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Leeds charity’s figures highlight frontline role during city’s pandemic fight

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A Leeds charity says it has made its 4,000th wellbeing call, as it catalogues the thousands of interactions it’s made to keep older people safe during a pandemic plagued 12 months. The phone calls to isolated, older people are on top of more than 400 deliveries of food and medicine, 370 information and advice sessions and 800 telephone based befriending sessions Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) and its volunteers have completed since January. The charity says it’s also hosted 30 online line dancing sessions and produced 11 editions of an activity pack to help keep 110 older people…
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Leeds line dancer’s lockdown lifeline for isolated older people praised

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A lifelong line dancer from Leeds has been lauded for charity lockdown lessons which have given a vital lifeline to dozens of isolated older people from across the city. Julie Clarkson, from Churwell, had been delivering weekly exercise classes for Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) for two years, before having to suspend face-to-face teaching when the pandemic first took hold in March. But since then she’s delivered more than 30 online sessions on behalf of the charity, which aims to improve the quality of life for the over 60s by providing community activities, information and support. Julie said:…
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