Christmas Brunch 2019

   This year we celebrated the Christmas with our Christmas Brunch in Oulton Institute. We had a lovely choir from Garforth Net with different games, activities and a singalong! Then we had a demonstration from our Line Dancers! As you may know, we have Line Dancing every Monday in Oulton Institute run by Ann and Jack. They kindly came to our event and gave us a demonstration of Line Dancing with Christmas songs. We all wanted to join in, so we had a little bit of line dancing lesson which was super fun! We also had little stalls of books, crafts and cakes which went really well.

   Many of our members/ non-members attended the event. Volunteers from ENGIE Energy Company came to help us on the day which was amazing. It was a day where people came together and enjoyed the company in Christmas spirit. Many thanks to everyone who came and supported us! 

Celebrating the International Day of Older People

We had an amazing time on the first day of International Day
of Older People on 4th October in Blackburn Hall. We played games
with little kids and Fire Brigades showed them the Fire Engine!
On the day we all participated in egg and spoon race with
kiddos, netball and walking football with different age groups. Kirsty gave us
a recipe of her delicious smoothies and we even tried them! Strawberry is the favourite!
Then we had delicious soup, which went well with fresh
bread. Unlimited teas and coffees for the whole event!
We had Chris from Magna Therapy who gave us a talk on
posture and different body exercises. We had lots of questions for him and he
kindly answered them all!
It was a really fun and informative day! Thank you to
everyone who participated and thank you to our volunteers and staff who made
the day perfect! Check out some pictures from the day! If you missed the one on 4th October, don;t worry we have a second date on Friday,18th October in Lofthouse Methodist Hall. (Leeds Road WF3 3NF) from 11am to 2pm.

Plastic Free July – “Be part of the solution”!

Have you ever thought about how many plastics we are using in our daily life?  From bin bags to takeaways, water bottles to
individually packed crisps in a big plastic bag, detergent bottles, wrapped
vegetables or meat, coffee cup lids, straws… and the list goes on and on…

Are we aware of the alternatives of these products or are we just being too lazy to change
our habits? 

Well, I am a bit lazy to be honest and also I don’t know many products which I can use as an
alternative. So I looked up online and found some pretty useful things. If you
google Plastic Free July you will find a colourful website dedicated for it.
Let me tell you what I have learned!

First of all you don’t have to do everything in one go! You can start changing your habits
step by step. Like buying your own re-usable coffee cup and get your takeaway
coffee with it, is a perfect start. By doing this, you will be helping to save
the ocean and as a plus get a coffee discount in most of the coffee shops! You
can go local and buy your fruits and vegetables from grocery stores or you can
choose the unwrapped ones in Morrisons. I’m sure most of you already using your
own re-usable shopping bags, so you are already helping the environment. Also
you can try using lids instead of plastic cling wrap! And avoid plastic straws,
since you can get paper straws!! If your coffee shop doesn’t provide you with a
paper straw then protest and help them to change their habit!!

If you want to be a part of Plastic Free July, why don’t you sign up online and take the test
to see how much plastic you use every day. They send you useful tips and there
are a lot of resources on their website. Click -  Go Plastic Free

Are you ready to challenge yourself and your community to go plastic free?! 

Have you ever heard of the Extinction Rebellion? Recently, I have been seeing them all over media and on the streets in Leeds! 

It is an ongoing protest against government policies on environment and climate change. Many people including kids and young adults are participating walks across the UK. The Rebellion started on 31st October 2018 in Parliament Square, London. It wasn’t expected to be a huge thing; however at the end of the day there were thousands of people joined the peaceful disobedience! Their message is simple
as powerful. We are close to the end of the world and the governments do nothing! 

Since then the idea grew and there are now worldwide protests against the governments which are not
taking any action against the world’s biggest problem. This is our planet we are living in, but there is no future for our kids. Climate change is rising and we are using more plastics than ever. The other day I was watching a documentary about birds. The scientist in the documentary opened the tummy of a
seagull and she found many plastic fragments which the bird had swallowed
possibly from the sea. It was so disgusting and so sad that we people are causing this. 

It is so sad to see how we are destroying our planet or just sitting and watching how it is being
done. It is time to take some action! That is why a lot of kids and many
environmentalists are gathering to rebel against the situation. They are gluing
themselves near the Buckingham Palace and read a letter to the Queen, marching
on the streets and raising awareness, urging politicians to acknowledge the
situation and demanding from them to include environment in their campaigns.
I think the ongoing Rebellion is quite successful. They have an idea of establishing a
Citizens Assembly for climate and ecological justice. 

“A citizens' assembly on climate and ecological justice will break this deadlock by giving
politicians access to public judgements that have been reached in a fair and
informed way. This will help politicians to commit to a trans-formative programme of action justified by the mandate they receive from the citizens’ assembly, reducing the potential public backlash at the ballot-box.

Citizens’ assemblies are fair and transparent. Assembly members have an equal chance of being heard
and information regarding experts, stakeholders and the materials given to
assembly members is shared publicly. This produces informed and democratically legitimate judgements.

Citizens’ assemblies can be used when difficult trade-offs are necessary. For example, experts might propose policies on how to meet a 2025 target for net-zero greenhouse gas
emissions and the assembly would then decide which one they prefer. For example, they might consider how to mitigate the effects of any changes in economic policies for those in society on low incomes.”

If you want to have more information on what they do, or if you would like to join one of their marches, feel free to check their web-site out.

Dementia Awareness Week

20th May - 26th May

“Every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia. It
could be your mum, your brother, your neighbour or your best friend. But
despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living
with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.”

Holy Week and Easter

It is that time of the year again. Flowers bloom, daffodils and tulips are around, 

breezy with a little bit of sunshine...Nature is reborn with all its beauties.

It is also the last week of Lent. Supermarkets are filled with Easter Eggs, cards, wreaths and colourful toys. It is the time when families get together, send cards to loved ones and play games with kids. 

It is a peaceful week, where grandmas cook for kids, where parents hide chocolate eggs and where you get to travel even for a few days.

It is time to be out again, time to go for a walk,
swallow the sun, enjoy nature and live the moment.

I don't know what your plans are for the
weekend, but I will definitely go for a walk! According to the BBC Weather, it is going to
be a beautiful Easter weekend with 20 degrees outside!
There are some wonderful routes around
Leeds, which you can easily access by car or by public transport! 

Top 3 places to go for a walk this Easter!

1- ) Knaresborough to Harrogate 

Knaresborough is one of my favourite towns in
Yorkshire. For this walk, I suggest you take the train to Knaresborough since
you will be walking from one city to another J This
linear walk between the picturesque Knaresborough and the bustle of Harrogate
takes you on a scenic walk along public footpaths and the National Cycle
Network. Knaresborough offers something for everyone, from the marvellous
Henshaw Arts and Crafts Centre, to a medieval castle and even a magical spring
that turns objects to stone and a famous thermal spring at Mother Shipton’s

2-) Roundhay Park

If you don’t want to go too far away then Roundhay
Park will be the best place to go. Roundhay Park now covers over 700 acres of
parkland, lakes and woodland and is one of the largest urban parks in the
world. It offers a lovely walk around the lake accompanied by the singing birds.
Roundhay Park is also home to Tropical
World, a tropical island adventure which is fun for all the family. Exotic
butterflies and birds roam free around the recreated rainforest environment.
Leaving the rainforest you find yourself in the desert, home to the Meerkats
and Cacti. You can then have a rest in one of the cafes by the lake and enjoy
the nice afternoon tea.

3-) Harewood House

Another nice place to visit and walk in the gardens

with all sorts of animals including penguins! There are over 100 acres of

gardens at Harewood. They are full of variety, with plants from all over the

world. It only takes 40min by bus from Leeds City Centre. It is a nice full day

trip where you can visit the house with its beautifully decorated rooms and then

feed the farm animals and finally rest in the gardens with a full scoop of ice cream!

Either go for
a walk or enjoy sitting in your garden under this beautiful sunshine, hope you
all have an amazing Holy Week and Easter!

Stress Awareness Month April

      Your mouth gets dry, your heart is beating rapidly, you feel out of breath, you are scared or more like frustrated, you feel like you can't control your bowels or you have sort of a stone in your stomach, you have insomnia or headaches all night long... 

       I remember myself having all those symptoms before having an exam or waiting for something that I really want to happen. Stress is part of our lives, but you somehow manage your stress or learn how to live with it. Doctors say it is the cause for many diseases, which I think is so true. As April is Stress Awareness Month, so I decided to give you some tips about coping with stress. Well, I'm not an expert but I know what helps me to cope with stress like running or listening to loud music or meditating, or sometimes writing or sleeping. I think everybody has their own way to cope with stress. 

Let's see what doctors say about it.

"In life, there's always a solution to a problem," says Professor Cary Cooper, an occupational health expert at the University of Lancaster."Not taking control of the situation and doing nothing will only make your problems worse."

It is always helpful to find out what the stress reason is. He says the keys to good stress management are building emotional strength, being in control of your situation, having a good social network, and adopting a positive outlook. 

Be active  Exercise won't make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you're feeling

Take control  "That feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of wellbeing."

Connect with people  "Talking things through with a friend will also help you find solutions to your problems," says Professor Cooper.

Have some 'me time' Spend some time with yourself 

Challenge yourself "By continuing to learn, you become more emotionally resilient as a person," says Professor Cooper

Avoid unhealthy habits Don't rely on alcohol, smoking, and caffeine as your ways of coping.

Help other people Be a volunteer in another sense ;)

Try to be positive Try writing down 3 things that went well, or for which you're grateful, at the end of every day.

What do you think? Do you have better ways to cope with stress? Write to us! 

Hi everyone! 

This is Refia from Rothwell Live at Home Scheme. I joined the team in January this year and I find it so lovely to be working with Live at Home!  You may have seen me in Haigh Road Soup and Sandwiches or in Active Minds!From now on I will keep you updated about the things we do :)) Well, where to start...Last week on the 22nd of March we had a lovely trip to Oswaldtwistle Mills in Lancashire. You may have heard of the place or visited before, for people who haven't heard, it is a lovely shopping village, accessible and you can find almost anything from furniture to plants, books to clothes and sheets to decorations and so on... Apparently, their duvets and sheets are really popular...They even have entertainment sessions for groups! We had an entertainer with a beautiful voice who accompanied us with her songs while we were enjoying our three-course lunch. We also had a musical quiz where we all tried to guess the musicals from their pictures and the winner (shame it wasn't me! ) got £10 voucher to use in the store!It was a nice day out with lots of laughter and fun. If you missed this one, don't worry, we have more trips coming up! Stay in touch and follow us on social media!