A Celebration of Volunteers

The Inner North West Community Committee held a ‘Thank You’ Event At TJ’s in Woodhouse on Tuesday. The Lord Mayor, and our chair of trustees, Cllr Al Garthwaite was in attendance This was for the many organisations and groups throughout Headingley, Woodhouse, Hyde Park, Little London and Weetwood that contribute in a myriad of ways to making our areas better places in which to live through a commitment to volunteering. Caring Together were delighted to be represented at this wonderful celebration and offer thanks to all of those local councillors who are so instrumental in making this event possible and supporting our groups in so many different ways.

NHS winter flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme starts today

This year’s autumn flu and COVID-19 vaccine programmes are starting earlier than planned in England as a precautionary measure following the identification of a new COVID-19 variant. The NHS winter flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme provides vital protection to those eligible and their families over winter, keeping people from developing serious illnesses, and helping to minimise hospitalisations during busy winter months.

Residents of older adult care homes and those most at risk including those who are immunosuppressed and housebound older adults will receive their covid vaccine first and this starts from today. Eligible people are urged to come forward for their jab as soon as they’re invited.

From 18 September the NHS will start to invite people in priority order of risk and those eligible will be able to book an appointment through the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/covid-19-services/covid-19-vaccination-services/ , the NHS App or by calling 119.

Those eligible for a covid booster this autumn are:

  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • People aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 12 to 64 who are household contacts of people with weakened immune systems
  • People aged 16 to 64 who are carers and staff working in care homes for older adults

In autumn 2022, all over-50s were offered an extra dose, but the government’s advisers on vaccines recommended that only over-65s should automatically be included this year.

If you are also eligible for a Flu jab you may be offered it at the same time

Caring Together Autumn Newsletter

Our Autumn Newsletter has gone out to our members and supporters. There’s lots happening as you can see in the newsletter and the many inserts below







St Aidans Outing

Fortunately we managed to pick a dry day for our recent outing to St Aidans.

The reserve was looking lovely, as always, and it was wonderful to be able to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature for a while. A short talk from one of the rangers kicked off our visit and then some went off to explore before relaxing in the cafe, and others stayed on the cafe terrace and soaked up the atmosphere, enjoying the amazing view across the lakes.

Disability Cost of Living Payments

If you get a disability benefit you should have received a £150 cost of living payment in the last two weeks.

The payments were to anyone who gets:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

You must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of these benefits for 1 April 2023 to get the Disability Cost of Living Payment.

This should have been paid into the bank account where your benefit is normally paid automatically between 20th June and 4th July.

If you think you should be entitled to this payment but haven’t received it you can report the missing payment here: https://secure.dwp.gov.uk/report-a-missing-cost-of-living-payment/welcome (please check your bank account before reporting it.)


Volunteers week comes to a close today and we are reflecting on how much our volunteers do to help Caring Together.

Just in this last week our volunteers have:

  • Packed newsletters and inserts into envelopes for distribution
  • Hand delivered newsletters to more than half our members/supporters
  • Given talks at a reminiscence group
  • Worked on our remembrance garden and our allotment
  • Counted money boxes (donations from members and supporters)
  • Made teas and coffees at groups – and helped with the clear up
  • Oversaw the management of Caring Together as Trustees
  • Kept in touch with vulnerable or isolated members

This is just a snapshot of one week, our volunteers are here to help every other week of the year too.

Thank you to each and every one of you!!