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WiSE celebrates helping thousands of older people in stellar year

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly is celebrating a stellar year, in which it had almost 12,000 interactions with older people across the district. WiSE has worked hard to restored key services as the Covid-19 risk has reduced, including much needed social support for those more isolated. At least 5,370 people visited the popular WiSE Owl Café, whilst hundreds more attended the charity’s packed activities programme- from chairobics to knitting. Sixty people had their grass cut each month, 153 people were contacted by a friendly caller or visitor and the charity’s advice service received 687 contacts. A further 312 transport…
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WiSE reveals results of major public consultation drive

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A third of survey respondents have told Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) they know someone who would benefit from extra social events in their area. The finding forms part of the results of a major consultation delivered by WiSE to find out more about what people of all ages think about services in their community. WiSE has thanked more than 100 people from across Wetherby and its surrounding villages for having their say via a survey and events, with the results helping the charity to decide how to develop its work in the future. Mark Dobson, Chief Operations…
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Special award for WiSE for pandemic hub work

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A Wetherby charity which helped lead the district’s Covid-19 pandemic response has been given a special award. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) was given a certificate and medal by Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds City Council for its work as a community care hub- helping people of all ages who were isolating because of the virus. WiSE was one of 11 such hubs which collectively delivered more than 250,000 food parcels and made almost 500,000 well-being calls to people isolating during the first phases of the pandemic. The charity contributed to a further 47,000 activities- from prescription deliveries…
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Lottery funding to help dementia café reopen

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A popular support café in Wetherby for people living with dementia and their carers can reopen, thanks to National Lottery funding. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) says it plans to reopen its ‘Meet Up Monday Memory Café’ this summer as a result of the £4,608 National Lottery Awards For All grant. The cash will pay for a year’s venue hire costs for the café, which provides tailored activities for those living with dementia and weekly respite and support for their carers. WiSE Corporate Fundraiser Liz Robinson, said: “We’re proud of the way we’ve restored our core services in…
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Kids Jubilee card making contest to help Wetherby older people 

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Crafty kids are encouraged to cut, paint and draw in a jubilee themed contest to help older people in Wetherby. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) has launched the card making competition to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer – and to ‘send a smile’ to isolated older people across its patch. Children should make a Jubilee themed card or picture to be in with the chance of winning a £20 Morrison’s voucher to host their own tea party fit for a Queen! Melody Mills, Send a Smile Scheme Coordinator, said: “In February this year, The…
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