Caring Together members recently visited Leeds-based design studio Split to have a go at producing their own public poster featuring their own words using the Peoples Powered Press. Built by JKN OilTools in Batley, the People Powered Press was originally created for These Northern Types and is thought to be the largest letterpress printing press of it’s kind in the world.
The visit was part of a joint project with SKIPPKO and was certainly a great success among those who participated.
A group of us from Caring Together took a minibus out to Wakefield today to visit the Hepworth Art Gallery. And very enjoyable it was! As well as the permanent display of Barbara Hepworth’s own work there was an exhibition of around 45 early paintings and works on paper by Alan Davie and David Hockney, many of which have not been seen publicly for decades.
There were more pictures from the annual party than we could feasibly put up with the last post. So here are some more. Enjoy.
It was Caring Together’s Annual Party a week last Saturday. Held, as in previous years, at the Jubilee Club in Woodhouse, the afternoon was most enjoyable. A large crowed were entertained by our perennial favourites, Horizon, food and drinks were available and a raffle was held at the end. All reports so far have signalled that the event was a massive success. A huge thanks as always to all of the staff and volunteers whose hard work made the afternoon possible.
A short clip of the Beige performance at the White Rose Centre featuring some Caring Together members, who will also be performing at the Ageless Festival at Yorkshire Dance tomorrow
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.
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.
Our Chair Based Yoga sessions have begun. We are in a different venue this time round. It is peaceful and welcoming. Our mind and body movements, strength based exercises and mindful breathing left us feeling truly relaxed. We hope you can join us again this week. We have 5 more sessions to go.
Lisa will be about from 10.30am to let anyone in near the front entrance. It starts at 10.45am each week. Please call to find out more.
The next one this week is:
Thursday 24th October 2019
going through to, and including:
Thursday 21st October 2019 – 10.45am to 11.45am.
Lisa has added a link below about a recent blog she found on Age UK website’s with regards to Chair Based Yoga, on which they state ‘offers the same benefits as you would from mat yoga’ and one from the NHS – ‘A Guide to Yoga’
Get Set Leeds! Are you ready to make Leeds more active?
Caring Together joined in the City Wide discussion last week with our members, volunteers and staff members having their say with ‘Get Set Leeds’. Some of the team visited three of our regular Let’s Get Active Approved Exercise groups where our members fed back on what being active means to them, and what helps them get moving, and what would help further.
Accessible and reliable transport came on top for most. And although we don’t have our own vehicle, thanks to secured funding, Caring Together are able to hire a minibus to offer this to our members where needed. This is door to door with support too.
We also talked about moving more and as I am sure most already know that is not always about being at the gym. It’s walking in a park, house work, playing a game with friends, the kids, or grand-children, gardening, or dancing to a song you love. As they noted:
“it’s what you might be doing as part of your day anyway, but by doing it more often or more vigorously you could make a real difference to how well and happy you feel”
Their vision is to “get everybody moving more and for Leeds to be the most active city, we need to think differently and change what we do, together”.
We are delighted to say our members definitely make the most of what is on offer at Caring Together with well attended exercise sessions each week. We also have Yoga, Walking, an Allotment, regular outings and so on. And they also access other activities in and around Leeds too, so to have more would be a delight, as would better transport links so they can get to them.
Thanks to our members for getting involved and having a say. If you wish to add anything further, or find out more yourself then go to getsetleeds.co.uk
Or if you wish to find out more about our activities then please do get in touch.
Many thanks Lisa Argyle
Community Resilience Worker@Caring Together