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.

Great new jobs at Bramley Elderly Action and OWLS

BEA is now advertising three great new jobs.

These come as a result of an organisational restructure, which we have carried out in order to increase the effectiveness of our service and support for older people. This is a great opportunity to sue your skills to make a difference for older people in the local community.

The new jobs are:

The closing date for each of the jobs is Monday 26 October 2015. Please see full details, including job descriptions and application forms, if you are interested in applying.

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.

Inspirational Les D’Arcy dies at 91

Staff at Bramley Elderly Action and Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS) are very sad to hear of the death last week of Les D’Arcy, aged 91. Les D'Arcy

Les D’Arcy was a veteran table tennis player, who was featured in the film Ping Pong. He happily agreed to appear and speak at an OWLs showing of the film, at the Hyde Park Picture House, in October 2012. He spoke about his experience, recited poems and coached people in their table tennis skills. He was inspirational to older people, and to everyone who was lucky enough to be there to meet him.

Ping Pong followed eight people from across the globe as they competed in the over 80s category of the World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Les also took up athletics, at the age of 84, and went on to compete at world level. He also competed in triathlons and weight lifting, and was an Olympic torch bearer.

He firmly believed that people could do whatever they wanted if they put their mind to it, and should not be limited by age.

See Les D’Arcy speaking at the Hyde Park Picture House.