Leeds Older People’s Forum is a registered charity that exists to promote the wellbeing of older people in the city of Leeds. We’re a network of third sector organisations working to ensure older people have the opportunities, freedom and support to live the life they want.
Together, we’ve been working with and for older people since 1994 to make Leeds the best city to grow old in. Our member organisations work closely with older people across a diverse range of areas, including health, social care, housing, transport and leisure.
Our mission to bring about real change
We’re constantly exploring, evaluating and adjusting to the needs of older people. Thanks to our connections to the wider health and social care network in Leeds, we’re in a position to promote the wellbeing of older people in a way that’s shaped directly by their voices.
We aim to do this by:
- Identifying and promoting the needs of older people
- Supporting our member organisations to work effectively with older people
- Developing a diverse range of engaging campaigns
- Influencing and developing policies around issues affecting older people
- Challenging ageism and discrimination with older people’s stories and experience of ageing
- Using co-production to develop projects and promote social participation
- Sharing information and best practice with organisations that support older people
Sharing our findings and making a difference
We place older people at the heart of everything we do, responding to their views and lived experiences. As an ‘Age Friendly’ and ‘Dementia Friendly’ city, we’re helping Leeds reach its goal of being ‘the best city to grow old in’.
We’ve also compiled a digital archive of reports, case studies and toolkits for reducing isolation and loneliness. Created by our Time to Shine programme and by other Ageing Better programmes, these useful resources are openly available for everyone to use and share.