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Friendly Communities

Our Friendly Communities project aims to make Leeds an age and dementia friendly city.

About this project

The ambition for Age Friendly Leeds is to make Leeds “the best city to grow old in”

Dementia Friendly Leeds is a campaign to raise awareness of dementia and make services more accessible. The aim is to ensure people who are living with dementia – along with their carers – remain an active part of their city and keep doing the things they enjoy. 

Read the latest edition of the Friendly Communities newsletter.
Subscribe to the Friendly Communities newsletter.
Read the independent evaluation of the Friendly Communities project.

Ways to get involved

There are a number of ways that you as an individual, or an organisation, can get involved in our Friendly Communities initiatives.

Take part in Dementia Action Week 2024

Dementia Action Week is a national campaign led by Alzheimer’s Society. This year Dementia Action Week runs from 13-19 May. Dementia Friendly Leeds are holding an event at Headingley Stadium, on Thursday May 16. See poster for details.

Dementia Action Week event Poster – with the following main text:

“Dementia action week event
Hosted by Andrew Edwards
Thursday 16 may 11-230
AMT Headingley stadium, South stand concourse
Saint Michael’s lane, Leeds LS6 3BR

Marketplace of over 25 dementia friendly stalls.
Taster sessions Yorkshire Dance, Leeds Playhouse, Ascendance and the Centre for DementiaRresearch.

Free car parking at car park E&F

Dementia Friends session 2:30-3:30
[booking required] scan QR code or call 0113 244 1697

On the left of the poster are three circles, containing the following text:
“Rugby ground tour”
 “deep, the UK network of dementia voices, mural tour”
“pop-up Rose’s Tea bar”

At the bottom of the poster are the logos of:
Leeds older people's forum
Leeds Playhouse
Cares Leeds
Leeds Rhinos foundation
Leeds Beckett university
Yorkshire dance

Dementia Action Week 2024 – events in Leeds.

We will keep adding events here, until Dementia Action Week. Download a pdf version of all the events taking place in Leeds here.

Cross Gates Local Care Partnership
Cross Gates LCP Dementia Awareness Event – Tuesday 7th May, 11-2
Crossgates Shopping Centre, Station Road, LS15 8EU

Community Market Place with a wide range of stalls offering information and support.

The event will feature informative sessions, interactive activities, and opportunities for engagement.

Live Ukulele band 11.30-12.30


For more information contact 

Phone: Cross Gates & Whinmoor Hub – 07903 639879

Crossgates Shopping Centre, Station Road, LS15 8EU 

Trinity Network – 13-15 May, from 1.30
Nesfield Road, Leeds LS10 4LG 

Monday – games and afternoon tea
Tuesday – vintage crafts
Wednesday – history quiz
Each afternoon from 1:30
Free (+ charges for refreshments)
Trinity Network, Nesfield Road, Leeds LS10 4LG 

Moor Allerton Everyone Cares
Dementia information and activity – Tuesday 14 May, 1.30-3.30
57 Cranmer Bank, LS17 5JD

A range of dementia friendly activities to try out.  Tea and cake to enjoy!

Memory Support Worker, Carers Leeds Dementia Team and MAECare dementia workers will be there to chat with about dementia support in Leeds.


Contact: Carole Smith (MAECare) – 0113 266 0371

 MAECare, 57 Cranmer Bank, LS17 5JD

OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality)
Dementia Awareness Information Session followed by a Dementia Friends Session  – Wednesday 15 May, 9.30-11.00,11.00-12.00   
Welcome In Community Centre, 55 Bedford Drive, LS16 6DJ

Dementia Awareness Information Session followed by a Dementia Friends Session  – Wednesday 15 May, 9.30-11.00,11.00-12.00 noon  

Welcome In Community Centre, 55 Bedford Drive, LS16 6DJ

Heather from Home Instead and Sally-Anne from OPAL are running a Dementia Awareness morning followed by a Dementia Friends session.

Dementia Awareness Information Session 9.30-11 

Open to anyone – just turn up.

Dementia Friends Session 11-12 noon – please book to attend by calling OPAL on 0113 2619103


Welcome In Community Centre, 55 Bedford Drive, LS16 6DJ 

Memory Lane Care Leeds
Singalong and Music Quiz – Wednesday 15 May, 11.00-12.00 noon
Ingots Building, Cemetery Road, Yeadon LS19 7UP

Join us for a fun singalong and quiz at Memory Lane

Free, including refreshments

Free onsite parking

Limited places, please phone Amanda Botterill to book – 0113 345 3378 / 07989 356 923

Ingots Building, Cemetery Road, Yeadon LS19 7UP

Singalong – Wednesday 15 May, 2.00-4.00
Greenacre Hall, New Road Side, Rawdon, Leeds  LS19 6AS

Come and singalong  in our lovely new space at Greenacre Hall, with local guitarist Richard.  playing a varied selection of songs to join in and reminisce. 

Donations welcome

Contact  –  AVSED – 0113 250 1702 –

Greenacre Hall, New Road Side, Rawdon, Leeds  LS19 6AS

Dementia Friendly Leeds 
Dementia Action Week Event – Thursday 16 May 11-2.30
AMT Headingley Stadium, South Stand Concourse, St Michael’s Lane, LS6 3BR

Creative showcase event, hosted by Andrew Edwards (formally BBC Radio Leeds) featuring: The Leeds Up and Go DEEP Group promoting their NEW Dementia Friendly mural at the stadium, a marketplace of over 25 dementia friendly stalls, a pop up dementia friendly cafe provided by the local Rose’s Tea bar, taster sessions from Yorkshire Dance and Ascendance, workshops, talks, a singing session, a behind the scenes stadium tour, and Aspire’s Skyfallers will be performing a programme to close the event at 2.15pm. 

The venue is accessible and car parking is FREE.  

Contact – 0113 244 1697

AMT Headingley Stadium, South Stand Concourse, St Michael’s Lane, LS6 3BR

Dementia Friendly Horsforth
Living Well Showcase with the Dementia Experience Bus – Thursday 23 May, 10.30-4.30
Lister Hill Baptist Church, 1 Brownberrie Avenue, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5PW 

For individuals living with dementia, their caregivers, and the wider public join us to experience ‘the Bus’: dementia friends information sessions, stalls (10.30-2.00), refreshments, signposting to local services, activities, entertainment & much more!


Access: There is plenty of parking available on Brownberrie Avenue and Brownberrie Drive (for 4 hours) and additional parking nearby.  There is limited parking at the church. Stalls and activities are accessible to all.

Contact: Rachel Critchley (Right at Home North Leeds, Otley and Horsforth) –  0113 340 6000 –

Lister Hill Baptist Church, 1 Brownberrie Avenue, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5PW

Dementia Action Week 2023 (15-21 May) was marked by a range of events across Leeds, including our own Friendly Communities event, at Leeds Civic Hall.

Join the Age Friendly Leeds Steering Group

For older people living in Leeds – share your views, ideas, experiences or skills to help make Leeds more Age Friendly. We meet every month at Leeds City Museum/on Zoom.
Contact Elizabeth for more information:
email / phone 0787 1371 819

Become an Age and Dementia Friendly Business

We encourage business and organisations to become more Age and Dementia Friendly.
You can check out our free guide to being an Age and Dementia Friendly business or organisation.

Learn how to make your business age and dementia friendly >
See a full list of Age and Dementia Friendly businesses and organisations in Leeds >

Take part in Wise Up To Ageism

If you’re one of our Age and Dementia Friendly businesses, access this free training session for your team. This 1.5 hour session can be delivered either online or face to face. Wise Up to Ageism aims to raise awareness, encourages you to reflect and helps you challenge ageism in your everyday life.

Become an Age Friendly Ambassador

We have over 170 Age Friendly Ambassadors in Leeds! Anyone who is willing to take action to help raise awareness and spread the Age Friendly message to others can sign up as an ambassador.
Find out how to get involved >

Become a Dementia Friend

With around 8,500 people in Leeds living with dementia, this is an issue that effects a huge number of local people and will have an impact on many more in the future.

See how you can play your part >

Join the Come In and Rest Scheme

We manage the ‘Come in and Rest’ scheme, through which local businesses and services can show they are welcoming to older people who may want to pop in and sit down for a while.
See which businesses are on the scheme >

Find a dementia support group near you

There are lots of Memory Cafes, Singing groups and other social opportunities in Leeds for people living with dementia. Check out the Dementia Friendly Leeds What’s on listing for all the latest information.

Join the DEEP ‘Up and Go’ Group

For anyone living with dementia in Leeds – join the Up and Go group to share your experiences and help make Leeds a Dementia Friendly city. The Up and Go group is part of the National DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) network, and is run in partnership with Leeds Playhouse. We meet every two weeks, currently online via zoom. The best way to join both the Age Friendly Steering Group or the DEEP group is to contact the Friendly Communities team.

DEEP is a network of groups of people with dementia all across the UK. There are around 80 groups, and DEEP connects them together to share their experience, and to support each other.

Discover more about DEEP groups >

Age Proud Leeds campaign

Age Proud Leeds ran from 2019 to 2022. It  raised awareness of ageism, with a view to changing negative attitudes around ageing and challenging how older people are viewed in society.
Learn more about Age Proud Leeds >