Older People

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About Us

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) was established in March 1994.

It aims to promote the wellbeing of all older people in the city of Leeds.

The forum gives a more powerful voice to older people in shaping their city for the benefit of all its citizens.

Our Members

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has a membership of over 100 voluntary sector organisations working with older people across Leeds. This includes over 30 Neighbourhood Network Schemes.

All member organisations provide services dedicated to older people though they are not necessarily an older people’s organisation.

The Forum supports its members and ensures the voluntary sector is involved in planning, developing and managing services for older people in Leeds.

You can search the Forum Central members directory for services here, or open a list of LOPF members here (pdf, 265KB, March 2017). For more information on joining contact us.

Leeds Older People’s Forum has several core workstreams, each with equal priority:

  • Housing
  • Inter-generational
  • Campaigning
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Neighbourhood Network Schemes
  • Dementia
  • Social Isolation

Housing

We’ve worked with our members and Public to produce the key foundations of a policy for Housing and Older People in Leeds. At its heart is the fundamental importance of involving older people and organisations that represent them and work with them in the development and future monitoring of the policy.

Inter-Generational

We have championed inter-generational practice, its mutual benefits to young and old, and power to create stronger communities. We believe that inter-generational work can help meet many of the city’s priorities.

Campaigning

We are actively engaged in campaigning to make Leeds a “City For All Ages.” Campaigning strands include hospital discharges, housing, making Leeds an Age and Dementia Friendly City, and LOPF’s Manifesto.

International Day of Older Persons

Each year, since 1998, Leeds has celebrated the International Day of Older People (1st October). These celebrations extend beyond that day, usually for around a week and a half through a series of community events. Many of these receive small grants of up to £200 via LOPF. The aim of IDOP is to promote the contribution older people make to the city.

Neighbourhood Network Schemes

Neighbourhood Network Schemes are community based, locally led organisations. They enable older people to live independently and pro-actively participate within their own communities. They provide services that reduce social isolation and provide opportunities for volunteering. They also act as a “gateway” to advice, information and services that promote health and wellbeing and thus improve people’s quality of life.

Dementia

The Dementia-Friendly Leeds Campaign Officer for the city works for Leeds Older People’s Forum in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Leeds City Council.

They run the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance and work with people living with dementia and their families and carers. They also encourage local groups and organisations to join the Alliance, and support community projects to help neighbourhoods become more ‘dementia friendly.’ For more information please visit: www.dementiaaction.org.uk/leeds

Representation

LOPF Trustees and staff are involved in many local, regional and national strategic groups which cover issues of relevance and concern to older people. We also meet regularly with local councillors, commissioners and managers from local health and social care.

Local

Leeds Age Friendly Partnership: Bill Rollinson (Joint Chair), Rachel Cooper, John Welham


The Best City to Grow Older in Board: Bill Rollinson, John Welham


Equalities Assembly Age Hub: John Welham

Regional

Future Years (Yorkshire & Humber Forum Ageing): John Welham (Vice Chair)


Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance: John Welham

National

U.K. Advisory Forum on Ageing (including Working Groups: Transport; Age Friendly Environments and Safe, Warm Homes): John Welham


Age Action Alliance (AAA) “Money Matters” working group: John Welham


Care & Repair England’s National Older People’s Housing Champions Network: Bill Rollinson & John Welham

Latest Strategic Information

Making Leeds the Best City to Grow Old In is one of Leeds City Council’s seven breakthrough projects. These projects provide a focus on priorities in key areas of work for +the city. This breakthrough project plan is based on the eight World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City domains:

Civic Participation/Employment
Communication and Information

Social Participation
Housing

Outdoor spaces and buildings
Respect and Social Inclusion

Transportation
Community Support and Health Services

They are also reflected in the Age Friendly Charter which was launched jointly by Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds City Council. It specifies pledge that citizens and a range of organisations to adopt to contribute to making Leeds Age Friendly. The pledges were written in consultation with older people in Leeds.

The cities’ key ageing and ageing related strategies are:

Leeds City Council is currently reviewing a range of provision it commissions for older people including; residential care, home care, day centres, community meals and Neighbourhood Network Schemes.

Latest Older People news from Forum Central

Public Health External Vacancy

Health & Care, Older People
20th November 2017|

Public Health are currently recruiting to the following vacancy externally on the Leeds City Council and NHS recruitment websites: Head of Public Health (Older People) – Older People, Long Term Conditions and Cancer Team (maternity cover for 12 months) Closing [...]

Time to Shine Small Funds Now Open

Health & Care, Older People
10th November 2017|

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 10 January 2018 The Small Funds Programme has been established to help third-sector groups develop ways of reducing loneliness and isolation and strengthen communities benefiting older people defined as over 50 years of age. There will [...]

Stay Well This Winter With Winter Friends

Health & Care, Older People
13th November 2017|

By Jenna Robinson, Graduate Local Government Officer, Older people and Long Term Conditions Team, Adults and Health Directorate Winter is coming! That’s right, our Winter Friend’s campaign is back and we are armed with shiny new owl badges! What is [...]

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Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper

Leeds Older People's Forum, Chief Executive

Rachel joined LOPF in 2009, becoming Chief Executive in 2015. She has been involved in the Forum’s key achievements, which include; advocating important member issues such as hospital discharge and housing; establishing a 130+ member strong alliance of Dementia Friendly organisations, and attracting 6m in funding to the city to tackle social isolation and loneliness but is most proud of LOPF being an organization that truly puts older people at the heart of all of its work.

Rachel’s scariest moment was leading a 60 strong flash (dance) mob of older people doing a hand jive to ‘We Love to Boogie’ by T-Rex in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter to raise awareness of Age Friendly issues.

Sean Tunnicliffe

Sean Tunnicliffe

Communications Officer

Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management.

He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk.

He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.