Caring Together’s monthly informal lunch gathering was at the Eldon on Woodhouse Lane last week. These local afternoons out are proving popular. If you would like to attend any of these in the future just give us a call on 0113 2430298 and we will let you know details of future plans.
Caring Together recently attended the First Anniversary of Green Gym creating lovely garden spaces at Lovell Park Hub. We have a great relationship with Lovell Park Hub and use their IT suite regularly for our IT Drop in. The garden is a great space to relax and have a break-out from groups on those warm summer days.
Caring Together members have lots of opportunities for exercise. We are constantly updating our repertoire of activities in this area. These are a sample of what we have organised at present.
Tuesday 2pm – 3pm – Gentle Chair-based/Standing Exercise – Main Hall, Woodhouse Community Centre, LS6
Wednesday – Local Walks – call to find out times and meeting points
Wednesday – Dance On Project in partnership with Yorkshire Dance 10.30am – 11.30am – 3rd Floor, Yorkshire House, Greek Street LS1
Wednesday 2pm – 3pm – Gentle Chair-based/Standing Exercise-Main Hall, Little London Community Centre, LS7
Thursday 2.30pm – 3.30pm 6 weeks Gentle Chair Based YOGA- Commencing 25th July 2019-Main Hall, Little London Community Centre LS7
Friday 10am-11am – Gentle Chair-based/Standing Exercise – Main Hall, Woodhouse Community Centre, LS6
Occasionally there are changes to these schedules to accommodate trips etc so it is advised to phone in advance should you be interested in attending.
Our links with the M&S Archive continued with a recent visit by them to Caring Together. These visits are always popular and this was no exception.
The Marks in Time Exhibition at the M&S Company Archive celebrates the role that Marks & Spencer has played in peoples’ lives for over 130 years. Here, you can explore the development and impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain. From boardroom battles to staff welfare, from puddings to pants, the exhibition explores how M&S has led the way in innovation, quality and service.
Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and the Leeds Volunteer Managers’ Network held a Volunteer Recruitment Fair last Tuesday, 25 June, at The Event Space in Kirkgate Market.
The event was open to members of the public, to drop-in and find out more about volunteering, meet the organisations recruiting volunteers and find out about the hundreds of roles available across the city.
Over 60 organisations looking to recruit volunteers in Leeds were exhibiting at the fair, with stalls, information and people to talk to.
Caring Together were there with our own stall looked after by our own volunteer coordinator, Lisa, a student on a work placement, and volunteers Ben and Myrna.
Abbey House Museum visited Caring Together recently. We reminisced about old music venue’s in Leeds linked to their exhibition next year on music. We also had a sing-a-long too, with hits from the Beatles, Elvis, and the Beach Boys among others.
There was a good turnout from Caring Together at last weeks introductory event for the year long heritage project: ‘Women Reflecting on Women, are we there yet?‘
During 2019 Skippko artists will be working in communities to research and gather the stories of lesser known women who were involved in the fight for suffrage at the turn of the 20th century.
Participants from 13 different community groups, of which Caring Together are one, will learn about Leeds working class women, before exploring their own heritage stories.
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
Boccia and afternoon tea, are not two things you would automatically put together but that is what we had at our Volunteers Week celebration event. And what a lovely afternoon it was!
Attended by volunteers, local councillors and PCSOs, the Boccia and other games certainly brought out the competitive side in everyone, in a very friendly way of course.
Then the afternoon tea, when our hard working volunteers and helpers were instructed to relax and let staff wait on them. Lots of fun and laughter throughout the afternoon and our chance to say a big thank you to them all
See more photos here ;https://www.facebook.com/pg/caringtogetherleeds/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1212142345640842