NHS Planned Care Citizen Panel – chance to get involved


Planned care is also known as ‘routine’ or ‘elective’ care. It is treatment that people decide to have to help manage a health problem, rather than emergency treatment.

As we cautiously progress with the move out of lockdown, planned care services that were temporarily stopped are gradually being brought back in the safest possible way for patients and staff.  The Planned Care Alliance is finalising a strategy for how to work together as a healthcare system to address the increased waiting list.

As part of this West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health Care Partnership would like people who have been affected by delays to planned care to join a new Planned Care Citizen’s panel.  This virtual Panel will be in place for twelve weeks from 21 June to 10 September 2021. They are looking for panel members who are currently waiting for a planned care procedure, or who have a close connection with an adult or child affected by the delays to planned care services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.e

The hope for the panel is that it will represent people from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, of all age groups, ethnicities, genders and with experience of different health conditions.

More information and details of how to express interest in joining the panel can be found at https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/improving-planned-care/planned-care-citizens-panel.  The deadline to apply is 13th June.

If you’d like to talk to someone about the citizens’ panel, you can call: 01924 317659 during office hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

‘Volunteers Week’ thanks from local Councillors

Dear all,
Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung wanted me to share this message in relation to ‘Volunteers Week’.

Message to our volunteers from:

Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung,  Cllr Kayleigh Brooks & Cllr Javaid Akhtar
“Just to say a huge thank you to all of you and all the wonderful volunteers we have serving throughout each year and especially in the last very difficult year. We truly appreciate you all and looking forward to when things are normal we can all meet again properly and celebrate being alive and to say thank you to you all” 

‘Volunteers Week’

About Volunteers' Week – Volunteers' Week

We are delighted to have the spotlight on our volunteers this week (although for us it is all year round), for volunteers week. And this includes those who usually volunteer but were not able to due to Coronavirus. From all at Caring Together we are sending a heartfelt thanks to you all for being a valued part of our organisation and the community. We salute you all and hope you enjoyed your chocolate treat with your thank you card :). We look forward to celebrating together again soon.

Caring Moments: Donations, Alterations and Potting….

Our new space has had a splash of colour added. Myrna altered the batak, made by members, so we can eventually get it up on the wall. She also brought in some brightly coloured plant pots. It is lovely to see it slowly but surely coming to life.
We have also been donated some second hand books, CD’s, DVD’s and Hello magazines too. if you would like some call 07436 530073 or email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk

Shared Moments: The allotment

The spring clean has begun and a new socially distant helps joined Ben on the allotment, he asks if you can guess who it is? If anyone else would like to come along then please do get in touch and we will let you know when it is safe to do so. The allotment is on Woodhouse Moor.



Praise for support offered to older people in Leeds by grassroots community groups during pandemic

A new report has praised grassroots community groups in Leeds for the vital support they have provided for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report, jointly compiled by the Centre for Ageing Better charitable foundation and Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, highlights how Leeds Neighbourhood Networks have acted as a lifeline for older people in the city over the last nine months.

Funded by Leeds City Council and Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks are a group of 34 voluntary organisations that cover every part of the city, delivering services designed to help older people live independent lives and play active parts in their local communities.

The Centre for Ageing Better report says the value of these organisations has been underlined by their important role in the city-wide response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The report also says the pandemic has illustrated the need for national government to give councils the “adequate and flexible” funding required to sustain initiatives such as the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks.

Despite the financial pressures caused by COVID-19, Leeds City Council is bringing forward proposals which will protect funding for the groups next year, allowing them to continue their vital work supporting older people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing at this difficult time.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said:

“The Leeds Neighbourhood Networks are a long-term success story for our city, so it’s heartening to see the work done by staff and volunteers being recognised in this way.

“Protecting and supporting older people has been a priority for the council throughout the pandemic and the tireless efforts of all those involved with the neighbourhood groups have contributed enormously to that.

“Their local knowledge and community contacts mean they have been perfectly placed to reach out and help our older residents cope with the difficulties that this year has brought.”

Anna Dixon, Centre for Ageing Better chief executive, said:

“The coronavirus has highlighted how important local support networks are, especially in times of crisis, and the vital role that trusted community organisations play in supporting people at risk.

“The Leeds Neighbourhood Networks are an excellent example of how councils and community organisations can work together to meet the needs of their communities. Their work demonstrates the value of investing in community infrastructure so it is there when it’s really needed.”

The ‘key findings’ section of the report shows that the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks were able to respond quickly to the challenges posed by lockdown and other COVID-19 restrictions, assisting vulnerable and isolated older people by doing everything from shopping to organising hot meal deliveries and picking up medicine.

Then, after the first national lockdown began to ease over the summer, they created opportunities for older people to enjoy more face-to-face contact while following social distancing rules. Notable examples of the work carried out during this period included the relaunch of an allotment project and the setting up of a mobile library service.

Elsewhere in the report, there is a focus on the willingness of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks to adapt to changing circumstances, with some becoming community care hubs responsible for the co-ordination of voluntary action in their area. There have also been productive link-ups with private sector companies, including supermarkets, pubs, cafes and takeaways.

There is praise for the practicality of the council’s Leeds Neighbourhood Networks funding model and how it has allowed the groups to tailor their work to the specific requirements of their patch during the pandemic.

The report concludes: “National government needs to provide adequate and flexible funding for local authorities and other local commissioners to develop and sustain social and community infrastructure such as [the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks]. Ringfencing small proportions of physical infrastructure investments, such as that of the proposed national infrastructure bank, to be spent on community infrastructure is one way to achieve this.”

For anyone who didn’t know Caring Together is a Neighbourhood Network Scheme.  For more information about the Neighbourhood Network Schemes across Leeds, including a full list and an interactive map showing the scheme for each area visit https://www.opforum.org.uk/nns/

Leeds City Council’s Woodland Creation Initiative

Follow The Arium website to keep updated with news about Leeds City Council’s Woodland Creation Initiative at www.theariumleeds.co.uk/woodland-creation

They have some Treemendous 💚🌳resources information packs and tree identification cards you can download from the Arium website.

If your interested in attending tree planting events, please contact the Woodland Creation Team at woodlandcreation@leeds.gov.uk to register has a volunteer and book a place on one of our future events, which will be taking place between December and February
#TreesForLeeds 💚🌳

Countryside Ranger Team 🦉😀👍

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Caring Together AGM 2019-2020

We have just had our AGM, which covers April 2019 to March 2020. We normally would have met together to celebrate our year and look ahead to the next. And we would have also had lunch afterwards however this did not deter us. Some of us still got together and we even delivered some sandwich packs to their doors.
Thank you to everyone who joined us, your uplifting and inspiring words were welcome. A big thanks also goes to all those who support our work, past and present. To members, volunteers, neighbours, friends, family, the community and partners thank you for the last 25 years.
Attached is a copy of our AGM and a video which I brought together for the AGM, it offers a reflective look back and bit of where we are now.  What an interesting year, lots of challenges, yet also some fun times too, and tonnes of partnership working and ‘Caring Together’, which we hope to continue building on. We were also presented with three awards for our services in the community, we are so proud and humble to get this, what a wonderful community. Kindest regards, Lisa Argyle


Would you like to help on the Caring Together Allotment?

Caring Together has an allotment, complete with raised beds and a shed on Woodhouse Moor.

We would love to hear from members who might like to take part in looking after this allotment.

This would be a good way of getting some outdoors, socially distanced, exercise as well as a source of fresh, healthy produce and gardening also helps to relieve stress – so a positive result all round!

If you are green fingered and would like to take part, or if you are not at all green fingered but enthusiastic anyway, then contact us.

Caring Together’s Virtual “Afternoon Tea”

Dear all,

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who was able to spend an hour with us last week at our virtual afternoon tea. Some of you made some amazing snacks and cakes, I think Hilary is still waiting for a slice of cake Shirley. I even put some lippy on, a very rare event I assure you. It was so lovely to spend this time with you all.

I have attached a picture of us all on zoom 🙂 including a picture of a delightful afternoon tea hamper with tasty goodies that Sylvia won and received the next day. And another thanks goes to Viv and Abigail for your joyous singing, a light relief indeed. And to Sylvia who led the way in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ over the airwaves to Clarita, who recently turned 90, and again to us all; for all Birthday’s missed, and yet to happen. This included Caring Together’s 25th. Also our gracious thanks go to Hilary too, and to family who helped with getting some of you on zoom, and finally to Maureen for sharing yet more of her memories – I have attached a special audio recording below of Maureen’s “A Summer Childhood” story below for those who could not join us, all the best Lisa Argyle


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