I Spy….E.Coli

Every Sip Counts…..

“Did you know… dehydration puts you more at risk of an E. coli infection?”

Thanks Donna (NHS Infection Prevention & Control Nurse Specialist) for sharing your knowledge on E.Coli last week to keep us well. Please see below links to the leaflets she shared with us.

Guide to staying hydrated: the facts


Urinary Tract Infections: Information for Patients


Donna will be back to see us again later in the year – I will post the dates and times once confirmed

‘Inspired by Digital Technology’

‘Lunar New Year’

Digital technology is tool at our disposal for creative tasks. It can benefit us all.  The portability and ease of use of our mobile phones and tablets gives us the ability to share and learn together. Last week, we shared some  innovative art quickly and easily with members. In celebration of Lunar New Year, we used a website to enter the year we were born, and out what our animal was. We were also able to practice writing our names on handmade book marks (from Recycled Christmas Cards).

Note: information was sourced from the internet, so we do apologise for any inaccuracies

‘Sharing Mealtimes’

Twice a month we set aside some time to come together and share a meal. Evidence suggests sharing mealtimes is good for your well-being. Lunch time meet ups it gives us the opportunity to socialise, sit and chat together in a relaxed informal way with Caring Together members, supporters and our colleagues.

Our next two in February 2020 will be:

Wednesday 12th February 2020 

Meeting @ 12 noon at Little London Community Centre

and on

Monday 24th February 2020

Meeting @12 noon at Fisherman’s Lodge (formerly Bryon’s), in Headingley


No need to book just come along, or call us if you wish to go in together.

‘Shake off those Winter January Blues’

Caring Together had a Winter Warmer event last week. It was lovely to see so many there. Out went the usual cakes and biscuits and instead it was fresh fruit and a choice of three delicious homemade soups to sample that were nutritious and warming. In addition to the good company and food, there was chance to feed our creative side too, with everyone leaving with a winter warming gift.  The event left us feeling internally nurtured.

“Thank you to the Caring Together team, volunteers, members and supporters for bringing the event together, for those who joined us, and with making the food and table decorations and helping on the day”

‘Yorkshire Pudding Festival’

Coming to you on the 1st February 2020 in Leeds Kirkgate Market, the World’s first EVER Yorkshire Pudding Festival!

A celebration of the Yorkshire Pudding, an essential part of the Nation’s roast dinners. The Festival is open to all and will host a range of food vendors creating their take on the humble Yorkshire Pudding, mixing, stuffing and smothering them with a delicious array of home cooked dishes from around the world.

In addition to the food stalls there will be a variety of Yorkshire traders selling Yorkshire products. A welcoming bar where you can grab a drink with your chosen dish (or dishes!) and sit back and enjoy the live entertainment that will be on throughout the day.

10am – 4pm

‘Feminist Archive North’

 Feminist Archive North hosted a guided look at some of their archive materials last week

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“While the archive contains some materials relating to Mary Gawthorpe and the “Votes for Women” campaign, it is dedicated more to events since the 1960s, and display we viewed today concentrated on letters, leaflets, journals and interviews documenting women’s participation and sufferings through crises such as the 1970 Leeds clothing workers’ dispute, the 1984-85 miners’s strike, and the perennial issue of violence against women.  Noteworthy too was the collection of scripts by Andrea Dunbar (most famous for the play and film “Rita, Sue and Bob Too”) and items concerning her tragic family history in the Buttershaw area of Bradford.”  Alistair


Feminist Archive North is based in Special Collections, which is part of the Brotherton Library at Leeds University. All their materials can only be viewed in the Special Collections reading room. They do not allow material out on loan

Opening hours

The Feminist Archive North office is currently only staffed on Thursdays, 10am-4pm. Special Collections, where materials can be viewed, is generally open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm, though this can vary according to term dates

‘Community Skills Share’

Crocheting is good for you!

Well the jury is still out on this one because a few of us were still left scratching our heads. Yet watching the others who have mastered it, and those still persevering and willing to give it a go I can see that crocheting brings you together, and is so forgiving. In no time at all if you miss a loop it can be corrected. I was going in a straight line, yet, “no problem”, someone said, and it was quickly made into a square. Truly amazing. There is instant gratification of creating small works of beauty in the form of colourful circles and squares that we all felt no matter our contribution.

We are back again this week to continue on. It is open to all

Wednesday 29th January 2020 @2pm – 3.45pm Main Hall, Little London Community Centre, Oatland Lane, Leeds 7


Caring Together was joined by a representative of Presto last week to tell us about their service.
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So what is Presto? Presto is a Leeds City Council service helping people live independently, safely and well in their own home. It is a chargeable service. They offer a meals on wheels service, help around the home, cleaning, a companion service to the shops and appointments etc, window cleaning, gardening and waste removal. Check out their website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/civicEnterprise/Our%20services/presto
If you wish to find our more in person, they will be visiting Caring Together again on the below date:
Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020
Time: 3pm – 3.45pm
Venue: Main Hall, Little London Community Centre, Oatland Lane, LS7