We sampled something new and creative this week. We tried our hand at Pixilation. This is a stop motion technique where real people are filmed in a way that makes them look as though they are moving in a animated way. This involved us working together to take pictures, direct, and repeatedly pose while a picture was taken, and then changing a pose slightly before the next frame, which enabled us to create two of our very own short animated films. We had a preview at the end, and look forward to sharing these with you soon.

Leeds Credit Union

What is a Credit Union and why should you join?

Leeds City Credit Union is a financial cooperative with 37,000 members that provides straightforward, affordable financial services.

As a mutual there are no shareholders. Credit unions are owned by the people who use their services, and not by external shareholders or investors. So the emphasis is always on providing the best service to members – not maximising profits.

The credit union prides itself on providing members with the most appropriate services based on their circumstances.

Plus, they can be a welcome alternative to payday loans or doorstep lending.

Becoming a member is free and easy to do either online or in one of four branches in Leeds or Wakefield.

Anyone who lives or works in Leeds, Wakefield, Harrogate or Craven or anyone who works for one of our Select Employers, is a resident of certain Housing Associations or people who may be associated with some of our Other Partners are able to join.

To download an application form, click here

For terms and conditions click here

Leeds City Credit Union is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

Leeds City Credit Union is a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme established under The Financial Services and Markets Act 2002. In respect of deposits with a UK office, payments under the scheme are limited to 100% of the first £85,000. This may be subject to change please visit www.fscs.org.uk for the latest details.

‘Are we there yet?’ Week 2


‘Are we there yet?’ Women reflecting on women, the heritage project with Skippko, which has attracted much attention from Caring Together members, entered it’s second week last Thursday. If you are interested in finding out more about this project phone Lisa on:

0113 2430298

The venue is a city Centre location:

Yorkshire House, Greek St, Leeds LS1 5SH

Let us know if you are thinking of attending.

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Little London Community Day

Caring Together were involved again this year in the organising of Little London Community Day which took place last Saturday. Once again this was a truly community event, well attended with good humour and a really fantastic spirit throughout. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out in preparing for our Tombola, soft toys and Hook-a-bag stalls and to those who assisted on the day.

Despite the weather predictions the sun held throughout the day which always helps.

This day has become a regular event and seems to have settled into its relaxed and informal format and is a credit to all involved.

Saving Energy/Saving Pounds

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Groundwork’s GREEN DOCTOR service will be visiting the Wednesday Group on the 31st July

Energy bills are the number one financial concern for households – but 63% of us think there’s nothing we can do about them. At the same time fuel bills are rising. UK homes are among the least energy efficient in Europe and we have one of the highest rates of fuel poverty.

Groundwork’s GREEN DOCTOR service is a practical solution, helping people to take control and to reduce their environmental impact at the same time. The service provides home visits and 1-2-1 advice which can help you use less energy, keep warm and save money!

The Green Doctor service is FREE of charge subject to eligibility criteria.


The Green Doctor home visits usually takes about an hour and provide support as well as installing small energy efficiency measures. See below for more details.

GREEN DOCTORS  provide support, information and advice on:

  • Switching suppliers
  • Applying for the Warm Homes Discount
  • Grants for insulation and central heating
  • Energy bills and fuel debt
  • Behavioural changes to reduce costs
  • Managing heating control

GREEN DOCTORS can also install simple energy-saving measures including:

  • Energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Draught excluders
  • Reflective radiator panels
  • Pipe lagging
  • Hot water tank jackets
  • Water saving devices


Lunch and a stroll in the Golden Acre


Caring Together were out in Golden Acre Park on Monday for one of our series of small local trips. The weather was kind to us and we were able to sit outside the cafe enjoying the sunshine and having leisurely strolls around the park. If you, or anyone that you know, are interested in learning more about what we offer then give us a call on 0113 2430298.


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Caring Together visited the Central Library for the 1st session of the collaborative project with Skippko: Are we there yet? Women reflecting on women. This looks like being an excellent and informative initiative. The session looked at the history of local women, in this case, Mary Gawthorpe, an English  suffragette, socialist, trade unionist, editor, and of course a local Woodhouse woman.

‘Every Day First Aid’ training with the British Red Cross


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Caring Together and the British Red Cross warmly invite you to their training in:

‘Every Day First Aid’

Would you like to know what to do in a First Aid Emergency? British Red Cross can help to refresh your skills, as well as help you to learn some simple new ones that could save a life.

On Monday 22nd July 2019 at 11am


Venue: Call for details

 It is open to all abilities. Even if you just come along to gain some information, this too is more than OK, we would love to see you there. Refreshments included.

Places are limited so please call to book a place. Contact Lisa Argyle at Caring Together, Tel: 0113 2430298 or 

email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk

‘Live Well in Later Life’


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The ‘Live Well in Later Life’ course hosted  by IAPT as below:

Course: ‘Live Well in Later Life’

Hosted by IAPT: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Dates: Wednesday 17th July 2019 for 6 weeks

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: In between Woodhouse and Little London (confirmation on booking)

Cost: free

For: anyone in Leeds 50 years and above

The course is being run by Leeds IAPT, and is aimed at supporting adults 50 and above to maintain their well-being in later life. It is some time for you!

It runs for 6 sessions and looks at how life events could start to change our outlook, which can affect us physically, what we do day to day and our thinking.  The sessions look at techniques to improve sleep, get back to doing what we enjoy, tackle worries, problem solving and other well-being information. We will also have our employment advisers deliver a session on working in later life covering a range of topics. This course is primarily aimed at people aged 50+, however anyone who feels that they would benefit from a course aimed at older adults is welcome to book a place.

To book a place please either call Community Links IAPT Service on:

0113 200 9188 or

online at https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/iapt/home/. 

Or call the Caring Together offices directly, if you wish, on: Tel: 0113 243 0298