Older People’s Day

International Day of Older People 2018

The International Day of Older Persons is on 1st October

2018 marked the twentieth year of celebrating the event in Leeds and a theme of Trailblazers was chosen.

In Leeds we spread the celebrations out over a week and Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) is responsible for administrating Community Grants which local organisations can apply for (grants can be up to £200).

As ever the number of applications (45 in total)  far exceeded the budget so unfortunately 30 organisations were unsuccessful.

IDOP Community Events

IDOP 2018 Leeds saw 15 organisations receive Community Event Grants of up to £200 and these organisations celebrated the event and the valuable contribution made by older people across the city and its diverse communities


Some events showed the  innovative ways in which organisations (and their service users) in Leeds are embracing modern technology whilst also recognising what has come before and how the current older generations in Leeds have played an important part in their communities.


Two organisations (ASHA and Touchstone) focussed on the contribution and experiences of older women from BME communities, whilst Black Health Initiative celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Empire Windrush carrying West Indian migrants to Britain.

Yorkshire Mesmac’s Sage Project in partnership with West Yorkshire Queer Stories held an intergenerational event (Trailblazing Stories ) where young and old people from the LGBTIQ* community came together to share stories which were then published in a zine.


Some of the events were used as pilots with the intention of rolling out the activities long-term. Horsforth Live at Home for example are aiming to start a 6 month trial of monthly laughter yoga sessions starting in March 2019.


Adults & Health Complex Needs Centres & Older Peoples Day Opportunities in partnership with Leeds Museums & Galleries ran a Dementia Friendly Celebration Event and they  plan to continue this partnership working.

IDOP Leeds 2018 Community Events Report

You can read the online report of the IDOP Leeds Community events here.

About IDOP

Each year, since 1998, Leeds has celebrated the International Day of Older Persons (1st October).

The theme changes each year; this year’s theme is Trailblazers.

In Leeds celebrations extend beyond that day usually for around a week and a half with a series of community events that are inclusive of all communities and recognise the contribution older people make to the City of Leeds.

The aim of IDOP

The aim of IDOP Leeds is to ensure that the City of Leeds promotes and celebrates the International Day of Older People (1st October) and promotes the values of:

  • a positive view of old age
  • older people being enabled to lead active healthy and involved lives as citizens of the city.
  • full participation of older people in the decisions and processes which affect their lives
  • challenging the barriers faced by older people to independence, inclusion and equality
  • older people being treated with respect and dignity at all times

IDOP Leeds is organised by Leeds Older Peoples Forum with the support Leeds City Council Public Health, Leeds City Council Adult & Health Equality and Diversity, Leeds City Council Museums & Galleries, Leeds City Council Libraries and Information Service and older people themselves.

For more information about the International Day of Older Persons 2018, please contact Sean Tunnicliffe, Leeds Older People’s Forum (0113 244 1697) or sean.tunnicliffe@forumcentral.org.uk