An update on the the solitary swan from last week. I found 3 swans looking majestic in Leeds dock, I’ve only previously seen the one pair so far this year, but then a 4th appeared to join them so I think all is well with the Swan family
And a couple more herons – but of a different kind this time 🙂
A few pictures from my solitary early morning walks.
I think the bird at Leeds Dock might be a heron? But ornithology is not my strong point so I’d welcome correction.
Slightly worried about the swan as it’s mate was nowhere to be seen and it seemed to be calling.
It’s very peaceful walking in Leeds at the moment – hardly a soul to be seen in the early morning and nature is abundant with less people and traffic around. I do hope we are out of lockdown soon but a part of me will miss the solitude.
Valerie – Caring Together
We had our penultimate research session in Leeds Central Library for the ‘Women Reflecting on Women’ project last week. There were still lots to discuss. For one of our members the subject of the workhouse in Holbeck came up. This resulted in maps being brought out of the area, past and present. She recollected her mum saying hello, and chatting to those in the workhouse as she and her mum passed by.
The picture below is from the Leodis Leeds website along with a note about the remains of the site:
‘View of the remains of the Holbeck Union Workhouse on Beeston Road/Lane End, showing the rear entrance seen from the bowling green opposite on Moorville Grove. Following the closure of the workhouse the building became Leeds Corporation’s South Lodge public assistance institution. The site is now partly covered by Beeston Hill St Luke’s C of E Primary School’ http://www.leodis.net/ 25.11.19
As part of the ‘Nature Revealed: Making the Invisible Visible’ project, Caring Together will be working alongside the University of Leeds, Schools, other organisations and various artists which involves coming together at intervals in the year using creative techniques to explore the natural world of migrational and nocturnal birds, hedgehogs and bats etc.
For the past few weeks, at Little London Community Centre, this has involved making lanterns which will culminate in them being used as part of Light Night in October 2020.
I for one cannot wait to see them finished. Watch this space.
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.
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
Our Dance On sessions start next week With tutor Ella from Yorkshire Dance. Movement to Music. A fun way to get moving, socialise and have a laugh. 55 upwards, all abilities – we will ensure the moves match your mobility and ability.
Dance On Classes are 10.30am to 11.30am.
Yorkshire House, Greek Street, LS1 5SH from Wednesday 24th April.
Call Ella or Adie at Yorkshire Dance on 0113 2439867 or Caring Together on 0113 2430298 if you want to know more – or just turn up you will be very welcome!
Wednesday is Community Cafe day at Little London Community Centre and some of our members joined us there for a nice lunch and a chat.
The cafe is open every Wednesday 12noon to 1pm and you can get a very nice and very cheap meal.
Caring Together’s ‘Eating Together’ group meet there once a month – on the second Wednesday of the month. If you would like to join us, the next time we will be there is Wednesday 9th December. Just come along if you wish or give us a ring so we know to look out for you!
Today is Older People’s Day, so let’s celebrate the achievements and the contribution older people continue to make in our societies.
And remember today to enjoy being unique and just being who you are!
Vision, imagination, creativity and fun is for anyone of any age