Older People’s Day

International Day of Older People 2016


The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is held each year on the 1st October.  This is the eighteenth year in which LOPF has celebrated this event and the theme for IDOP 2016 was Mental Wellbeing with a focus on arts and culture

Community 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.