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Take a Seat 
Time to Shine has linked up with Leeds Civic Trust to fund benches across the city, deadline is 30th November. Applications are welcome from all areas but they need more from the West and South areas of the city. So if you know of an area in your Neighbourhood Network that needs a bench and is perfect for the opportunity for people to sit and natter, rest, watch the world go by, then get your application in.

Leeds Civic Trust is bringing colour to Leeds! Would you like to be a part of a city-wide community of colourful benches? We have a small funding pot available for you to customise a bench that will benefit your community – we’ll provide the bench, and your community will provide the creativity!

This opportunity is open to all – including parks, green spaces, local high streets, and community or charitable organisations.

To enter your nomination for a bench, you will need to consider the following;

  • A creative and imaginative way of referencing the current Covid-19 pandemic and how the people of Leeds came together and helped one another so readily. There are many ways of doing this but examples could include; a suitable poem, plaque, painted images – please feel free to be as creative as you like!
  • Have a suitable place in mind for the bench, with local support and permission sought. (The Trust can offer help).
  • Be able to incorporate the Trust logo onto the bench.
  • Be in a position where people will find the use of the bench helpful.
  • Be within a Leeds postcode.
  • Be able to participate in a special ‘Take a Seat’ launch day in June 2021.

Guidance and Timescales

  • In addition to the bench itself, the Trust will provide a donation of £450 towards materials to decorate the bench.
  • The bench to be in place by 1 June 2021 (unless there are unforeseen delays due to the current Covid-19 situation).
  • For the bench dimensions and details click here.
  • The local community should be engaged during the process.
  • The Trust should be shown the final design before any decoration is begun.
  • Where possible to source materials and resources locally; from independent traders, any commissioned artists/makers that you may use to be Leeds based.
  • The final design should be non-political and secular.
  • The Trust reserves the right to prioritise applications for benches in areas where there is greater need.

‘Monthly Bereavement Support Group’ at Caring Together

Come and meet other bereaved people for group support and understanding. A warm welcome, cuppa and biscuits will also be on offer too. We are meeting together on the first Monday of each month.
Next one is this Monday 1st November @11am – 12noon
Venue: Caring Together, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY
If you are interested, or just want to know more then please do get in touch. Call Lisa 07436 530073, or email if you wish:

Skills Share: crafting together

We have loved getting together for our skills share sessions. We are having a break this week but we are back next week. Due to ill health our first get together back we will continue with Crocheting/Knitting and Sewing. We will commence the card making for the following 2 sessions all being well thereafter. We will review this nearer the time.
We look forward to seeing you next week for some good company, nattering, sharing, a cuppa and a bit of creativity.
When: Wednesday 3rd, 10th & 17th November 2021
Time: 11am to 12.30pm
Venue: Caring Together, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY at 11am
Contact Lisa 07436 530073, or email: if you require any further information. Note: We can also bring something to you as well if you are not able to get to us.

Make a your Will and help a charity – Will Aid month

HomeNovember will be Will Aid Month.  During this month  participating solicitors donate their time and skills to draw up a basic Will for clients without charging their usual fee. Instead, they invite their clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid.   Donations support the vital work of the nine Will Aid charities to help people in need in the UK and around the world.

The suggested donation is £100 for a single will or £180 for a pair of mirror wills (less than the usual fees charged) but you are free to donate as much or as little as you choose.

There are a number of solicitors locally taking part and many are offering online or telephone appointments as well as face to face.

To find out more and how to make a will aid appointment go to

Caring Together’s Monthly Carers Support Group in partnership with Carers Leeds

Are you a carer for a family member, partner, or friend? Would you like to meet others in a similar situation? Why not come along and join us on the last Thursday of each month for a friendly chat and a cuppa.
Next one: Thursday 28th October 2021
Venue: Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London, 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds 6
(opposite the Post office/Londis shop)
Time: 11am to 12.30pm
Just pop in, or call Lisa 07436 530073, or email: for more information

Getting Your Covid Booster

If you are eligible for a Covid Booster and still haven’t had it you no longer have to wait to contacted by the NHS.

You can now book online  NHS – book or manage a booster dose of Covid Vaccine or call 119 if:

aged 50 and over
aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
a frontline health and social care worker

AND it has been at least 6 months since you had your second dose of a Covid vaccine


Standing and Seated Pilates at Caring Together

We have two more weeks to go so if you wish to come along and give it a try then please just call 07436 530073, or email:
We are getting to learn some useful tips in relation to posture, muscle and core strength.

Light Night 2021 – 14th/15th October

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October 2021 – the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival.

Natural wonders to illuminate Leeds as Light Night returns: 01. Lightning Catchers by Seb Lee-Delisle

Go to to see all that is happening across 10 zones.
This year Light Night Leeds will be taking some  projects out of the city centre and bringing #ArtintheDark into different local areas and communities around Leeds. Kirkstall – Holbeck – Chapeltown – Woodhouse

The spectacular wonders of the natural world will come to life on the streets of Leeds for Light Night 2021

The hugely popular cultural showpiece will see a breath-taking programme of illuminated artworks take over well-known landmarks and locations across Leeds city centre on October 14 and 15.

Under the banner Back to Nature, this year’s event will be themed around nature and the environment, with artists from around the world creating pieces reflecting everything from the spectacular diversity of the animal kingdom to the beauty of trees and plants and even the unstoppable power of the weather.

The event will also encourage visitors to think about their own impact on the environment and how we can all play a part in combatting climate change and supporting the planet’s precious and fragile ecosystems.

Highlights this year will include the chance to catch digital lightning bolts, cast from the front of Leeds Civic Hall thanks to artist Seb Lee-Delisle, and the opportunity to take control of a circle of futuristic monoliths on Millennium Square with Canadian studios Jack World and Ottomata.

French artists Pitaya’s light sculpture at Leeds Dock will recreate a giant, endangered marine mammal in a powerful message about biodiversity, while Leeds Town Hall’s Victoria Hall will be hosting a captivating combination of light, music and performance created by artist Richard Evans exploring the critical issue of climate change.

And on Queen Square Luke Jerram’s remarkably accurate large-scale replica of the Earth, made with detailed NASA imagery, will remind visitors of the Earth’s precarious beauty.

This year’s Light Night will mark a return to a more familiar format after COVID-19 restrictions meant that last year’s events were socially distanced or enjoyed remotely. The 2021 programme has been modified to allow for additional safety measures but will still feature more than 40 installations and artworks spread across ten different zones, many supported by local businesses.