Get those boots on.

 

Caring Together and BAME have been in talks with the aim of organising a joint Walking Group in Little London and Woodhouse. If anyone is interested in taking part in any future walks contact Caring Together on 2430298 and we can organise a meeting of all those interested. It is likely that the walks will be starting around April. The walks will be around the Leeds area and will be likely of a moderate length though participants will have input into both the location and intensity of the walks.

Time To Talk

Since Time To Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Hundreds of events around the country took place to get people talking about mental health.

Caring Together held it’s own event last Thursday at Little London Community Centre. There was plant potting and craft tables to keep everyone occupied accompanied by cakes-a-plenty and copious hot drinks. It was a lovely relaxed session and all seemed to enjoy the afternoon.

Concrete Poetry

Caring Together visited Tetley’s on Monday for the ‘Connect and Create’ session supported by Arts and Minds Leeds. Ben, one of the attendees said:

‘An afternoon in the beautiful art deco Tetley building….worth a visit if not even joining a workshop session..some of us joined Arts and Minds for their Connect and Create Session today. The theme was ‘Concrete Poetry …not as heavy as it sounds…if you want to know what it is ask Lisa she’s an expert now……I think we all enjoyed it anyway……..BeN BenBENbenbebnbnnBNNEENNN’

The past in the present

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Chris from Leeds Industrial Museum will be visiting:

the Wednesday Group on the 13th February

and

the Tuesday Group on the 26th February

Housed in what was once the world’s largest Woollen Mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, for which the city was world famous.

Don’t scrimp on the heating

Image result for freezing weather polaR BEAROK things haven’t got to this point yet in Woodhouse and Little London

But

With BBC News covering how every nation of the UK had its coldest night last night, it is worth bearing the following in mind.

How to keep your home warm

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
  • if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional

Save Money and Keep Warm

Groundwork’s GREEN DOCTOR service will be visiting the Tuesday Group on the 12th February

Energy bills are the number one financial concern for households – but 63% of us think there’s nothing we can do about them. At the same time fuel bills are rising. UK homes are among the least energy efficient in Europe and we have one of the highest rates of fuel poverty.

Groundwork’s GREEN DOCTOR service is a practical solution, helping people to take control and to reduce their environmental impact at the same time. The service provides home visits and 1-2-1 advice which can help you use less energy, keep warm and save money!

Lemon Drizzle cake makes everything more palitable


Caring Together had an informal session on Brexit and potential consequences for us all in the event of a no deal. Sadly we didn’t solve all of the issues in the 2 hours that we had but feel confident that if we had another couple of hours we would have managed this. We talked about peoples fears relating to issues such as medicine shortages etc. It was all conducted with good humour and there was no falling out among attendees.

 

 

Abbey House

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Patrick from Abbey House Museum will be visiting:

the Wednesday Group on the 23rd January

To talk about Abbey House, its history and artifacts.

The core of Abbey House was originally the inner gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey, founded in 1152. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries the gatehouse was blocked at either end and became a house.

Since then the house has been a farmhouse and also the home of the Butler family, the owners of Kirkstall Forge. In 1926 Leeds City Council bought Abbey House.

During the 1950s three Victorian streets were formed. Abbey Fold in 1954, Harewood Square in 1955 and Steven Harding Gate in 1958.

In 1996 a bid was developed for the complete renovation of the buildings and the collections and submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Following the two-year £1.5 million refurbishment the museum re-opened in 2001 with twelve new shops and houses to visit.