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

Strong local support for BEA to manage Bramley Community Centre

Bramley Elderly Action held a successful open house day at Bramley Community Centre, on Thursday 13 October.

We invited people to ‘Community at the centre’ to give us their views about ourWall of questions and comments interest in taking on the management of the centre from Leeds City Council. The day was well attended by local residents of all ages.

After going on a tour of the building, visitors were able to give their views in a number of ways, including at a series of informal question and answer sessions, and slips on which to vote ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘unsure’. There was overwhelming support for BEA taking on the management of the centre.

Comments included:

‘They would be great custodians of the building and ensure it supports and is a resource for the whole community’

‘…it would reinvigorate the community centre’

‘Great central position. A good size for a variety of events.’

BEA Manager Lee Ingham facilitates the afternoon q and a sessionSeveral visitors had good memories of using the building many years ago, either as children or in later life. Many of them, though familiar with the centre, were surprised by how big it was and welcomed the chance to go on a tour.

We received many useful questions and comments, ranging from important practical issues such as parking, to ideas of how the centre could be used. We will take all of these into account.

Bramley and Stanningley Councillors Caroline Gruen, Julie Heselwood and Kevin Ritchie, all took part in the day and all support BEA’s proposal.

Neil Charlesworth (Principal Asset Management Officer, Leeds City Council), who took part in the evening question and answer session, confirmed that Bramley Elderly Action’s proposal to take on the management of Bramley Community Centre will go to Leeds City Council’s Executive Board meeting on December 16th.

The day has reinforced for BEA our interest in managing the centre for the benefit of the whole community. We hope to hear positive news in December. We will keep our members and the wider community informed about progress.

We’re recruiting: could you be our new Community Social Worker?

Bramley Elderly Action has secured two year funding from Leeds Time to Shine project to run a pilot project to reduce social isolation and loneliness for local olderTime To Shine Logo people. BEA is looking to recruit a Community Social Worker to deliver / monitor / evaluate / develop the project.

The post is for 22 hours per week. You can download a job description, application form and all other key information.The closing date for applications is Monday 31 October.

Time to Shine is funded by The Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Project. Ageing Better aims to discover the most effective way to fight social isolation, so to inform future policymaking and funding initiatives


Follow the trail..find the scarecrows

The scarecrows are gathering and will be available for visiting from Monday 26Bramley scarecrow trail front cover September.

To help you find them you can download the Bramley Scarecrow Trail, which shows where all the scarecrows have agreed to stay until Bramley scarecrow trail mapthey leave the area on Sunday 9 October.

They will be very happy for you to take selfies with them and share your photos on Twitter (@bramleyelderly #bramleyscarecrows ) and other social media.

The scarecrows, which have been brought to life by local individuals, families and organisations, are staying all over Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.

A panel of local judges will reveal the winning scarecrow at Bramley Challenge on Saturday 1 October (12.00-4.00 at Bramley Lawn). Come along and see if your favourite is a winner.

The Bramley Scarecrow Trail has been developed in partnership with Bramley Grows (a group of residents interested in making Bramley more edible and more fun), and supported by International Day of Older Persons.

 

The scarecrows are coming!

Scarecrows are coming to Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.

The scarecrow trail will be in place from Monday September 26 to FridayScarecrows September 30.

The theme for the scarecrows is  ‘arts and culture’, so they are likely to be writers, artists, musicians, performers, sportspeople or fictional characters.

To take part in this free event you can make a scarecrow, host one, sponsor one or donate one.

Scarecrow iconJoin us for Scarecrow-making at Bramley Lawn during the Fun Day & Scooter Rally on Saturday 17 September, 11.00-5.00. Or ask at  Bramley Community Shop for rags to use to stuff your scarecrow, and see what clothes and other decorations they have in the Scarecrow dressing-up box.

If you’re not up for designing you can visit the scarecrows on the trail and choose your favourite. The scarecrows will be judged by visitors to the trail, with winners being announced at Bramley Challenge  (Bramley Lawn, 12.00-4.00 Saturday 1 October).

Call us on 0113 2361644 or email us and let us know if you are making a scarecrow.

The Scarecrow Trail is in partnership with Bramley Grows and is supported by IDOP 2016 (International Day of Older Persons).

Scoot along to a fun day in Bramley!

Bramley Lawn is inviting you to take part in a community fun day and scooter rally on Saturday 17 September (11.00-4.00).

Scooters outside Bramley Lawn

Expect a scooter obstacle course that you can attempt with a kids, scooter or mobility scooter, nerf olympics, crazy golf, mod crafts, pimp-your-scooter decorating, vintage scooter display, a pop-up café by Food Cycle, scarecrow-making, community stalls and games.

There is plenty for pedestrians or scooter fans – whether they’re original mods, mobility scooter drivers, or the younger generation on their eco-friendly foot-powered vehicles!

Fran Graham, Manager of Bramley Lawn said:

“We want to bring all generations together for a fun day inspired by the 60’s mods and all who love to scoot!”

Bring your vehicle or come on foot. Bring friendly dogs. Bring everyone. We’d love to see you. Entry £1.00.

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.

West Leeds Stroke Club launches new programme

Bramley Elderly Action has published a brand new programme of activities for the West Leeds Stroke Club for August to December 2016.

The Stroke Club is a friendly fortnightly get-together for anyone in West Leeds who is recovering from a stroke. As well as taking part in a range of fun and therapeutic activities you can get 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 alternate Wednesdays (from August 24th) and cost just £2.00 per session.

The new programme includes gardening, music, visits to a tea room and a museum, exercise, a Christmas meal 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.

Moving ceremonies mark Somme centenary

Two moving ceremonies at Bramley War Memorial brought the local community together, to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, on Friday 1st July.

The day began with an Act of Remembrance at 7.30am, the exact time the battle began 100 years ago. The Reveille was sounded by bugler Sally Clark, who also ended proceedings poignantly with the Last Post.

Somme Remembrance - BEA YouTube

A longer Service of Remembrance took place from 10.45am, again with a bugle sounding.

Readings remembering the suffering and those who died form the local communityNorah Gibson doing the reading included those from Cllr Caroline Gruen, Norah Gibson and the Reverend Paul Crabb.

Both sessions were extremely well attended. The audience included war veterans and families, of all generations, of those who died. Many Bramley Elderly Action members were present.

A total of 77 people from Bramley, Stanningley and Rodley died at the Somme. The battle lasted until November 2016.

Somme Memorial Crosses

People with family members who died at the Somme were invited to lay individual crosses at the memorial.

Several shops in the parade opposite the memorial had window displays about the occasion.

The event was organised by the Friends of a War Memorial for Bramley.

Bramley War Memorial Logo

 

 

Woman of Steel!

Bramley Elderly Action member, Betty Cole, has been officially recognised as aBetty Cole with medal
Woman of Steel!

Betty, now 93, was one of thousands of women who worked in Sheffield munitions factories during the Second World War, in what had been considered ‘men’s work’.

All the surviving ‘Women of Steel’ have been honoured with a special medal. Betty was among about 100 survivors who took part, with approximately 2,000 family, friends and public, in a ceremony to unveil a statue to the women in Sheffield city centre.

WomenOfSteelMedalBetty worked on a lathe in the small factory for three years from the age of 19. She has very good memories of her time there: “We all got on very well, and had some good times…with no men around!”

Betty was very happy about the statue, saying that what the women are wearing was exactly right.