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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.

New Year; new look to Health & Social Care Forums

LOPF, Volition, Tenfold and the PSI Network  are pleased to announce that we have successfully bid to deliver the single health & social care in Leeds for the next three years starting from 1st April 2016.

All four organisations are now based together at Suite C24 in Joseph’s Well and there will be an official launch in Spring. We are currently working on the structure for the new model and we will keep everyone updated on how this is progressing.

New Funding Stream: Supporting Wellbeing

If you would like learn more about this funding opportunity, or might want to apply, please come along to one of two  information sessions on Tuesday 29 February 2016, 10am & 2pm at Bramley Lawn.

The application will be open to organisations who can deliver one-to-one supportive work to help overcome social isolation of older people in Leeds.

A full agenda of the session will be available shortly. Attendees will have a chance to share their comments on a draft of the specification, so that we can develop the best service possible.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite here. Please note that if it is oversubscribed we will need to limit attendance to one person per organisation. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Hillary Wadsworth: or 0113 244 1697.

LOPF AGM 2015: A Great Success

We were very happy with the turnout for our Annual General Meeting on 23rd July, 2015, at the St. George Centre. There were representatives from agencies all over the city, all of whom strive to improve the lives of older people in Leeds. In total 86 people attended and enjoyed a wonderful day.

Members of LOPF staff presented on work that has taken place throughout the year, including the Time to Shine Project and the Dementia Action Alliance. Rachel Cooper also gave a very interesting presentation about what she learned on her two-week leadership conference in Japan. Surprisingly or not, many of the challenges of aging that people face in Japan are the same as here in the UK.

Lord Filkin very graciously delivered the keynote, talking about the key areas of focus for the Centre for Ageing Better. To find out more about their work, please visit the website 

We ended the day with “Something to Shout About,” an opportunity for forum members to highlight a piece of work from the year that they are particularly proud of. Much of what was shown is available online, in case you missed it!

MAECare: Their “2020” Project, 20 New Things to Celebrate 20 Years of MAECare, with support from Leeds University.

Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association: Their film Children of the Holocaust, made in partnership with Fettle Animations.

Bramley Elderly Action: The Bramley Lawn Social Centre, where they show films, have a pop-up restaurant, and a weekly Men’s Day.

Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours Scheme: Capacity to Care Project 

AgeUK: Out in Leeds, serving LGBT people over 50, with a monthly café. Featured a project done in concert with the Out Aloud choir in Sheffield.

West Yorkshire Playhouse: “Anniversary”, featuring professional dancers as well as dancers from the community who are 60:

Thank you to everyone who helped to organise the event, and especially to everyone who attended. It’s always wonderful to get together to reflect, exchange ideas, and help us all be as effective as we can in helping to make Leeds a great city to grow old in.

Leeds Older People’s Forum AGM 2015 was kindly sponsored by:

Blacks Combined

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Our latest Annual Report is now available and you can download it here

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Please contact the Forum office if you would like a hard copy of our Annual Report, email: info@opforum or Tel: (0113) 244 1697

Small PinkLeeds Older People’s Forum Awarded £6M to tackle Loneliness and Isolation in Leeds

The Forum supports organisations throughout Leeds that provide services for older people. In the face of extremely stiff competition, it has secured funding from the Big Lottery of £1M per year for 6 years, starting July 2015. This will be used to help tackle the loneliness and isolation experienced by many older people in Leeds.

There are 246,000 older people in Leeds, and 14,500 of these are aged over 85. Numbers are growing every year and it is estimated that about 15% of older people are lonely and socially isolated. This amounts to 37,000 people in Leeds. The funding from Big Lottery will allow us to establish a wide range of services and projects to tackle this serious and growing problem.

Loneliness blights both individual lives and our communities through unhappiness and ill-health. This puts carers and relatives under enormous pressure and so we will aim to reach at least 15,000 older people and help them to move out of the shadows cast by loneliness. Older people need not experience loneliness as an inevitable consequence of ageing.

Working with a wide range of partner organisations including Leeds City Council, Voluntary and Business Sectors the project will:

  • promote Leeds as an age friendly city,
  • develop inter-generational links,
  • improve connections with older people from street level upwards,
  • provide support and friendships at home,
  • increase number of volunteers in local communities.

This project will build on the excellent work already being done across Leeds and focus on the more vulnerable, hard to reach people.

Most importantly of all – older people will be at the heart of managing and designing all of this work.

Bill-WebBill Rollinson MBE, Chair of Leeds Older People’s Forum says

“This is great news for Leeds. We will offer older people in Leeds currently living in the shadows of loneliness a time to shine. This is why we have called our project “Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine”.