New Covid Rules

Covid rules are changing again this week because of concern over a new variant of Covid19 called Omicron

From tomorrow (Tuesday 30th November):

It will be compulsory to wear a mask or face covering on public transport and in shops and other settings such as banks hairdressers, unless you are exempt. (it is recommended to do this now)

All close contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. This is regardless of a person’s vaccination status

Anyone entering the UK from another country will have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and will need to self-isolate until they have a negative result. Anyone travelling from a Red List country will have to quarantine for 10 days

The Government is describing these measures as precautionary and temporary and they are to be reviewed in 3 weeks.


Keeping Safe – take a test even if you only have mild symptoms

We are sharing this video from NHS today. Covid is still very much with us and the symptoms, if mild, could easily be mistaken for a cold or other seasonal virus so the advice is to stay at home and get a test if you have any symptoms.

Get a test either here or call 119.

Today is Carers Rights Day!

With that in mind, we are sharing a summary of carers rights which has been developed by Mobilise – Carers Rights and the Law | Find out what rights you’re entitled to ( Ian Brooke-Mawson, Commissioning Programme Lead (Carers) kindly shared these details with the Older Peoples Commissioning Team at Leeds City Council (who shared it with us) and when doing so stated that the Mobilise website is a rich source of information and support for unpaid carers and as such is worth sharing.

Caring Together have our own Carers Support Group In partnership with Carers Leeds

Venue: Caring Together, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY

(opposite the post office/Londis shop)

Time: 11am – 12.30pm

Last Thursday of each month:

Next Group

Thursday 27th January 2022 and so on

Pop in, or call if you need any more information

Lisa 07436 530073 or email:

International Mens Day

Today – 19th November is International Mens Day 2021

International Mens Day aims to raise awareness of issues that affect men and boys, including mental health. Many men feel that they can’t open up about how they feel. It’s important to check in on the men in your life, and remind them that support is available.

The UK themes for the Day are:

  •  Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
  • Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity
  • Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing for more.

For International Mens Day & every day, you can find Mental Health self-help resources, links to local services, info, helpline details, support group info & lots more on the MindWell website for people in Leeds:


World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021 – The future of antibiotics is in our hands

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021 starts today and we urge everyone in Leeds to get serious about antibiotic resistance. Proper antibiotics use now will ensure we have drugs to beat superbugs in future. Find out more at:

Seriously is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and encourage people to pledge to keep antibiotics working. If we carry on misusing antibiotics, in the future they could stop working altogether, so it’s now more important than ever that they’re taken correctly.What is antibiotic resistance?

If we carry on taking antibiotics incorrectly, in the future they could stop working altogether. Without effective antibiotics, many common treatments will become increasingly dangerous – including setting broken bones, treatments for cancer and routine operations.

If everyone makes just one simple pledge to always take antibiotics correctly, we will stop bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics and ensure they continue to work for future generations.

If we carry on misusing antibiotics:

  • By 2050 a simple paper cut could become deadly.
  • Cancer treatments could become ineffective.
  • Superbugs could kill 10 million people per year.

Winter Health – Vitamin D

Public Health are recommending that all adults should consider taking a Vitamin D supplement over the winter months.

Around one in five people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D, especially older adults, pregnant and breastfeeding people, infants, and people with darker skin. Vitamin D is essential for good health. It affects people’s bones, teeth, and muscles as well as mental health and immune systems. A lack of vitamin D can lead to painful bone health conditions in both children and adults and increased risk of falls.

Since it is difficult to get vitamin D from sunlight and diet alone, all adults should consider taking a daily supplement during the autumn and winter months. For people who are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, supplements may be recommended all year round.

This short video highlights the importance of vitamin D and who is at risk of low levels:

For more information about vitamin D and including Vitamin D and Covid 19

Lord Mayor to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes in Leeds

Lord Mayor to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes in Leeds: War Memorial

Members of all communities across Leeds are warmly invited to join the Lord Mayor on Victoria Gardens to mark Remembrance Sunday.

For those who are unable to attend this year there will also be the opportunity to watch the service via a live stream at:

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan, will lead the tributes to service men and women who have lost their lives in times of conflict on Remembrance Sunday.

Held on Sunday 14 November, the people of Leeds are once again invited to join the Lords Mayor as he lays a wreath at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens on behalf of the people of Leeds.

 A procession will leave Leeds Civic Hall and head to Victoria Gardens at 10:50am where a number of wreaths will be laid.

This procession will as tradition, follow ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations and current serving military organisations who will gather near to the City Museum on Rossington Street at 10.30am before marching to the war memorial.

Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Tim Hare, the Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Jonathan Pryor, and the Leeds Children’s Mayor Zulaykha Hussain.

Led by the Bishop of Kirkstall, Rt Reverend Paul Slater, the multi-faith service will be shown on two big screens around the war memorial to allow members of the public who are not near the front to watch the proceedings.

At 11am there will be a two-minute silence which will be preceded by a bugler who will sound the Last Post.

After the service, the Lord Mayor and civic representatives will proceed to the steps of the Town Hall where a salute and march past will take place.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time when the city comes together to honour the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices made by so many of our armed forces during times of conflict.

Last year we had to remember from our homes and mark the occasion individually, it is therefore wonderful that we are once again able to come together as a city and remember in person once again this year.”

Public Health Information

Members of the public are politely requested to take a lateral flow test before attending the remembrance event at Victoria Gardens and check for Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell). If you test positive or develop any Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and get a free NHS test. You should also not attend the event if you are required to self-isolate, for example because you have had a positive test, or have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Caring Together Festive get together with Leeds University Union Music Impact in the Community Choir

You are warmly invited to a festive get together at our new premises on Wednesday 8th December @ 1.30pm. We are delighted to have the Leeds University Union Music Impact in the Community Choir (@LUUMIC) coming along to bring some festive cheer. There will be hot drinks and home made mince pies and vegan cake. And some hot chocolate too. It will be in the square just outside our offices so if you are able to join us then a coat and maybe a hat will be recommended. Our doors will be open so you can go in if needed and look around, there will also be a gazebo up outside too.

Date: Wednesday 8th December 2021

Venue: Caring Together, 127 Woodhouse Street, Woodhouse Leeds LS6 2PY

Time: 1.30pm

All welcome!