Local History

We had our penultimate research session in Leeds Central Library for the ‘Women Reflecting on Women’ project last week. There were still lots to discuss. For one of our members the subject of the workhouse in Holbeck came up. This resulted in maps being brought out of the area, past and present. She recollected her mum saying hello, and chatting to those in the workhouse as she and her mum passed by.
The picture below is from the Leodis Leeds website along with a note about the remains of the site:
‘View of the remains of the Holbeck Union Workhouse on Beeston Road/Lane End, showing the rear entrance seen from the bowling green opposite on Moorville Grove. Following the closure of the workhouse the building became Leeds Corporation’s South Lodge public assistance institution. The site is now partly covered by Beeston Hill St Luke’s C of E Primary School’  http://www.leodis.net/ 25.11.19

Lighting the way!

As part of the ‘Nature Revealed: Making the Invisible Visible’ project, Caring Together will be working alongside the University of Leeds, Schools, other organisations and various artists which involves coming together at intervals in the year using creative techniques to explore the natural world of migrational and nocturnal birds, hedgehogs and bats etc.

For the past few weeks, at Little London Community Centre, this has involved making lanterns which will culminate in them being used  as part of Light Night in October 2020.

I for one cannot wait to see them finished. Watch this space.

The People’s Powered Press

Caring Together members recently visited Leeds-based design studio Split to have a go at producing their own public poster featuring their own words using the Peoples Powered Press. Built by JKN OilTools in Batley, the People Powered Press was originally created for These Northern Types and is thought to be the largest letterpress printing press of it’s kind in the world.

The visit was part of a joint project with SKIPPKO and was certainly a great success among those who participated.

Bussing in the bus drivers!

There were 27 people exercising at the Tuesday Group this week. Our regular group were joined by Bus Drivers and other staff, from many areas of England and the Channel Islands, employed by HCT (Hackney Community Transport – which shows their origins). HCT are a Social Enterprise in the transport industry, delivering services in West and South Yorkshire, London, Manchester, Bristol, Jersey and Guernsey. We regularly use the Leeds based services for our groups that are based at Leeds Alternative Travel. The reason for the visit was for them to view services and activities that take place as apposed to just dropping people off. It was great from our perspective to show them what we do and to learn more about their organisation.

Huge thanks to our members for welcoming visitors to their group, the caring together team, and of course Julie (exercise trainer) for keeping everyone motivated.


‘Lively and Colourful’

Thanks to a wonderful partnership with Dance On and Yorkshire Dance, members of Caring Together will be performing in the Ageless Festival this weekend at Yorkshire Playhouse. We do wish them well. They have definitely worked hard in rehearsals. And if the flash-mob at the White Rose is anything to go by, it will be lively and colourful.

Staff, Volunteers, Members and Supporters of Caring Together are continuously breaking down stereotypes of ageing and this playful look at stereotypical views of ageing is another example. Do get in touch if you would like to know any more of what we do at Caring Together and how you too can get involved. Or call us if you have other ideas of how we can create new, fun and interesting opportunities and activities together.

University of Leeds Volunteering Fair

Caring Together, as we do every year, had a presence at the Leeds University Volunteering Fair on Tuesday. As always, it was hectic and vibrant. Lisa attended on behalf of Caring Together. This is a great opportunity to make local students and the university aware of what we do and of the myriad opportunities available.

If you wish to explore the range of ways in which you can volunteer with Caring Together phone Lisa on:

0113 2430298

and we can make you aware of what we do and of the ways that you can make a difference to the lives of older people in our area.

Go on, give it a try.

Volunteering – Four

Volunteers Week 2019

Celebrating Volunteering in all it’s forms

We get so much help from our community both from our ‘official’ volunteers and all our members who just naturally offer kindness and support where it is needed in our groups and day to day.

First week of the month is ‘bingo week’ on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and we will have our brilliant volunteer bingo caller shouting out the numbers.  At the same time, within our group yesterday we had baking brought in by one member, members supporting others to play bingo, supporting new members to feel included, prizes donated by members, help to clear away and so much support for each other.

Our bingo volunteer says: ‘I look forward to coming and it is something I enjoy doing’

Dance On – Starts next week!!

Our Dance On sessions start next week  With tutor Ella from Yorkshire Dance. Movement to Music. A fun way to get moving, socialise and have a laugh. 55 upwards, all abilities – we will ensure the moves match your mobility and ability.

Dance On Classes are 10.30am to 11.30am.
Yorkshire House, Greek Street, LS1 5SH from Wednesday 24th April.

Call Ella or Adie at Yorkshire Dance on 0113 2439867 or Caring Together on 0113 2430298 if you want to know more – or just turn up you will be very welcome!