Goodbye to our Caring Together Patron

Hilary Benn MP

Following the changes to constituency boundaries at the general election last week, Hilary Benn is no longer the MP for our area and as a result he has stepped down as Caring Together Patron.

Hilary was elected as MP for the Leeds South constituency and is also now the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. We want to thank Hilary for being our patron for so many years and for all his support during that time and to wish him good fortune in his new posts.

The MP for Leeds Central and Headingley, which includes Caring Together’s area is Alex Sobel and we look forward to having a good relationship with our new MP.

Election Day is here!!

Today is the day of the General Election and your chance to cast your vote to choose the MP for this area and the Government of the UK for the next five years. So please make sure you use your vote and have your say!

For those who haven’t already voted by post:

Polling stations are open until 10pm today for you to cast your vote. To vote in person you will need to take ID.

This includes an older persons bus pass or disabled persons bus pass.

If your photo ID has expired it will still be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you.

Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

• Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
• Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
• Biometric immigration document
• Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
• Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
• Blue Badge
• National identity card issued by an EEA state
• Older Person’s Bus Pass
• Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
• Oyster 60+ Card
• Freedom Pass
• Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
• 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
• Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
• Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
• Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

If you received a postal voting pack and have not managed to return it, it can be handed in at a polling station today. If you can’t do this yourself, someone else is allowed to take it for you, You/they will need to fill in a form when it is handed in – the staff at the polling station can help you with this

Charing Cross engagement event

This event, the first of its kind, was organised by the Inner North West Community Committee bringing together local churches, businesses and support organisations. It was great to see Charing Cross in Woodhouse put to use as a community space. The area has recently been redeveloped and it gave all present a good idea of how it can be used for events in the future. Suggestions from the local community of how they would like to see it used would be greatly appreciated.

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Lord Mayor of Leeds 2024-2025 – Councillor Abigail Marshall-Katung

The new Lord Mayor of Leeds is Little London and Woodhouse councillor and Caring Together Trustee Abigail Marshall-Katung.

Abigail was officially appointed yesterday and is pictured her in her mayoral robes, and with her husband, and Lord Mayor Consort, Senator Sunday Marshall-Katung

Picture above and text below from https://news.leeds.gov.uk/news/abigail-marshall-katung-becomes-130th-lord-mayor-of-leeds

‘Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung was officially announced as the next Lord Mayor of Leeds following the council’s annual general meeting last night.

Taking over the role from Al Garthwaite, Councillor Marshall Katung becomes the city’s 130th Lord Mayor and the first person of African descent to hold the position.

Councillor Marshall Katung will be supported throughout her tenure as Lord Mayor by her husband, Nigerian Senator and Lord Mayor Consort, Senator Sunday Marshall Katung.

Councillor Marshall Katung was born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, and arrived in the UK to study at the University of Leeds as a postgraduate student in the Politics & International Studies Department in 2000. 

Following the passing of her father in 1999, who she credits as a ‘profound influence’ on her life and with instilling in her an ethos of ‘education for service’, Councillor Marshall Katung resolved to honour his legacy and study in the UK.

Transitioning from student to professional life, Councillor Marshall Katung established her own business, while also embracing the joys and responsibilities of motherhood to twin sons, who are now pursuing their own university studies.

Breaking barriers, Councillor Marshall Katung became the first African to become a ward member of Leeds City Council when in 2019, she was elected to represent the Little London and Woodhouse ward in the city centre. This is one of Leeds’s most culturally diverse wards where over 82 languages are spoken. She was subsequently re-elected at the 2023 elections.

Within Leeds City Council, Councillor Marshall Katung has assumed various leadership roles These included chairing the scrutiny board for adults health and active lifestyles and the scrutiny board for infrastructure, investment and inclusive growth. She was lead member for faith and belief, chaired the hate crime strategic board and further education 14-19 years, and is a food champion.

Away from politics, Councillor Marshall Katung is an avid athlete and coach, specialising in sprinting, and serves as a governor at Leeds City College, a trustee of Age UK and Caring Together, and co-chair of the David Oluwale Memorial Association.

As is traditional, the incoming Lord Mayor has chosen a charity to champion throughout her term. Councillor Marshall Katung has chosen the Leeds Community Foundation. She chose this charity due to its wide-ranging support of small, local charities tackling critical societal inequalities such as food poverty, health inequalities, mental health, and digital inclusion, which are all causes close to her heart. 

Councillor Marshall Katung will be supported throughout her tenure as Lord Mayor by her husband, Nigerian Senator and Lord Mayor Consort, Senator Sunday Marshall Katung.

Speaking of her appointment, The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung said: “It is with great appreciation and humility that I embrace the privilege of becoming this great city’s 130th Lord Mayor.  Since arriving in Leeds in 2000, the city quickly became my cherished second home. It was not just the city where I lived, studied, and worked, it’s where I chose to raise my children and become a public servant.

“My appointment as Lord Mayor has been widely celebrated in the city’s African community and is a shining example of the enormous contribution international students make to UK society.  As Lord Mayor of Leeds, I am committed to working tirelessly to ensure voices are heard from all areas of the city and every triumph is recognised and celebrated.” ‘

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Find Your ‘Moments for Movement’

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 is moving more for your mental health. One of the most important things we can do for our mental health is regular movement. Moving more can boost your self esteem, help to lower stress and anxiety, and increase your energy.

However this doesn’t have to mean starting a massive exercise program and for many people there are barriers to exercising so the campaign is focused on finding moments for movement in your everyday life – even a stretch in the morning counts!

MindWell Leeds have produced this ‘Move Your Way’ booklet with lots of advice and tips as well as information about local resources.

If you do want to try out an exercise group/class, Caring Together runs lots of activities that incorporate movement at all levels. For adults aged 55 and above. Contact us to find out more

Polling Day Today!

Don’t forget you need ID

Local council elections in Leeds and elections for West Yorkshire Mayor

Polling stations are open until 10pm today for you to cast your vote. To vote in person you will need to take ID.

This includes an older persons bus pass or disabled persons bus pass.

If your photo ID has expired it will still be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you.

Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

• Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
• Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
• Biometric immigration document
• Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
• Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
• Blue Badge
• National identity card issued by an EEA state
• Older Person’s Bus Pass
• Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
• Oyster 60+ Card
• Freedom Pass
• Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
• 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
• Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
• Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
• Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
• Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

If you received a postal voting pack and have not managed to return it, it can be handed in at a polling station today. If you can’t do this yourself, someone else is allowed to take it for you, You/they will need to fill in a form when it is handed in – the staff at the polling station can help you with this

Cost of Living Payment 2024

The last of a series of 3 cost of living payments for people eligible for certain benefits will be paid between 6th and 22nd February 2024. This payment will be £299 and will be paid into the same bank account as your benefit.

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 from 16th February 2024

You need to have been entitled to the qualifying benefit for at least one day during the qualifying period, which is between 13 November 2023 and 12 December 2023.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment

You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you’re found to be eligible at a later date.

If you get a message asking you to apply or contact someone about the payment, this is likely be a scam. The DWP will not need to contact you to ask for bank details (or any other personal information) to make this payment so please do not give out any personal information.

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 https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator or call the pension credit helpline 0800 99 1234

‘Digital Switchover’ Information session

Thursday 1st February 2024

Location: Caring Together Premises, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY

Time: 1pm – 2pm

By 2025, the UK’s phone lines will be switching over to a new digital landline service. For most people this will be a really simple change, and all phone companies have to provide help and support to anyone who might have issues with it.

Come along to learn more about this and how it will affect you. Someone from BT will be on hand to answer your questions. No need to book. Open to all.

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