Morrisons Foundation is music to our ears!  

Community social centre Bramley Lawn has received a grant from the Morrisons Foundation to support community activities. The funding will enable many moreFran Graham receives the cheque from Morrisons Community Champion Alicia Nash and store manager David Harrison people, including people with dementia, to take part in a range of fun, healthy and creative activities, by supporting activities at Bramley Lawn and by making this community venue even more accessible.

The fantastic grant will allow Bramley Lawn to:

  • put up black out blinds for community film screenings
  • integrate a hearing loop in the building so that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can take part fully in activities
  • buy 12 ukuleles and push button chord changers, enabling people who have trouble moving their fingers to play
  • produce large format printed music, to enable people with sight problems to take part
  • buy a large range of musical films for people with dementia and others using the building to sing along to.

Participant at ukulele group using a chord changerThe grant will also support the delivery of 50 weekly ukulele classes for beginners and Zumba Gold classes which anyone is welcome to attend, and help with the costs of a door-to-door transport service people and their families can trust, enabling people with dementia to get a change of scene during the week by attending Remember Thursdays activities.

Remember Thursdays, a regular day of activities to support anyone in the community affected by dementia. Remember Thursdays includes Singalong movies, on every 3rd Thursday of the month. The Morrisons grant will improve the experience for people attending and mean that people who need transport will be able to get there and take part.

Music – singing, playing and listening – is increasingly being recognised as a powerful tool in helping people with dementia, in supporting people’s health and wellbeing generally, and is a brilliant way of people getting together and decreasing social isolation. The ukelele is a fun and easy instrument to learn, and taking up a new hobby can help lift people’s mood and sense of achievement.

Fran Graham, Manager of Bramley Lawn, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted about this grant and very grateful to Morrisons Foundation. The support will make a huge difference, bringing creativity, fun and happy memories to more people in West Leeds. Come and get involved.”

Bramley Lawn ran a pilot ukulele class for 6 months, which proved very popular. Its future is now secure, and the class will now be weekly, for at least a year. The Ukelele Class ideal for beginners will be on Tuesdays 12-1pm with tutor Jessica Bowie. The Zumba Gold class is every Wednesday at 2pm. All welcome.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about any activities at Bramley Lawn, please contact Fran Graham on 0113 236 1644 or by email.

Bramley Lawn, formerly a Leeds City Council day centre, was out of use for several years, before being taken on by Bramley Elderly Action in 2014. It is now a thriving social centre for the community which hosts regular activities throughout the week, as well as being available for hire for events, parties and meetings. Through Bramley Lawn, and other initiatives, BEA aims to help make a better, more inclusive community for everybody. Bramley Lawn is managed by Bramley Elderly Action.

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BEA Challenge 2017 – use your skills

Get involved in the 2017 Challenge.a chance to share skills and celebrate local talent with something you have made.

BEA Challenge is a chance to show and share traditional skills and celebrate local talent – and it’s a great fundraiser for BEA too!.

This year’s Challenge will be at Bramley Lawn (off Rossefield Approach) on Saturday 30 September 2017.

The work entered goes on display for the public to enjoy from 12.00-2.00.

Who can enter Bramley Challenge?

  • Open to anyone aged 60 or over
  • and also open to Under 60s

Bramley Challenge – categories

You can enter in any of the following categories:

  1. Art (open)
  2. Cake (1 cake)
  3. Knitting (open)
  4. Cross stitch (open)
  5. Embroidery (open)
  6. Crochet
  7. Model work (craft)
  8. Flower arrangement (flowers from garden)
  9. Flower arrangement (up to £5.00 spent on shop bought flowers)
  10. Photography (any size print)
  11. Jam/marmalade
  12. Pickles/chutney
  13. Savoury pie

If you have a skill not mentioned in our list please enter your item – we’ll find a judge!

Entering Bramley Challenge

  • You can put in up to 6 entries
  • It’s 50p per entry – money raised supports BEA’s work
  • Return your entry form by 31 August – you can use the online form below, or download and print out this leaflet and form and return it to BEA
  • Please attach your name to the back or underside of your entry
  • Let us know if you’re happy for your entries to be sold to raise money for BEA
  • All entries must be at Bramley Lawn by 9.30 on 30 September
  • The judges word is final.

Good luck to all entrants

Bramley Challenge – entry form

 

 

 

Are you a Co-op member? You can help BEA

Bramley Elderly Action will receive much needed funds from the Co-op Local Community Fund between now and September.

!% of the price of all purchases of Co-op branded products made by members at Swinnow Co-op, Swinnow Lane, during that period will go to local causes, including BEA. This also applies at some local Co-op funeral parlours.

Please consider becoming a Co-op member if you shop at Swinnow Co-op.

Many thanks to the Co-op.

Help create a beautiful mosaic

Members of Bramley Elderly Action Craft Group will be helping to create a beautiful newColourful mosaic tiles mosaic to help brighten up the underpass at the Owlcotes Centre, Pudsey, and turn it from drab to fab!

It’s a great opportunity to learn some new skills and play a personal role in improving the
local community for everyone.

The mosaic session will take place at Craft Group at Bramley Community Centre from 2.00-4.00 on Monday 27 March.

Owlcotes underpassThe underpass at Owlcotes is used by thousands, but is dark and colourless. This project will help make it a much more welcoming and accessible route.The mosaic project is being led led by local environmental social enterprise Seagulls.

Please contact BEA Activities Co-ordinator Debbie (0113 236 1644) if you would like more information about the session at Craft Group.

Bramley Elderly Action to take on management of Bramley Community Centre

We’re very pleased that a more certain future for Bramley’s Community Centre looks to be on the cards with the decision of Leeds City Council to pass management of the building to Bramley Elderly Action. We will manage it as a resource for the whole community to use.

The decision, made by the council’s Executive Board on February 8th, paves theBramley Community Centre way for BEA to encourage residents to use the resource more often for activities, social events and community celebrations for young and older. We will also move our staff to the building on Waterloo Lane.

As well as being used by BEA members for regular tea dances, exercise groups, tai chi and a craft group, the Centre also already hosts a number of community groups, including Bramley Historical Society and Bramley Luncheon Club. We are extremely keen for those groups to continue using the Centre and for others to use it too.

Our initiative has the full support of the three Bramley & Stanningley Councillors: Caroline Gruen, Julie Heselwood and Kevin Ritchie, while our own voluntary Trustees have worked hard over a long period of time to make it happen.

Stuart Quin, Chair of Bramley Elderly Action, said:

‘We’re delighted at the decision, which has massive support Stuart Quinfrom our members, volunteers and the local community. Our members remember the Community Centre in its prime – a place that connected people, and created opportunities for young and old.  There’s a lot of work ahead to restore the fortunes of this underused community resource but we’re really looking forward to working with others and being part of a bright new chapter at the Community Centre. ’

Visitors to an open day BEA held at the Centre in October 2016 showed overwhelming support for the change. They were invited to look at archive photos from Bramley History Society of how Bramley Community Centre was used in its heyday and suggest new ideas for its future.

In 2014, in another ‘asset transfer’ from Leeds City Council, we took on the management of Bramley Lawn (formerly Bramley Lawn Day Centre) which we have transformed into a vibrant community social centre. While we intend to move staff from our current office on Stanningley Road to Bramley Community Centre, we will continue to run activities for the whole community from Bramley Lawn. Together, the two centres will give much easier access for local older people to BEA staff and activities. BEA will continue to run activities and services for older people across the Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley areas.

The Council Executive Board’s decision invites BEA to take on a 25 year lease with a peppercorn rent. The Council will carry out essential repair work identified in a recent condition survey before the lease begins. It is hoped that we will take possession of the Centre later this year.

We would love to hear from local companies and individuals who may be prepared to pledge time or resources to help refurbish Bramley Community Centre later this year. This may involve painting, decorating, electrics, plumbing, plastering, gardening or other practical skills. Get in touch!

BEA Patron Rachel Reeves MP launches Jo Cox Commission on loneliness

Bramley Elderly Action is proud that our Patron, Rachel Reeves MP, is championing the issue of loneliness, by chairing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, launchedRachel Reevs MP speaking at the launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness today.

You can watch Rachel’s interview on ITV GMB, and listen to her interview with Jo Cox’s sister Kim Leadbetter on Radio 4 Today Programme, and read her opinion piece in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post.

Everything we do is underpinned by the need to bring people together and to help prevent loneliness and social isolation. We do this through providing individual services such as befriending (in person or on the phone), groups where people can take part in dance, gentle exercise, Men’s Day and numerous other activities, and community activities for everyone such as Restaurant Night.

Research has now shown that loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and can lead to long term physical conditions(1). Loneliness can affect people of all ages, and can be a huge issue for older people, who may no longer have family, partner or social networks and friends.

17% of older people in the UK are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (2). Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (3). Two fifths of older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (4).

We want to help build communities that are age-friendly, and welcoming and inclusive of everybody.

Get in touch with Bramley Elderly Action if you would like to take part in any of our activities, or would like to volunteer with us.

(1) Campaign to End Loneliness Research Hub
(2) Victor et al, 2003
(3) ONS, 2010
(4) Age UK, 2014

 

Would you like to help make Leeds a more age friendly city?

Time to Shine (funded by the Big Lottery programme) has published an Age Friendly Charter for Leeds, after consulting with nearly 200 older people.

Time to Shine is now looking for people to be part of a steering group to decide the next direction to help make Leeds a more Age Friendly city.Age Friendly Steering Group flyer

Being a part of the group would mean:

  • Meeting regularly (probably monthly or every six weeks; exact frequency to be decided by the group).
  • Helping to determine Time to Shine’s Age Friendly priorities
  • As you are able, promoting the work of the group in your local community and online

Meetings will take place in various locations around Leeds. Venues will always be accessible and conveniently located for as many people as possible. You would be reimbursed for travel expenses, including taxis if necessary.

The first meeting will ideally happen in early February.

If you are over 50 and might be interested, please get in touch with Emily Axel to discuss further: emily@opforum.org.uk or 0113 244 1697

 

West Leeds Stroke Club – new programme

Bramley Elderly Action has published the new programme of activities for West Leeds Stroke Club for January to June 2017.

The Stroke Club is a friendly fortnightly get-together for anyone in West Leeds recovering from a stroke. As well as taking part in a range of fun and therapeutic activities you can get invaluable information and support from people going through similar issues.

Sessions take place at Bramley Lawn (off Rossefield Approach, Bramley LS13 3RG) 10.30-12.30 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and cost just £2.00 per session.

The new programme includes games, music, food, a visits to a museum and more!

Transport is available for £2.50 return. Please book in advance.

If you would like to join or for more information please call Debbie on 0113 236 1644

Please also get in touch if you have any ideas for the next programme.

What the world needs now! Help us raise funds to prevent social isolation

Bramley Elderly Action has made a short video to raise funds to prevent loneliness and social isolation. The video features members of Bramley Elderly Action, including the BEA Singers, supporting each other.

See our video What the World Needs Now

Please donate £5.00 at bit.ly/bramleyea500, and consider making a regular donation by standing order, or think about supporting us regularly by joining our Lucky Numbers Club.

Please share the video widely on social media, and with anyone who you think may wish to support our members.

The video was fun to make for everyone  –  we used an iPhone taped to a mobility walker to do the filming, and another phone taped to a broom handle as a microphone, all at a decked out Bramley Lawn.

Outreach Worker Simon filming at Bramley Lawn

We support older people to stay healthy, indpendent and involved through a wide range of activities.

‘When I open my  curtains on a Tuesday, I know the sun is going to shine because it’s the day my befriender visits’

(BEA member)

This could be your nan or your granddad; your parents or perhaps, one day, you!

Christmas is a magical time for many. But for some it is very lonely, bringing up memories of Christmases gone by. It’s a particularly important time to think of people who may be lonely.

‘My hopes for the world and Bramley are that nobody is lonely at any of the time’

Lilly, aged 10

Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is as serious a risk to health and early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day*.

  • 17% of older people in the UK are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)
  • Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
  • Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)

Bramley Elderly Action Patron Rachel Reeves MP will be co-chairing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which launches in January 2017. We’re very pleased that she will be helping this vital issue reach a wider national audience.

Please donate £5.00 at bit.ly/bramleyea500, and consider making a regular donation by standing order.

For more information

*Campaign to End Loneliness Research Hub