I’m Lydia and I’m the Connections Support Worker at Carers Leeds. The Carers Connections project supports carers over 50 to feel more connected as we navigate this new way of life.

I can help you join groups, find a new hobby and meet other people with similar experiences. I have a background in theatre, writing, and English Literature and enjoy thinking of creative ways to come together. I’m always interested to hear the hobbies and interests you would like to try so please get in touch.

Normally, I would encourage people to physically go to new classes or courses. As most things have moved either to telephone or video, Connections has too. I can provide one-to-one telephone or video support. We can work together to think of ways to keep busy; from finding a new virtual coffee morning in your neighbourhood to having practice Zoom tutorials.

We have started Connections Zoom groups and events within Carers Leeds, open to all carers over 50.

Connections February Events: 

Dance on
Tuesdays 1.30-2.30pm:
Twinkle toes or two left feet? Whatever your ability, everyone is welcome!
Kick start 2021 by joining our regular Dance On Zoom sessions led by professional dance artist Rachel Clarke and coordinated by Yorkshire Dance.

Connections catch ups
Wednesdays at 2pm:
Join us to check in, have a natter and try something new. A relaxed group that encourages everyone to do something together. We have made scrapbooks, listened to radio dramas and talked the day away. Tell us what you would like to try!

Only connections games evenings
Last Friday of each month (26 February):
Join us for a host of old favourites and try some new games too. Have a go at Countdown, Name That Tune and more! Points make prizes but they also make smiles, laughter and an evening of fun.

Outside of the Zoom groups I can help you get familiar with FaceTime, podcasts, YouTube, WhatsApp and more! Let us know how I can support your interests.

We can start new things at Carers Leeds too. It could be…a TV fan club, letter writing, we’re open to all sorts of new ideas!

Part of my role is thinking of ways we can all keep motivated. This can be attending groups alongside you or offering ideas for things to do at home. Here are some ways I have kept myself busy in lockdown, they might be useful for you too:





Guided meditations on Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/


I really look forward to meeting new faces and trying different activities in the year to come.

Get in touch: lydia.crosland@carersleeds.org.uk / 07432 023 823

Follow us on Twitter:@CarersleedsC

Join our FB group for the latest activities in Leeds: www.facebook.com/groups/252967699526401 (Others in the group will see your public profile)