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Your Back Yards 2021 Wrap Up

Well, the end of 2021 is here and to say the very least… what a year it has been!  Our year certainly kickstarted with a bang on the 6th of January when Americans stormed the Capitol. Since then, we have spent our time; queuing hours for petrol, attending COVID-vaccination appointments (unless anti-vaxxers convinced us otherwise), and we made the most of staycations in the UK (even if we never went to Peppa Pig world)! Amongst all the Read more…

The Benefits of Getting Online

We think it’s about time we talk about the endless benefits of getting older adults online because our digital inclusion project has been running for almost three years! Getting older adults online is not an easy or quick task (to say the least!), but our efforts offering digital support over the phone, running fortnightly digital cafes, and loaning 4G enabled devices to older adults are progressive steps in the right direction. Let’s take a closer Read more…

Man up? Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month

Through the inspiration of ‘Movember’, The Mental Health Foundation started the ‘Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month’ campaign. Despite the importance of continuing global conversations about mental health all year around, November is the time of the year we pay particular attention to the mental health of those who identify as a man or male. One man dies every minute, every day, from suicide. As dedicated to supporting the feminist movement as I am, this movement Read more…

Get Online Week With Your Back Yard

‘Get Online Week’ is a digital inclusion campaign taking place from 18th – 24th October organised by Good Things Foundation. The UN reported almost half of the world’s global population is currently offline (UN, 2021). Imagining day-to-day life without any online access is quite hard to comprehend but being without internet access throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is even harder to imagine. In the UK almost 50% of over 75-year-olds coming out of lockdown did not Read more…

NEW PILATES ZOOM CLASS

You asked, we listened! Thanks to the amazing donations received from our Crowdfunder – We are excited to announce our new FREE and fun, online exercise class for older adults with Sarah Stonier Pilates To receive your link to the Pilates and other FREE exercise classes for older adults (Tai Chi, Yoga and Everyday strength) use this link: https://mailchi.mp/47e45c87ffea/getting-active-and-online

Bramley Walking Football Tournament Highlights

A great morning down at the Bramley Park Arena today as the Mae Care Walking Football Extra Timers from Moor Allerton brought down 3 very strong teams to play in the inaugral Bramley Arena walking football tournament. An early rain shower threatened to put a dampener on proceedings but then came the un-forecasted sun and a brilliant morning was had by all. Some fantastic goals, some superb goalkeeping, all 6 teams served up a veritable Read more…

A Virtual Hello!

Hello everyone, my name is Kyra (AKA the new Sydney), and I am super excited to introduce myself as a new member of the Your Back Yard team. I have just completed my second year of studies at the University of Leeds studying International Development. The usual reaction to my degree is ‘what on earth does that mean?’ So, in a nutshell without boring you too much! I explore global and local societal issues of Read more…