Civic Remembrance Event for Holocaust Memorial Day (in person or online)

‘One Day’ is the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day which, due to the closure of Leeds Town Hall for refurbishment, will be held at City Varieties Music Hall. 

As well as a a live in-person commemoration event, following the success of last year’s live stream, members of the public are also invited to join the event online from the safety of their homes to remember those who lost their lives.

This international day of remembrance focuses on the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, and millions more people killed under German Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds will open the event followed by a keynote speech by Dr Stefan Hördler, Lecturer at the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Göttingen, and Visiting Professor within the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Huddersfield.

Leeds Heritage Theatre’s, Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT) have created a performance for the event inspired by Emmanuel Ringleblum and the Oneg Shabbat Archive. The piece dedicated to his legacy. There will also be music by the UHC choir and a tribute to the late Rudi Leavor BEM who was part of the event for many years.

There will be also be a reading of the seven statements of commitments with candles lit by representatives of the different groups persecuted, including Holocaust survivors, people with additional needs, the LGBT+ community and Remembering Srebrenica.

For those wishing to attend in person the event is free but spaces are limited and so you should book either at https://leedsheritagetheatres.com/whats-on/holocaust-memorial-day-2022/ or by calling the box office on 0113 243 0808

The live stream can be seen here at 2pm on Sunday 23rd https://youtu.be/Hq_2QSCOdyo

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‘Online Elevenses’ with Caring Together – tomorrow: Thursday 6th January 2022

This Thursday 6th January is our first ‘Online Elevenses’ for 2022. It is a virtual catch up for anyone wishing to join us online? We meet once a month online to catch up from the comfort of our own homes and natter in a warm friendly space.  We would love to see you.


If yes, just message me lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call 07436 530073 and I can send you an invite.

‘Monthly Bereavement Support Group’

Grief and the healing process following a loss, no not matter how long ago, is not something we just ‘get over’. It is different for everyone and can be an incredibly hard and deeply sorrowful experience with some days being better than others. We just learn to rebuild our life without them around the loss. It can feel like it is just there at times and can flare up out of the blue. Talking and being in a supportive space with friends, family and others for group support and understanding can help. 

At Caring Together we have a ‘Bereavement Support Group’ on the first Monday of the month for anyone who wishes to come along. This space and time is for you no matter when your loss was, be it 30 years, 10years or just last year.
A warm welcome, compassion, and a cuppa will be on offer.


Our next date is: Monday 10th January 2022 @11am Venue: Caring Together premises, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY


“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Please just call, text 07436 530073 or email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk if you wish to come along.

Warmly, Lisa

New Year, New Day…

Last year held some wonderful memories and at other times not. And where sadness and loss prevailed we send our deepest sympathies to you at this time. None of us know what this year will hold. Our way of connecting will likely continue to be different as we navigate the unknown. Yet as we adapt, the turning of the seasons and a New Year bring us hope as we all go on working to find our own ways for each of us to feel seen, supported and heard.


All the best for the coming year and may it be one of finding balance, a sense of peace, and contentment.

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.  

Press play and turn the volume on if you wish!

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

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‘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: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk

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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: https://docs.google.com/…/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.

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: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk

Hybrid Bingo….

We enjoyed another round of bingo this week. For some this was in person at Lovell Park Court in Little London, for others it was from the comfort of their own homes; online and for another it was via the phone. It was very lively and fun.

If you wish to join us next time then get in touch we would love to see you.

Call Lisa 07436 530073 or email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk