Zurich help us to spread Christmas Cheer

hamper and calendarsA big big thank you to the staff at Zurich Insurance company who collected food to make up 20 lovely Christmas hampers for us.

The hampers are being distributed to our 20 oldest members and are part of our winter support visits

We are very grateful to Zurich for these wonderful gifts at this special time of year

Sporting Memories put our Memoirs Group in the news!

sporting memoriesCaring Together’s Memoirs Group have been taking part in the Sporting Memories project recently and this week they have appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“THAT FEELING when Geoff Hurst’s hat trick helped secure victory for England in the 1966 World Cup, the pride when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile or even the excitement when Leeds won the 1957 cup final at Wembley.

Unlocking sporting memories has become a powerful tool to help tackle loneliness, depression and dementia among older people across Yorkshire…………………”  To read the rest of the article click here

The Thermals have landed!

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We now have our stock of thermal underwear to give to older people (in Woodhouse & Little London) who may need them this winter!

We only have a fairly small stock initially but we do have some money to purchase more if they prove popular.  Many thanks to Jonathan Morgan of Morgans City Living who generously gave us a donation so that we can provide these items to help older people stay warm this winter

The items we have in stock are

Ladies t-shirt style vests – Medium, Large and Extra Large

Ladies ‘Long Janes’ – Medium, Large and Extra Large

Mens t-shirts – Medium, Large and Extra Large

Mens Long Johns – Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large

And we also have some bedding and snuggie blankets available for Caring Together members who have not already received these.

If you need any of these items, and you are a Caring Together member,  please contact Valerie on 0113 2430298 or valerie@caringtogether.org.uk.

If you are not a Caring Together member but are over 60 and live in Woodhouse or Little London then get in touch to find out more about us and how to join!

National Community Meals Week

This week has been  National Community Meals Week .  A third of all local authorities no longer provide a meals service but Leeds, despite many cuts, is still one of the two thirds that do.

Leeds  Community Meals service has been delivering hot meals for over 40 years. The service supports elderly and vulnerable people in the city and helps them live independently in their own homes. Over 400 meals a day are now delivered in the city.

Call Community Meals Leeds on 0113 247 8577 to find out how you, or someone you care about can start receiving meals. The office is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm.  Or look here.

World Diabetes Day 2014

Today is  World Diabetes Day,  co-ordinated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

The theme of World Diabetes Day, from 2014 to 2016 will be healthy living and diabetes and this year, there’s a focus on starting each day right by having a healthy breakfast.

A healthy breakfast should help blood sugar levels from getting too high and should keep you full through the morning. Whilst cereal and toast may be cheap, these options typically raise blood sugar levels rapidly and may leave you hungry again before lunch.

If you drink fruit juice for breakfast, consider cutting the juice out or having a smaller glass of it. For reference, a 150ml glass of unsweetened orange juice contains around 15g of carbohydrate and 13g of sugar.

More information here

Keep Warm this Winter

Summer has flown by and we can’t believe it is October already!!

Today is still a lovely sunny day but the nights are drawing in and Winter will soon be upon us so remember that Caring Together has some bedding and other items to help you keep warm in the cold weather.

If you need any of these items, and you are a Caring Together member,  please contact Valerie on 0113 2430298 or valerie@caringtogether.org.uk.

If you are not a Caring Together member but are over 60 and live in Woodhouse or Little London then get in touch to find out more about us and how to join!

Stroll with us on 13th September

Our annual sponsored stroll is on Saturday 13th September.  A stalwart bunch of Caring Together members,volunteers, staff and supporters take a gentle (or not so gentle) stroll around Woodhouse Moor/Hyde Park to help raise much needed funds for our work with local older people.

We would love you to join us! If you would like to stroll to help a local charity or if you’d like to sponsor one of our strollers, please get in touch in any of the usual ways

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Good reasons to join our Sponsored Stroll!

Developed in partnership with Macmillan, the experts in cancer, the story has recieved national coverage including being covered by the Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph. This raises the profile of walking, keeping it on the national agenda.

 “Walking has been very important to my recovery [from cancer] – it’s helped me boost my energy levels, wellbeing and confidence.” Bryony, walker

As you’ll know more than most, walking doesn’t just help your physical health but also helps lift your mood and is a great way to make new friends.

“Walking for Health enhances so many lives, provides time for reflection, companionship and the general feeling of well-being, which can all help in the resolution of life’s difficulties.” Alfred, volunteer walk leader

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