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Best Week for Ages

THANK YOU to everybody who supported us on Friday's Best for Ages fund raiser in Morrison's. We raised £223.09, but most importantly, we were able to give out a whole box of leaflets about the scheme so that more people know about us. Thank you everybody, our volunteers and our supporters!

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

We had a wet but wonderful day at the opening of the UK's first public dementia friendly garden in Springhead Park on Wednesday 17th May. Peter Smith from Dementia Friendly Rothwell has campaigned for 3 years to create a dementia friendly garden in Rothwell and been an inspiration in developing understanding and support to people living with dementia. We were very pleased to join with him and Emma Trickett from Leeds Parks and Countryside Service to help make the dream come true. We received support and £38,272.93 in funds from individuals, businesses and from Leeds city council.

We would like to thank the generosity of donations from individual members of the community (amounting to staggering £8,114.26), Co-op Funeral Care, Rothwell Horticultural Show, Leeds Police Partnership, the Original Factory Shop, Tea Cosy Cafe, Yorkshire Bank Foundation, the Ancient Order of Foresters, Briggs School Outfitters, Holiday Inn, Hadrian Healthcare, Rothwell Victoria School, The Hare and Hounds, Rothwell Allotments, Rothwell Freemasons, Yorkshire Building Society, Rothwell in Bloom, Tesco, South Leeds Housing Advisory Panel and the Outer South Community Committee Well-being Fund. 

It's amazing what a community that cares, can achieveTHANK YOU

Rothwell & District Live at Home are teaming up with South Leeds Live at Home to seek further funding to develop 'DEMENTIA ADVENTURES', to make further use of this wonderful community resource, stimulate the senses and provide fun but therapeutic activities to people in south Leeds, living with memory problems.... Watch this space for more exciting developments to come!


Walking Group

Walks usually take place on the last Friday of each month, meeting at the designated meeting point at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. The walks are around 3 miles long and will take around 2 hours, at a steady pace, which is set by the group leader, mindful of the groups needs. 

If the weather is inclement - heavy rain, snow, ice or fog the walk may not take place - if you are unsure whether the walk is going ahead please ring to check before setting off to avoid a wasted journey. You can call the Live at Home Office on: 0113 288 0887.

Although we go for a stroll, 'not a hike', we recommend sturdy, comfortable footwear with good support and a good sole. Wear comfortable clothes and wrap up in cold weather, bring water-proof clothing if rain is forecast. In hot weather it is important to keep hydrated by bringing a drink of water and keep covered up in the sun or wear sun cream protection. You may be advised not to join the walk if your footwear is deemed inappropriate for the conditions.

Cost per walk £1.50

      Dates of walks and locations

Meeting at Leeds Bus Station 10:00 - 10:30

31st March Yeadon Tarn 

28th April                 Golden Acre Park 

26th May Otley 

30th June York

28th July Skipton

25th August Ripon

29th September Harrogate

27th October Yeadon Tarn

All participants are requested to complete a health check form on their first walk and to subsequently advise the walk leader of any changes. The walks have been risk assessed and are mostly level. Everyone taking part is reminded that they are responsible for their own safety e.g. when crossing roads.


We held our Annual General Meeting at Harold Hall on Friday 24th March. 

We thanked and acknowledged the work and service of our committee members who stood down from re-election. Lisa Keyworth, stood down as treasurer after serving on the committee and volunteering for the scheme, due to work and family commitments. Jacci Sharp, a former employee, volunteer and committee member, is changing employment and stood down due to work commitments. Pat Brunner has been on the committee since 2001 and spent some considerable time as treasurer, vice chair, treasurer's assistant as well as leading groups as an exercise facilitator and has had various volunteer roles over the last 16 years, retired from the committee, though she will continue as a befriending volunteer. We thank them all for their time, support and commitment over the years and wish them the very best.

The following members of the committee were elected as a result:

Chair                                    Joyce Johnson

Vice Chair                            Ruby Ball

Treasurer                             Carol Newbold

Secretary                              Ann Baughan

Committee Member              Pamela Drew

Committee Member              Stuart Beaumont

Committee Member              Jean Naylor

Committee Member              Brenda Nicholson

Service User Rep                  Betty Watson

Active Minds Moves to Royds Court

Active minds, our sing-a-long group, is now held at Royds Court. Their common room is warm and sunny and there is plenty of room for a sing-a-long. The group is now running a little earlier, from 10:30 am to 11:45 am. Royds Court holds a soup and sandwich lunch after our group and some of our members are staying on after for a bite to eat and a catch up with friends. You are very welcome to come and join us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

Fun & Fitness Christmas Pantomime

We had a wonderful time at Midland House this Christmas. This year's pantomime was a series of historical performances from the music hall. It was a great laugh and fun. The performers were all wonderful, all our volunteers worked hard to make it a great time and especially Beryl who put in so much to make the day such fun. If you would like to come and join us at Midland House, you would be very welcome. We are there every Friday afternoon, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Movement at Northfields

Our facilitator Sally, who kept us fit, active and calmed with the slow yoga sessions at Northfields has left us for new ventures. We wish her well and thank her for the work she has done for us. Andrea is now keeping us fit by hosting movement to music at Northfields every Wednesday morning 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Pop in and join us. You are very welcome.

Andrea already facilitates the movement to music at Rothwell Baptist Church every Thursday morning, 10:30 to 12:00, so if you can't make it to Northfields, you are very welcome to join us there too.

Progress of the Dementia Friendly Garden

It gives me great pleasure to report that last July we were approached to work in partnership with Dementia Friendly Rothwell and Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside Service to develop a dementia friendly garden in Springhead Park Rothwell. To date we have raised over the £36,500 needed for this to go ahead, thanks mainly to the efforts of Peter Smith and Emma Trickett. Work has begun on the project ready for an opening event , to take place on 17th May 2017. This will be a great resource for the community, a safe and nice place to be and an asset we will use to support those living with dementia, carers and families. Progress on the work being done can be followed in real time on Facebook – ‘rothwells dementia friendly garden’

We would like to thank the following for the support and generosity in enabling us to raise £36,772.93 to develop this wonderful project in Springhead Park, Rothwell:

Co-op Funeral Care, Rothwell Horticultural Show, Leeds Police Partnership, the Original Factory Shop, Tea Cosy Cafe, Yorkshire Bank Foundation, the Ancient Order of Foresters, Briggs School Outfitters, Holiday Inn, Hadrian Healthcare, Rothwell Victoria School, The Hare and Hounds, Rothwell Allotments, Rothwell Freemasons, Yorkshire Building Society, Rothwell in Bloom, Leeds Housing Advisory Panel, Outer South Community Committee Well-being Fund, Tesco and the generosity of donations from individuals amounting to £6,614.26