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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.
Feel confident, feel calm, feel positive
Oblong are running a new Head Space course, specially for Caring Together.
What is Head Space? A programme of seven weekly sessions that will help you to deal with the tough times in life that happen to us all. Learn techniques for relaxation, coping with stress and positive thinking. Find your strengths, meet new people and get new perspectives.
What will you get out of it? People who have gone on Head Space before have found it useful for increasing their confidence and finding new direction in life. It has helped some people to find employment or training, others have found better ways of dealing with difficulties with family or friends and others have started new hobbies, social activities or exercise.
It starts on Thursday 7th May, at 2.00pm, Woodhouse Community Centre. If you would like to know more, call Lisa on 0113 2430298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The NHS in Leeds, 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