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.

Dementia Awareness week in Bramley

Would you like to know more about dementia? Do you have concerns about yourself, your loved ones or friends.

This week is national Dementia Awareness Week.

Bramley Lawn and Bramley Community Shop (at Bramley Centre) are hosting extra activities on Thursday 19 May to raise awareness and support people with Dementia.

  • come for a cuppa with the Alzheimer’s Society at Bramley Lawn – 10.30-12.00. It’s free, and a chance to have a chat with a friendly expert who can help advise people about their own situation or that of a loved one. This is part of Bramley Lawn’s weekly Remember Thursdays.
  • at 1.30, also at Bramley Lawn, there is a dementia friendly sing-along film screening of My Fair Lady, to which anyone is welcome.
  • An Alzheimer’s Society rep will be also available at Bramley Community Shop for free advice and information, from 1.00 on Thursday.

Bramley Elderly Action’s Reminiscence Group will meet as usual at 6.30 on Thursday – this week at Rossefield Manor. Hannah, the Curator at Armley Mills will be leading the session.

This Thursday at Bramley Lawn – we have the regular Memory Morning (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Thurs of the month), and

You can also take part in one of  BEA’s Dementia Awareness Training sessions. The next dates are: Thursday 7 July (6.00), and Thursday 8 September (1.30) at Bramley Lawn. Please call Maureen Rushworth (0113 236 1644) to book your place.

New programme of sing-along movies at Bramley Lawn

After the Sound of Music and Jungle Book, Bramley Lawn is to host a series of singalong film afternoons for the old, the not so old and the very young to join in with.

The films, all starting at 1.30, are free to attend (donations welcome).

Mary Poppins film posterSingin in the rain film posterMy Fair Lady film poster

  • Mary Poppins – Thursday 17 March
  • Singin’ in the rain – Thursday 21 April
  • My fair lady – Thursday 19 May

Please phone Bramley Elderly Action on 0113 236 1644 if you would like to book free tickets.

A grand half term at Bramley Lawn

Half term’s a great time for grandparents to get together with their grandchildren. Bramley Lawn is holding two activities during half term that give you a chance to try something new and have plenty of fun together.

Bring yourself, your grandchildren or your kids along to learn the ukelele, sing-along to the Jungle Book on our cinema screen, or fill your belly with lovely Italian treats cooked for our birthday Restaurant Night.

Ukes at the Lawn (beginners)

Tuesday 16 February, 11.00-12.00 (£2.00 per person).
After one hour, you’ll be playing a tune – and before you know it, you’re George Formby II. You can borrow a ukelele from us, bring your own, or use our button-press ukeleles designed to make it easier to change chord, and especially good if you have trouble with manual dexterity. Bring everyone, this is an all-ages, and very fun session for beginners.
Ukeleles provided but we’ll have a limited number so if you want to bring your own please do.
Please reserve a seat – email or phone 0113 236 1644

Sing-Along-Jungle Book (U)

Thursday 18 February, 1.30-3.30. (Free, donations welcome).
Forget the February rain, we’re curling up indoors with blankets and hot chocolate for a right good sing-along to the Jungle Book on our big cinema screen. With subtitles and large text song sheets so you can really sing along as these hip cats roam the jungle!
This screening is dementia friendly, and all ages are welcome – so bring the family!
Please reserve a seat – email or phone 0113 236 1644

Restaurant Night at Bramley Lawn

Saturday 21 February, from 6.00 (Pay what you decide on the night)
Oh what a night! It will be! Join us for a two-course feast, great company, shared tables and some special birthday fun. It’s a year since we started the themed restaurant nights, so we’re returning to our Italian roots to celebrate.
All ages welcome. Let us know if you’re bringing a baby so we can accommodate you.
Please book. Pay what you decide on the night. For more information Please reserve a seat – to book, or for more information, please email  or phone 0113 236 1644.

Volunteers needed for rewarding roles

Bramley Elderly Action is actively looking for volunteers for a variety of rewarding roles, all of which support older people in the local community to remain healthy, independent and involved.

BEA volunteers outing, 2015

We are seeking people for the following roles:

Group leaders

Group leaders work with members of a group to agree a programme, in some cases invite speakers or entertainers, set up whatever is needed and make sure everything runs smoothly. They need to be good organisers, friendly and very welcoming.

  • We are currently looking for a group leader for the Friendship group, which runs talks, activities and outings for anyone wanting friendship, who may be lonely and would like to meet people. It meets once a month, in the day time on a Wednesday. The leader would also need to spend some time on organising it between meetings.
  • We are likely to be looking for other group leaders in the near future. Please get in touch if you may be interested.


Facilitators help organise and run group sessions, ensuring that everyone in the group has the opportunity and encouragement to be involved in the session. It helps if you have some experience of working with groups.

We are currently looking for facilitators for:

  • Reminiscence group, which meets weekly on a Thursday evening, to help people remember the things and events that are important to them through speakers, memorabilia, discussions and outings. We are looking for a few volunteers to share this role. It may particularly suit people with an interest in local and social history.
  • Men’s group, which meets every other Friday morning. We needed to facilitate the sessions, help identify and provide for members’ interests and encourage the group to open up to new members.
  • Tea dance – facilitator for the Wednesday afternoon tea dance from early April, to organise dances and support and encourage members to get involved.

Group support – Bingo

 We are looking for someone to support the group leader, particularly in taking registers, collecting money and selling tickets. Bingo takes place every Thursday morning.


Volunteer drive our minibuses and play a crucial role in helping our members take part in activities.

We are currently seeking drivers:

  • for BEA, especially on Thursdays
  • for Bramley Lawn on a Saturday
  • for OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors, which supports older people in Headingley, Kirkstall and Hyde Park) for a Friday lunch club every two weeks. You need a full, clean driving licence take on this role.

Bus buddies

Bus buddies work with our volunteer drivers to help our members get on and off the minibus, and ensure that they have a safe, comfortable ride. We are currently looking for bus buddies during the week for both BEA and OWLS.

Kitchen helpers

We are currently seeking kitchen helpers to volunteer at Bramley Lawn during the day on Saturdays, and once a month for our vibrant Restaurant night, which includes waiting at tables.


We are seeking a volunteer to help with all sorts of administrative tasks at Bramley Lawn during the week

Dementia buddy

We are seeking a volunteer who would like to drive and offer one-to-one support (not personal care) for on Remember Thursdays, our weekly day at Bramley Lawn for people with dementia.

Please phone our volunteer co-ordinator Maureen on 0113 236 1644 if you would like to discuss any of the roles.

Bill’s on board – remember to tell your friends and family

Bramley Elderly Action is reaching new audiences with a prominent billboard in Armley. Have a look as you pass by…while keeping your eyes on the road, of course!

Thursdays billboard, Armley

The new billboard promotes Remember Thursdays, the weekly day of activities at Bramley Lawn, to help anyone in the community affected by dementia.

Opportunity for a visual artist at Bramley Lawn

Bramley Lawn (managed by Bramley Elderly Action) is inviting visual artists/illustrators, to get in touch about a paid opportunity.

We would like to create a reminiscence room that can be used as a quiet space. We are looking for a visual artist to lead a project to create wall murals or themed artwork on the walls of a small sunny room and a portion of the hallway at Bramley Lawn, based on reminiscences shared by older people in the area.

We’re looking for someone who loves listening and talking with people; and translating those conversations into a vibrant, friendly, innovative piece of work that brings pleasure and comfort to its intended audience by stimulating memories.

Artist Brief

Bramley Lawn is a social centre with activities geared towards people aged 60 and over. It is based in Bramley and managed by Bramley Elderly Action, a neighbourhood network scheme that supports people in Bramley, Stanningley and parts of Swinnow.

Bramley Lawn aims to be innovative and friendly. It will be starting a day each week of sessions and activities for people with dementia and carers from the end of March 2015. Our ambition is to host therapeutic activities for people with dementia, supporting them through their post-diagnosis year and during the illness. We also hope to support families and carers and to champion a better awareness of dementia in the wider community.

Reminiscence therapies have been shown to have a very positive impact on people with dementia. With this in mind, we would like to create a reminiscence room thatcan be used as a quiet space. We are looking for a visual artist to lead a project to create wall murals or themed artwork on the walls of a small sunny room & a portion of the hallway at Bramley Lawn, based on reminiscences shared by older people in the area. We are keen for older people to inform the artwork, and to be involved in painting it.

We are hosting a drop-in event at Bramley Lawn on Wednesday 25 February, 1pm-4pm for older people. During this, we would like older people to be able to contribute to the wall mural – ideally to help paint it with the artist. We can also provide acces for the artist to meet and chat with older people in advance of this session, through the weekly activities run by Bramley Elderly Action – such as craft club, tea dance, lunch-club, Men’s Day etc – in order to hear their ideas for the artwork in advance of making it.

The artwork produced should be designed with the needs of people with dementia in mind. We will support the artist in gathering advice on this.

Important issues for an artist to consider:

  • Bright colours needed for easy recognition and viewing.
  • Strong contrast – as above.
  • Well known references – to make the work relevant to more people
  • Influenced through reminiscence.
  • Friendly, simple, unthreatening.

The inclusive fee for this work is £700. We anticipate that this work will involve around 5 days, including at least 1 day visiting BEA and Bramley Lawn groups to hear their ideas and half a day to facilitate/direct painting at the Lucky Dip session. You must be able to attend and lead activities in the room during the Lucky Dip drop-in session 1-4pm on Wednesday 25 February. The work should be completed by 16 March, but we would like as much as possible of this project, including purchase of materials and consultation with older people, to take place by end of February 2015.

We have a materials budget of £180.00

We’re looking for someone who loves listening and talking with people; and translating those conversations into a vibrant, friendly, innovative piece of work that brings pleasure and comfort to its intended audience by stimulating memories.

We’re looking for someone who really enjoys working with older people and will be guided by them, who will thrive on establishing an accessible, friendly, participatory process as much as the quality of the end result.

To apply please send us:

  • No more than 5 examples or copies of your illustrative work as hard copies
  • Weblinks or pdfs
  • A current CV
  • A cover letter (no more than 2 pages) telling us why you are the right person to deliver this project. Please include some brief details about the process you would suggest, and any ideas* you have for the artwork. (*not essential at this point).
  • Details of a referee – a client or project partner you have worked with in the last 2 years. We will not contact this referee without consulting you.

Please email details to or send hard copy to Fran Graham, c/o Bramley Elderly Action, 230a Stanningley Road, Leeds, LS13 3BA.

The deadline is 9.30am Monday 9 February 2015.

We will not be conducting face to face interviews due to the short timescales of this project. We’ll be in touch with a shortlist to discuss their proposals further by phone and we will let everyone who sends a proposal to us, know the outcome. Selection will be based on your examples and your cover letter.

Thank you –  we’re look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions please contact Fran Graham, Bramley Lawn, 07815 790189 /

Film shows for people with memory problems

Bramley Elderly Action will be showing hosting interesting, fun afternoons for people with memory problems and their carers. Reminiscence film show

At each session there will be a film and an opportunity to share memories.

These reminiscence film shows will be at Nazarene Church Hall, Westover Road, Bramley, LS13 3PG, from 1.30-3.30 on the following dates:

  • Thursday 15th August
  • Thursday 19th September
  • Thursday 17th October
  • Thursday 21st November

Each session costs just £1.00 per person, plus 50p for refreshments.

Please contact BEA Activities Co-ordinator Maureen by email or by phone (0113 236 1644).