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Shine Magazine

Shine Magazine is a monthly publication we deliver as part of our Time to Shine programme, sharing the many wonderful real-life stories of older people in Leeds.

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About this project

Older people in Leeds have stories to tell. This is the place to tell them. Stories of our lives, memories of our city, stories about how we have coped with adversity. Stories to make you laugh, to move you, to make you think. All kinds of stories from all kinds of older people in Leeds.

Initially conceived as a film-based storytelling project by Mojo Film, the idea swiftly pivoted to magazine form in repsonse to the Coronavirus crisis. As part of our extensive ‘Time to Shine’ programme of projects, we partnered up with Leeds City Council and the 34 Neighbourhood Network hubs across the city to distribute the magazine – alongside food parcels – to older people who are isolated and vulnerable.

The project aims to –

  • Help older people feel connected within their community
  • Offer a space for them to contribute their stories
  • Deliver a mixture of features with different opions
  • Pull together memories of our city’s past, life-stories and health tips
  • Give people the chance to read something entertaining and informative

Available both online and offline, 4,500 copies of the printed edition have so far been delivered to over 60 distributors – including 16 care homes – reaching hundreds of older people without internet access. Over 1000 people now read the online edition, with this number steadily growing each month. All back issues are available to download below.

Shine Magazine relies on partners and individuals to provide stories and other content – we’re always looking for stories, handy tips, jokes, artwork, poetry, memories and more. If you’re an older person or someone supporting an older person who might want to share their story, please get in touch with Tom Bailey at Mojo film – simply email him at tom@mojofilm.co.u