm via Buslingthorpe Lane.

During a recce of the walk on Tuesday, Walk Leader Ben took this wonderful picture below of a pig at the farm with her bonnivs. If anyone is interested in joining the Walking Group call John on 2430298. Most of the walks can be completed by people of a moderate fitness.


Making a difference



Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year. Caring Together organises events annually to recognise the stellar work of our core volunteers without which so much of our service provision would either not take place or would be less effective.

This year we made plans to spend the afternoon Crown Green Bowling on Woodhouse Moor. However the weather put paid to our plans and so staff had to quickly make alternative arrangements. Lisa Argyle, the volunteer coordinator at Caring Together, arranged for our volunteers and staff team to meet at T.J.s on Woodhouse Street for a games afternoon. This was a great success and everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

Many thanks to the staff team, particularly Lisa and Valerie for taking the lead with this and a massive thank you once again to our loyal and dedicated volunteers.