We’re part of the collective voice for the health and social care sector in Leeds. We work closely with our partners to identify what matters most to older people in the city, creating projects and campaigns that make a lasting difference.
How it all fits together
We are a partner organisation within Forum Central – an overarching network of health and social care third sector organisations in Leeds. We sit alongside Volition – a forum specialising in mental health, physical and sensory impairment and learning disabilities.
Forum Central works strategically with our health and care partners, including Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds CCG and three NHS trusts, as well as our third sector partners Voluntary Action Leeds, Leeds Community Foundation and Healthwatch Leeds.
We also work directly with Leeds City Council and the Centre for Ageing Better to apply evidence of ‘what works’ to create a better later life for older residents and tackle social and health inequalities.
We are currently funded by:
- Dementia Enquirers
- Leeds City Council (Adults & Health)
- Leeds City Council (Public Health)
- National Lottery Community Fund
- NHS Charities Together
Our membership network
Membership of Leeds Older People’s Forum is open to any third sector organisations, voluntary organisations or community groups working with older people, including intergenerational work, and reflecting the diversity of the city of Leeds. Many of our member organisations serve their local area as a Neighbourhood Network Scheme.
Becoming a member organisation
Membership of Leeds Older People’s Forum is important to ensure the voices of older people are heard in Leeds. We currently have over 80 member organisations.
Who can join as a member?
Our members are third sector organisations, voluntary organisations and community groups offering services to people in Leeds. If your organisation or group is involved with older people in health, care or wellbeing – from advocacy to arts projects, carer support to community centres, healthy living to housing – we warmly invite you to become a member.
What are the benefits of membership?
Member organisations can feed into discussions with the statutory sector (such as Leeds City Council and local NHS organisations), to make sure the views and experience of the third sector are represented at this level. There are opportunities for joint working, representation and connections for projects and skill sharing within the network of our members.
Leeds Older People’s Forum membership also includes membership of Forum Central, the health and social care network in Leeds.
- effective work where it is most needed, in areas that affect older people
- campaigning on issues that are important to older people
- sharing skills, knowledge and experience
- a compassionate and proactive network able to respond to change
- consultation and representation with our partners and the statutory sector
- representation of diverse communities and groups
- training and learning opportunities within the network
Members are invited to attend events run by Leeds Older People’s Forum, such as learning sessions, briefings, skill shares, training and conferences (including an annual conference for Neighbourhood Network Schemes).
All our members receive the Forum Central newsletter. Individuals from member organisations may stand for election to our Board of Trustees.
How does my organisation become a member?
We are making some changes to our membership offer and will update here when details are available.