Press Releases

WiSE’s volunteer plea as café strives to stay open during ‘pingdemic’

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is on the lookout for extra volunteers for the WiSE Owl Cafe as it strives to stay open amid a rise in staff isolating. WiSE reopened its flagship café last month- marking a welcome milestone in its pandemic recovery after a spirit sapping year for older people across its patch. But now the charity says it needs to build a reserve list of volunteers willing to step in to help out at the venue, with a well-publicised rise in isolations across the UK and an uncertain winter potentially putting its opening hours under…
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What a hoot! WiSE’s pub prize offer for naming of new owl mascot

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly is looking for clever clogs wordsmiths to come up with a cunning name for the latest edition to its team- an owl! WiSE is launching the wide-eyed mascot as a way of celebrating the return of face-to-face activities after long months of lockdown. Now it wants people to give its new mascot a name- with the winning suggestions in line to win a pub voucher. Debbie, Activities Coordinator at WiSE, said: “We’re so excited to get our events programme up and running again, bringing much needed enjoyment to dozens of isolated older people who’ve…
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WiSE funds local culinary campaign to get kitchen-shy older men cooking

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is helping to fund a local culinary campaign to get kitchen-shy older men cooking. WiSE is working with Wetherby Man with a Pan (MWAP) to appeal for men over 50 to sign up for the scheme after agreeing to fund two courses starting from next year. The Wetherby Man with a Pan programme sees experienced cook, Lesley Titchmarsh deliver kitchen training to men who lack basic cooking skills- boosting their physical, social and mental wellbeing at the same time. Jennifer Siswick, Volunteer Coordinator for Wetherby MWAP, said: “National research has revealed a huge…
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WiSE unveils events line up ahead of covid restrictions removal

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) has unveiled a glittering line up of glorious in-person events in one of the biggest signals yet that the worst of the pandemic is over. WiSE hopes the activities- which begin just days after all Covid-19 restrictions are removed in England- will give a new lease of life to hundreds of older people in the area. From line dancing to singing and chairobics to cakes, the charity’s long awaited programme aims to help isolated, older people get active and get socialising- with many starved of human contact for months. Debbie Todd, Activities Coordinator…
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IT team’s madcap million step feat leads to charity windfall

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A team of IT experts who marched an incredible 1.6 million steps in less than a month has donated its winnings to Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE). Staff at Deans Computers (DCS) launched a ‘Move in May’ incentive scheme in a bid to lose a few lockdown pounds and reignite team spirit after long months of working from home. Now one of the winning teams- which clocked up 845 miles between just five people- has donated their prize pot to WiSE, which helps isolated older people across Wetherby and its surrounding villages. Barry Rankin, Sales Director at DCS,…
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Newsletter

WiSE Words – Summer 2021

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Welcome to the first edition of WiSE Words – a regular round up of all the news and views from Wetherby in Support of the Elderly.
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