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.

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

Supporting local enterprise ‐Bramley Community Shop 

In the run-up to Christmas, Bramley Community Shop is supporting local enterprise by offering shelf-space to sell new or ‘upcycled’ products in return for a donation of time to help in the shop. It’s a great way to test out your work and reach a local market without a big outlay. We hope it will highlight creative talent in the area.

Bramley Community Shop (at Bramley Centre) is also supporting Bramley Lawn toBramley Community Shop develop an Affordable Christmas Market on Sunday 27 November (10.00-12.00). The market aims to shine a light on local talent and encourage people to share skills and shop local.

Come and buy your Christmas presents from one of our local stallholders and learn some of their tricks of the trade.

You can also make special, simple and affordable gifts yourself, with ‘upcycling’ tips from local makers and the team at Bramley Community Shop, who’ll be bringing some pre-loved treasure to use.

If you are working from home, if you make or design brilliant, affordable products or services, or if you have a skill or hobby that you’d like to share, please get in touch about a free stall. (Email Kirsty at Bramley Community Shop or Fran).

Bramley Community Shop is looking for volunteers to work in the shop for as little as two hours a week. This is particularly rewarding for anyone interested in vintage goods and clothes, or who likes meeting a lot of people. Please drop in for a chat with Kirsty, or get in touch with Maureen, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, if you would like to know more.

The proceeds from Bramley Community Shop support the work of Bramley Elderly Action – working to make later life fulfilling in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley.

Table-top sale: come for a butty and a bargain

Bramley Elderly Action volunteers are holding a table-top sale from 10.00-12.00 on Saturday 9 July, at Trinity Methodist Church (Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, LS13TrinityMethodistChurch 2EP).
You can get  a bacon butty and a cuppa while seeking bargains among the stalls selling books, games, bric a brac and more. You can also try your luck at the tombola.
All proceeds will go to Bramley Elderly Action to help fund our activities supporting older people in Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.

First class treatment for Bramley elders’ buses

Bramley Elderly Action have announced a fantastic new partnership with bus company First in Leeds. The innovative agreement will see First Bus supporting BEA in the running of its three minibuses.Lee Ingham with Liam Graham (First Bus)

First Bus, who have a major depot in Bramley, will supply fuel, clean the minibuses and will also give information and training to BEA’s volunteer drivers. The company will also look at other ways to support BEA.

Lee, Barbara and Rebecca with First Bus staffBEA run a large range of activities, groups and trips to support local older people to remain active and independent. Their minibuses play a vital role in helping members to get involved.

Lee Ingham, General Manager of Bramley Elderly Action, said:

We’re absolutely delighted to take First Bus aboard as a BEA Corporate Sponsor. They will be a great asset to us and our members on our journey. We hope this will be a model of how we can work with local businesses, through the sharing of their expertise.

Bob Dorr, Business Manager at First in Leeds said:

We’re very pleased to be able to offer the excellent knowledge and expertise of our staff to support people in the local community in a real and effective way.

Rachel Reeves, Member of Parliament for Leeds West said:

Earlier this year Bramley Elderly Action were speaking to me about the ever increasing costs of keeping their mini-buses on the road and I had the idea of getting in touch with First to see if they might be able to help. I am thrilled that this initiative has come together, it is wonderful that First, with their depot in Bramley, take their local connections so seriously.

Bramley Elderly Action are very interested in hearing from other businesses who have something to offer the local community and would like to consider becoming a BEA Corporate Sponsor.

BEA are also looking for new volunteers to be minibus drivers and escorts, who support older people on trips. This is an excellent opportunity to use or develop skills, meet people and gain enormous satisfaction from putting something into your community. As Lee Ingham said:

We’ve got fantastic support for the fuel, now we need some more drivers to use it!

Please phone BEA on 0113 236 1644 if you may be interested in being a volunteer driver or escort.

Reaching the Peaks

Congratulations to every one of the 19 walkers, aged 17-66, who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge for Bramley Elderly Action on Saturday 26 September. It was a beautiful day and there was a fantastic team spirit throughout the 24 mile walk.2nd peak, Whernside

 

The group of volunteers, staff and supporters raised about £2,000 (with Gift AidSupport BEA contributions). It’s not too late to add to this great total, just go tobit.ly/bramleyea36 if you would like to donate. All money goes to help BEA in our work supporting older people in Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley to remain healthy and independent.

See our Facebook page for more photos of the Three Peaks Challenge.

A very happy ZoeGet in touch with Zoe (Volunteer Co-ordinator, Fundraising), seen below jumping for joy, if you would like to get involved in raising funds for BEA.