Seasonal Wishes from all at Caring Together

Our offices will be closed over the festive season from mid day Christmas Eve until Tuesday 4th January 2022, however we will still be checking in on some members on Christmas Day and periodically throughout the week. I have also added below some useful contacts where needed.

But before we sign off to take some time to recharge for ourselves we have brought together a short video of just some of the things we have been up to in the last month together. It has been a mixture of some truly sad times peppered with some fun times along the way. It does not cover everything but we hope you enjoy it and we look forward to being back again on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Our thoughts are with you all at this time. And we thank you all for your kindness and support throughout the Year in Caring Together. Wishing you all a peaceful and safe holidays.  

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Also, please see below a copy of our useful contacts for over the holidays from our recent newsletter.


Testing in the locality

If you don’t have a car, there are two walk-through testing sites for people living or working within walking distance. You can also drive to the one in Woodhouse and just park up near the testing site.

The sites are at:

The Mandela Community Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY

Cinder Moor, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS6 2UZ

Both sites are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 6.00pm and will be throughout the holiday season. To use the walk-through testing sites, it is best to have a pre-booked appointment which can be done through the NHS website or by ringing 119.…/coronavirus-where-to-go…/

‘Mini Drama’ in Little London brought to you by Caring Together

We had our last digital session this week. We have been having some fun. We made a mini drama along with some pictures that we took. We hope you enjoy!

If safe to do so, we look forward to being back again in the New Year to continue our learning together. If you wish to come along then please get in touch. Call:  07436 530073 or Email:

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Leeds City Council Coronavirus Update

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A message from the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor James Lewis

Dear Resident

This month we marked the anniversary of the first Covid vaccination in the world and the start of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. Since then, over 1.3 million vaccinations have been delivered in Leeds, which is an incredible achievement. My thanks go to all frontline workers, volunteers, and residents for your ongoing efforts in fighting this virus.

Unfortunately, recent news has focused on the new Omicron variant of Covid, and the anticipated rapid rise in infections. Covid will continue to be a feature of our lives for some time to come so we need to continue to manage the risk to ourselves and others. Although the current position is not the one we were hoping for, particularly at this time of year, we will get through this if we keep working together as a city.

The best thing we can all do is get vaccinated and have your booster when invited. This is the most effective way of protecting yourself, your family and your friends. Please continue to follow the guidance to keep yourself and others safe. Get tested, and self-isolate if you are required to. Make sure you wear your mask and if you’re indoors try to keep the room well ventilated.

I never fail to be impressed by how the people and organisations of Leeds come together to support one another through these challenging times. With the holiday period coming up I do hope you all get the opportunity to connect with family and friends and to celebrate Christmas safely. For those who will be working and keeping vital services across the city running, I extend my thanks.

I would like to wish you all a very safe, happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. The New Year brings in new opportunities, and we have much to look forward to, so let us all look forward to a better 2022.

Cllr James Lewis Leader Leeds City Council

Top 5 tips to keep safe and well this festive season

To help reduce the spread of the new Omicron variant and covid during the festive season, here are some top tips to keep you and your friends and family safe:

Stay up to date with the latest advice and guidance from the Government

Festive covid message - test before you go out

Guidance on isolating

To keep up to date with the latest advice on when to self isolate visit the Government website regularly. 

We want to hear your thoughts on our budget proposals for next year

The council is currently consulting on the proposed budget for the upcoming year.

Changes to government funding, increased costs in dealing with the ongoing impacts of Covid, a loss of income, as well as increases in demand for services for some of our most vulnerable residents mean that we need to look closely at what we can do to balance our books and provide savings where possible.

We’re really interested in your views on how we spend money and set a balanced budget. We’re also keen to hear your thoughts on how we can improve the way that we deliver services, and where there might be opportunities to do things in more modern and efficient ways.  

Find out more and take part in our consultation. 

BUdget consultation

Have your say on our City Ambition

Our City Ambition looks at how partners across all parts of the city work together and embrace a successful Team Leeds approach, as we have demonstrated and done so well during the pandemic. The ambition focuses on tacking poverty and inequality and is underpinned by a continued commitment to strength-based approaches, harnessing a contribution from everyone, working across sectors with you the citizen at the centre of activity. Join the conversation and provide us with your thoughts on the Ambition.

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Winter Warmth

Are you ready for Winter? There are some simple steps we can all take to stay well.

Be prepared. Keep warm, keep active, seek help if you’re struggling with fuel bills.

For help and advice visit: or

Stay Winter Well

Christmas Lunch at Rainbow Junktion

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Rainbow Junktion – All Hallows Church, 24 Regent Terrace, Leeds, LS6 1NP. Christmas Lunch on a pay-as-you-feel basis:

“We are excited to (hopefully) be able to go ahead with our pay-as-you-feel Christmas lunch inside this year but it will be slightly different from previous years in order to keep everyone as safe as we can. We are asking people to book in advance using this short google form. We are asking people to choose a time slot and to stick to it so we don’t have too many people in the church at the same time. We are also asking that all attendees take a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before the event and to not come inside if they have any reason to believe they have covid.”

Here is the form:…/1FAIpQLSc4XCpzdCbz7I…/viewform

If you are unable to complete the form for any reason you can go to Rainbow Junktion during the opening times which are: Monday, Thursday and Friday 11.30am – 3.00pm and book there.

NHS Covid Pass: what it is and how to get it?

From the 15th December 2021 you will need to use a NHS COVID Pass when travelling abroad to some countries and as a condition of entry at large venues and events.You can get the pass digitally through the NHS App or online via NHS.UK or as a letter sent to you in the post. Find out more about the NHS Covid Pass…

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Carols at St Mark’s – THIS Sunday 19th December

Annual Carol concert hosted by Gateway Church Leeds including… traditional carols, a live band, short talk and a moment to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

There will be the option of two concerts to come along to: 4-5pm & 6.30-7.30pm with FREE Christmas baps served between both

St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Road, Leeds LS2 9AF

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Festive Wreaths with Caring Together

Our festive wreaths were finished off this week, they looked beautiful. Joyce donated hers to Caring Together which is on our door. Our skills share craft get together’s have now finished for this year. However, all being well and if safe to do so we are back in the New Year on Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 11am.

If you wish to come along then please do, and if you need any more information about what we will be up to in January please call Lisa 07436 530073 or email:

Check your bin collection day over the festive period

The dates your bin will be collected will most likely change next week as the council puts on extra Sunday collections to help wth covering the holiday period. Next week all collections will be one day earlier.

If your normal bin day would have been…Your amended collection day will be…
Monday, 20 December 2021One Day Earlier on Sunday 19 December 2021
Tuesday, 21 December 2021One Day Earlier on Monday 20 December 2021
Wednesday, 22 December 2021One Day Earlier on Tuesday 21 December 2021
Thursday, 23 December 2021One Day Earlier on Wednesday 22 December 2021
Friday, 24 December 2021One Day Earlier on Thursday 23 December 2021
Saturday, 25 December 2021One Day Earlier on Friday 24 December 2021
Monday 27 December – Friday 31 December 2021No change to collection
Saturday 1 January 2022One Day Late on Sunday 2 January 2022

People can also check their Christmas bin collection dates at or get bin day reminders straight to their phone by downloading the Leeds Bins app.

Leeds’ household recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but will otherwise be open and operating as normal. Glass jars and bottles can be recycled at 700 recycling banks across the city, which can be found via this map.