From the virtual to the reality….

From the virtual to the reality….
Following the lock down some of us embarked on a journey of learning together. This led to frustration as well as elation as we got to grips with the world of zooming. We have met online ever since and from April 2020 and have clocked up 65 zoom sessions in total. We joined the sessions one at a time and supported each other as we navigated this new way of being together.
Two weeks ago our virtual world became more of a reality gathering. Most of us met in Pat’s beautiful garden, with Denise and her grandson joining us virtually. We have heard so much about Pat’s garden over the past year it was great to get to see it for ourselves along with her fish.  We also had home made lemon balm tea and biscuits.
We are still going to meet online as well as in person. It will be monthly from September’21 on the 1st Thursday of the month. So this Thursday at 11am. We love our catch ups, from books, to dentists, local goings on, gardens, holidays; past and present, to films, art, music and history….. You name it, we have chatted about it. It has also been a huge support network too, with plenty of laughter along the way.
If anyone wishes to join us please call Lisa 07436 530073 or email:

Leeds West Indian Virtual Carnival 2021 – Bank Holiday Monday


The 54th Leeds West Indian Carnival is returning with its second year as a Virtual Carnival event, and this year is celebrating the incredible legacy!

Lockdown has eased up, but as the pandemic continues, this year’s Carnival will return as a virtual celebration. This summer, the celebrations are covid safe with the return of some of your favourite events. Still bringing the joy, vibes, excitement, our incredible legacy and much more.

Come and join in this August Bank Holiday Monday for the live streaming of the Carnival Celebrations. You can party in your front rooms and gardens.

Virtual Jouvert And Carnival

VENUE: Online

Start Time: 7.00AM
ENDS: 7.00PM

Book your online zoom slot here on Eventbrite.

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Caribbean and African Food Festival – Saturday 28th August

Leeds Kirkgate Market Foodhall

10am – 5.30pm Saturday 28th August

The event is free but you need to register at

Hosted by The Cultural Arts Heritage Circle (Nubian Noire), the free event promises an array of national dishes, live entertainment and wellbeing workshops.

There will be goody bags for children, live chef demonstrations and a host of independent traders serving recipes passed down through generations.

Leeds Opera Story Exhibition – at the Corn Exchange or online

The 300 year history of opera in Leeds is brought to life through the Leeds Opera Story – the exhibiton is now open at the Corn Exchange until 30th August.  You can also see it online at

Focusing on eight key events – from 1729 to 1978 – the exhibition tells the story of opera in the city, as well as the changing face of Leeds over the centuries.
If you’ve questions about the history of opera in Leeds, Artistic Director and curator, David Ward, will be present at the exhibition on the mornings of 27 to 30 August!
Feel free to pop by with any operatic queries …
Free to attend – visit the website for more information and accompanying documentary films.
You can also see details of the Leeds Opera Story walking tour:

Visit 5 of the theatres (3 of which still stand) that have played an important role in the Leeds Opera Story.

This tour can be carried out on foot, or listened to from home.

These events are part of the 2021 Leeds Opera Festival.

Take Care of You as we move out of lockdown

Leeds Public Health have asked that we share this information about keeping safe as we gradually move out of lockdown and start to resume more normal activities.

The following is from 

Covid-19 infection rates are rising once again in people over 60 in Leeds. People aged over 60 are at a greater risk from COVID-19, with age proving to be a significant risk factor. Even with the roll out of the vaccine underway, it’s important that we work together to keep you safe, keep you active and keep you socially connected whilst minimising any physical contact with others.

Advice for over 60’s to stay safe during Coronavirus – August 2021

As we enter a new phase of living with the virus, with very few restrictions in place we would like to share with you some key advice and messages that may make you feel a bit safer and secure, when adjusting to this new guidance. We know older people may have experienced the toughest of lock downs and we would like you to know we are here for you to help, support or guide as we all try to get our lives going again.

  • Covid-19 continues to be a feature of our lives, so this next step on the roadmap is around learning to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
  • Rates of Covid infection are high and even after 19 July we should all continue to be cautious, help to reduce the risk of spread and protect people at highest risk of serious illness.
  • If you have not yet had your vaccine, we are here to support you whenever you are ready.
  • From Monday 19 July you will no longer have to wear a mask or social distance by law, but our advice is to continue to wear a mask in enclosed and crowded spaces such as public transport. Some organisations, eg health and social care, might ask you to wear a mask.
  • If you are still working you no longer need to work from home but if you can, but the recommendation is for a gradual return over the summer.
  • To keep yourself and others safe, try and limit the contact you have with people you do not usually live with, including keeping the number of people and the time you spend with them low, and not getting too close to them.
  • Where possible, meet outdoors and let fresh air into homes and other enclosed spaces.
  • Many people will be excited about the return to the way things were before Covid, whilst others, may be more cautious.
  • Please get both doses of the vaccine when called to make sure you have the highest level of protection.
  • It is also important to reduce the risk of spread by washing hands, getting tested if you have symptoms, and isolate if advised to do so.

Top Tips

We want to make the advice as relevant and as clear as possible. We have created these LIVING THE ‘ADVICE’ Top Tips for you to use

For older people:

  • Keep a mask handy – in a purse, pocket, the car or your bag
  • Keep washing your hands for 20 seconds or more
  • Remember to carry some hand sanitiser and use it regularly
  • Avoid busy, indoor spaces and meet outside if you can – whilst it’s warm take advantage of sitting outside when you can.
  • Take an extra step – try to keep some distance from others where you can
  • Let the fresh air in – open more windows or sit near a door. Take time to enjoy the weather or view outside
  • Take a regular Lateral Flow Test, or ask someone to help you do one
  • Please ask family members to take extra care and follow the hands, face, space guidance if you are helping out with summer child-care or going on family trips.

Advice for staying safe at home, outdoors and at work


  • Staying active is important for your physical health and mental wellbeing. There are plenty of options indoors or outdoors that keep you safe and healthy.
  • If you haven’t been very active, start by reducing the time spent sitting down for long periods. You could do this by reducing the time you spend watching TV; taking regular walk breaks around the garden or street.
  • Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week – this can be broken down into 30 minutes chunks, five times a week. Moderate activity could include walking briskly, dancing or pushing a lawn mower.
  • If you can safely leave your home to exercise, you should do so while maintaining a distance of at least two metres from others.
  • For ideas about keeping active at home, you can get free advice and tips from Active Leeds by visiting their healthy at home webpage.


  • Although avoiding physical contact with others is the best way to keep yourself safe, that doesn’t mean losing touch with friends and family.
  • Talking on the phone, staying in touch via messaging apps like WhatsApp or having video calls on Skype, Zoom or FaceTime are great ways to keep in touch.
  • Reach out to friends and family if you are feeling isolated – and check that they are feeling OK too.
  • If you need support, services in Leeds are here to help you – even if it’s just a friendly voice at the end of a phone. For more information, visit or call 0113 376 0330, or if you have difficulty hearing, text07480 632 471


  • We want to help you stay connected and active while reducing your risk of catching COVID-19 by limiting physical contact as much as possible
  • Plan your leisure time around quieter times of the day so you can reduce the risk of being in close physical contact with others
  • Have shopping delivered if possible, or visit shops at quiet times to reduce contact with other people
  • If you are working, your employer can help you to stay safe by ensuring COVID-19 measures are in place and you have access to protection equipment, or helping you to work from home if possible. For further information on working safely during coronavirus, please visit
  • Remember to wear a face covering, maintain a two-metre social distance from others and frequently wash or sanitise your hands if you are out and about.

100% Digital to your door and beyond……

100% Digital to your door and beyond……

As a community we are learning so much together. We have a weekly digital technology group each Tuesday afternoon at Lovell Park Hub, Little London (booking in advance only) but where one can not get to us, we come to you and we do our best together. And thanks to a partnership with 100% Digital Leeds through Leeds Libraries and Leeds City Council we have also been able to loan some items out to members as well.

If you need to know more get in touch: – Caring Together Mobile: 07436 530073

Special Delivery

Some Caring Together members have been exchanging letters with members of Armley Helping  Hands as part of the Penpal project and using penpal packs provided by Seagulls ReUse.

The latest of these were distributed this week. It has been a nice way of keeping connected during lockdown and findning new friends.  Other members have used the materials in the packs to help stay in touch with family and friends.

One lady has used it to write to some friends she had lost touch with and was delighted to receive replies rekindling the old friendship

Community kindness…..

We wanted to give a shout out to our volunteers Myrna and Mary. Some of our chairs got a lovely deep clean a few weeks ago. They have come up like new and are already in use. I know all our bottoms will appreciate it.
Our humble thanks to you both for a fantastic job. I know it was not easy as they were pretty grubby. Thank you.

Free Will Service with Turn2Us

Turn2Us (a national charity that helps people to gain access to information and support around benefits, charitable grants and support services) has a scheme that enables you  to make your Will for free, using qualified solicitors within reasonable travelling distance of where you live.

This offers you the opportunity to make or amend a simple single or joint Will with a qualified solicitor, free of charge.

Making a Will is very personal and can be daunting initially. However, it is the best way to ensure that people and causes you care about are taken care of exactly as you wish.

Turn2Us say there is no obligation to include a donation to them in the will you make but they hope that you will consider a gift to them or a charity of your choice – after you have taken care of your loved ones

Here’s how it works
Register your interest on the Turn2Us website and tick the Free Will Service box.
Their partner, the National Free Wills Network, will then send you the names and addresses of at least two local firms of solicitors taking part in this scheme.
The solicitor draws up your Will and you don’t have to pay the bill.

There is also lots of other  information on the Turn2Us website that you may find useful

This week we took a trip up to Golden Acre…..beautiful!

Dear all,

Thanks to another suggestion from one of our members some of us took the bus this week up to Golden Acre, the flowers in The Demonstration Garden were beautiful as were the cakes at the cafe.
And if you wish to join us for other outings please do get in touch, call Lisa on 07436 530073 or email: And please keep the suggestions coming we are slowly working our way through them.
We also love your suggestions on where you would like to venture. This outing was from a suggestion, so thank you. And while the weather is in our favour we are working our way through them.