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Leeds Older People’s Forum

Working towards a city for all ages since 1994

Annual Report


C o n t e n t s

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Chair’s Report

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Out of the Shadows: TIME TO SHINE

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Dementia Friendly Leeds

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IDOP 2015

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Housing & Older People

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Volunteers & Partners

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LOPF Member Meetings

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Forum Representation

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Forum Members

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Forum Structure

Cover photo by Andrew Withey Mrs Usha Bhardwaj (left) & Bronwen Holden (right). Photo was taken at the Time to Shine Celebration Event. 2

Chair’s Report What a year! This must have been one of the busiest years yet for our Forum in its 22 year history.

organisations have now joined the Dementia Action Alliance. We’ve continued to produce our regular newsletter; we’re active members of all of the major strategic Boards in Leeds including the Ageing Well Board, the Better Lives Board, Making Leeds the Best City to Grow Older in Board, the Equality Hub and the National Housing Champions Committee. Members of our Board have met with Councillors and representatives of the Hospital Trusts to call for improved hospital discharge procedures; we’re actively involved in producing a housing strategy for older people in Leeds; we try to monitor and challenge cuts in Government expenditure that affect older people and we will continue with all of this work over the next year.

Leeds City Council tendered the contract for the Health and social care forums and our Forum formed a consortium with three other forums – Volition, Tenfold and the PSI Network and together we were successful in winning the contract for the next three years, albeit at a reduced rate. This involved a huge amount of work by both staff and Board members over a considerable period. The new contract is now up and running delivering services across the whole health and social care spectrum. Our Forum remains as an independent organisation and is heavily involved in other major areas of work. The Time to Shine programme is now well underway with hundreds of older people throughout Leeds receiving support and help to overcome loneliness and social isolation. This £6 million programme, funded by the Big Lottery will run for six years and the Forum has a full staff team in post to manage it plus deliver the Age Friendly and Learning Facilitation Projects. Time to Shine has its own Core Partnership Board which includes people from a wide range of organisations in Leeds, all committed to reducing loneliness.

We will also be seeking new funding strands so that we can develop new areas of work – all aimed at improving the life of older people in Leeds. Our ability to do all of this is due entirely to the hard work and commitment of our staff, LOPF and Time to Shine Board members, and to our many partners and supporters including Leeds City Council, the Clinical Commissioning Groups, and the Big Lottery Fund. Many thanks to all of the individuals and organisations that have helped us to achieve a very successful year and for their commitment to the future.

Our Forum is heavily involved in the Dementia Friendly Leeds project and over 100


Out of the Shadows:TIME TO SHINE There are 246,000 older people in Leeds, and it’s estimated that about 15% (37,000 people) are lonely and socially isolated. Time to Shine is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme. Time to Shine selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that reduce social

“I came along because I’d just lost my husband and so it was the right time for me. Everyone was really friendly and you leave feeling like you’ve known each other forever.” Participant, More than a Mealtime project


isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50. Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas, selected from an original 100 in England. LOPF secured £6 million from Big Lottery Fund in 2015 to reach more than 15,000 beneficiaries in the city by 2021.

“My role is to bring people together, those with a few hours of time to share and those who find themselves with too many hours in the day.” Sara Allkins, Cara Friendship Network Coordinator

Time to Shine is working towards four ambitious outcomes. Evaluation is a major part of the programme and, by following a test-and-learn approach, findings will influence the direction of Time to Shine.

Older people: 1. Are less isolated 2. Feel confident and able to participate in their communities 3. Are actively involved in the design and delivery of Time to Shine

Organisations: 4. Work better together to coordinate services and support for isolated older people

Thanks Time to Shine is a collaborative programme and the energy, commitment and expertise shared by so many people has paved the way to a successful first year. LOPF would particularly like to thank members of the LOPF board of Trustees, Time to Shine core partnership and all delivery partner staff, volunteers and participants for working together to develop vibrant new networks of support. For more information please visit


Dementia Friendly Leeds

Back in 2012 the Alzheimer’s Society launched Dementia 2012: A National Challenge. They reported the top five solutions that people with dementia say could be done: 1. Family, friends, neighbours, health and social care professionals and people working in places such as banks and post offices to have a better understanding of dementia 2. Better understanding of dementia and less social stigma attached

5. More community spirit Dementia 2012 report, Alzheimer’s Society

3. More local activities and opportunities to socialise

The Dementia Action Alliance aims to action those solutions.

4. More tolerance and patience from others

Leeds Dementia Action Alliance

New Members

Dementia Action Alliances are social action movements; Leeds Dementia Action Alliance is one of 249 local alliances in England. Now entering its third year, the alliance brings together everyone who wants to make a difference for people living with dementia. The membership has grown this year – 45 new members joined, all pledging actions, whilst our existing 67 members continued their work.

14 Health including: Jubilee Partnership NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group MAC Clinical Research West Lodge Surgery Living Care Pharmacies Raymond White Optometrist Adel Pharmacy Boots - Leeds General Infirmary

3 Arts, Culture and Sport:

3 Transport:

The Dance Studio Leeds Royal Armouries Museum Yorkshire Cricket

Metro Premier Taxis Leeds Alternative Travel 6

What our long-standing members have been up to this year West Yorkshire Playhouse

Dementia Friendly Rothwell

In 2015 the Playhouse presented dementia friendly performances of Beryl and its major Christmas production Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Adaptations included altering sound and lighting levels and engaging with audiences in advance after a performance to promote familiarisation with a show and theatre environment.

Dementia Friendly Rothwell has moved at a considerable pace and now has over 40 local groups, retailers and organisations involved. Some of those involved include pubs, dentists, G.P practices, banks, vets, opticians, cafes and retail outlets. When a retailer wishes to be included Peter Smith from Dementia Friendly Rothwell, visits the outlet and speaks with staff as to how they can support those with dementia maintain an independent lifestyle. They can then display the "becoming dementia friendly" stickers.

Wendy Mitchell, blogger living positively with dementia, said:

Peter has also given talks at several schools and GP practices and has been involved with West Yorkshire Police including their training programme. He also regularly speaks on local radio and television where he promotes dementia awareness and dementia friendly Leeds.

The learning from the performances has been captured in a guide produced by the Playhouse and supported by the Baring Foundation.

22 Third Sector Organisations

3 Statutory Sector:

including: Advonet Alzheimers Society Leeds Groundwork West and North Yorks Holbeck Elderly Aid Leeds Community Foundation Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange Richmond Elderly Action Wetherby in Support of Elderly

Leeds City Council Horsforth Town Council West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

10 Businesses including: William Hill Plc Xen Smiles Dental Surgery Associated Waste Management Ltd Levi Solicitors Craig Solicitors Ethical Homecare

2 Housing: Yorkshire Housing Leeds Connect Housing Association 7

International Day of Older People 2015 International Day of Older People (IDOP) is an annual event staged on the 1st October. It was introduced by the United Nations General Assembly in 1991 and 2015 was the 17th year in which LOPF has celebrated the event Leeds has a tradition of extending the celebrations throughout the following week with a series of local community events. IDOP 2015 Community Events included: Hawthorn Mill Olympics 2015 A series of fun events for the residents of Hawthorn Mill Sheltered Housing followed by a healthy lunch and a medals ceremony. Age UK Leeds Table Tennis Tournament A Table Tennis tournament for older people at Age UK Leeds, with the view that this will engage older people in the sport and in turn lead to a new regular table tennis session for older people. Group of Muslim Pensioners Health and Wellbeing Event An event to promote health & wellbeing in order to improve member’s mental and "By making a small difference to enhance physical health. Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid Sporting the quality of their lives, we empower and Memory Lane

encourage older people to maintain an

A ‘Sporting Memory Lane’ exhibition of local football and rugby teams plus gentle seated independent and healthy lifestyle, which, exercise routine to encourage people to in turn, sustains their independent living exercise at home. There was support for and combats social isolation.” clients with dementia. 8

Spreading the IDOP 2015 Message via Social Media This year, for the first time, we promoted and highlighted the community events via several forms of social media including Twitter and Facebook. This is a new and exciting venture for IDOP and help us to promote Leeds as a ‘City for all Ages’ and to demonstrate the wonderful contribution that older people make to Leeds. #IDOPLDS We had our own Twitter IDOP hashtag (#IDOPLDS) in order to highlight all tweets posted by the organisations hosting IDOP Community Events and encouraged the organisations to do live tweets during their events. We also promoted and highlighted the events happening to celebrate IDOP via Facebook. This year’s theme for International Day of Older People for 2015 was Health & Wellbeing and a total of 20 community events were held across the city 1-10 October. These events all received small grants of up to £200 from the IDOP Steering Group.

IDOP 2015 Steering Committee Alexandra Boyle Carole Clark Gabrielle Hamilton Debra Kerr Sharon Moore David Peel Richard Porter Lyn Towler Sean Tunnicliffe

Age UK Leeds Leeds City Council Public Health Leeds Museums & Galleries Leeds City Council NHS Yorkshire & Humber Commissioning Support Unit Leeds City Council Adult Social Care Leeds City Council Public Health Leeds Libraries & Information Service Leeds Older People’s Forum 9

Housing & Older People The LOPF Housing sub-group continues to work with Leeds City Council to address the housing needs and aspirations of its older citizens. There have been several constructive meetings with senior Housing and Adult Social Care officers as well as with Councillors and we are delighted that, in terms of new social housing in the City, the Council has adopted a "Leeds Housing Standard.� This means that new council housing will be built to minimum standards covering design, accessibility and energy standards.


In terms of private sector housing development the Council will seek to persuade developers to adopt the same standards through offering a streamlined planning process. The LOPF Housing sub-group also participated in a meeting in February 2015 to scope the development of a wider Older People's Housing Strategy which would form part of the Health and Housing theme of the Leeds Housing Strategy.

Communications LOPF as an organisation continues to expand its communications making extensive use of its social media channel, websites and blogs. We live in an age where information moves at incredible speed and is being constantly updated via sites such as Twitter and Facebook. For many people looking for information, services or help the Internet is the first port-of-call so having a good online presence is important . LOPF spreading the message in 2015/16 ● LOPF Twitter and Facebook pages have made a big impact during 2015/16, with both attracting a lot of followers. Our regular bulletin goes out to over 400 people. We strive to keep our members (and the wider public) up to date via social media and email. We realise that not everybody wants information in a digital form and we try to accommodate people’s requirements as much as possible and will continue to do so. ● Time to Shine is up and running and the project launched its website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages . The project has also amassed a large library of photos and gathered a lot of data. The Time to Shine Team have really got out and about visiting organisations and events and the project has been featured in local press and media including newspapers, radio and television. ● The Leeds DAA Twitter and Facebook pages have been very successful in supporting the campaign to make Leeds a Dementia Friendly city with membership rising from 67 to 112 organisations. There is also a regular ebulletin which goes out to over 500 people. 11

Growing pains The start up of Time to Shine and the continuing expansion of the membership of Dementia Friendly Leeds has seen an increase in the number of organisations with which LOPF has contact with. Our organisation has grown considerably during 2015/16 and it’s been something of a learning experience. Fortunately the enlarged team has gelled very well and, although there’s been the odd hiccup we’ve increased our communications and raised our profile - helped by the fact that some of our new team members have good expertise in this area.

Volunteers & Partners As with any voluntary sector organisation volunteers are vital to the work of Leeds Older People’s Forum and we’re fortunate in that we have an active Board of Trustees who put in a lot of hours and work and we’re grateful for their dedication. As the graphic on the right shows our board have put in over 1,000 hours of unpaid work which equates to a 21 hours per week post or a monetary value of £16,643. Our Trustees spend a lot of time representing LOPF at meetings and events that cover issues of relevance and concern to older people such as housing, intergenerational connections, human rights, hospital discharge, dementia and loneliness, care home closures and local authority budget cuts. Both Time to Shine and Dementia Friendly Leeds have strong partnerships Time to Shine has a Core Partnership Board which meets monthly and is made up of 18 representatives from across different sectors. Dementia Friendly Leeds has a Steering Group which meets regularly and is committed to making Leeds a Dementia Friendly City.

Forum Central In the autumn of 2015 Leeds City Council announced that they were going to offer a new single health and social care forum contract for the voluntary sector and invited tenders.

The vision of Forum Central is a better quality of life for people in Leeds. Our mission is to be a collective voice for the health and social care third sector.

LOPF, Volition, Tenfold and PSI Network worked together and successfully bid for the contract under the name of the Four Forums Consortia. The Name of the collective service will be Forum Central.

The contract began on 1 April 2016 and runs for three years. We are all based together at Suite C24, Joseph’s Well.


LOPF Meetings April 2015

November 2015

Strategic Plan for the Leeds Health & Social Care Third Sector (in partnership with Volition, Tenfold and PSI Network)

Four Forums Drop-In (in partnership with Volition, Tenfold and PSI Network)

July 2015

December 2015


Small Funds (focus on dementia and carers)

September 2015

Learning Disabled Co-production Event

Four Forums Leeds Health & Wellbeing Strategy Event (in partnership with Volition, Tenfold and PSI Network)

February 2016

Dementia Friendly Community Event

Supporting Wellbeing Workshop

Boards LOPF are Represented On Local


Ageing Well Board

U.K. Advisory Forum on Ageing, including Working Groups: Transport Age Friendly Environments

Leeds Integrated Dementia Board Age Hub Equalities Assembly

Age Action Alliance (AAA) " Money Matters" working group

Homeshare Project Board Social Isolation Index Working Group

Care & Repair England's National Older People's Housing Champions Network.

Regional Future Years (Yorkshire & Humber Forum Ageing)


Finance Report Opening Balances Income

£ in financial year 2015/16 73,421

£ in financial year 2014/15 97,529







Expenditure Total carried forward

*Funds committed but unspent at year end £362,547

Expenditure by project Project

Expenditure £

Time to Shine


Dementia Friendly Leeds




Leeds Community Foundation Innovation Fund Age UK Our Rights,Our Voices


International Day of Older People


Full version of LOPF accounts available upon request

LOPF Funders



Forum Members 2015/16 Leeds Older People’s Forum’s 98 members are all voluntary sector organisations who provide services for older people Action for Gipton Elderly

Older People's Action in the Locality


Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe Project for Elders

Ageing Without Children

Hanover Housing Association

Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS)

Age UK Leeds

Hawksworth Wood Older Persons Support (HOPS)

Otley Action for Older People

HCT Group (Windmill Transport)

Pudsey Live at Home Scheme

Alzheimer's Society

Holbeck Elderly Aid

Relatives and Residents Association

Armley Helping Hands

Richmond Hill Elderly Action

Association of Blind Asians

Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association

Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid

Home-Start Leeds

BHA Skyline Leeds

Horsforth Live at Home Scheme

Rothwell & District Live at Home Scheme

Bramley Elderly Action

Independent Age

Roundhay Tea & Chat Club

British Red Cross


Sanctuary Retirement Living

Burmantofts Senior Action

Leeds Bereavement Forum

Scholes Community Care

Care & Repair (Leeds)

Leeds Black Elders Association

Senior Citizens Endeavour

Carers Leeds

Leeds Chinese Community Association

Shantona Women’s Centre

Caring Together in Woodhouse & Little London

Leeds Federated Housing Association

Skippko Arts Team

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

South Leeds Live at Home Scheme

Catholic Care

Leeds Hospital Alert

Chapel Allerton Good Neighbours Scheme (RVS)

Leeds Housing Concern

South Seacroft Friends and Neighbours

Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust

Leeds Irish Health & Homes

STEP (Supporting the Elderly People)

Community Action for Roundhay Elderly (RVS)

Leeds Jewish Care Services

St. Vincent de Paul

Leeds Jewish Housing Association

Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme

Community Links

Leeds National Osteoporosis Group

The Stroke Association - Leeds

Connect Housing

Leeds West Indian Day Centre

Thorner Over 60s

Contact the Elderly Cross Gates & District Good

Meanwood Elders Neighbourhood Action (RVS)

Touchstone-Leeds (Sikh Elders Service)

Neighbours’ Scheme

Middleton Elderly Aid

Cruse Bereavement Care (Leeds Branch)

Moor Allerton Elderly Care (MAECare)

Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People)

Moortown Baptist Church

University of the Third Age - Leeds

EcoClean Community Care

Morley Elderly Action

Wetherby In Support of the Elderly

Etz Chaim Leisure Club

Morley & District Lions Club


National Osteoporosis Society

William Merrit Disabled Living Centre

Faith in Elderly People

Neighbourhood Action in Farnley, New Farnley and Moortop

Aireborough Voluntary Services to the Elderly (AVSED)

Farsley Live at Home Scheme FDM

Leeds Involving People

Feel Good Factor Leeds

Neighbourhood Elders Team (Garforth & Villages)

Groundwork Leeds

North Leeds Friendship Centre

Growing Old Grace-Fully

North Seacroft Good Neighbours Scheme



Parkinsons UK Leeds Branch

Roscoe Women’s Group

Women’s Health Matters Writing Back

Forum Structure Forum Trustees

Rachel Cooper Chief Executive

Officers Chair Vice Chairs Treasurer

Bill Rollinson MBE Anne Forbes & John Welham Gerry Deacon

Older Persons Margaret Bell Carole Gosden Jean Townsend

Susan Chesters Bronwen Holden Wilfred Wyatt

Cherrill Cliff Trude Silman

Paid workers from other organisations Ruth Cornelissen Care & Repair Leeds Julia Edmunds Age UK Leeds Tricia Gradys Richmond Hill Elderly Action

Leeds Older People’s Forum Suite C24, Joseph’s Well Hanover Walk Leeds LS3 1AB Tel:(0113) 244 1697 Email: Web: Twitter: @leedsopf Registered Charity Number: 1067630

Forum Staff Sean Tunnicliffe Communications Officer Maggie Graham Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign Manager (left March 2016) Jane Robinson Dementia Friendly Leeds Project Worker (left November 2015) Rachel Koivunen Time to Shine Proramme Manager (job share) Hillary Wadsworth Time to Shine Proramme Manager (job share) Emily Axel Time to Shine Age Friendly Campaign Officer Lisa Fearn Time to Shine Monitoring & Evaluation Officer Hanna Wilcock Time to Shine Learning Facilitator

Photo Credits Paula Solloway Andrew Withey Hawthorn Mill Sean Tunnicliffe Jonathan Turner Streetlinks

Jim Garside Time to Shine Administration Officer

Page 2 (Three photos from Time to Shine Celebration Event) Cover photo, Page 2 (Lychee Red Chinese Seniors Choir), page 14 (Eric Smith) Page 8 (Hawthorn Mill Olympics IDOP Community Event) Pages 8 & 9 (IDOP Community events) Page 10 (Elderberries Singalong) Page 13 (Ken & Byron)

© Leeds Older People’s Forum 2016

LOPF Annual Report 2016  

Annual Report of Leeds Older People's Forum a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation. The Leeds Older People’s Forum was established i...