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Business backers sought to extend reach of WiSE’s work

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is seeking corporate backers to help it extend its work helping isolated older people across the district. WiSE is hoping that local businesses big and small will consider backing their cause as their charity of the year, in recognition of the award-winning work it has done improving the quality of life for older people. The charity has ambitious plans to extend the reach of its core services, events and activities next year- including into new places it does not currently serve. Charity bosses say any money raised through corporate support has the potential…
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Family fun afternoons double up as consultation events

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Goats in Christmas jumpers and complimentary therapy will form part of two family fun afternoons, which are also doubling up as consultation events for Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE). WiSE is staging the free afternoon sessions this winter as part of a major drive to find out more about what residents need support with in the future. The charity stepped up in a big way during the Covid-19 pandemic delivering hundreds of prescriptions, shopping and food parcels to people of all ages who were shielding or self-isolating. Now, WiSE wants people of all ages to come to the…
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Figures highlight staggering strength behind social support return

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s (WiSE) has unveiled the staggering statistics behind the restoration of its best loved activities- helping to cut social isolation after almost two years of lockdowns and shielding. The figures include 900 coffees, 768 cups of tea and 432 scones served to 1,629 visitors to the charity’s popular WiSE Owl Café for the community in Boston Spa. That’s on top of almost 500 people who have attended one of the 50 activities WiSE has staged since reopening core services 12 weeks ago- from chairobics, aerobics and line dancing to knitting, crafting and music sessions. Another…
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WiSE’s newest staff member launches volunteer plea

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s (WiSE) newest team member wants to supercharge its support for older people by boosting volunteer numbers and extending services to new areas. Catherine O’Rourke has launched her volunteering campaign after joining WiSE as its new volunteer coordinator. She hopes an increase in helpers in everything from befriending to transport services will mean the much loved charity can reach even more older people- especially in underserved places like Boston Spa, Bramham and Thorner. Catherine said: “I’m thrilled to be joining an organisation which does such wonderful work for older people throughout Wetherby and its surrounding…
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WiSE invites older people down the rabbit hole with tea party event

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is inviting older people across the parish on a trip down the rabbit hole into an immersive wonderland, as it ramps up its post-pandemic activities. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) wants Mad Hatters and Queens of Hearts to sign up for the enchanted tea party as it continues work to restore face-to-face events. Anyone aged 60 or over is able to attend the fun filled event- complete with magician, tea and cake- with WiSE staff hoping to put a Cheshire Cat grin on people’s faces after long months of lockdown. WiSE…
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