Summer Fete – Bramley Lawn-style

Bramley Lawn is throwing its doors open on Yorkshire Day, Saturday 1 August 2015.

Bramley Lawn Summer fete 2015 image

From 11am-5pm we’re throwing open the doors for We’re holding a Summer Fete, from 11.00-5.00  – a day for everyone and their dog. Literally!

Dog owners will not want to miss BEA’s infamous Dog Bingo at 1.00 and 3.00. Relax in the Bramley Lawn garden that Jayne and Mel have masterminded; check out Terry’s sweet peas, Simon’s quiz, Cat’s confections, John’s art exhibition, or ask a burning question at Connie & Margaret’s ‘Help Desk’ *.

Come and join in, come for a Yorkshire burger, bring your four legged friend for a chance to win chewable prizes, and meet some of the ace Bramley Lawners who are part of this big adventure.

Bramley Lawn opened in September 2014, since when we’ve been busy developing various exciting new groups and community features, including:

and more…..

We’d love to see you at Bramley Lawn. Please share this if you can – in person, by email, twitter or Facebook.

Disclaimer: *We advise you to think very carefully before putting help desk advice into action. Especially if it involves heavy machinery. 🙂

See you soon!

Bramley Lawn is managed by Bramley Elderly Action

Can you help us grow and thrive?

Could you use your skills and experience to help our charity grow and thrive?

Bramley Elderly Action is looking for new volunteer Board members to support our work, creating opportunities and empowering people aged 60+ in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley.Memebers of the BEA Board, April 2014

Our hope is to bring in new skills and people with a passion for tackling social isolation amongst older people.

We would particularly like to hear from anyone with superb experience in Finance, HR, marketing and law, and who knows and is committed to the area, to support the charity to further our aims and values, and our ambitions for the future.

Please get in touch with Lee Ingham (see below) to arrange a chat.

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Want to get out more?…and help others get out too?

Do you have a bit of spare time? Would you like to make a real difference for older people in your community?

Bramley Elderly Action is currently looking for new volunteer escorts to help our members get out and about to lunch clubs, activities and trips.Volunteer as an escort

Volunteer escorts play a crucial role. As an escort you would help our members get on and off the minibus, assist the driver with wheelchair users and collect the fares. As an escort on half day and full day trips you would act as a companion to support members to get the most out of the trip, and you may support a wheelchair user.

As a BEA volunteer you will know that you are making an important contribution to the community as a whole, and to improving the lives of individual older people. You will have the opportunity to take part in some activities yourself, go on trips and get a free lunch if you are an escort to a lunch club.

You will probably also make new friends!

We are generally looking for a minimum commitment of 1-2 hours a week. At the moment we especially need escorts for Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. However, do please get in touch if you may want to help on an occasional basis.

If you would like to talk about being a volunteer escort, please speak to Rebecca or Maureen on Phone 0013 236 1644 for a chat. You may be able to come along and see for yourself what it involves, before making a commitment.

BEA is also looking for volunteer drivers. Please get in touch if you may be interested.

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.

Bramley elders celebrate being 21…again!

Bramley Elderly Action has celebrated its 21st birthday party at a sparkling event at the Bramley Villagers community club.

The evening was full of great and poignant memories for so many of BEA’s 1,100 members. Some of them were involved from the very beginning, when a group of local people set up the organisation, initially from St Peter’s Church.

BEA honoured their contribution with a special Long Service award presented toHelenAward more than 21 people who have been volunteers for 15 years or more. Their contribution alone adds up to more than 300 years of volunteering!

Long-serving BEA volunteer and former Chair, Joan Lockett said:

‘Who’d have known all those years ago that we’d still be going today! It’s marvellous to think of the difference that BEA has made to people’s lives.’

BEA General Manager Lee Ingham said:

‘We now know that social isolation can have as negative an impact on people’s health as things like smoking! I’m proud of the contribution that BEA has made for so long to helping older people stay healthy, fit and independent for as long as possible.’

BEA members and guests celebrated with food and a singalong led by the brilliant
Meanwood Ukelele Club, including this rendition of You are my sunshine

You are my sunshine (YouTube) The birthday event was so popular that BEA had to run it twice – one in the afternoon and one in the evening, in order to accommodate everyone who wanted to come!

Stuart Quin, Chair of BEA said:

‘The turnout today is a testament to the fantastic work of BEA staff and volunteers, not just now but over the last 21 years, and to Leeds City Council forServingTea having the foresight to support us and the other Neighbourhood Network Schemes in Leeds.’

Bramley Elderly Action is an independent charity which provides opportunities and support for older people, aged 60 and over, in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley. The organisation has 1,100 members and 150 volunteers, ranging in age from 18-98!

BEA also manages Bramley Lawn – a community social centre on Stanningley Road, with activities for people aged 60 or over and the social enterprise UpBEAt, which runs Bramley Community Shop where people can go for affordable goods and information on personal finances and other important issues.

BEA is organising a sponsored walk across the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on 26th September 2015 in order to raise funds towards the next 20 years. If you are interested in this event please contact BEA on 0113 2361644 or email

A day at the cricket?

Members of Bramley Elderly Action and Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS) are being offered the opportunity to come to Headingley cricket ground to watch the current county champions defend their title.

We have been talking with Yorkshire cricket’s community arm, The Yorkshire Cricket View From the press boxFoundation, about local older people coming to cricket matches to enjoy the play and meet new friends with a shared interest.

Yorkshire Cricket are offering a number of free tickets on certain match days in the 2015 season. These will be available to interested members of BEA, OWLS and our sister organisations, STEP, OPAL and HOPS.

The initial dates are:

  • Monday 27th April –  Yorkshire v Warwickshire (day 2)
  • Tuesday 28th April – Yorkshire v Warwickshire (day 3)
  •  Monday 11th May – Yorkshire v Hampshire (day 2)
  • Tuesday 12th May – Yorkshire v Hampshire (day 3)
  • Monday 8th June – Yorkshire v Middlesex (day 2)
  • Tuesday 9th June – Yorkshire v Middlesex (day 3)

On each day Yorkshire Cricket will provide free tea and coffee in Stumps Restaurant and a ticket to watch the match.  There will also be an opportunity to speak with members of staff, players and former players about the team, stadium and Yorkshire Cricket in general.Visiitng the Yorkshire Cricket Museum You will also be able to visit the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Museum, which is open on match days. People will meet for tea and coffee at about 10.00. You will then be able to stay at the cricket for as long as you like.

BEA are also discussing with Yorkshire Cricket the offer of coffee mornings and lunch clubs  in Stumps Restaurant in the Yorkshire Cricket Centre on non match days.  Tours of the stadium and talks can also be arranged.  These sessions could be run throughout the year.

We are very keen to hear what members would like to get from this exciting new partnership.

Please phone the BEA office on 0113 236 1644 if you are interested in going to watch cricket on one of the above dates.

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 /

Free debt and money advice at Bramley Community Shop

Bramley Elderly Action’s new information point hosts its first outside organisations this week. The free, confidential service, based at the new Bramley Community Shop at Bramley Centre, will start with two organisations which offer vital help and support in planning and managing your money.

Money Buddies will start at the Community Shop from 12.30 on Wednesday 29th October.

Money Buddies are volunteer money friends who will work with you to help you save money. They can help you maximise your income, negotiate with people you owe money to, develop budgets and financial statements, help you switch utility suppliers and apply for grants. They will be available at the shop every Wednesday from 12.30-4.00.

Bramley Credit Union opens for business at the shop at 9.30 on Thursday 30th October. It will then run a full service for customers at the Community Shop from 9.30-12.30 every Tuesday and Thursday.

BEA staff will also be at the shop to offer general information and advice from 10.00-12.00 every Monday morning. We will have a range of leaflets and can use a confidential space to talk. Please drop in for a chat.

You don’t need an appointment to use any of these information and support services.

Please contact Lee Ingham at Bramley Elderly Action (0113 236 1644) if you are involved in an organisation which would like to have a slot at the information point in the Community Shop.

BEA and Barca-Leeds: celebrating 20 years working in the community

Please join us in a service to celebrate 20 years of Bramley Elderly Action and Barca-Leeds working in the local community.Barca-Leeds logo

The service will be at St Peter’s Church (Hough Lane, Bramley, LS13 3JF), from 2.00-3.30 Wednesday 29th October.

It’s an opportunity to come together to celebrate our shared strong community and good neighbourliness. There will be singing, speakers and refreshments. Transport will be available for BEA members.

Barca-Leeds is an independent charity based in Bramley. It provides specialist services to children, young people, and adults in our community. They support people to overcome a broad range of health social issues, many of which stem from social deprivation.

For more information call BEA on 0113 236 1644, or drop into the BEA office, or phone Barca-Leeds on 0113 255 9582.







Try out new activities at Bramley Lawn

Bramley Lawn, the newly opened social centre managed by Bramley Elderly Action, is launching an exciting programme of Lucky Dip Sessions for anyone aged 60 or over to have a go at.

On Wednesday 22 October (from 2.00-3.30) the programme begins with ‘SNAP – digital photography’. The session, led by Lizzie Coombes, will make digital photography easy, including advice on how to print out your photos, or share them online. Cameras will be provided.

Wednesday 5 November will bring a fun and unorthodox exercise class – plate spinning – to Bramley Lawn. Learn to spin plates or try some chair-based or stand-up hula-hooping. Circus teacher Pete White will modify the class to suit you. This session runs from 2.00-4.00.

Finally, on Wednesday 19 November (2.30-4.30), there will be an embroidery workshop -‘Sew what?’ – with thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles, using regular and conductive electrical thread. Bring an old handkerchief or pair of socks to embroider if you can, but materials will be provided.

All the Lucky Dip sessions cost just £1.00 – no booking required. Bramley Lawn is at Rossefield Lawn, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3RU.

For more information please phone Bramley Elderly Action on 0113 236 1644.