The M&S Memory Cafe

The M&S Memory Cafe

Anyone interested in attending this?

From their website:

The M&S Memory Cafe runs from 1pm-3pm on the third Friday of the month – join us for relaxed chat, crafts, reminiscence, and of course tea and cake!

Upcoming dates are 15th March, 17th May, 21st June.

The cafe is free of charge, and we have crafty activities each month.

Please ring us on 0208 718 2800 to book your place.

Find out more about our other reminiscence activities here.

Find us:

  • Our address is M&S Company Archive, Michael Marks Building, off Clarendon Road, LS2 9LP. We are just behind the old Grammar School (now the Business School) on Moorland Road.
  • The 56 bus stops on Moorland Road, 200 yards from the archive.
  • We have two blue badge spaces for visitors, please call us on 0208 718 2800 to book a blue badge space.

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Leeds has a Recovery College

…but what’s that got to do with mental health and wellbeing?

So… last week Caring Together, being interested in the concept, met with Simon Burton, the Recovery College Development Manager at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for the first Recovery College session, …and we found out.

Recovery Colleges deliver comprehensive, peer-led education and training courses which focus on living well, both mentally and physically. They are run like any other college, providing education as a route to recovery and not as a form of therapy. Courses are co-devised and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental illness and by mental health professionals.

Their services can be offered to service users, professionals and families alike, with people choosing the courses they would like to attend from a prospectus. As well as offering education alongside treatment for people they also change the relationship between services and those who use them; they identify new peer workers to join the workforce; and they can replace some existing services.

The first recovery college opened its doors in 2010 and since then they have steadily grown in number and popularity. We now have over 85 across in the UK and even more worldwide.

Simon is looking for help from a range of people and organisations across Leeds to develop courses for the new college.’


Calling all Woodhouse Ramblers

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Caring Together are starting a series of pre-lunch small local walks every Thursday starting from next week, the 28th February. These will last for 50 mins to one hour. The start time will be 11.30. The first walk will be a simple jaunt around Woodhouse Moor. If these prove popular the walks may become a permanent feature.

If interested phone John on 2430298 or just turn up and meet at Woodhouse Community Centre at 11.30am.

Musical Miscellany

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Would any members be interested in attending any of the following  free lunchtime musical events on a Friday afternoon? These recitals only last for 50 minutes. If interested contact the Caring Together office and it may be possible to walk to the university with a staff member.

The location is :

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

‘Home to instrumental concerts, the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall is one venue where you can enjoy performances by the School of Music and visiting performers.

It provides a programme of free Friday lunchtime recitals and occasional ‘rush hour’ and Sunday afternoon concerts.

The concert programme covers almost every musical genre, from period instrument performances to the avant-garde including European art music, world and popular music, contemporary music and jazz.’

Get those boots on.


Caring Together and BAME have been in talks with the aim of organising a joint Walking Group in Little London and Woodhouse. If anyone is interested in taking part in any future walks contact Caring Together on 2430298 and we can organise a meeting of all those interested. It is likely that the walks will be starting around April. The walks will be around the Leeds area and will be likely of a moderate length though participants will have input into both the location and intensity of the walks.

Time To Talk

Since Time To Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Hundreds of events around the country took place to get people talking about mental health.

Caring Together held it’s own event last Thursday at Little London Community Centre. There was plant potting and craft tables to keep everyone occupied accompanied by cakes-a-plenty and copious hot drinks. It was a lovely relaxed session and all seemed to enjoy the afternoon.

Concrete Poetry

Caring Together visited Tetley’s on Monday for the ‘Connect and Create’ session supported by Arts and Minds Leeds. Ben, one of the attendees said:

‘An afternoon in the beautiful art deco Tetley building….worth a visit if not even joining a workshop session..some of us joined Arts and Minds for their Connect and Create Session today. The theme was ‘Concrete Poetry …not as heavy as it sounds…if you want to know what it is ask Lisa she’s an expert now……I think we all enjoyed it anyway……..BeN BenBENbenbebnbnnBNNEENNN’

The past in the present

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Chris from Leeds Industrial Museum will be visiting:

the Wednesday Group on the 13th February


the Tuesday Group on the 26th February

Housed in what was once the world’s largest Woollen Mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, for which the city was world famous.