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December 1, 2015

Time to Shine Update – December 2015

Time to Shine Update

Logo/Branding We have been consulting with several groups around the city for input on the logo and branding of Time to Shine. With feedback from approximately 75 older people, as well as several staff from other organisations, we have a final logo that we are all very happy with, designed by Ayup Digital. You’ll start to see it all over Leeds as we promote the project.

New Funding Stream: Supporting Wellbeing
If you would like learn more about this funding opportunity, or might want to apply, please come along to an information session on Tuesday 19 January, 10am at Bramley Lawn. The application will be open to organisations who can deliver one-to-one supportive work to help overcome social isolation of older people in Leeds.   A full agenda of the session will be available shortly. Attendees will have a chance to share their comments on a draft of the specification, so that we can develop the best service possible.   Please RSVP on Eventbrite here. Please note that if it is oversubscribed we will need to limit attendance to one person per organisation. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Hillary Wadsworth: or 0113 244 1697.  

Digital Inclusion Project Announcement
We are sad to announce that due to wider funding issues, affecting the whole social housing sector, Leeds Federated Housing are no longer able to deliver their project “Digital Angels,” getting older people connected by getting them online.  

LFHA said:
“We are currently in a time of change across the social housing sector. Following the government’s announcement in July that social housing rents are to be reduced for four consecutive years, Leeds Federated has had to review all activities not directly related to the development, management and maintenance of affordable homes in order to find significant cost savings across the business. As a result, we have taken the difficult decision to reduce the scale of our social investment activity. Regrettably, this means that Leeds Federated will no longer be in a position to deliver the Digital Angels programme. We wish the Older Person’s Forum every success with this innovative project that will be of great benefit to people across Leeds.”
The Time to Shine team would like to thank everyone at Leeds Federated Housing for their hard work and wish them the best for the future. We are focusing now on how to continue their excellent efforts. With hopes of an efficient recommissioning process, we have approached the runners-up for the Digital Inclusion strand in the initial tender process to see if they would like to reapply for this work. We are in negotiations with that organisation and will be give an update shortly.

Small Funds
On 2 December, Leeds Community Foundation held an official launch of their Small Funds project at Bramley Baths. Community organisations can apply for between £5,000 and £10,000 to support work with people with dementia and their carers. The deadline to apply is 18 January 2016. More information can be found here.

Time to Shine Learning Disability Community Development Project

Friday 1st December was the beginning of the countdown to the holiday season. It was also the day of the workshop to start the co-design of the service specification for the Time to Shine Learning Disability Community Development project.  Over 20 people, a good mix of older learning disabled people, carers and service providers, gathered at the Unity Business Centre to thrash out what was most important to them and other older learning disabled people in having opportunities to socialise at different times and places across Leeds. A lively discussion was facilitated by Kath Lindley from Tenfold and Rachel Koivunen from the Time to Shine team. Margaret Bell, a trustee at Leeds Older Peoples’ Forum and retired teacher of SEN pupils attended and shared her knowledge and experience with the group too.Some key themes have begun to emerge; older learning disabled people must take the lead and be supported to communicate their needs and wishes, as a city we have much to learn about where people are living, what they want and what the barriers might be to having choices in friends and relationships, partnership working would help the money stretch further, offer new opportunities and links to existing activities such as LEEP the Bridge, Luv2meetU, Good Life Leaders and Keeping in Touch. People left the workshop feeling positive and excited about the potential for the project and with some ideas as to how they might be involved. The funding for the project will be open to bids in February 2016.Anybody wanting to talk about what should be included in the service specification or who would be interested on being on the panel to assess the bids can contact Rachel Koivunen by email at  by Friday 15th January. She would love to hear from you about your ideas and experiences.”

Cake & Ceilidh

Cara project launch  Friday 27th November 2015 12-5pm Victoria Hotel, 28 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL

Leeds Older People’s Forum was delighted to attend the launch of Leeds Irish Health & Homes’ Cara Friends. There was Irish music with flute players, fiddlers and accordion, traditional games, and homemade fare including leek and potato soup, soda bread and the richest fruitcake you’ve ever tasted. Everyone was made welcome, which is only fitting as Cara means ‘friend’ in Irish and the project aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in the Irish community through friendship and support.  The new Irish Friendship Project service aims to help older Irish people who feel estranged from their community.  Cara will support and reconnect these people, through a network of befrienders and volunteers, and engage them in cultural and social activities such as provided by Leeds Irish Health and Homes. Rachel Koivunen, Time to Shine Programme Manager, said:  “Leeds Older People’s Forum is pleased to be working with Leeds Irish Health and Homes as one of the first delivery partners on the Time to Shine programme. The panel, led by local older people, assessed the Cara project to be aspirational and change focused with a strong commitment to community development. Leeds Irish Health and Homes presented a compelling, well considered and grounded application for the funding, which we feel will have a very real, positive and sustainable impact on the lives of socially isolated older people within the Irish Community in Leeds.”  Originally established to support the large Irish community in Leeds LIHH now supports people from all communities in Leeds and offers services including housing support, social and support groups, and volunteering opportunities.  If you want to become a Cara Volunteer, or have a friend or family member who might benefit from the service, please visit: Jim Garside, Time to Shine Administration Officer Photos © Mat Dale