Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Find Your ‘Moments for Movement’

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 is moving more for your mental health. One of the most important things we can do for our mental health is regular movement. Moving more can boost your self esteem, help to lower stress and anxiety, and increase your energy.

However this doesn’t have to mean starting a massive exercise program and for many people there are barriers to exercising so the campaign is focused on finding moments for movement in your everyday life – even a stretch in the morning counts!

MindWell Leeds have produced this ‘Move Your Way’ booklet with lots of advice and tips as well as information about local resources.

If you do want to try out an exercise group/class, Caring Together runs lots of activities that incorporate movement at all levels. For adults aged 55 and above. Contact us to find out more

‘Winter Warmer’ Soup and a Roll

Location: Caring Together Premises, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY (opposite Post Office/Londis Shop)

Time: Call in anytime between: 11am to 2pm

(Note: soup is usually ready by 12noon)

Our doors will be open every Wednesday for the wintery months ahead where you don’t have to think about what to cook or if the heating is on or off. It will be on and we will have a light lunch covered too.
There will also be some ‘Live Music’ from the students of Leeds University Music in the Community and some Traditional Irish Music & Songs on the some of the weeks. You can come and listen, tap your foot and even sing along if you wish.

So please call in, and take some soup away, or stay a while, with a warming cuppa, some hearty soup and a bread roll. There are also books and magazines to read or take away if you wish. There is no need to book, all are welcome. We would love to see you!


We have two two events on Friday 24th November at our Caring Together premises, 127 Woodhouse Street in relation to the buses in Leeds. that we hope you can make.

See below for details:
1pm Cllr Kayleigh will be with us to listen to your concerns/grievances around the current bus services in our area, the infrequency and inconsistency of services and the re routing of the 38 & 39 due to works in the area.
and then at

1.30pm Bus Reform – Join the consultation with The West Yorkshire Combined Authority that will inform a decision by the Mayor of West Yorkshire in whether or not to introduce the Proposed Franchising Scheme in March 2024.

Work starting on Charing Cross Square

The renovation work on Charing Cross Square – outside Caring Together is starting today and is expected to last about 12 weeks.

The Before Picture

The plans involve resurfacing the square, adding trees and a new sign, putting steps at the front of the square to the pavement (near the bus stop) and changing the steps at the back of the square—taking away part of the large step area to create more space as you enter the square from the back and repairing the steps to make them safer.

We hope that, when finished, this will be a big improvement to this area, but it is bound to create some disruption in the short term. We have been promised that access to the shops and to Caring Together will be maintained throughout the works.

Here at Caring Together we have lots of activities happening over this time and we are intending to continue these as planned if we can. If you are planning to visit us, or attend an event/activity, and you have any concerns about it, please contact us.

Emergency Alert Test – this Sunday at 3pm

On Sunday April 23rd at 3pm there will be a test of the new UK emergency alerts system.

Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby.

In an emergency, your smartphone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.

The government does not need to know your phone number or location to send you an alert.

The alert on Sunday is just a test and so you do not need to do anything, in a real emergency you should follow the instructions that come with the alert.

It will only go to smartphones or tablets that work on 4g or 5g networks, so if you have an older phone it may not receive it.

When the test happens your device is likely to make a loud siren like sound, even if it’s set on silent and maybe vibrate. The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.

If, for any reason, you do not want to receive the test alert please make sure your phone is switched off at 3pm on Sunday – you will not get the alert when it is switched back on.

The message that you will get (in England) is:

This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby.

In an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.

Visit for more information.

This is a test. You do not need to take any action.

You WON’T be asked for your phone number, location or other details – beware scammers trying to take advantage

The alerts are sent by mobile phone masts, which can broadcast them to compatible devices in the surrounding area during an emergency.

This means the Government does NOT need your phone number, location or any other personal details to send you an emergency alert, and you DON’T need to download an app or sign up to receive them.

Scammers often exploit Government initiatives and other news items as a way to target people so be wary of suspicious texts, emails or other messages asking you to hand over your details.

Information from Leeds City Council

Cost of Living Support and Advice January 2023

Dear resident

As we enter the new year, we know that the increase in cost of living continues to touch many people, and some may only be starting to feel the impact. 

We will continue to do all we can to support anyone affected. As well as our regular email updates, please remember you can visit our Cost of Living website for support and advice on housing, food, fuel and health, as well as details of events taking place across Leeds to support local residents.

Leeds City Council 

A graphic promoting the energy discount for people on pre-payment meters

Energy discount vouchers for pre-payment meters

If you use energy pre-payment meters, you should be receiving energy bill discount vouchers from the first week of the month, through either text, email or the post (using your registered contact details). 

You will need to redeem these at your usual top-up point, such as your nearest PayPoint or Post Office branch.

For more information on receiving the discount, visit the Energy Saving Trust website

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Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces across Leeds offer a welcoming and safe warm place for anyone to use for free, particularly if you’re struggling with the cost of heating your home during cold weather. Opening hours have now returned to normal after the festive period. 

To find your nearest Warm Spaces visit

A reminder that community hubs and libraries offer warm spaces and a warm welcome. You can also access additional services including help with job applications, claiming benefits you could be eligible for and money saving tips and budgeting. You can find your local community hub here

Free, confidential advice is also available from the Money Information Centres

‘Get jabbed’ plea from top doctor 

A leading doctor in West Yorkshire is calling on people who haven’t yet had their flu and COVID vaccinations to come forward as soon as possible. You can read more here

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Help with childcare costs

Over a million families in the UK are entitled to support with the cost of childcare from the government. Find out whether you’re eligible for tax-free childcare or 30 hours per week of free childcare at

Could you be a foster carer? 

If you’re considering fostering, joining Foster4Leeds means you can help the council keep Leeds children in their local area, and you’ll receive a huge amount of support from our amazing fostering service and other local foster families.

For more information visit or to speak to a member of the Foster4Leeds team, call 0113 378 3538. 

Free and low cost activities in Leeds

With the cost of living going up, many people are searching for fun things to do that won’t break the bank. For some inspiration, take a look here: Free and low-cost activities for people in Leeds

Leeds 2023 is a year-long celebration of culture. It kicked off earlier this month with The Awakening at Headingley Stadium, featuring music, poetry, dance, comedy and more. You can find out more about Leeds 2023 here.

An image of Rob Burrow and his wife Lindsey

And finally… Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield are made freemen of Leeds

This week Leeds added a new chapter to a remarkable story of courage and comradeship as the city awarded its highest civic honour to Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield.

Rugby league legends Rob and Kevin have both been given the freedom of Leeds in recognition of their heroic campaigning and fundraising for all those affected by motor neurone disease (MND).

You can read more here.

Warm Wednesdays – Soup and a roll

Our first soup and a roll get-together was very well attended last week and everyone enjoyed the homemade carrot and coriander soup.

There’s another one today and every Wednesday until the end of March. At the Caring Together premises, 127 Woodhouse Street. Drop in any time between 11am and 2pm (soup usually served from around 12 noon) – or come and join us for the full 3 hours if you wish.

Warm soup, warm building and a warm welcome for all!

We won’t tell you what today’s soup is, you will have to come along to find out, but we are sure it will be delicious.

World Mental Health Day

Today – 10/10 is World Mental Health Day and we are sharing with you ‘Take10’ from Mindwell Leeds for some calm, mindful time which might might help. Here are 10 activities you can do for 10 minutes or 10 seconds.

MindWell Take 10 for World Mental Health Day resource, with text and images,  encouraging us all to take 10 seconds for ourselves with a choice of 10 different wellbeing activities. Find a plain text version from the link in our message.

And also some information about where to access mental health support or find resources to help you better understand your mental well being


Energy Bills Rebate Scam Alert

Please be aware of energy rebate scams which are circulating. There are fake texts and emails going round which appear to be from or from Ofgem – the energy regulator and these are asking people to click a link to register for the £400 energy rebate.

The links will go to a site that is designed to collect your personal details for the scammers. Some of these sites look very much like the real government website but they are fake – you do not need to register to get this discount, or give anyone your personal details, your energy company will be automatically applying it to your bill. They should have already been in touch to let you know how they will be doing this.

If a suspicious text message is received it can be forwarded to 7726 free of charge, and the suggestion is for it to be deleted. 

Forward suspicious emails to

If someone suspects they have been a victim of a scam and unwittingly shared personal financial details, they should notify their bank ASAP and also report the matter to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.

There is also the possibility that criminals may attempt to approach people via cold calling at the door, under the guise of this official support scheme. If anyone receives an unsolicited knock on the door regarding any discount scheme or refund please be vigilant.

How you’ll get the discount:

Households will start to receive the discount from October

You do not need to apply for the discount, and there’s no need to contact your energy supplier.

The discount will be applied to your monthly household electricity bill for 6 months starting in October 2022. You’ll get:

  • £66 in October and November
  • £67 in December, January, February and March

You’ll get the discount monthly, even if you pay for your energy quarterly or use a payment card.

Traditional prepayment meter users will get equivalent vouchers that you will need to redeem.