“Crocheting is an opportunity to relax and unwind: or is it?”
Studies have shown that the hand movement used in crocheting can help keep the mind calm and distracts the brain from the stresses of life. And in this weeks skills sharing session I know for some of our members they would wholeheartedly agree with this. Yet equally for a few the learning process left them a little wound up at times. From grappling firstly with untangling the wool, and then getting to grips with the crochet hooks, and interlocking loops. Nonetheless, as they persevered it was then hugely gratifying to witness their progress.
I was left feeling super impressed by everyone who had a go, and for those who shared their skills, with unwavering patience. We are back next week to continue the relaxing and unwinding process, with a few inspired to bring in some knitting needles too.
If you wish to know more, or come along and have a go then please get in touch
“Sharing Skills and Connecting by letter”
Today we have so many ways to connect and share our life events. In partnership with a local primary school some of our members and staff have been connecting by putting pen to paper to engage with local children. Sharing this skill is helping us all to reconnect with the art of letter writing and is helping the children to further develop their writing skills. Being able to express and share how school is going for them is a delight to hear about. Their questions to us demonstrates their wish to learn about others too. Such a skill takes practice, time and patience, and can be easier for some than for others. We are glad to be on this learning journey together and look forward to our replies.
Get in touch if you wish to be part of it.
“Sleeping Beauty at the Carriageworks”
Last week some of us enjoyed the uplifting funny and entertaining Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Leeds Carriageworks. From the comments afterwards it sounds like it was a huge hit with plenty of feel-good moments.
“It is the first time I have been to a pantomime and I really enjoyed it”
“What a start to my year, it was brilliant”
“I really enjoyed it, it was good fun”
“I just got into it, it was great”
Image Credit: The Carriageworks Theatre
Happy New Year to everyone
We want to thank all our members, volunteers, supporters, funders and the local community for all their support in 2019, and we look forward to another good year in 2020 when we will be celebrating 25 years of Caring Together working in our community
Caring Together is closed now for the holidays and we will be back on Thursday 2nd January 2020
We would like to wish all our members and supporters a peaceful and happy holiday.
‘Nurturing our Creative Side’
More Pictures of our Lantern making for the ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ Project before they went on display at the Nature Reserve. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2020
Carols@ Gateway Church St Marks
“……the atmosphere was welcoming, warm and comfortable, and the carols were performed by the choir most admirably. And the festive buns were tasty too. All-in-all, the event nicely encapsulated the Christmas Spirit! ” Alistair
For information about some of the events happening in Leeds over the festive period, take a look at Visit Leeds, Leeds City Council’s What’s On webpage and Leeds Inspired.
Photo by Simon Dewhurst
Gateway Leeds warmly invite you to….
‘Carols at St Mark’s’
Sunday 22nd December 2019 From 5pm
with Christmas baps and mulled wine
Places of Support Christmas and New Year opening times 2019
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“Christmas can be a great time for catching up with family and friends, celebrating and having fun. It can also be a time of stress, money worries, family tension and loneliness. Many people feel pressured to have a ‘perfect’ time at Christmas, especially as we’re surrounded by adverts and social media telling us how wonderful everything is.
For people already dealing with mental health problems, the challenges of the festive period can sometimes make things feel worse” (MindWell website: 20.12.19)
12 days of #Christmastoolkit
Stay healthy this Christmas resource