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About LOPF
LOPF_Small_Web4The Leeds Older People’s Forum was established in March 1994 and has grown to a citywide membership of over 100 voluntary sector organisations working with older people across Leeds, including the Neighbourhood Network Schemes.All member organisations provide services dedicated to older people though they are not necessarily an older people’s organisation.

Third Sector Representative on the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board

Health & Wellbeing LogoA new third sector representative is being sought to sit on the Health and Wellbeing Board.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is the strategic health and social care board in Leeds, which brings together leaders and influencers to provide strategic direction to health and care in Leeds.

An important role of Forum Central is to support the third sector representative on the Health and Wellbeing Board. Heather O’Donnell from Age UK Leeds has been fulfilling this role for the past 9 months but this was a temporary arrangement and we are now recruiting for a new person to take up this important position.

The role is open to Chief Executives, trustees or people in a senior management position within any third sector organisation that is a member of Forum Central, (Tenfold, Leeds Older People’s Forum, Volition and the PSI Network), and Young Lives Leeds.

Full details of the role and skills required are attached, along with a timeline and process for applying and the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The deadline for applications is 4pm on 4th May and these should be returned to info@volition.org.uk

If you would like more information about this important role, please contact Forum Central on 0113 242 1321 or come along to an informal open event in our office space, Suite C24, Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk , LS3 1AB between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday 28th April.


Time to Shine Supporting Wellbeing Fund

The Supporting Wellbeing fund is a new funding stream within Time to Shine, with a specific focus around the needs of frail Older People and those restricted to their own homes.

As with all of the Time to Shine funding the overall aim is to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

Match funding from the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leeds has enabled us to develop a service model whereby local projects would work together with wider provision. Further information on the service model is attached.

Time to Shine seek to fund 3 to 4 local projects with a contract value of £30,000 each per year.  Local work would be complimented by flexible wider provision with a budget of between £90,000 and £120,000. A minimum of one local project will be funded in each of the CCG wedges. Information on CCG boundaries is attached.

The delivery of each project will be entirely left to the various successful organisations, with possible direction from us to ensure that its overall aim is met. As with all projects of this nature, there may be possible TUPE considerations for the organisation/s awarded the project/s. As such, we recommend considerations of this nature are undertaken as part of your due diligence checks. Further discussion will be held during the tender process. It is not possible to fully determine whether TUPE is likely to apply at this stage, as it is not clear whether any work proposed to be undertaken on the Supporting Well-Being project will encompass any work currently being provided by other organisations.

You can download the service specification and application form for both element of the Supporting Wellbeing service below.

Supporting Wellbeing Application form

Supporting Wellbeing Service specification Local Projects

Supporting Wellbeing Service specification Wider Service

Supporting Wellbeing Model

CCG Boundaries Map

Closing dates for both funds is Friday 20th May


Time to Shine celebrates

Time to Shine celebrates the charity’s first year of partner projects that tackle loneliness among older people in Leeds

 Market Stall Event – Friday 6 May 11am-1pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Flyer ImageTime to Shine is holding a year-one event to celebrate and showcase the work of its delivery partners to address loneliness and social isolation across Leeds.

The market-stall event on Friday 6 May 11am-1pm at West Yorkshire Playhouse will give each delivery partner a place where they can promote their achievements in the first year of the project.

There will be food, activities and entertainment – such as music, dance and poetry – to highlight the fun elements of Time to Shine and that it’s never too late to try something new.

The free event is open to the public and of particular interest to older people in Leeds or professionals who could refer into the projects.

Hillary Wadsworth, Time to Shine Programme Manager, said:

“Our hope is the event will get people talking about the needs of socially isolated people and what the Time to Shine programme is doing to help.”

Time to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50.

Their delivery partners include Rural Action Yorkshire, Yorkshire MESMAC, Age UK Leeds, Feel Good Factor, Touchstone, Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme, Leeds Community Foundation, Health for All, Leeds Irish Health and Homes, Yorkshire Dance, Richmond Hill Elderly Action (RHEA), Action for Gipton Elderly (AGE), and CIRCLE.

For more information contact Time to Shine at timetoshine@opforum.org.uk or (0113) 244 1697

Time to Shine Website


New Contract, New Name, New Service

We have some exciting news: the new single health and social care contract began on 1 April  and we are pleased to let you know this will be delivered using our new collective name: Forum Central.

Four Forums Large

The new name will brand the work Leeds Older People’s Forum, PSI Network, Tenfold and Volition deliver under the new contract.

The vision of Forum Central is: a better quality of life for people in Leeds and our mission is: to be a collective voice for the health and social care third sector.

We are all based under one roof at Joseph’s Well. To get in touch with Forums Central by phone you can use this number: (0113) 242 1321 and we are working towards other shared communications and marketing output.

You can continue to contact Leeds Older People’s Forum directly on (0113) 244 1697 and by email at info@opforum.org.uk 


Older LGBT*Q People

Get involved in this new project to tackle the social isolation faced by older LGBT*Q people.

This is a partnership project between Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds. It is part of the Time to Shine programme to address the social isolation faced by older people and is led by Leeds Older Peoples Forum.

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