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Do you know someone who would benefit from an invention to enable them to live more independently? The Big Fix, on BBC 2, are looking for people to help with a second series. If anyone is interested in applying, they can call the casting team on 0203 040 6908 or email us atbiglifefix@studiolambert.com. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence. Alternatively, a short contact form can be filled out here to express interest in the show:http://www.studiolambert.com/take-part-the-big-life-fix.html

Executive Committee meeting and Caring for your Health: a discussion on self care Monday 6th March 2017 at Yorkshire Housing, 44 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT 10am 3pm

Join us in the morning to discuss the main issues affecting Older People and their health and wellbeing. Confirmed speakers include Alison Illiff from Public Health England Ian Dean from Community Pharmacy, North Yorkshire. The afternoon will include a meeting of the Executive Committee, to which members are also invited. Lunch Included.

Register your place on Eventbrite by click here.

Writing Back is a project run by the University of Leeds which links student pen pals with older people. It has been running for 3 years during which time 260 people have exchanged letters with one another. Participants can write as part of a group or with the assistance of a friend/volunteer. All stamps and stationary are provided as letters are sent via the university and only the project officer has access to addresses. Students are reference checked and recieve training. The project would like to expand to work with older people accross the region. If you're interested Click Here for details. The Project is run by Georgina Binnie, a PhD Candidate in the School of English.

Community and Care Homes coming together in Keighley Members of the Keighley community came together to find out how they can help residents in care homes stay connected with their skills, hobbies and interests as part of the Airedale Social Movement. Living with dementia can mean losing connections with neighbours and friends and losing hobbies, sports and pastimes. For too many people, including those living in care homes, dementia can result in loneliness and isolation. The Airedale Social Movement will change this for residents living in five local care homes. Regency Court Care in Keighley has embraced this initiative. On Friday the 2nd December they welcomed over twenty local people and community groups into the home to discuss how the community and the residents can enjoy spending time together. The event was a great success and generated a wide range of ideas ranging from enhancing the garden to provide a dementia friendly space and a community allotment, to getting residents together with local school children to share memories and learn how to use iPads together and using digital photography to create a scrap book of outings and activities. Residents are also interested in "Everything! Reading, gardening, exercises, tidying, colouring, poetry knitting, dancing!" Airedale Social Movement are now we're looking for people who can help build and sustain these community connections - people who can use their local knowledge and relationships to make these ideas (and more!) happen at all five care homes and people who can encourage others to get involved in the lives of these homes. It will be rewarding, varied and stimulating! For more information or to get involved contact Joanne Volpe, Alzheimer's Society Joanne.volpe@alzheimers.org.uk or 07484 504996

 

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