Older People’s Day

International Day of Older People 2018

The International Day of Older Persons is on 1st October

A number of different events based on this year’s theme: ‘Trailblazers’ will take place across Leeds between 29th September and 7th October.

They are all for older people, some aimed at the general public, others are only for members of the host organisation.

IDOP Community Events

IDOP events that are open to the public are included in the IDOP Community Events Calendar which you can download below.

If you wish to go along to observe or to take part in events which are open to the public please contact the host in advance, their contact details are listed along with the events details.


















Download IDOP Community Events Calendar

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



IDOP Leeds 2017 Community Events 

The theme for 2017 was Diversity of Older People and a range of events took  place over the course of 15 days. Sixteen of these events a small grant from the IDOP Leeds Community Events fund.

You can read about several of the events which took place in the IDOP Community Events 2017 report which can be downloaded here

Celebrating diversity

The wide range of events reflected the diversity of the older population in Leeds. Some events had a learning disability element which was a first for IDOP Leeds and it is a positive development for this annual event.

One such event saw Rothwell & District Gateway club take a group of its members to a local restaurant to promote how older adults with learning disabilities can be valued members of the community.

Celebrating people

Other groups which have been under-represented in previous IDOP celebrations include the older LGBT*people and homeless people.

The Sage project ran an event offering people the chance to learn more about the issues for older LGBT* people who are living with Dementia.

St Anne’s held an older clients event which  also recognised the reduced life expectancy and health inequalities of homeless clients.

People coming together

A few events also saw local organisations coming together to celebrate IDOP Leeds and diversity in the form of cultural exchange. West Yorkshire Playhouse brought together their Heydays group with member of the Sikh Elders community to celebrate the diversity of older people in Leeds through music and the spoken word.

The Tenant and Engagement team took a group of their older residents to visit a Mosque to learn more and broaden their understanding of different cultures, faiths and lifestyles.


As always there were events which are intergenerational something that LOPF is supportive of as we feel it is important for different generations to come together.

Armley Helping Hands and Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London were two such examples, both organisations do excellent intergenerational work and their IDOP events reflected this.

Celebrating community contribution

Some events saw groups celebrating their own community’s contribution to Leeds. The Black Health Initiative held an event that celebrated their contribution to the community by sharing traditional songs, music, dance and stories.

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.