The 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.
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:
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Our latest Annual Report is now available and you can download it here
Please contact the Forum office if you would like a hard copy of our Annual Report, email: info@opforum or Tel: (0113) 244 1697
Many thanks to LUFC and guests!
We were delighted to hold the latest meeting of the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance at Leeds United on 20 January, to welcome the club and the Leeds United Foundation as our latest campaign members.
We also heared from many interesting speakers about the vast range of dementia friendly activities that are happening around the city, many thanks to you all – LUFC Chief Operating Officer Matt Child and Alan Scorfield (Leeds United Foundation), Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Mick Ward and Tim Sanders (from Leeds City Council), Oliver Corrado (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust), Pat Newdall (Premier Taxis), Nicky Taylor (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sgt Vanessa Rolfe (West Yorkshire Police), Peter Smith and Lilian Speck (Dementia Friendly Rothwell), Margaret Bingham (The Ciaran Bingham Foundation), Peter Ruickbie (Alzheimer’s Society) and Dr and Mrs Kalsi with Ripaljeet Kaur from Touchstone.
Special thanks to Jane Chesworth, Tracy Gee and colleagues at BBC Radio Leeds for providing live coverage throughout the event, and to all the 80+ delegates who attended.
LOPF Manifesto & Housing Policy
With a general election less than 12 months away Leeds Older People’s Forum are launching a Housing Policy and Manifesto . Both of these documents have been circulated to all Leeds MPs.
If you wish to read these policies you can download them by clicking on the links below.
Both documents are stored in Dropbox, if you can’t access Dropbox but would like to see copies of both or either document please contact the Forum office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email them to you.
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.
“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”.