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Let's make Wetherby a Toilet Twinned Town!
It is a shocking and sobering fact that two billion people in some of the poorest countries of the world do not have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. As a result, people become sick through sanitation-related diseases which means they cannot work or farm their land. Moreover, according to the UN, almost 1000 children die every day from preventable diseases linked to dirty water and poor sanitation. This is an appalling and totally unacceptable situation.
But you can do something about it...
For just £60 you can twin your loo with one is a poorer country—and even get a stylish certificate to put up in the smallest room. More details are given in this sheet or you can visit the Toilet Twinning website; (Toilet Twinning is part of Tearfund). Do please consider doing this if you haven't already twinned your porcelain.
As well as individual private toilets, we'd also really like to make Wetherby a Toilet Twinned Town, by twinning loos in places like schools, churches, pubs and restaurants.
Could you help? Just encourage the managers or owners of your favourite places to twin their facilities, and then let us know. Full details are on the sheet.
4:00—6pm, Saturday July 9 at Wetherby Methodist Church
Everyone is welcome at this family event, which promises African food, fun, games, dance and music from Chechelele and others. It is being held in aid of community libraries in Kenya.
To obtain tickets, (£10 per person, under 12s free) please phone 07928 727452 or 07828 100573.
Mini Praise for younger children
3:00pm Saturday, July 19 at Wetherby Methodist Church
If you've got children aged 0-7 years (up to Year 2), why not come along to Wetherby Methodist Church and join in with Mini Praise?
Each session will include singing, musical instruments, stories, prayer and craft activities, and finishing up with a picnic tea.
The sessions will take place every couple of months; (the dates are shown on the poster - just click on the image to view or download it). For more details, please email Helen Crowther.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Better Wetherby May Newsletter
There's plenty to read about in this month's newsletter, including an up to date report on the revised and improved scheme for Taylor Wimpey's Swinnow Park development (also know as Rececourse Approach). There's also an update on the noise and air pollution fears surrounding the development, and Yorkshire Water's response to concerns about sewage treatment.
You can also read a little of the fascinating history of Swinnow Hall and its erstwhile neighbour Ingmanthorpe Hall, which encompasses the Romans, the Knights Templar, and one Andrew Montagu.
And if you are good with figures, Better Wetherby are still looking for a Treasurer...
Click on the image on the right to read or download the newsletter.
How YOU can help Ukrainian Refugees
All of us have been moved by the plight of the people of Ukraine, and want to do something to help.
One way to do this is to welcome Ukrainian family or individual into your home (see below).
However, If you cannot house a refugee, you may like to volunteer as part of a welcoming team to provide practical help and emotional support for those fleeing the horrors of war. Offering practical help to settle families will not only benefit those in desperate need but will also strengthen our community by creating new bonds and shared experiences.
If you can help with befriending and everyday activities like filling forms, shopping and banking, help speaking English, inviting for a walk, coffee or meal, or using the bus, we would love to hear from you. Younger people are particularly welcome.
Want to know more? The St Vincent de Paul Society are coordinating local arrangements. For further information or offers of help, please contact Don Grey on 07759 044263 or Ana Hodkinson on 07964 185050.
If you would like to welcome a family or individual into your home, you need to apply via the official Government scheme: Homes for Ukraine Local Sponsorship scheme at homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/. Advice when making an application is available locally, including help to identify suitable refugees. Help is also available to settle and support people when they arrive.
West Yorkshire Churches Together
The latest edition (Advent 2021) of the West Yorkshire Churches Together Newsletter, which has news of the new Ecumenical Officer for the Leeds Diocese and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022, is available for you to read/download.
Simply click on the image on the right.
Wharfedale House needs you
Wharfedale House is a Leonard Cheshire Residential Home in Wetherby and is seeking volunteers to provide activities for its residents, who all have physical disabilities.
They are looking for people who are friendly, have good communication skills, and are reliable, organised and enthusiastic. Volunteers would normally be able to give a few hours each week.
For more information, click on the image on the right, or contact email@example.com, or call her on 07562 157889.
Wednesday mornings, 9:30—11:00am in St James' Church Centre
The group, which is jointly run by St James Church and Wetherby Baptist, is up and running for the summer term. If you've got toddlers to look after, why not come along and try it?
For more information, see the Wednesday Toddlers webpage.
Prayer for the Nation
6:00pm Monday to Friday evenings via Zoom
Following on from the Archbishops' Call to Prayer in November, Revd Janet Cox is hosting 10 minute prayer time on Zoom. every weekday evening at 6:00pm. Anyone who would like to join in is warmly welcome.
Please join the Meeting via this link just before 6:00pm.
Community Care Volunteers
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response in the Wetherby Ward
One of the encouraging things about the current Covid-19 pandemic is that many people are volunteering their services to help those who are in need.
It is important that this co-ordinated wisely, both to protect those in need and those that volunteer. Our three ward councillors (Cllrs. Alan Lamb, Norma Harrington and Linda Richards) have drawn attention to the dedicated volunteer network that has been established by Leeds City Council.
Please note that volunteers should be healthy and low risk.
There are two tiers of volunteers:
Volunteers who have a current DBS and would be willing to volunteer to carry out non-personal care tasks to assist people with care and support needs. Such tasks might include: shopping, collecting prescriptions, preparing a meal, assistance with laundry, just checking/reassurance by visit or phone call, sitting with someone for a while. This list is not exhaustive. We would support volunteers with training where appropriate and they would be issued with an identification badge.
People looking out for their neighbours who may be in some way or another vulnerable but not in receipt of formal care whether self-funded or state supported. This might be about supporting people who choose to self-isolate. It will also include the deployment of volunteer community leaders to support community cohesion related activities.
If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk.