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Time to Shine

Our flagship programme for tackling loneliness and social isolation in Leeds began in 2014 and is set to run until 2022. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, over 100 third sector partners have been involved in delivering a wide-ranging plan filled with exciting campaigns, events and initiatives.

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About this project

Using a ‘test and learn’ approach, the Time to Shine programme aims to find out how we can reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in Leeds. We’ve encouraged all our delivery partners to try new things and question whether they work or not, with the ultimate goal of using our collective findings to improve things for older people and help them feel much more connected.

Our key learning so far can be grouped as follows –

  • Co-production. Authentic and genuine co-production results in effective and successful projects and activities.
  • Strong and equal partnerships. Strong and equal partnerships create great outcomes for all.
  • Flexible projects. One size doesn’t fit all. Projects need to be flexible in their design and approach.
  • Person-centred. Recognises that everyone has something to offer and uunderstands that seldom heard groups may need additional support.
  • Trusted relationships. Projects which successfully achieved their outcomes developed trusting relationships between staff, volunteers and participants.
  • Friendship. Successful projects encouraged and fostered true friendship outside of the initial activity. 
  • Digital technology. Many organisations used digital technology to help older people stay connected, active, and engaged.
  • Covid-19 crisis. Identifying the challenges of the crisis, and capturing the opportunities for learning.

The Time to Shine programme encompasses over 100 indivudual projects and campaigns – click the button below to find out more.