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
We will shortly be producing a calendar for the 2017 Community Events which will be available for download in early September.
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.
IDOP Leeds 2017 Community Events
The calendar of IDOP Leeds community events is now available and can be downloaded below.
The theme for 2017 is Diversity of Older People and there is a range of events taking place over the course of 15 days. The events listed in the calendar have all received a small grant from the IDOP Leeds Community Events fund. Some of these events are open to the public and where this is the case contact details have been included.
Please contact the organisers ahead of the event if you wish to attend as numbers are likely to be limited and they will need to know you are coming.
There is a wide range of event which hopefully reflects the diversity of the older population in Leeds. Some events have a learning disability element which is a first for IDOP Leeds and it is a positive development for this annual event.
One such event will see 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.
Other groups which have been under-represented in previous IDOP celebrations include the older LGBT*people and homeless people.
The Sage project are running an event offering people the chance to learn more about the issues for older LGBT* people who are living with Dementia.
St Anne’s are holding an older clients event which will also recognise the reduced life expectancy and health inequalities of homeless clients.
People coming together
A few events also see local organisations coming together to celebrate IDOP Leeds and diversity in the form of cultural exchange. West Yorkshire Playhouse are bringing 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 are taking a group of their older residents to visit groups from different faiths to learn more about them in order so they can broaden their understanding of different cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
As always there are 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 are two such examples, both organisations do excellent intergenerational work and their IDOP events reflect this.
Celebrating community contribution
Some events see groups celebrating their own community’s contribution to Leeds. The Black Health Initiative is holding an event that will celebrate their contribution to the community by sharing traditional songs, music, dance and stories.
These are just a few examples of the events taking place, please download the calendar to see everything that is happening.
Representatives and staff from Leeds Older People and the IDO Leeds Steering Group will be attending some of the events and an on-line report will be produced afterwards to highlight and celebrate IDOP Leeds 2017.
Keep in touch through Twitter
There will be live Tweets from events using the hashtag #IDOPLDS
As well as the event organisers own Twitter pages you can also follow #IDOPLDS at the Twitter accounts listed below:
@LeedsOPF | @betterliveslds | @LeedsMuseums | @AgeFriendlyLDS | @leedslibraries
If you are running an IDOP Leeds 17 Community event which didn’t receive a Community Event Grant and isn’t feartured in this calendar but that you would like LOPF to feature and promote please contact Sean Tunnicliffe on (0113) 244 1697 or email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.