Dementia Awareness Workshops for Carers (series of 4 sessions)

Are you caring for a family member or friend with dementia?

Carers Leeds regularly run workshops for carers to help them understand dementia, cope with the unusual behaviours, and find the services they need. It is best to attend all 4 sessions to get the most benefit.

The next series of 4 workshops will take place at the Carers Leeds offices on the Headrow, but other series’ of workshops will also be organised in Garforth, Yeadon, Horsforth and Morley.

For more information or to book a place please contact:

Lisa McAven – Dementia Carer Support Manager

Tel: 0113 3804307


A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death – Can we talk about death and dying?

An event to encourage and equip us as we journey with others at the end of their life.

  • Keynote speaker Dr Lynn Bassett
  • Discussion groups
  • Useful workshops
  • Marketplace with stalls
  • Free Lunch

Tea with Wendy

photo of wendy mitchellTalk by WENDY MITCHELL, author of best selling book “Somebody I Used to Know“, who is living with Young Onset Dementia. Free Entry. Tea and cakes for sale and Raffle. Information display.

This is how Wendy puts it:

I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia on 31st July 2014 at the age of 58 years young.

Post diagnosis, I was so shocked by the lack of awareness, both in the community and the clinical world, that I now spend all my time travelling around the country raising awareness and encouraging others to speak out in order to reduce the stigma associated with dementia.

I am now proud to be the author of the Sunday Times best seller, “Somebody I Used to Know”. Who would have thought this was possible 5 years ago when I was diagnosed?

This event has been organised by dementia-Frioendly Horsforth and they comment It is a free event, but we would like people to book on Eventbrite for ease of monitoring numbers.  Click this link to be taken to the Eventbrite booking page.


Dementia friendly performance: La bohème

poster for performanceOpera North will welcome those living with dementia and their families, friends and carers for a relaxed performance of Puccini’s La bohème on Thursday 24 October at 2.30pm at Leeds Grand Theatre. This popular tale of tragic romance is underpinned by Puccini’s beautiful music, here performed by an international cast of singers and full symphony orchestra.

During the production, bright lighting and loud noises will be reduced. Quiet spaces outside the auditorium will be available and there will be a relaxed attitude to people leaving and returning if people need a break.
Opera North is thrilled that its first ever dementia friendly performance compliments ‘Music for Dementia 2020’, a national campaign that highlights the positive social impact music has on those living with dementia.
Find out more about Opera North’s dementia friendly performance, along with tailored adaptations the Company will make for this performance online or by emailing

Price: £15 per person. Group bookings welcome with a free ticket for bookings of ten of more.

Mass with people living with disabilities, their carers, families and friends

“Differences are a richness. Because I have something and you have something else, and by putting the two together, we have something more suitable”
Pope Francis

To celebrate Disabilities Week, Caritas Leeds are holding a Mass with people living with disabilities, their carers, families and friends

on Sunday June 16th 2019, 3pm for 3:30pm

at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE

Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the parish hall. You can bring food to share!

For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Joseph D Cortis (Coordinator for Caritas Leeds) on

SAVE THE DATE: Nurturing Catholic Residential Care for Older People

Caritas Leeds members are invited to a Caritas Learning Day on 11 July 2019 in Birmingham, to include:

– New theological reflection on care in an ageing society

– Improving the financial sustainability of provision

– Examples of spiritual care

– Opportunity to discuss how the regulatory landscape should be improved, to inform national advocacy

More information will be circulated soon. Please send indications of interest in attending to Lucy Jordan

Dementia Action Week 2019

Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.  

Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia. But too many people living with dementia report feeling cut off from their community, losing their friendships and facing dementia alone. Having dementia shouldn’t mean an isolated life. And it doesn’t have to. Simple actions from us all can create supportive communities – where people living with the condition can continue to socialise with others, hop on the bus, go to their favourite shops or take part in local activities for as long as possible.

We have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.

Leeds Diocese is officially Dementia Friendly, as a member of the Dementia Action Alliance (Yorkshire & Humberside) and the Diocesan Action Plan is on their website here . Part of the Action Plan is to develop spiritual resources for parishes and individuals to use, which will be available online.  Deacon Joe Cortis, Co-ordinator for Caritas Leeds, has led the development of short guidelines for priests, ministers and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist for offering communion to a person with dementia which are available here.

Dying Matters Week 2019

Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.  For the last couple of years, Dying Matters Awareness Week has challenged us all to answer a question: What Can You Do? How can we help ourselves, or families and our communities face up to death and bereavement?
For 2019, they will ask another question: Are We Ready? It’s a question that challenges each of us on several levels. Are We Ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us.  For many of us, the answer will not be ‘yes’. We know from the research we’ve done that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include deciding on organ donation, and planning our future care. And even for those that have, the emotional aspect of being ready for death is challenging. Who is ever really ready to die?
Such questions are best faced with the help of others, which is why we’re asking ‘Are We Ready?’ To face death and dying is a challenge greater than any one of us can face alone, and it is all of our responsibility. We’re in this life together, so our question is asking much more of us than you might think.
  • Are We Ready to help others get their affairs in order?
  • Are We Ready to help people we know who are caring for someone who is dying?
  • Are We Ready to support someone who is grieving?
  • Or even something as simple as “Are We Ready to talk about it?”
We can only know the answer if we start to have the conversation, and as we’ve said before, talking about it won’t make it happen. And those conversations don’t stop in our private lives – they have to form a part of the public debate as well. Are We Ready to volunteer at a local hospice? Are We Ready to support a bereavement charity? Are We Ready to do what we can in our communities to help people be ready?
After centuries of ministering to the dying, the Catholic Church has a fund of experience to share in what was traditionally called the art of dying well, or in Latin, Ars Moriendi .

Leeds – Planning Information Session for people who are Ageing Without Children

‘Who will help me when I’m no longer able to help myself?” is one of the key questions that worries people ageing without children.

One in five people over 50 in the UK don’t have any children and by 2030 there will be 2 million people over 65 without children. In Leeds there are 232,120 people over 50 which means there are likely to be approximately 46,000 people without children.

People may have questions about how to plan properly for their future, including arranging a Power of Attorney and thinking about Advanced Directives.

The Leeds Ageing Well Without Children group is hosting an information session about what happens when people need that kind of support but don’t have it easily available.

The session will include a presentation from Emsleys Solicitors and discussion about death doulas (what they are and how they can help).

Emily Axel, a volunteer with the Leeds AWWOC group said:

“We’re a small group but are keen to provide information and support to local people who are getting older and don’t have family to support them. We want to have a conversation about what people would find most helpful so that we can try to provide it.”