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.
Caring Together members recently visited Leeds-based design studio Split to have a go at producing their own public poster featuring their own words using the Peoples Powered Press. Built by JKN OilTools in Batley, the People Powered Press was originally created for These Northern Types and is thought to be the largest letterpress printing press of it’s kind in the world.
The visit was part of a joint project with SKIPPKO and was certainly a great success among those who participated.
There were 27 people exercising at the Tuesday Group this week. Our regular group were joined by Bus Drivers and other staff, from many areas of England and the Channel Islands, employed by HCT (Hackney Community Transport – which shows their origins). HCT are a Social Enterprise in the transport industry, delivering services in West and South Yorkshire, London, Manchester, Bristol, Jersey and Guernsey. We regularly use the Leeds based services for our groups that are based at Leeds Alternative Travel. The reason for the visit was for them to view services and activities that take place as apposed to just dropping people off. It was great from our perspective to show them what we do and to learn more about their organisation.
Huge thanks to our members for welcoming visitors to their group, the caring together team, and of course Julie (exercise trainer) for keeping everyone motivated.
Why are we looking for a new Treasurer?
Our current Volunteer Treasurer will be leaving the board after 15 years of service (Not bad given that he initially only came for 5 years) and we need new strategic contribution to our Board to support our vision and delivery of our new Strategy. We employ a very able Finance worker who undertakes the day-to-day financial operations; the Treasurer provides oversight and guidance of the delivery of our financial strategy, our reporting, compliance and financial risk management. You can find our latest report and accounts on our website.
About our existing Board
There are currently eight other volunteer Trustees with varied experience and skills including, law, personnel and academia. In addition half of our board is composed of local older people. We are a friendly Board, passionate about our local area and we enjoy welcoming new people and talents to support our work on behalf of older people in our local area. You can read more about us on our website.
What do you get as our Treasurer?
- A chance to build your experience of charities and the voluntary sector
- An opportunity to exercise your financial management skills and knowledge, possibly in a different environment / context
- A role that includes building your own leadership experience as Chair of our Finance Committee
- Satisfaction of helping us make a difference for older people, and giving something back to local communities.
- A boost to your career and CV, if needed.
What will you bring to us?
You will have proven experience of financial management in the charity, public or commercial sector, ideally with an understanding of charity finance or be keen to learn if this is a new area for you. You will bring excellent financial management and analysis skills to a financially literate Board, providing guidance on financial risk management and compliance. With a knowledge of finance systems you will be comfortable supporting our Chair as well as having a hands on involvement with our Finance Worker, auditors and Managers when required.
If you are interested, or know someone who might be?
- You will need to be eligible to be a charity Trustee, which we will explain.
- A full Role Description with person specification is available here Job Spec and person spec
- The role is not remunerated although reasonable expenses can be claimed for.
Volunteers Week 2019
Celebrating Volunteering in all it’s forms
We get so much help from our community both from our ‘official’ volunteers and all our members who just naturally offer kindness and support where it is needed in our groups and day to day.
First week of the month is ‘bingo week’ on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and we will have our brilliant volunteer bingo caller shouting out the numbers. At the same time, within our group yesterday we had baking brought in by one member, members supporting others to play bingo, supporting new members to feel included, prizes donated by members, help to clear away and so much support for each other.
Our bingo volunteer says: ‘I look forward to coming and it is something I enjoy doing’
Some volunteering is less visible.
Offering support and friendship, in person, on the phone, even by letter to help people stay connected even if circumstances make it harder for them to be involved.
This might be a regular visit to someone who doesn’t get out much or a temporary visit while someone is in hospital, or catch up call to say hello and see how someone is.
We don’t have words sometimes to express just how valuable this support and companionship is to some of our members.
Our volunteers are just amazing!
There are many volunteering opportunities in Leeds – Caring Together being one 🙂
Along with other local organisations, some of our volunteers and staff will be at
‘Leeds Volunteer Recruitment Fair’
Volunteer recruitment fair organised by Leeds Volunteer Managers Network.
Tuesday 25th June 2019 12noon to 5pm
The Event Space, Leeds Kirkgate Market
Come along to find lots of volunteering opportunities within Leeds
Our Spring 2017 Newsletter went out to our members and supporters last week. Lots of useful information and details of some of the things coming up at Caring Together in the near future.
We send this by email to many of our supporters but most of our members like to get the paper copy, which as you can imagine is a lot of newsletters!!
As always our Caring Together members and volunteers came to the rescue. First we had a small team in the office sticking on labels and packing envelopes and then we had an amazing team effort to get the newsletters out to older people in the area. From delivering batches to a specific area or just dropping off a couple to neighbours it all added up to over 250 newsletters being either hand delivered or passed on in groups.
This saved Caring Together almost £140 in postage costs!!
So thank you to each and every one of you – you were amazing (and we hope no-one got caught in the rain)
You can see all our most recent newsletters here
A huge thanks to those Caring Together volunteers who gave up yesterday morning to pack Christmas food hampers for our oldest members in Woodhouse and Little London. Festive cheer was in the air as Carol’s played and everyone was in fine form enjoying donating their time for such a worthy cause. Many thanks again to the Grove Methodist Church in Horsforth and their parishioners for the donations of food items that made this possible.