Spring may be around the corner but we’ve still got a few more weeks of winter to get through. Tips from Public Health England to keep healthy during winter: If you’re 65 and over, make sure you by getting your free flu vaccine before the end of November. Visit your GP or local pharmacy to […]Read More..
Allerton High Christmas Party – Thursday 6th December 2018 A wonderful afternoon was hosted by the Allerton High School 6th form students and teachers. The members were delighted with a festive feast of sandwiches, pork pies, Christmas cake and mince pies. A Christmas quiz helped to ignite the festive brain cogs. They were invited to […]Read More..
Help communities Keep an eye on vulnerable members of your community this winter: check on them in times of severe weather; discourage them from going outside when it’s icy; help them with errands/shopping if possible. Cold weather affects the health of the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. Snow and ice can result in […]Read More..
We are embracing the changing seasons at MAECare – with food! Thursday Club enjoyed sampling harvest fruits. Catherine and Petra, Student Dieticians, also served up delicious Butternut Squash soup as well as doing a challenging Hӕrfest (that’s Old English for Autumn) quiz; who knew that brewed ginger beer originated in Yorkshire? A Cake Stall raised […]Read More..
Are you interested in becoming a walk leader for MAECare’s “Social Strollers” walking group? If you have experience already or would like to learn more, there is a training session for Walk Leaders available via Leeds City Council running on Wednesday November 14th 9.30-4pm. Becoming a walk leader for MAECare would require a commitment to […]Read More..
The delightful Kitty LaMare provided entertainment to 50-60 older people over afternoon tea and cakes at the Treetops Community Centre during September. MAECare organised two events of vintage entertainment much to the delight of those present. Kitty sang songs from the 1940s from artists such as the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Lynn and many […]Read More..
MAECare wishes to recruit A new Administration Officer 24 hours per week Salary: £17,140 p.a. pro rata Closing Date: 10am Monday 8th October 2018 Reference: MA 102 WE NEED….. An experienced Administration Officer (24 hours per week) to replace the existing post holder. You will be responsible for the administration and efficient running of the […]Read More..
MAECare’s recent joint photography group was a fantastic collaboration between MAECare members and Leeds Black Elders. This relaxed and sociable group was led by Lizzie Coombes, our experienced photography tutor. The aim of the 9 weekly sessions was to take photographs in scenic places around Leeds which had some meaning for different group members – […]Read More..
We visited Breezy Knees Gardens, near York, on a hot day in late July. Our transport for the day was a double-decker bus and we arrived in time for an early lunch. Some of our party heard a short talk by the owner, Colin; it’s taken him 20 years to transform the windswept fields which […]Read More..
Strawberry and cream were plentiful, along with sandwiches and scones with jam and more cream. The young people mingled and smiled throughout, the event was hosted by a young person who introduced all the activities. The entertainment consisted of a quiz about tea, of which many learned new things the most widely consumed drink in […]Read More..
Southport was our destination on the 3rd July and with the current heatwave there were no worries about the weather. Everyone had a different memory of going to Southport and most people thought that Lord Street was just as the remembered it. Some people had forgotten that it’s quite a long walk to see the […]Read More..
Memories are made of this on June 28th at Wigton Moor. North East producers entertained us with a fantastic set of songs guaranteed to bring back times past. Songs made famous by Doris Day and Judy Garland were in the repertoire. The Icing on the cake was the support we had from 10 volunteers from […]Read More..
It’s volunteer week and on behalf of everyone at MAECare we would like to say a great big thank you to all our volunteers for all your support. Without you we would be unable to provide as many activities and one to one support as we do and which are so important to all out […]Read More..
The dedicated knitters at MAECare Knit & Natter group have been busy again! This time we were asked to knit some red and white stripy hats for a charity event at Kirkstall Abbey taking place on June 10th. The event is being run by Kirkstall Valley Development Trust and is aiming to try and raise […]Read More..
The Treetops committee and volunteers held another successful event. Trevor Woodhead and his keyboard delighted with hits from the Bee Gees, Beatles, Ricky Nelson, hands swayed to Neil Diamonds ‘sweet Caroline’. There was an abundance of smiles, feet were tapping and heads were nodding to the selection of songs, duly noted that everyone was singing […]Read More..
Our Dying Matters “What Can You Do?” event on 16th May featured a presentation by Jack Kelly, Dodgson Funerals. Monika Volsing, Morrish Solicitors, shared the importance of “Making A Will” and the complex topic of making “Living Wills and Advance Directives/Decisions” was addressed by Charlotte Bandawe, Michael Lewin Solicitors. Tom Keating, Independent Funeral Celebrant, told […]Read More..
Some members of the CAMEO club took the opportunity to try some of Wheels4Fun’s adapted bikes and tricycles on a visit to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. A delighted Shirley, who hadn’t ridden a bike “since nineteen noughty-blob” said “If someone told me I’d be going on a bike, I’d say don’t be stupid…but here I […]Read More..
Jean Rajfeld and Elliot Zwangobani, volunteer and service user respectively, along with Carol Burns our manager, represented MAECare on Tuesday 24th April at Sheffield Cathedral. We were there to receive our Duke of York Community Initiative Award. Along with 300 people representing 64 organisations throughout Yorkshire, we were delighted to receive the award from Prince […]Read More..
Treetops Afternoon Tea – 12th April 18 A lovely array of homemade sandwiches were served, with scones cream and jam and cakes, all topped off with lots of tea and coffee. The entertainer sang and played the keyboard, performing a range of hits from the 60’s including Neil Diamonds ‘Sweet Caroline’, hand swayed to the […]Read More..
The MAECare knitting group were busy throughout February knitting colourful Easter Chicks for the St Gemma’s appeal. The chicks will be filled with a chocolate egg and sold in order to raise funds for St Gemma’s hospice on Harrogate Road. Our group had fun coming up with the most colourful and individual chicks around and […]Read More..
MAECare wishes to recruit an experienced Manager to replace the existing post-holder. Details here MAECare also wishes to recruit two Project Workers for an exciting and innovative project to match socially isolated older people with like-minded people to develop their social networks and reduce their isolation. Details hereRead More..
Students from Leeds University International Society share how what they learnt from working with MAECare service users…. Our experience organising and leading two workshops at MAECare was one that proved to be hugely enriching. As students at the University of Leeds it is far too easy to be completely sheltered from community life outside of […]Read More..
Brasserie Blanc is owned by famous chef Raymond Blanc The restaurant is a converted Victorian Mill on the canal, on Sovereign Street, with menus inspired by Raymond Blanc’s childhood. MAECare had a great night out there in March, 40 people came by minibus and taxi, with one person remarking that they hadn’t been in the […]Read More..
We are delighted to say we have been received this award and will be attending a ceremony on the 24th April to receive it, more information about that in the next newsletter. From the website the Duke of York explains: “Some years ago I visited a housing estate in York, and saw what a real […]Read More..
Members enjoyed a Scottish experience on 24th when they celebrated the “Immortal Memory” of Scotland’s bard Robbie Burns, with piping, haggis, and songs.Read More..
At an Afternoon Tea at Shadwell Methodist Church on 9th January, members were treated to an array of songs from Paul Tango. They were invited to sing along to favourites including Tom Jones, Doris Day and Engelbert Humperdinck. The production of silly hats created numerous laughs, all settled with a selection of sandwiches, scones and […]Read More..
‘What a wonderful afternoon’ many of the members said at the Allerton High School party. There was an abundance of sandwiches in all flavours brought to the table by smiling students, with plenty of tea and coffee served and Christmas cake or mince pie for afters. A jolly Santa Claus went round the tables wishing […]Read More..
David Gray representing the Freemasons from the Province of the Yorkshire West Riding presented Joint Chair of MAECare, Pauline Roylance, with a certificate confirming a grant of £1,952 to support older people in Leeds 17 to receive massages and relaxation classes. Speaking at the Christmas tea t Treetops, David said ‘everyone at MAECare should be […]Read More..
Our regular monthly games afternoon at Treetops Community Centre had some visitors on 21 November. 5 very well behaved pupils from Year 5 and 6 at Moortown Primary School came to meet our MAECare members and play some games with them. We had a lively hour with the girls and boys playing table tennis, cards, […]Read More..
Meet Newton the Bookworm, the creation of local children’s author, Kay Wadsworth! Kay approached Maecare’s knitting group recently to ask if our members would be interested in knitting this character from her ‘Daisy Moon’ book http://daisy-moon.com/index.html. Our Newton creations would be used as part of a stage production of her book taking place in Morpeth. […]Read More..
A 16 strong group of MAECare service users enjoyed an enjoyable evening courtesy of Leeds Lions on 1st December. The Lord Mayor was present and there are some great photos just to prove it.Read More..
Very many thanks to the Co-op Community Fund for their donation of £3834.73 in support of our Singing Group. Trustees Cynthia and Maureen are seen here accepting the cheque from David, the manager of the High Ash store, on 25 November.Read More..
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the PQASSO Quality Mark level 1, this quality mark has been endorsed by the Charity Commission. This quality assurance system is especially designed for small to medium organisations in the Third sector and over 16,000 organisations have received the award. It’s taken us about 12 […]Read More..
Allerton High School Students extend a warm invitation to all MAECare members to a Christmas Party on Thursday 7th December from 1pm to 3pm. Transport is available. If you come in your own car, remember parking is available in the Park and Ride on King Lane. If you would like to attend, please telephone the […]Read More..
We are very grateful to the Co-op Community Fund, who have agreed to support our Singing Group. The group is open to everyone, but especially to people living with dementia. You can support us in our local Co-ops in the High Ashes, Moortown and also funeral parlours in Moortown and Oakwood This video features Dave, […]Read More..
Our iPad for Beginners course finished on Thursday. The group has gained confidence in using an iPad, had some fun and made new friends.Read More..
On 22nd August, MAECare hosted an afternoon with Iby Knill, a survivor of the holocaust. She recalled her exceptional life of bravery, adversary and heartache. An accomplished novelist, she has written two books about her life story. Iby used words, documents and photographs to highlight her journey across Europe to ultimately settle in Leeds. The […]Read More..
The Social Strollers enjoyed a walk at Fairburn Ings in glorious sunshine. The RSPB park offers the opportunity to observe the delightful, grassland, marshes and woodland alongside the wildflowers, birds, insects and frogs. It offers a variety of trails for different abilities, some of the group completed the 2 mile Riverbank trail whilst the rest […]Read More..
The Daytones Barbershop Harmony Chorus, provided great entertainment at our Shadwell summer lunch on 25 July. A crowded hall listened to songs from a wide range of genres and as always were impressed by the professionalism of the Chorus. A beautiful lunch was provided by volunteers from Shadwell and all for the princely sum of […]Read More..
Our annual celebration was a joyful and at times very moving event this year. On Tuesday July 11th, service users, committee members, volunteers and local people gathered to celebrate the work of MAECare. Highlights were contributions from Gillian Edwards who talked about her experience of being an ‘adoptive grandparent’. She has made a great bond […]Read More..
MAECare’s Photography group had a very enjoyable trip to York Gate Garden on 26 June, with our excellent facilitator, Lizzie Coombes, who set everyone some photographic tasks to do.Read More..
At least 100 service users from MAECare were treated to afternoon tea at Allerton High School. Coordinated by Mrs Angela Tidma, Deputy Director of Post 16 studies at the school, the students were fantastic hosts. The food was donated by Chartwell, the catering company at the school and the students fundraised for all the other […]Read More..
The CAMEO group, always up for trying new things, had a great afternoon learning about indoor Archery on 20th. Even volunteer Helen had a go.Read More..
Our Monday Arts group, with the help of Cath from Skippko have produced some great art work to display in our Activities room. What a talented group!!Read More..
Sarah Marston, Community Champion from Morrison’s Horsforth Branch presented a cheque for £5,280 to representatives of MAECare, today, which will go towards supporting people with dementia. She said “I am privileged to be here to represent Morrison’s, you are one of many groups Morrison’s supports partly through the 5p charge for carrier bags.” Pauline Roylance, […]Read More..
Afternoon tea and entertainment at Treetops. On a glorious Thursday afternoon, an army of 30 people gathered for afternoon tea at Treetops. The first hour was a chance for people to catch up with a cup of tea, coffee or juice and have a natter with those in attendance, whilst tucking in to some sandwiches, […]Read More..
The MAECare Silver Snappers were privileged to have an early viewing of the exhibition of final-year photojournalism students’ work at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University on Monday afternoon 22nd May. We were treated to a visual feast of excellence in widely different styles. Many thanks to Lizzie Coombes, our facilitator, for taking time […]Read More..
MAECare users had an enjoyable – if rather damp – outing to Helmsley on 17th May. There was plenty to see and do, from the impressive Castle ruins to the tea rooms!Read More..
The CAMEO (come and meet every one) group enjoyed an action packed gathering this week. As the name suggests, CAMEO is designed to get everybody talking and interacting with each other and is aimed at people who can’t get out and about as much because of physical disability such as visual impairment, stroke or other […]Read More..
Our regular Thursday club attenders were treated to not one but two entertainers last Thursday Trevor Woodhead (www.trevorwoodhead.co.uk) sang a brilliant range of new and old pop songs, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond was a real hit. Then Grace, recently graduated from the College of Music sang well known songs from West Side Story, Schubert […]Read More..
Would you like to make a big difference to the lives of isolated older people? Got a few hours a month to spare, then MAECare could use your help? Our volunteer drivers bring people to our activities, mostly during the day but some evenings and weekends. One of our service users told us “if I […]Read More..
Do you live in Alwoodley, are you over 60 and would like to go shopping in Meanwood on a regular basis? Did you know there is a minibus going every Wednesday morning leaving Alwoodley at 10.00 am and returning at 1.00 pm? If you want to give it a try, ring the MAECare office 2660371, […]Read More..
The Silver Snappers got the opportunity to see and photograph the special headpieces commissioned by Leeds Inspired to celebrate 50 years of the Leeds West Indian Carnival. Our facilitator, photographer Lizzie Coombes setup her mobile studio and we had great fun photographing Members and Staff wearing these fantastic creations. Lizzie’s official portraits may be seen […]Read More..
It was Kindness week in Leeds, decreed by the Children’s mayor and it was celebrated at MAECare The Sunny Hearts group at MAECare were delighted to welcome the Young Voices Choir from Allerton CE School. This was their contribution to Kindness week. 15 girls aged 7-9 sang some lovely songs with actions and with British […]Read More..
“A lovely lunch and a reminder of the war years,” said one of our members. “I was only a child but Vera’s songs were on the radio all the time” Forty MAECare folks enjoyed a great day at Millstones, celebrating the great Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday. The two course menu included There’ll always be an […]Read More..
The members were treated to an afternoon lunch at the Shadwell village Hall on Tuesday 14th March. They were given a presentation about Homeshare by Cath Ormerod a scheme encouraging older and younger people to share a household with benefits for both parties. They were entertained by ballads from Stevie Fields treating them to classics […]Read More..
It’s because we’ve been looking for something that would have a good display, and clearly show not only the date and the month but the day of the week, we have made a new purchase for the office (thanks to Habitat at Moor Allerton). Why should that be news? It helps all of us to […]Read More..
We learnt about how to shop safely on the ‘Net’ with the help of volunteers Hugh, Ralph and Gillian. Jake led the way with some great advice on how to make your password as strong as possible. Everyone was shocked to hear that the most common password in use is PASSWORD. Whilst we can never […]Read More..
Students from the Leeds University intercultural programme hosted an event around love. The students who originate from China, Nigeria and the UK, studying different courses, come together to organise an event for the community, MAE Care has been privileged to work in partnership with them for the last few years. Linking in with Valentine’s Day, […]Read More..
Beat the January Blues Caribbean style! On Wednesday 11th January we were transported to the Caribbean, fantastic entertainment by Dudley Nesbitt on keyboard and Cleve Frekelton on pan drums. A tasty Caribbean lunch included patties and lovely tropical fruit. The afternoon was spent making some great carnival masks. ‘A really relaxing day’ said one member […]Read More..
“That was the best ever Christmas Party” said Dorothy after the event at Allerton High on December 8th The students and teacher Angie Tindall put on a fantastic event, everything from the table decorations to the Yorkshire delicacy of Christmas cake with cheese, all beautifully presented. There was free raffle and prizes for the quiz […]Read More..
MAECare members spent a very enjoyable day at Castle Howard on 30th November. The rooms in the magnificent house had all been made up for the Christmas season with trees (some of them huge!) candles and opulent decorations. Upstairs was a delightful large model of Castle Howard in Gingerbread, with a train wending its way […]Read More..
National Poetry Day, celebrated this year on 6th October, was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, it has involved millions of people in reading, writing and listening to poetry. MAE writers celebrated the day by writing some poems on the theme of Messages which were displayed in our window. They shared some of their poetry […]Read More..
A group of MAECare service users sung their hearts out and learnt some new songs on Wednesday without any written words or music, they did it all by ear!. Our excellent leader Laura Taylor taught us short songs and rounds from all over the world. The smiles on everyone’s faces told us how much everyone […]Read More..
The Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks are the biggest annual fundraising and awareness raising events in the country. On Saturday 24th September, some MAECare staff and members took part and walked the long route of 6 km to raise money for the charity. There were hundreds of people there of all ages including children and older […]Read More..
Do you know about our New Project Circles of Support – Supporting People Living with Dementia What are the Aims of Circles of Support? The aim of Circles of Support with a person with dementia is to improve their well-being by increasing their social network and so prevent illness, isolation and loneliness. It aims to […]Read More..
We took part in the recent Cranmer Bank family fun day which was organised by the neighbouring café Moortown Junk–tion. Wendy and Barbara were assisted by eight volunteers and we provided a games room with table tennis, curling, and a variety of ‘vintage’ style games including Beetle drive and Hoopla. It also offered another opportunity […]Read More..
Cake Stall Thursday September 8th Thanks to everyone who contributed to our cake stall Our bakers made such magnificent creations, including carrot cake, chocolate cake, bakewell tart and individually boxed cup cakes, and many tasty buns. We raised £105, so credit to all those who came and bought a bun of slice of cake and […]Read More..
On Tuesday 2nd August our CAMEO group had their regular meeting and were entertained by local ukulele duo The D’UKES. Then it was down to the serious business of deciding which activities to book for from the new newsletter. Group members like to book when there are others there to help, but also to find […]Read More..
Our second Yarm Cruise this year took place at the end of July and lived up to expectations. A great lunch and attentive staff meant that everyone felt comfortable and relaxed. “It’s a lovely day out and it means even if you can’t walk far you can have a day out” One person would have […]Read More..
Tuesday 12th July truly was a great celebration of MAECare in the last 12 months Over 100 people gathered at Alwoodley Park Methodist Church to hear from MAECare service users about their experiences. Mollie told us about being a pen pal to an 8 year old girl from Alwoodley Primary School. She as enjoyed getting […]Read More..
The knitters at MAECare made a great contribution to the recent Leeds Waterfront Festival. Along with Leeds Community Partnership Trust, members knitted away to contribute pieces to Yarn Bombing narrow boats and street furniture. Squares and flowers in colourful wools made a great display. Look out for the next Yarn Bombing outside the MAECare offices […]Read More..
A massive thanks to Sainsbury’s Moortown store who have raised a magnificent £2237 for us since last April. Special thanks to staff and customers. If that was not enough they also have nominated us to have a share of the money raised for charity by charging for carrier bags and recently we received a cheque […]Read More..
Everyone had a great time at the mid-summer Allerton High Strawberry tea on Tuesday 21st June. Thanks to the staff and students for a brilliant afternoon and Chartwells for providing the sandwiches and to Morrisons for the strawberries which were the perfect accompaniment to the scones made by Allerton High Students. Staff member Julie dances […]Read More..
Launch of the second volume of the MAE Writers work The 35 strong audience at Thackarah Court on June 9th went through a range of emotions from laughter to tears as they listened to the poetry and prose written and read by the members of MAECare creative writing group. This was the second book of […]Read More..
Yarn Bombing image from http://www.magdasayeg.com MAECare is working in partnership with Leeds and York Foundation Partnership (NHS) volunteers to be part of the Waterfront Festival at Leeds Dock on 25th and 26th June to ‘Yarn bomb’ a canal boat. Yarn bombing is street art covering an item in knitted or crocheted yarn. If you are […]Read More..
The Village hall at Shadwell hosted an information day on Tuesday 17 May promoting Shadwell as a Dementia Friendly Village. The speakers were Gaynor Hammond, author of “Help! We have Dementia”; Ted Britton, Regional Chaplaincy Advisor for Methodist Homes; Peter Smith, noted for his work with the Tea Cosy memory café at Rothwell; and Tracy […]Read More..
On Saturday 7th May, a group of MAECare volunteers descended on Shadwell 1-2-1 support to older people who are getting to grips with their tablet computers. Five older people came to the library with their tablet computers looking for help and guidance. It was a fun session, in a very relaxed atmosphere. Everyone agreed at […]Read More..
19 members visited the National Railway Museum in York on Maundy Thursday and spent an enjoyable few hours among the locomotives, carriages and paraphernalia of Railways past and, indeed, present. Locomotives ranged in size from the diminutive narrow-gauge “Wren” to the massive 4-8-4 Chinese Government Railways KF class, which was built at the Vulcan Foundry […]Read More..
Students from the University of Leeds Intercultural group organised an event for MAE Care members. The group made up from students from across the world from Nigeria to China, came to give an insight into their culture. 18 members participated in activities devised by the students, including a tea tasting quiz, Chinese calligraphy, world general […]Read More..
“An excellent meal, hot and tasty in a lovely setting” One of the many comments from people who enjoyed the night out at the Arch Café Age UK Leeds Thanks to the Fiona and the staff for this specially organised event. 40 people enjoyed delicious food made on the premises with a glass of wine […]Read More..
Thank you to Patricia Webb for her article in the Lidgett Park Methodist Church magazine in February 2016. Patricia praised the activities of MAECare, in particular the Photography Group and its tutor Lizzie Coombes. Patricia wrote “I have benefitted greatly in the last two years from the Camera class” She highlighted the 2016 Calendar stating […]Read More..
The Food Academy at the Printworks, part of Leeds City College, offered an excellent meal for 40 MAECare service users. The service provided by students was excellent; the most unexpected presentation was the Waldorf salad with parsnip and honey velouté – tasty but not Waldorf as we know it! Everything was beautifully presented, […]Read More..
In January MAECare offered 50 members the chance to take an evening trip into Leeds city centre for a three course meal in the restaurant at Harvey Nichols. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating and took excellent care of us all and after enjoying a welcoming cocktail everyone delighted in a new gastronomic experience. […]Read More..
For the first time, MAECare organised a hot meal between Christmas and New Year. 18 people, supported by two volunteers and members of the staff team, enjoyed dinner provided by the Community Meals Service and cheese and biscuits, mince pies and sherry. There was great feedback; a happy occasion said one person, it made that […]Read More..
Carol, our manager, was asked to be part of a panel talking about neighbourliness for the “Made in Leeds” TV channel. The programme was broadcast on Christmas Eve as part of the “On Closer Inspection” series of current affairs programmes presented by Peg Alexander. Also on the panel were local resident Dennis Murray and Louise […]Read More..
MAEcare members have been treated to a story explosion, ghost stories, stories of old, stories of Leeds and fairy stories. The group have been aided by a variety of props including plaques, pictures and a mini model of the Civic Theatre. Matthew Bellwood enchants his audience with his use of voices, drama and scene setting. […]Read More..
We are coming to the end of our Get To Grips With Your Tablet/Smart Phone course being delivered by Mark from Age UK Leeds. It has been an excellent course with participants learning, amongst other things, how to set up their tablet computer; access the internet and learn how to set up and use email. […]Read More..
On Thursday 12th November, we held our Craft Fair and Tombola fundraising event. It was a very busy morning with the opportunity to snap up a bargain or to win something on the Tombola and Raffle. Goods on sale included jams and chutneys; aprons; knitted items to name but a few. Thank you to everyone […]Read More..
On Thursday 5th November, we had our Winter Warmers Event. This was an opportunity to try on and purchase items from our range of warm nightwear and thermal underwear. We had a variety of items for sale – pyjamas, nightdresses, bed jackets, vests and long johns. Representatives from British Gas, the Green Doctor and Npower […]Read More..
There is an excellent article in today’s Yorkshire Evening Post about our new Know Your Neighbour project. It sums up the aims of the project and how to get involved. So, let’s all keep an eye on our older neighbours and bring a sense of neighbourliness back to our community! YEP pages: North Leeds Charity’s […]Read More..
Volunteers from Leeds Mencap visited MAECare on Wednesday 21st October to run a tablet computer training session. Mencap’s Young Ambassadors led the training and supported the participants to learn new skills such as how to browse the internet, download apps and shop online. Louise said “I learnt how to use my tablet and really enjoyed […]Read More..
There was a very techie feel to MAECare on Friday 2 October as we hosted an Age Friendly Innovation Lab looking at how we can use technology to spot and report signs of social isolation in our community and neighbourhoods. There was lively discussion and three ideas were developed to help reduce social isolation. The […]Read More..
MAECare enjoyed this year’s International Day of Older People with a toe-tapping, hip-swinging, pompom twirling celebration of dance; with an emphasis on the benefits of dance for well-being, people joined in with seated circle dances, belly dancing and we finished with a few disco hits as well as a conga round MAECare. We were especially […]Read More..
On Thursday mornings people are welcome to call in for a cuppa and a chat and find out what’s on at 57a. Every third Thursday of each month join us for Thursday Club when an activity or entertainment is offered; events coming up include a talk about the life of Norman Wisdom and a celebration […]Read More..
Since we opened up our new activity space this year, we have been having a drop-in coffee morning every Thursday. Members pop in for a hot drink, plus a chance to do a jigsaw, play a game or just have a chat with friends. This week, a spontaneous dance party broke out, led by a […]Read More..
Leeds City Council very generously provided us with refreshments and a cracking team of volunteers to put on a lovely Afternoon Tea on 8 September. They really went above and beyond, bringing along a cake fully decorated with tiny fondant cakes and sausage rolls! Such detail! Entertainment was provided by the fabulous Cat’s Pyjamas, who […]Read More..
On 25th August, at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, MAECare hosted a Get Active day for the third year in a row. The idea is to give people a chance to try different types of exercise, to see if they want to come to one of our classes on a regular basis. It […]Read More..
Here at MAECare, we are very lucky to have a talented group of budding and experienced artists. On a Monday morning they come together, often with guidance from our fantastic tutor Jude Eldridge and paint, draw, collage, and much more. Recently our staff member Maria Nalty took them on a magical mystery tour of masquerade […]Read More..
MAECare is Sainsbury’s Moor Allerton Charity of the Year It was great to be able to announce the good news that the customers of Sainsbury’s Moor Allerton have chosen us to be their Charity of the Year Emma trainee manager is in the photo below at our Annual Celebration. “I am so pleased to be […]Read More..
“What a brilliant event so much to celebrate” That was the verdict of many of those attending the celebration on Thursday July 16th at the Alwoodley Community Association. From small beginning in St Stephen’s Vestry the project has gone from strength to strength, only possible by the commitment of many volunteers from the local community […]Read More..
The Shadwell Summer Event held on Tuesday 7 July was a resounding success. Ukulele Henry provided the musical entertainment. He proved to be very versatile, playing music from the Beetles, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Billy Fury, to name just a few! There was some impressive singing from the audience as Ukulele Henry persuaded everyone […]Read More..
Once again the students at Allerton High School treated us to an incredible afternoon to welcome the arrival of summer! Nearly 100 of our members came along to enjoy sandwiches, homemade scones and fresh strawberries, as well as a quiz, a raffle, and some singing by the student choir. A prize was also given to […]Read More..
On 16th June, as part of our Connecting in Moor Allerton project, local model railway enthusiast and MAECare volunteer, Hugh Norwood, took us all on a unique journey. He set up his model railway layout “Angst-Lesspork” to share with our members. The intricate detail of the models was astounding and we were delighted to see […]Read More..
Many older people tell us that weekends can be particularly lonely for them, especially if they don’t have family nearby. The first Sunday Afternoon Tea was a rousing success, as we welcomed 17 older people living nearby to come and enjoy refreshments and company with us. If you, or someone you know, are interested in […]Read More..
The Royal Voluntary Service, our neighbour scheme which serves Roundhay, Meanwood and Chapel Allerton, is putting on a community theatre performance for the elderly and students. The play is a musical involving an 84 year old man who decides to go out on an adventure – he creates a ship out of his household belongings […]Read More..
The Thursday club had an extra member on Thursday 21st May as we were joined by Joey from the Donkey Sanctuary. He was a great hit and at 15 years old he qualified to be a member!! He was a great hit with everyone taking to him. You can find out more about the Donkey […]Read More..
At the last meeting of our camera club, Lizzie Coombes brought along her portable portrait studio so we could practice the art of portraiture. And just to make sure things didn’t get too high-brow, she also brought along her collection of masks, and we all got a chance to take on an alter ego. We […]Read More..
Our new premises are now open. We had our opening ceremony on March 31st – oldest members Oddy Barnett and Celia Saperia did the honours, as well as Father Joe Taylor who was the first chair of MAECare. There are lots of new activities going on, check the newsletter to see what’s going on or […]Read More..
“What a lovely place”, “Imagine the canal looking like this” and “what a different night out” were some of the comments from those who went on the Leeds Night Out on April 13th. DoubleTree at the Hilton excelled themselves again with an excellent two course meal especially arranged for us. After our meal we all […]Read More..
On 17th March, The Grammar School at Leeds performed a lovely concert for us while we all enjoyed some lunch and afternoon tea. As part of the School’s Arts 15 Festival, the very talented students sang some chamber music and also featured some soloists. It was a great afternoon – thanks to the school and […]Read More..
Check out some of the great Easter bonnets that our CAMEO group made this month! CAMEO (“Come And Meet Each Other”) is a group that meets twice monthly to give people who would otherwise have difficulty getting out, a chance to come together for some lovely social and creative time. The hats are on display […]Read More..
Now that our new premises at 57a Cranmer bank are up and running, we are having weekly drop-in sessions for anyone who’s over 60 and wants to come along for a drink and a chat. We have a couple of wonderful volunteers who will be there to make everyone feel welcome, and it’s a great […]Read More..
Another activity for the 20/20 Project, the students and staff of Leeds Uni Student Radio invited us for a tour to see what they do and how the station works. We got to try our hand at being a DJ, record some voiceovers, and even sit in on the live broadcast. The station team were […]Read More..
As part of our 20/20 Project (20 New Things for 20 Years of MAECare), a team of fabulous Leeds University students treated us to a great Pancake Day celebration at Treetops. The Global Community group, a team of international students who foster cultural exchanges and community building, fundraised and planned the entire event, treating about […]Read More..
Last week MAECare took a trip to Granary Wharf to take in some glamorous Leeds nightlife. We started by dining at the City Café in the Doubletree Hotel, where the staff took excellent care of us and we enjoyed a delicious two-course meal. After dessert it was up thirteen floors to the beautiful Sky Lounge […]Read More..
The work has been moving rapidly and you can really envision what it’s going to look like now! Though staff had originally planned to move to the new side in December, the project manager and builders have decided it would be best to get the premises completely done so that staff can move over all […]Read More..
Once again, the students at Allerton High School have thrown a wonderful Christmas party for our members. Ninety-five people attended the afternoon, which included crackers, a quiz, mince pies (of course!) and lots and lots of dancing. We got to show our off best moves with the Macarena, an impressively long conga line, and finished […]Read More..
The Northeast Producers have once again treated us to their talents and creativity with a Christmas pantomime! Last year it was A Christmas Carol; this year it’s Oliver! Using a fully mobile set and a lot of quick costume changes, Northeast is able to bring all the entertainment of a traditional panto with the work […]Read More..
To help us celebrate our upcoming 20th anniversary, Leeds University is partnering to bring us the 20/20 Challenge: 20 New Things for 20 Years of MAECare. Over the next year and a half, they will give our members a chance to have lots of new experiences, things that we never would have imagined back when […]Read More..
The men are in and working on our new extended premises. The main internal work will be completed by 8th December; then staff will move in temporarily as work starts on the existing office. Please be patient with us as our resources will be limited during this time – with only one phone! We should […]Read More..
On Tuesday 11 November MAECare hosted a fair to raise funds for our expansion into the premises next door and it was an unrivalled success! Approximately 90 people attended to enjoy some lovely refreshments, try their luck at the tombola, and find some treasures in time for Christmas. We’d like to express our gratitude to […]Read More..
We are sad to say goodbye to a few of our staff members who are moving on: Andrew Crossley, our Finance Worker, has decided to move to a new position at a different charity and Helen Bousfield, our student Social Worker, has gone back to her studies. Andrew Helen Farewell also to Hillary Wadsworth, our […]Read More..
The Silver Snappers, a group of ten budding photographers who participated in a six-week workshop were pleased and proud to see their art and poetry displayed at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds City Centre. The exhibit was launched with an opening reception on 24 September. An excellent turnout for the launch! Leeds photographer Lizzie […]Read More..
We are proud to say that Julie Harrison and her dog Bailey have become registered volunteers with Pets As Therapy, a charity which provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats. […]Read More..
On 12 August, in what has become an annual event, MAECare partnered with The Venue at the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre to give people a chance to try out many of the different exercise activities we offer. With the help of some of our wonderful tutors, we provided tasters of Extend, Zumba Gold, […]Read More..
On Monday, 14 July we had a very successful Annual Get Together, attended by approximately 120 members, volunteers, and professionals from partnership agencies. We had a chance to reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the past year, including hearing from the individuals who have directly benefited from the work. We were also joined by several […]Read More..
For the past six weeks, ten members have been participating in a photography and poetry workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to give members a chance to learn basic photography skills as well as have some professional portraiture done by photography Lizzie Coombes. Writer Peter Spafford joined us to craft individual poems for each […]Read More..
There were thousands of people lined up along Harrogate Road on Saturday, 5 July, to watch the Tour de France Grand Depart go by. It was a very exciting atmosphere and a group of MAECare members were right in the middle of all of it! We were lucky to have beautiful weather as we all […]Read More..
MAECare is looking to recruit a Chair of its Management Committee. The post will be vacant from September 2014, following retirement of the current joint Chairs, and the Committee would like to involve someone as soon as possible. So if you are interested in applying for the role or you would like to find out […]Read More..
Lucy and Francis from the Catholic Society at Leeds Universities attended our French afternoon to present Jackie Stockwell representing MAECare a cheque for £460 raised by students throughout the year. Lucy said “ we think what you are doing is brilliant and we wanted to support your work. The money was raised through an auction […]Read More..
Over 40 MAECare members enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of entertainment with ENCORE!! – Maggi Stratford, vocals, and Daniel Bowater, accordion, piano, guitar – conjured up the atmosphere of the French café-cabaret with these passionate songs, sung in French but interwoven with histories and explanations. Volunteers from the management committee excelled themselves by providing a wonderful […]Read More..
On 11 April several members got together to celebrate one year of the Mind and Body Project, which launched in April 2013. We watched a slideshow retrospective of the events and activities we’ve done so far, had some lovely lunch and cake, and generated ideas for the coming year. We also raffled off some fabulous […]Read More..
In response to its popularity, we are adding a second weekly Zumba Gold class! There will be a Thursday morning class starting on 6 March from 10-11am, also at the Moortown Social Club. You are welcome to come to either or both classes. We will also start selling tickets at the office rather than taking […]Read More..
As we get older there are a number of issues where we might want to consult a solicitor, including about writing a will, Lasting Powers of Attorney and issues regarding care home fees. It’s especially important to make a will to ensure that your money, possessions and property are distributed as you wish. The rules […]Read More..
Our knitting group has been meeting for a couple of months at the office and is really taking off! This week six members got together to knit, crochet, and of course have a chat and a laugh. We are also participating in the campaign to make over 3000 knitted jerseys for bunting to help celebrate […]Read More..
After all the excitement, anticipation, and sometimes stress of the holiday season, January can be a bit of a let-down and leave us all feeling at loose ends. To help fight these doldrums, twenty people came along to the Mind and Body “Beat the January Blues” event at Alwoodley Park Methodist Church. We kicked things […]Read More..
Over 80 of MAECare service users had a fantastic Christmas Party organised by staff member Angela Tidman (Assistant Director post 16 students) and a host of post 16 students at Allerton High School an 17th December. “The best ever” said one person who has been coming since the parties started. “The young people were so […]Read More..
‘It was good to meet with others who attend MAECare groups’ was the verdict of one service user after our special event on Tuesday 12th November to hear the views of older people about MAECare services. ‘This was a really positive event and a good way of finding out what people think’ said another. 20 […]Read More..
A great array of cakes were available at the meeting of the Clandestine Cake Club in Leeds 17 on October 29th. Yorkshire Tea loaf, lemon drizzle cake and ginger cake were among the cakes enjoyed by a group of older people living in the Moortown area. ‘I enjoyed sampling the different cakes and it was […]Read More..
MAECare has a selection of thermal underwear, bedsocks and ice grips for shoes at bargain prices. Call in to the office on the 31st October 10.00 – 12.00 to see some samples and make your order. Priority is given to people over 60 living in the MAECare areaRead More..
40 people gathered at the Ziff centre in Moortown on October 22nd to learn about the importance of the spiritual needs of older people as well as their physical needs and how to make our faith communities more dementia friendly. Daphne Wallace retired consultant psychiatrist and an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society described her experience […]Read More..
MAECare is sponsoring an event on FAITH and Dementia Find out how you can support people with dementia. All faiths are welcome to join us on Tuesday 22nd October 11.30 – 3.30 Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre Stonegate Rd Contact MAECare to book a placeRead More..