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.

Volunteering Fair

Lisa attended the University of Leeds Autumn Volunteering Fair on Tuesday. The fairs’ are a great opportunity to link Caring Together with the local student community and the staff of the University.  Over 40 local charities and community organisations were in attendance so a great opportunity to network too. A very busy and full-on day but certainly worthwhile. Plenty of interest expressed in volunteering for and finding out more about their local Neighbourhood Network.