By Sean Tunnicliffe, Communications Officer, Leeds Older People’s Forum

Cover Image 1Back in 2013 LOPF produced a report on intergenerational work in Leeds entitled Generations Together. The report highlighted eight organisations and the work they had done with younger people.

Since this report things have gone a bit quiet on the intergenerational front as LOPF put a lot of effort in to other areas of work including our successful bid to the Big Lottery’s Fulfilling Lives fund which led to the Time to Shine project.

Following recent conversations between LOPF and Carol Clarke, Ageing Well Officer Older People & Long Term Conditions, Public Health it felt that this would be a good time to for us to look at updating this report and getting intergenerational work back in the limelight.

A City For all Ages

Leeds City Council is working towards achieving World Health Organisation Age Friendly City Status and LOPF is committed to helping to make Leeds a City For all Ages and highlighting intergenerational work is a good way of demonstrating how young and old come together in a positive manner to get to know each other, to learn from each other and to help each other.

Intergenerational Projects Group

The Intergenerational Projects Group met at the end of June. This was the group’s first meeting for about a year and it was a positive meeting attended by representatives from Leeds City Council, Museums and Galleries, Leeds Libraries and Child Friendly Leeds amongst others.

The group agreed to start meeting regularly and spoke about the possibility of staging an intergenerational event in Leeds in late 2016 or early 2017. The group also discussed ways of encouraging specific intergenerational work or projects and how we can find ways of getting different generations together.

This is where you come in!

We are looking for organisations that do intergenerational work and who are willing to have what they are doing included in volume 2 of Generations Together. This doesn’t just have to be working with school, college and university students.  It can include faith groups, Guides, Brownies, Scouts, private companies, care homes, statutory sector organisations, and theatres.

Basically, if young and old people are coming together in a positive way then I want to hear from you!

LOPF and ‘Brexit’

Given the democratic decision in favour of leaving the European Union some LOPF Trustees recently met to discuss the possible implications for older people.

We are concerned to ensure that some of the media’s focus on Intergenerational differences and seeking to lay blame is addressed and countered head on.

We also have concerns about the possibility that the triple lock on pensions may disappear in the future which would lower the State Pension that a lot of older people solely rely on.

Other issues of concern were the future of Human Rights protection, continued austerity and the position of UK citizens living elsewhere in Europe.

Given the continuing uncertainty we are minded to seek a meeting with representatives of Leeds City Council to explore with them how they might see events and policies unfolding in the post-EU world as well as looking at other ways to address our members’ concerns.

We would be grateful to hear about your views and concerns so that we can ensure we cover as many bases as possible in any future discussions and actions. As a registered charity we do, however, have to be mindful of the restrictions we need to observe on campaigning”.

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