World Mental Health Day 2023

The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’ The day aims to raise awareness of Mental Health and encourage people to reach out to talk about their mental health and to access support when they need it.

You can find out about mental health support in Leeds on

West Yorkshire mental health support line – 0800 183 0558.

The 24/7 service  provides free, confidential support, advice, information and guidance for anyone registered with a Leeds GP who is concerned about their own or a family member’s mental health

Autumn 2023 Cost of Living Payments

For people on Pension Credit and other low income benefits

The second of three cost of living payments for 2023 will be paid between 31st October and 19th November 2023. This payment is £300 and you do not need to apply -you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits if you qualify. The payment will be referenced with your National Insurance Number followed by DWP COL or HMRC COLS.

You should get this payment if you are entitled to one of the following benefits:

  • Pension credit
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Universal credit (providing you didn’t have a ‘nil’ award)

If you get child tax credit or working tax credit but don’t also get one of the above benefits, you should still get the payment but it will arrive in your account between 10th and 19th November

You need to have been entitled to the qualifying benefit for at least one day during the qualifying period, which is between 18 August 2023 and 17 September 2023

If you are over state pension age and on a low income but do not already get pension credit it is worth checking if you are entitled to claim as soon as possible – pension credit can be backdated for 3 months so if you make a successful claim now you would then also be entitled to this cost of living payment. You can check this online or call the pension credit helpline 0800 99 1234

A Celebration of Volunteers

The Inner North West Community Committee held a ‘Thank You’ Event At TJ’s in Woodhouse on Tuesday. The Lord Mayor, and our chair of trustees, Cllr Al Garthwaite was in attendance This was for the many organisations and groups throughout Headingley, Woodhouse, Hyde Park, Little London and Weetwood that contribute in a myriad of ways to making our areas better places in which to live through a commitment to volunteering. Caring Together were delighted to be represented at this wonderful celebration and offer thanks to all of those local councillors who are so instrumental in making this event possible and supporting our groups in so many different ways.

NHS winter flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme starts today

This year’s autumn flu and COVID-19 vaccine programmes are starting earlier than planned in England as a precautionary measure following the identification of a new COVID-19 variant. The NHS winter flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme provides vital protection to those eligible and their families over winter, keeping people from developing serious illnesses, and helping to minimise hospitalisations during busy winter months.

Residents of older adult care homes and those most at risk including those who are immunosuppressed and housebound older adults will receive their covid vaccine first and this starts from today. Eligible people are urged to come forward for their jab as soon as they’re invited.

From 18 September the NHS will start to invite people in priority order of risk and those eligible will be able to book an appointment through the NHS website , the NHS App or by calling 119.

Those eligible for a covid booster this autumn are:

  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • People aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 12 to 64 who are household contacts of people with weakened immune systems
  • People aged 16 to 64 who are carers and staff working in care homes for older adults

In autumn 2022, all over-50s were offered an extra dose, but the government’s advisers on vaccines recommended that only over-65s should automatically be included this year.

If you are also eligible for a Flu jab you may be offered it at the same time

Caring Together Autumn Newsletter

Our Autumn Newsletter has gone out to our members and supporters. There’s lots happening as you can see in the newsletter and the many inserts below







St Aidans Outing

Fortunately we managed to pick a dry day for our recent outing to St Aidans.

The reserve was looking lovely, as always, and it was wonderful to be able to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature for a while. A short talk from one of the rangers kicked off our visit and then some went off to explore before relaxing in the cafe, and others stayed on the cafe terrace and soaked up the atmosphere, enjoying the amazing view across the lakes.

Happy 75th Birthday to the NHS!!

5 July 2023 marks 75 years of the National Health Service.

Treating over a million people a day in England, the NHS touches all of our lives. When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.

We want to say Thank You to the NHS and all it’s staff on this milestone day and long may it continue to look after us

Have a look at the milestones through the history of the NHS…/about-the-nhs…/nhs-history/ or see more about the 75th birthday celebrations