Leeds Lions Christmas Party

Caring Together were recently invited once again to the annual Leeds Lions Christmas Party, held at St Chads Parish Centre in Headingley. It was, as always,  a great evening with plenty of food and refreshment provided. The Lord Mayor was present  and there was music and entertainment galore. Many thanks to Leeds Lions for the invite and our very best to them for the year ahead.

A Christmas Cheer for Notre Dame

A large group of Caring Together members attended the Notre Dame Christmas Party last week. It was a great afternoon and everyone was treated to an array of staff and student talent and wonderfully fed and watered. We get invited to this every year and it never fails to impress. A big thanks to the staff and students for organising this and the very best to them for Christmas and the New Year from all at Caring Together.

Distribution central at Caring Together

Many thanks to our volunteers, Joyce, Pat and David and to Valerie and Lisa for spending a morning and the best part of an afternoon preparing Christmas Hampers to be distributed to our older members and also stuffing envelopes with our latest newsletters full of everything we plan to do over the next 3 months. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Creative Hands

Valerie and Lisa hosted an ‘Early Festive Crafts Session’ on Friday for Caring Together Members. As well as being enjoyable, once it is tried craft tends to focus the mind and can aid concentration.
Recent studies seem to indicate that arts and crafts can go beyond being a simple ‘hobby’ and can have very real health benefits – particularly in terms of mental health. Improving mood and cognitive function.

Raising Voices-‘Feel Good Sing Along’

It was a pleasure again to be working with students of the music society at the University of Leeds to offer some musical sessions to our members at Caring Together. Both came together just recently belting out some uplifting tunes such as ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, amongst others. We also tried out some percussion instruments on the Wednesday. All left on a high. We look forward to the second instalment in the New Year

Remembering at St Mark’s

Due to IT issues we were unable to put up a post about the remembrance session at St Mark’s that Caring Together attended on the 9th November. As per usual we were warmly welcomed and hot drinks and cake were plentiful. The war memorial in the church was originally a feature at the old St Michael’s Church which was situated just beyond the junction of Meanwood Road and Buslingthorpe Lane. It was demolished in the late 1960s. A talk was held focusing on some of the local individuals whose names appeared on the memorial.

A few members of the very talented church choir sang some songs afterwards which was appreciated by all those present. A big thanks once again to Alex from St Mark’s and to all the volunteers who helped out on the day.