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Bramham villagers given Christmas to remember thanks to community effort

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Many isolated, older people in Bramham dined in style this Christmas, thanks to a massive community effort by villagers. Kind-hearted volunteers and generous contributors combined to stage the festive village hall lunch for older people who would otherwise have spent Christmas Day alone. A further 40 hampers were hand delivered to people in the community whose personal circumstances mean they are socially isolated for much of the year. The mammoth loneliness busting effort was organised by Bramham Village Hall Committee, who hailed the heart-warming messages of thanks their volunteers received as testament to the impact they’ve made. Pete Dunn, Vice…
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Information & Advice – Heating

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There is a lot being reported in the national news currently about the upcoming rise in energy costs. For anyone concerned with heating costs, changing tariff, searching for funding for boiler repair/replacement and insulation and energy saving measures we have various sources of support to refer and signpost to agencies for people living in Wetherby and surrounding and villages. Home Plus Leeds is a comprehensive initiative provided by Leeds Home Improvement Agency Care and repair working in partnership with Age UK Leeds and Groundwork NEWY. – https://care-repair-leeds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Home-Plus-2020.pdf Groundwork Green Doctor has a dedicated helpline – 0113 2380601 – and sign…
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Last place available on Wetherby older men’s cooking course

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A charity funded culinary campaign to get kitchen-shy older men cooking has issued a final call for sign-ups. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is working with Wetherby Man with a Pan to (MWAP) to deliver the course for men aged 50 or over- with just one more place available. The programme gets underway in February and 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: “Our last course of MWAP took place in…
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Charity craft club creates boxes filled with time to help curb loneliness

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s crafty club has come up with an innovative way to curb loneliness- creating boxes filled with time. Visitors to the WiSE’s craft session have developed ‘gift of time’ boxes as a way of encouraging loved ones to spend valuable time with an older relative or friend. The ornately decorated containers are filled with a dozen cards, each proposing activities ranging from watching a film together to meeting up for a cup of tea. Activities Coordinator, Debbie, said: “Isolated, lonely older people don’t want money or gifts. What they wish for more than anything else…
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WiSE calls on residents with resolutions to help raise cash

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly is calling on residents with resolutions to put them to good use by helping to raise cash to extend its work. Everyone from first time runners to dry January pledgers are being targeted by WiSE as the charity looks to add to its team of community fundraisers in 2022. WiSE says committing to new year resolutions by pledging to do it for charity is a great way to stay motivated- as well as ‘paying it forward’ to local people in need. Mark Dobson, Chief Operating Officer at WiSE, said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re…
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