Care to Croon at Halcyon Court?

08062-Halcyon-CourtHalcyon Court Care Home on Cliff Road in Woodhouse would like to invite people from the local community to join their monthly singing group ‘Halcyon Court Crooners’

This group meets at the home on the last Thursday of each month at 11am to 12.30pm.  It is free!  If you want you can also stay for lunch which will cost just £2.50

More details here:Halcyon Court Crooners poster

Caring Together Needs You…….

Memoirs walking in Golden Acre………to stroll in the park and help us raise funds.

Saturday 5th September is the date for our annual Sponsored Stroll.

This event helps us to raise £hundreds for Caring Together’s work with local older people but we need your help.

The more strollers we have, the more money we can raise so if you are free on the afternoon of Saturday 5th September please stroll for us.  It will be a nice afternoon with friendly people, not too arduous – a circuit round the park (or more if you wish) and at the end a cup of tea and a certificate.  We ordered the sunshine too – so fingers crossed!

If you think you could stroll for us, please get in touch and we will send you a sponsor pack.

If you can’t stroll on the day, please think about supporting us by sponsoring one of our strollers or making a donation.

It’s Election Day – have your say!!

Well after all the weeks of campaigning, Election Day is finally here.

Today is the day when you have the chance to decide who makes the important decisions about how the country and our city will be run.  We, at Caring Together would encourage everyone to vote, whatever your political views.

So, please make sure your voice is heard today and cast your vote.

And remember that you can register for a postal vote in future elections, if getting to a polling station is difficult for you.

Woodhouse Community Centre is a polling station today

Woodhouse Community Centre is a polling station today

The Fashionable Lounge

Enjoying a cuppa at the Fashionable Lounge

Enjoying a cuppa at the Fashionable Lounge

A number of our members, along with other older people from across Leeds attend ‘The Fashionable Lounge’ at Leeds City Varieties.

An art, history and social group for older people, based at the world-famous City Varieties in Leeds.

Come along to explore the history of this beautiful music hall, look at some of our old photographs and programmes, share stories of the venue’s past and meet new people. All in the comfort of the beautiful Circle Bar.

Each week will explore a different area of the building’s history.  Perhaps listening to some recordings of favourite songs, exploring pantomime programmes or discovering some of the weird and wonderful acts that have trod the boards!

Some sessions will work with a  visiting artist to try a new skill relating to the music hall, perhaps singing, costume design, archive research or photography.

The group meet in the Circle Bar at City Varieties on the second Thursday of the month from 2pm-4pm. There is a suggested donation of £2 per session, including a hot drink and biscuits.

If you find public transport difficult, we are able to provide assisted transport from your home to City Varieties, with Leeds Alternative Transport.  To help us cover the cost of this service, we charge £1 per return journey.  If you would like to make use of this service, please let us know.

If you would like more information or to join the group, please contact Catherine Hayward on 0113 391 7783 or email


Your poo can save you!

The NHS in Lpoo-campaign-large-800x634eeds, along with Leeds City Council, have launched a campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer and how important it is for people to complete and return their bowel cancer screening kit.

In Leeds the testing kit is posted out to people aged between 60 and 69. Completing and returning your testing kit could save your life as it gives us the chance to detect the disease in its early stages.

Things that increase your risk of getting bowel cancer include:

  • Age:Around 72% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over 65
  • Diet:A diet high in fibre and low in saturated fat could reduce your bowel cancer risk, a diet high in red or processed meats can increase your risk
  • Healthy Weight:Leaner people are less likely to develop bowel cancer than obese people
  • Exercise:Being inactive increases the risk of getting bowel cancer
  • Alcohol & Smoking:High alcohol intake and smoking may increase your chances of getting bowel cancer
  • Family history and inherited conditions:Having a close relative with bowel cancer puts you at much greater risk of developing the disease.
  • Related Conditions:having certain bowel conditions can put you more at risk of getting bowel cancer

Happy Birthday to us!! 20 years of Caring Together

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Our 10th birthday celebration in 2005

Caring Together is an amazing 20 years old this year!

And today we are celebrating with a big party at TJs Club in Woodhouse.

20 years of supporting older people in Woodhouse & Little London

We have met some wonderful older people along the way – and we hope to meet more in the next 20 years (and beyond)

So a very happy birthday Caring Together – and many happy returns!

Red Nose Day – and a thank you from us!


Today is Red Nose Day – the major fundraising event for Comic Relief.

Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work.

There’s a fantastic night of TV on the BBC, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously.

Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the UK and Africa.

Here at Caring Together we have been fortunate enough to receive funding from Comic Relief on several occasions over the years and we have been very grateful for this support that has helped us with various aspects of our work with older people in Woodhouse & Little London.

So today, we would like to say a big thank you and wish them well with today’s fundraising

Pay as You Feel at Woodhouse tomorrow

6-bigThe Pay as You Feel Cafe is at Woodhouse Community Centre again tomorrow.  From lunchtime onwards.

Come along for a nice meal – we don’t know what it will be but it’s sure to be delicious! The cost is very reasonable as it is whatever you feel you can pay.

Also today at the Pay as You Feel Cafe in Armley there will be a Knit & Natter group at 4.30pm and a ‘Waste Food Feast’ from 7pm.  Details on their Facebook page

International Women’s Day 2015

iwd logoToday is International Women’s Day – an event that has been happening since 1911. 

So today we would like to say Happy Women’s Day to all our female members and volunteers .  It’s a day to celebrate women of all ages and we’d like to ask you to take a moment to think about all the women who have been important in your life – mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, friends, neighbours, carers – the list could go on.

(And, in case you were wondering, International Men’s Day is on November 19th)