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.

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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!

OPAL – New Community Centre Open Day – Saturday 25th February

Our friends at OPAL (a scheme similar to Caring Together supporting older people in the Leeds 16 area) have been working very hard on renovating their new building and they are having an Open Day.

OPAL say, ‘Come along this Saturday 25th February​ 11am till 3pm to find out what’s happening at the Welcome In Community Centre.

We’re very lucky to have Brett Delaney & Keith Galloway from Leeds Rhinos visiting from 12 till 1pm and Ronnie the Rhino from 12 till 2pm.

There will be tea, coffee & cake plus face painting, craft and other stalls’

A lovely Community Lunch at the Community Cafe

SAM_2315Wednesday is Community Cafe day at Little London Community Centre and some of our members joined us there for a nice lunch and a chat.

The cafe is open every Wednesday 12noon to 1pm and you can get a very nice and very cheap meal.

Caring Together’s ‘Eating Together’ group meet there once a month – on the second Wednesday of the month.  If you would like to join us, the next time we will be there is Wednesday 9th December.  Just come along if you wish or give us a ring so we know to look out for you!