Food Delivery Service for those Self Isolating in LS6

The Rainbow Junction is trialling a food delivery service for those in financial need who are self isolating in the local area. This is on top of our existing takeaway service from the cafe itself.

They will be delivering takeaway boxes of today’s lunch in LS6 only between 12pm and 3pm.

They have very limited food and ask that you only request this service if you are genuinely in need.

Please text 07490 543692 with the following information:
– how many people in the household
– any dietary requirements
– the address to deliver to

They will try to serve everyone who gets in touch, but please bear with us as we have not provided this kind of service before, have no idea how high demand will be and our food stocks are low.

They also ask that you stay at least 2 metres from the delivery person but smiles are very welcome.

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Coronavirus: How to exercise while staying at home

If you are under 70 with no underlying conditions you can still be active outside as long as you stay at least two metres (three paces) away from other people. So walking the dog (or even your neighbour’s dog), going for a run or going for a bike ride are all fine – provided you keep your distance.

If you are over 70 and self-isolating, pregnant or have an underlying health condition, but feel well, you can also go outside with the same caveat of keeping your distance from others.

For older people, strength and balance exercises are particularly important, says Jess Kuehne, senior program manager from the Centre for Ageing Better, as muscle strength starts to decline rapidly after our 30s. She recommends yoga, tai chi, resistance training and seated exercises.

If you are self-isolating with symptoms, or someone in your household has them, you shouldn’t leave home but that doesn’t mean you should stop moving. It’s really important to use movement and activity as a way of breaking up your routine, if you feel well enough. Cook, play active games, dance, go into the garden if you’ve got one.

If you are unwell – use your energy to get better and don’t try to be active. If you can get out of bed, then do so but don’t try to do too much.

Finally, if you are feeling better after having had the virus, return to your normal routine very gradually. We don’t know what the long term effects are but as far as we know, there is no reason why you can’t gently return to normal activity.

Of course there are many fitness websites and online apps people can use to help find a routine with Daily Yoga workout and fitness and Calm, a meditation and sleep app currently among the most popular downloads in the UK.

And while you’re at home, tempting as it is, try not to eat everything in sight, Ms Hopkins reminds us.

“Aim to minimise stress. And try to use the time wisely – read that book, do an online course, learn a new language, clear out the cupboards. It will all help,” she says.

Exercises to try at home (as advised by This Girl Can)

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  • Chair tricep dips – Sit on the edge of a chair holding onto the front with your hands. Place your feet out in front of you (bent legs for easier option or straight legs to make it harder) and lower your elbows to a 90-degree angle before pushing back up.
  • Table top press ups – Incline press ups can be done anywhere around the home – on a table, a bed, a chair or even a wall. To use a table, place your hands on the table with your legs stretched out behind you, body nice and straight. Lower your weight down keeping your elbows tight to your body, and press back up.
  • Living room wall sits – find a wall with a big enough space for you to lean on. Sit against the wall like you would in a chair with your legs at 90 degrees, and hold. Give it time and you’ll soon feel the burn!
  • Milk bottle Russian twists – Sit on the floor holding a milk bottle (or any bottle with liquid in). Lean back with a straight back and engage your core. Rotate your torso and try to touch the floor each side with the milk bottle. Make it harder by lifting your feet off the floor.

Morrisons to create 3,500 jobs to deal with Coronavirus demand

Not sure if this would be of use to anyone, yet if anyone is seeking work, or for anyone who has had their income impacted by the virus and need a temporary role.

The vacancies will be advertised through a campaign on radio and social media and the Morrisons jobs website

FREE Small Packs of Art Materials

Friday (20/03), Inkwell Arts will be offering FREE small packs of art materials to those in need. If you know of anyone who would benefit from art supplies during isolation, or if you would like to start creating some art work at home, then they will be open between 10-4pm  to supply you with some basic materials.
31 Potternewton Ln, Leeds LS7 3LW

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Caring Together and the Coronavirus

In response to the new government directives, regarding reducing social contact to avoid the spread of Coronavirus, Caring Together has been forced to make changes to the way that we usually do things.

From yesterday (Tuesday) we made the decision to stop all group and social activities until we are advised that it is safe to resume. We know how important our groups, exercise classes and other social events are to people and we will work to minimise the disruption that this will make to peoples lives. However, I am sure that all of you are aware of the unprecedented nature of what we are all facing.

The cancellations will include the 25th anniversary party due to be held in April.

We have not stopped working at Caring Together. Our team will be contacting all members by phone over the next couple of weeks to see how people are coping, what support they have at this time, including what their needs are and we will do our best to respond to these needs.

We will be working hard to develop new ways in which we can keep our services running. New challenges require new solutions and I am sure that if we support each other through this time we will be able to find approaches which minimise the disruption that this is causing to people’s lives.

Thank you for your continued support, keep safe and we will be in touch.


Coronavirus-Advice from Public Health England

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The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

  1. If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.