Older People’s Day

International Day of Older People 2017


The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is held each year on the 1st October.  This is the nineteenth year year in which LOPF has celebrated this event and the theme for IDOP 2017 is Diversity of older people

About IDOP 

International Day of Older People is celebrated worldwide on the 1 October each year; in Leeds we stretch the celebration out over a week to allow organisations to hold events to celebrate the contribution that older people make to the city.

Theme for IDOP Leeds 2017

The events focus on a different theme each year and the theme for 2017 is Diversity of Older People. Organisations can apply for Community Grants of up to £200.

We welcome applications that can demonstrate a link to the theme:

  • Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect.
  • It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.
  • It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.
  • It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
and reflect the ethos of IDOP which is:
  • To promote and celebrate the contribution of older people to the city
  • To highlight the barriers that still exist to older people’s full participation

What you can apply for: 

The bid should be for a new idea or opportunity that ties in with the theme of celebrating the diversity of older people.

Organisations can apply for up to £200 for events held between 1st – 10th October 2017.

The audience can be the public, your service users, or staff/volunteers.

In the spirit of diversity we would encourage the community events to be open to all, but there could be exceptions made in certain circumstances (size and accessibility of venue minibus/staff capacity if it was a trip out for example).

Funding can include:

  • facilitators, artists, other costs associated with running the event e.g. room hire, and equipment (where it is used as part of the event).
  • Transport to attend an event or activity.
  • We will fund consultation events.

By older we typically mean those aged 60+ (younger for communities with a lower life expectancy).

We are keen to fund a range of different events and welcome applications from all communities of the city.

What we won’t fund

We won’t fund activities that you normally run, e.g. activities or work you currently receive funding or money towards.

Who can apply?

  • Voluntary and Statutory Sector Organisations.
  • We particularly welcome applications from small and medium sized groups and organisations.
  • We encourage organisations to apply who want to expand their service/activities to include older people.
Unfortunately we have a limited budget so will be unable to fund all applications.
The closing date for applications is 4.00pm. Thursday 3 August 2017.


IDOP 2016Community Events

To celebrate IDOP in Leeds a week of community events took place. A number of these events were awarded grants* by the IDOP Planning Committee. A total of £3560 was awarded and 18 organisations received funding

Spreading the IDOP 2016 Message via Social Media

IDOP Leeds Community Events were promoted and highlighted via several forms of social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

We have our own IDOP hashtag (#IDOPLDS) which was used to highlight all the tweets posted by organisations hosting IDOP community events this also helped us to promote Leeds as a ‘City for all Ages’ and to demonstrate the wonderful contribution that older people make to Leeds.

Blogging for IDOP

There were  a number of blogs written about the community events some of which  were by Time to Shine Community Correspondents. You can read the blogs at the links below:

The Scribblers’ Book Launch – Age UK Leeds

Health and Well Being Day – Rothwell & District Live at Home Scheme

The Fashionable Lounge’s Intergenerational Drama Project – City Varieties Music Hall

Sage Writing Workshop – Sage Project (Yorkshire Mesmac/Age UK Leeds)

City Snaps – Skippko Arts Project

We would like to thank everyone who tweeted live about their events and who wrote blogs of their events for inclusion in the IDOP 2015 Leeds Community Events report.

About IDOP

Each year, since 1998, Leeds has celebrated the International Day of Older People (1st October). In Leeds celebrations extend beyond that day usually for around a week and a half.

The theme changes each year. This year the theme was Health and Wellbeing. The events change each year but we stick to the same core format.

*Community events: a number of community events based around that year’s theme take place across the city. Organisations and groups are offered small grants (normally up to £200) to do this and there is an application procedure.