Leeds 10k this Sunday

Route and Road Closures

The Run For All 10k in Leeds is Sunday 3rd July

The race starts on the Parkinson Steps at 9am and the route winds round Woodhouse Moor and through Headingley before making its way back to the city centre along Meanwood Road.

The Leeds 10K was Jane Tomlinson’s vision. Having raised £1.8 million for charity while she was battling terminal cancer, in 2006 Jane knew her time left to fundraise was limited. As a result, she decided to set up the Leeds 10K to continue the fundraising vehicle for charities that she had started.

Whether you want to find a good spot to watch the runners go by, or you just want to know about the road closures in the area all the information is below:

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Little Amal walks in Leeds for World Refugee Day

Monday 20th June – 6pm – 8pm Briggate and Millenium Square

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After spending the day in Bradford, Amal will pop up on Briggate around 6pm, and walk through the city to Millennium Square arriving there about 8pm. With music, performances and activities along the way if you join her on her journey.

A little girl on a BIG journey, Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of ‘The Walk’. Since July 2021 she has travelled over 8,000km in support of refugees.

The 3.5 metre-tall living artwork of a young Syrian refugee child has walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.

One year on from leaving her home in Syria, Amal will walk again in the UK this June during #RefugeeWeek.

Between 19-27 June she will visit 10 towns and cities across England meeting friends old and new, sharing her message of resilience and hope with anyone who has been forced to leave their homes.

Deadline for Leeds Council Tax/Energy Rebates

Friday 24th June – 5pm

Help us to help you – that’s the message from Leeds City Council to people in Leeds who have yet to make their application for a council tax rebate payment.

All households in Council Tax Band A-D have been entitled to a £150 payment as part of the Government’s response to rising energy bills.

This applies even if you do not pay council tax because of receiving full council tax support (benefit) or are exempt for another reason.

All who pay council tax by direct debit should have automatically received this payment into their bank accounts

Those who do not pay by direct debit (including those who do not pay at all) have been able to claim via an online form since 4th April. But latest figures show that around two-thirds of Leeds’s 120,000 non-direct debit households have not yet applied.

The claim form can be found here: www.leeds.gov.uk/council-tax/£150-council-tax-rebate. Staff at the council’s community hubs can help you with this process if you need it.

Also, here at Caring Together, we have been helping lots of our members to complete these applications and you can contact us if you haven’t applied yet and need some help.

Later in the year the council does plan to issue vouchers or a credit to council tax bills for those who have not received the rebate but crucially, those who proactively apply before 5pm on June 24 will get their rebate more quickly.

Litter Free Leeds

Leeds Goes Purple

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Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June

Have you seen those purple bin bags dotted around your area?

If you didn’t know, they’re being filled up by local people who are doing litter picks in your area as part of Litter Free Leeds.

We all know litter is an eyesore and can be a danger to wildlife and pets. Each year 60,000 bags of litter are collected in Leeds by people ranging from individuals, families doing a quick pick as part of a day out or dog walk, to organised groups and even businesses wanting to do something to make a difference in their area.

Litter Free Leeds is organising a ‘Leeds Goes Purple’ weekend starting today and running until Sunday 12th June to celebrate the contributions being made across the city and to spread the news to anyone who wants to join in and do their bit in and around their local communities.

If you want to join in, contact your local group – Woodhouse Womblers – oracy@ymail.com to get your purple bags.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Caring Together

We had a beautiful morning last week to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. We also had a few weeks to prepare prior to our celebrations where some of us came together and unleashed our creative sides to make some decorations for the window and inside too. We even had some knitted and crocheted bunting made. We hope you liked them.

On the day we had some wonderful home made scones, buns, and a trifle for all (that took some making, but well worth it…….we loved it!). Some of our members and Morrisons donated our prizes for the event. That included the jam and clotted cream! Some members also donated the purple platinum jubilee bags, sweets, and the queens shortbread (and the tins). These all went together for the bags everyone got to take away; so kind and thoughtful and welcomed by all. Our tables; donated from housing, were kindly decorated with flowers from our allotment. The office looked pretty impressive.

A HUGE Thank you to everyone for making it extra special, to those joining us on the day, helping prior to, and on the day.

New Measures to help with cost of living

The government has announced further measures to help with the ongoing cost of living crisis, and in particular rising fuel bills

All households will get £400 cut from the fuel bill in October, this is replacing the £200 ‘loan payment’ proposed earlier and it will not have to be repaid.  It will be credited to your electricity bill (if you are on a prepayment meter this is likely to be paid in top-up vouchers).

In addition, people over State Pension age (on 26th September 2022)  will be paid an extra £300 on top of the existing Winter Fuel Allowance.  This should be paid directly into your bank account in November or December

Households in receipt of means tested benefits will receive £650, to be paid in two instalments, one in July and one in the autumn.  This will apply to you if you get: Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support,  Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit. 

A £150 disability cost of living payment will be made in September to those receiving non-means tested disability benefits—Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Scottish Disability Benefits, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Constant Attendance Allowance, War Pension Mobility Supplement.

You do not need to claim any of these—they should be paid automatically to you.  You  will receive all of the payments you qualify for and they do not affect any other benefits and are not taxable.  They are all intended as one off measures for this year only.

This is in addition to the £150 paid via Council Tax that many people will have already received. All households in band A-D qualify for this even if you do not pay any council tax because you get full council tax support or are exempt for another reason.  If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit this should have already been paid into your bank account.  People who don’t pay by direct debit needed to claim this payment online at www.leeds.gov.uk/council-tax/£150-council-tax-rebate.  Caring Together have helped many  members to claim this but if you still haven’t claimed please get in touch with us if you need assistance to do so.

The household support fund has also been increased, and extended to March 2023.  This is money paid to local councils to help them support those most in need, with rising cost of food, energy, and water bills. You may be able to get help from this if you do not qualify for the other measures.  You can contact Leeds Welfare Support on 0113 376 0330.

If you are struggling, please ask for help. Caring Together can help our members to look at the options and to access the support that is available so please contact us.  Even if you are not a member, we can try and put you in touch with the organisations that can offer help.

Do you know the signs of dementia?

“It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill”

It’s Dementia Action Week and this year’s campaign will focus on the theme of diagnosis.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that the misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis.

With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, we want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to come to us for guidance and support and feel empowered to take the next step.

Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but we believe it’s better to know. And so do 91% of people affected by dementia.

Forgetting things from time to time is usually normal. But if memory loss is affecting your daily life, it’s a good idea to seek help. The Alzheimer’s Society can give you advice to help you understand if your symptoms are related to dementia. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/symptoms-and-diagnosis/memory-loss-dementia-diagnosis