NHS Covid19 app launches today

If you have a smartphone you can now download the NHS Covid 19 app from today. The more people who use the app the more useful it will be and so everyone over 16 in England and Wales is asked to download it.As well as contact tracing, health chiefs say the goal is to change people’s behaviour to make them less likely to catch or transmit the coronavirus.

Apple and Google’s automated contact-tracing technology will be used to tell people to self-isolate if their phone detects they were near someone later determined to have the virus.
But there’s more, including:
  • a venue check-in barcode scanner
  • a postcode-based risk-level checker
  • a symptoms-reporter tool
  • the means to order a coronavirus test and receive its results
  • a countdown timer to keep track of how long to stay in self-isolation
  • a guide to the latest advice on local restrictions, financial support and other related information

There’s more information about the app and how it works here: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf

You can download it by going to Google Play on an android phone or Apple App Store on iPhones and searching for  “NHS Covid-19”.  Or there is a guide if you need some help downloading it: https://covid19.nhs.uk/help-downloading.html

Unfortunately it doesn’t work on some older smartphones.

I downloaded it this morning and it looks fairly simple to use – Valerie

Recycle Week 2020

People across Leeds are being encouraged to celebrate this year’s Recycle Week virtually, with a programme of digital activities planned to help residents level up their recycling habits.

9 out of 10 households say that they regularly recycle but around 15% of the stuff in an average black bin could have been recycled!

Did you know you can recycle empty spray cans, cartons and margarine tubs in your green bin too?

If any of those surprised you, refresh your memory of what you can recycle by visiting www.leeds.gov.uk/greenbin

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Leeds Recycles will run a series of daily challenges across their Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the week, highlighting ways to recycle more and reduce waste, such as composting and getting into better recycling habits around the home.

The team are hosting a Facebook Q&A on LeedsRecycles, happening on Friday at 1pm, to enable residents to have their questions answered on all things recycling.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1052379491890985/.  You can ask questions in advance if you wish by posting on the event page

Seven day challenge

 Why not during Recycling Week try your hand at the seven day challenge as below:

  • Bag it up – set up your recycling bag or box in the kitchen to make it easy to collect your plastic, paper and metal: think recycling first
  • Give it a rinse – rinse out your metal tins, foil and plastic food trays – anything with food in it. Rinsing makes it easier for us to recycle so that your tin can become something new!
  • Get ‘appy – green bins can fill up quick so you don’t want to miss your collection day. Download the Leeds Bins app and schedule reminders for your bin day.
  • Chill out – The average household in Leeds chucks £420 in wasted food each year! Freeze food before it goes off – you can even freeze cheese, milk and wine! Grab some food inspiration from leedsbyexample.co.uk/food
  • Get out of the kitchen – there’s recycling to be had in your bathroom and other rooms. You can recycle empty deodorant bottles, shampoo bottles and toilet roll tubes!
  • Cheeky checks – most things are recyclable but on average up to a quarter of the black bin is made up of valuable recyclable materials. If it’s clean paper, cardboard, metal or plastic it’s probably recyclable. If you’re not sure whether something goes in your green bin then check on the Leeds bins app.
  • Get composting – Compost your food and garden waste. If you don’t have a garden try a bokashi bin or wormery for just your food waste. Get composting advice at leeds.gov.uk/compost


Poetry Corner: ‘Walking in the Woods by Rebecca Lowe

Dear all,
‘Walking in the Woods’
That day I saw you I had been walking in the woods, bluebells becoming less blue, merging into green of ferns and a darkening tree canopy. A hollow pad pad on the path as I move to the edge; joggers running beside me, not distancing, saving energy and focus for their task, a displaced need forcing a migration from treadmill to wilder and less predictable tracks.
Sinking into soft leaf mould and fragmenting earth I glance to the suddenness of a new blue and darting V of a tail. Did you feel that too? A primitive and infinite impulse giving way to a willingness: to risk uncertainty, exhaustion, even death, to continue life?
Thank you for sharing this with us Becky, such a wonderful poem.

‘Early Evening Meal and Film’ – Wednesday 7th October 2020 – 5pm

We are hoping once again you can join us by sharing your early evening meal with us followed by a film in the comfort of your own home. All virtually of course. We would love to see you. It will be on Wednesday 7th October at 5pm. All you need to do is get in touch and I will send you an invite for nearer the time. You will need the internet, we supply the film and any guidance to get you set up. If you would like to join us then email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call  07436 530073.

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‘Monday Mind Workout’ – Monday 21st September 2020

Dear all,
Today’s ‘Monday Mind Workout’ is all about Yorkshire sentences. I have listed a fair few below and wondered if you could add any more?

1. “Be reight.” – I’m so desperately sorry to hear of the awful time you’re going through, but I have faith and hope that things will sort themselves out.

2. “‘Ey up!” – How the devil are you, old friend?

3. “Yer brew’s mashin’.” – This exceedingly strong and exceptionally tasty cup of Yorkshire Tea will be with you shortly.

4. “It’s chuffin’ roastin’ out.” – It is March bank holiday and therefore I will not need my coat until October.

5. “Bagsy ‘avin a croggy!” – I’m now officially the first person to be allowed a ride on the back of your bicycle.

6. “‘Ow much?” – Do you really mean to tell me that I won’t get change from a tenner for this round?

7. “‘Eez int’bog.” – He’s visiting the lavatory at the present moment.

8. “That’s proper champion, that, lad.” – My dear child, I’ve frankly never been more proud of you.

9. “Gi’us a butty.” – Please may I have one of those delightful looking cheese-and-pickle sandwiches?

10. “Gi’us a chuddy.” – Please may I have some chewing gum? Those cheese-and-pickle sandwiches seem to have given me slightly putrid breath.

11. “Gi’or, yer too cack-‘anded.” – Look, just let me take over the preparation of this Yorkshire pudding mix, you’re frankly too clumsy to be trusted with it.

12. “I’m chuffed t’bits wi’ that.” – This is quite possibly the best news I’ve ever received.

13. “Ahm fair t’middlin’.” – I’m not doing too badly, thanks.

14. “‘E’s in fine fettle.” – He’s doing very well by all accounts – must have had a smashing trip to Skeggy.

15. “Tha’ knows.” – You understand, do you not?

16. “Mind you visit yer nan this weekend, she’s getting reight mardy.” – Be sure to take the time to visit your grandma this weekend, she’s starting to get a bit annoyed with you.

17. “‘quit mitherin’ stop complaining so much

18. “Eeh, yer daft ha’peth.” – My god, you fool, you’ve made quite the mistake here.

19. “Na’than thee, ‘ow’s tha’ lass?” – Why, hello, my friend, how the devil is your wife?

20. “Put wood in t’ole! Was tha’ born in a barn?” – Please shut the door. Where the dickens were you brought up that you think it’s OK to sit in a draft?

21. “‘Ow do, my love?” – Why hello, m’lady.

22 “‘Owt’s better than nowt.” – Well, it’s not quite the Sean Bean life-sized cutout I was hoping for, but I suppose this poster of him will do.

23. “‘E’s neither use nor ornament.” – That gentlemen serves quite literally no purpose on this earth.

24. “Where there’s muck, there’s brass.” – One can make a small fortune if one is willing to engage in dirty work.

25. “Did I ‘eckers like!” – Did I bunk off work to buy Def Leppard tour tickets? My god, of course not!

26. “Eeh I’ll go t’foot of stairs!” – It’s snowing in May? My goodness, I’m really quite surprised by this turn of events.e.

27. “Ah reckon nowt ter that.” – I don’t think much of your advice to stop drinking after five pints. What the devil is wrong with you?

28. “And ahm ‘appy as a pig in muck.” – And I’m really quite pleased about that.

29. “Wang it o’er.” – Please toss me that chunk of Wensleydale so that I can gnaw on it like an animal.

30. “It’s like Blackpool illuminations in ‘ere.” – I am your father and it is my responsibility to remind that you have left one light on in the house.

31. “If tha’s ‘ad beef dripping for dinner tha’s not ‘avin’ a chippy tea.” – If you had a delicious hot midday meal, you’re certainly not being treated to chips for your evening meal.

32. “Tha’ meks a better door than window.” – Please could you get out of the way of the television so I can finish watching Corrie, you careless lump?

33. “‘E’s a reight bobby dazzler.” – Alex Turner really scrubs up nicely when he’s in a suit, no?

Can you think of any more? lisa@caringtogether.org.uk

sourced https://www. buzzfeed com/rachaelhgibson. yorkshire-sentences – Thank you

World Alzheimers Day

Today is World Alzheimers Day (the whole of September is World Alzheimers Month). Marked around the globe, it’s a time to raise awareness of dementia and the impact a diagnosis can have – on the person diagnosed, their family, friends, colleagues and carers.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ and with this in mind the Alzheimer’s Society say: ‘We’re encouraging everyone to start a conversation about dementia with those around them. We know it can be difficult, but talking about the condition reduces the stigma and fear that can surround it, and connects you with other people affected.
Visit alzheimers.org.uk/wad for tips on how to get started and to find dementia support that’s right for you and your loved ones.’

Would you like to help on the Caring Together Allotment?

Caring Together has an allotment, complete with raised beds and a shed on Woodhouse Moor.

We would love to hear from members who might like to take part in looking after this allotment.

This would be a good way of getting some outdoors, socially distanced, exercise as well as a source of fresh, healthy produce and gardening also helps to relieve stress – so a positive result all round!

If you are green fingered and would like to take part, or if you are not at all green fingered but enthusiastic anyway, then contact us.

Light On Leeds Podcasts

Light on Leeds

Light on Leeds is a series of podcasts all about the amazing things happening in the city and the fantastic people making them happen.

You can listen to any/all of them here: https://www.lightonleeds.com/about.  Click on Episodes and select the one you want.


Hosted by Hazel Millichamp who says:

“I began Light on Leeds podcast because I love Leeds and never stop telling people about it. To save the ears of the people I relentlessly told, I decided to interview the great and good of the city and present it to you in podcast form, you’re welcome. The podcast is a nice, comfortable ramble chat and only three structured questions:

What is great about Leeds?

What is not so great about the city?

Even if someone were a long-term resident of Leeds, can you tell us about a hidden gem they may never have heard of?

I started the second series, Corona Bloody Virus Extraordinary Episodes, as a response to the weird times we are all currently existing in. The format is the same except guests tell us how they are coping with lockdown, whether they can think of any positives that will arise from this challenging time and any hints and tips they can share with us to help us get through it.

If you know of someone doing fantastic things in Leeds who would make a great guest, do email me.
and I’ll feature you on an upcoming episode”

Two big losses for Caring Together

Caring Together received the sad news last week that Mary Godfrey, our chair of trustees, had passed away. Mary had been involved with Caring Together for nearly the best part of two decades. She had been pivotal in so much that we have done over that time that it will be hard to imagine moving forward without her being a part of that. Her vision and calm guiding hand will be sorely missed. However her legacy will be felt in us facing the future with confidence in what we do and the importance of our work. Mary’s funeral will take place at the Lawnswood Crematorium in Leeds on Monday 21st September  at 11am. The ceremony will be for close family only and the numbers that can attend are strictly limited. There will hopefully be some sort of Memorial for Mary at a later date (possibly using technology or maybe a gathering) and we would welcome anyone letting us know if they would like to be involved in any way, or pay a Tribute. Mary’s family would really like personal tributes or thoughts from anyone who knew her so they can use them for this purpose.

Caring Together also lost another member of the trustee board recently. Alistair Simpson was our treasurer. It was quite inspirational the way in which Alistair joined in with everything and sought out new opportunities. He initially joined us as a member before settling into his role as a trustee really well prior to Covid and had proved to be a really good appointment as treasurer. Best wishes to his family and friends at this sad time.

Shared Moments: In need of a drink? by Oliver Cross

Dear all,

I’ve become very slack on the writing front recently, thinking that, since the Great Lockdown appeared to be loosening, it was time to get back to normal, and in normal times I wouldn’t be writing at all except for money.

Except that it’s not very clear what’s changed; if the first wave of the virus is going to be followed by a second wave, then we’ll all have to go back to square one, which is apparently a phrase dating from early radio days when listeners followed football games by referring to an imaginary grid covering the pitch.

I can imagine locked-down or newly-unemployed people reverting to the ‘square one’ system as a way of killing time while reviving forgotten skills, such as unnecessary baking or paper plane design. The landlady of our local pub has knitted (or ‘individually crafted’ as it’s now known) charming pen holders for the staff, which has created almost as much interest as football matches played to empty stadiums.

All of which will remain tolerably amusing until the effects of economic recession converge with the effects of a virus which seems to be picking up speed, so that we might all end up like the damsel in silent movies; tied to the railway line as a terrible choice of fates races towards her. (As part of my lock-down activities, I’ve been trying to improve my metaphor skills, but it’s not really worked).

Whatever happens, I can’t think that offices as they were just a few months ago will ever go back to square one. More likely, they’ll come to be regarded as an intermediate form of life, like mudskippers, which have moved on from being fish to being amphibians.

Offices have moved on from being creations of the factory age, housed in large buildings and manned by people working inflexible hours and using clunking technology like typewriters and Xerox machines, to…well, nobody quite knows yet, but it’s unlikely to involve workers spending a good part of their working day travelling to work, gossiping, being unnecessarily hectored by middle management or spending most of their dwindling funds at Greggs.

Hopefully, if we survive at all, we’ll become as flexible as the machines of the computer age, which can function, unlike 19th century  mill machines, in most locations and at all times.

So we’ll become less like fish, moving in shoals and tied to one environment, and more like amphibians, which move separately between land and water, like newts. Which reminds me, I could do with a drink.

Thank you Oliver, until next time….