Wintry Woodhouse (and Little London)

img_0007The garden at Woodhouse Community Centre is looking lovely in the winter sunshine today but it is very cold out there!!

Make sure you keep warm today and take care if you need to go out.

Caring Together is a ‘Winter Friend’ in Leeds and we also have a small stock of warm bedding, socks, gloves and thermal underwear.  Give us a call if you need any of these.

More information about help to stay warm and well this winter in Leeds is available here

Welcome to the Jungle

nov-2016Our walking group encountered some creatures you wouldn’t normally expect to see in Kirkstall!

Yesterday’s walk from St Chad’s to Kirkstall was the last one of 2016 and thankfully the weather allowed it to go ahead.

Our walking group is taking a break now, over the winter months.  They will resume fortnightly Wednesday morning walks in Spring 2017.  If this is something you would like to join please contact Caring Together

The Fashionable Lounge

Once a month a small group of people, mainly retired aged from 50 to over 90, meet in the circle bar of  Leeds’ very own City Varieties. The group is called The Fashionable Lounge.

Memories are shared, heart-warming, moving, revelatory and funny. Everyone has their own story to tell. No-one is ever left out. A feeling of cosy camaraderie has grown. Sometimes we play games and we have even been known to do a bit of play acting which is fitting for the venue”.    

At present the group are involved in an Inter-generational project along with Leeds Older People’s Forum.

Caring Together was involved in the initial pilot of the Fashionable Lounge project and it is good to see that it was such a success that most of those involved from Caring Together are still attending.

Walking Wingers

Image result for walking footballA Caring Together member recently approached us to ask about Walking Football. He said that he played football regularly when younger and would like to give it a try for social and fitness reasons. We advised him where sessions in Leeds already take place but he was wondering if there were any people in Woodhouse, Little London or the Town Centre who would like to get together to try it out. The man is 78 years old so ideally people around that age range would be preferable

Walking Football is a version of the game where any player caught running concedes a free kick to the opposition.

If you fancy giving this a go contact John at Caring Together and we will put you in touch with one another.

Alternatively the following City Council Leisure  Centres all hold sessions:

Armley Leisure Centre, Carr Croft, Leeds, LS12 3HB Mondays 12.00 – 1.00pm

Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Leeds, LS27 8JP Wednesdays 7.00 – 8.00pm

Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Leeds, LS28 7BE Thursdays 7.00 – 8.00pm

John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Barwick Road, Leeds, LS15 8TA Sundays 6.00 – 7.00pm

£3 per session or £2.50 with a LeedsCard Extra

Winter Warmth Community Grant Scheme


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Caring Together has been successful in its recent application for a grant from the Winter Well-being programme which has been funded by Public Health, Leeds City Council and one of Leeds Community Foundation’s donors. The grant will enable Caring Together to more fully support older people in Woodhouse and Little London over the coming months in coping with difficulties experienced during the winter period. Caring Together, its staff, trustees and members offer our thanks to Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Foundation for the faith that they have shown in us to undertake this extra work.

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SAFER Project

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Lisa Keyworth of the SAFER Project  was back at Caring Together on Tuesday, stimulating discussion around scams and frauds. Lisa gave information about postal and telephone fraud and how to protect yourself from doorstep criminals.

The SAFER project is a community protection and empowerment programme, working with older adults across West Yorkshire aiming to raise awareness and provide residents with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves against rogue traders and scams, and also to provide front-line advice and support to those already in crisis from such activity.

More from LUUMIC


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”LUUMIC, or Music Impact in the Community, is a volunteering society that aims to get involved in the community of Leeds through the shared love of music. We collaborate with a range of organisations to give our volunteers a wide variety of experiences that they can carry forward into their lives”.

Well, LUUMIC are back in Woodhouse, bringing their talents and enthusiasm to Caring Together Groups. We value this connection and our members have expressed delight in their return.


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Caring Together @ University of Leeds Autumn Volunteering Fair

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Caring Together recently had a stall at the University of Leeds Autumn Volunteering Fair. The fair exists to allow students a forum to meet with local organisations, contribute to the local community and develop transferable skills through volunteering. Caring Together has developed excellent relationships with the two local universities over the years and provided hundreds of students with volunteering opportunities.

Effective Falls Management Exercise Programme

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From the age of 60 our muscle mass does decline and falls can happen more frequently. However there are ways that we can reduce the risks. Caring Together has embarked on a 5 week programme in collaboration with Leeds City Council on falls prevention in older people and those with long term conditions.

This will focus on:

Improve muscle mass with specific strength based exercise

To help with co-ordination and increasing functional capacity

Help to improve balance if unsteady on your feet

Increase confidence when mobilising if fear of falling

And increase confidence following recent falls

Exercising well in a fun, manageable and enjoyable way