International Day of Older Persons 2019 Review

By sean Tunnicliffe, Communications Officer Leeds Older People’s Forum/Forum Central

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) and since 1998 Leeds Older People’s Forum has been supporting Leeds to mark this special day.

In Leeds it is a tradition that the celebrations extend beyond 1 October, usually for around one to two weeks, with a series of community events. Part of LOPF’s role in supporting and promoting IDOP is to administer a fund set aside by Leeds City Council for local organisations to stage these community events.

We also produce a report each year highlighting some of the community events that took place and the 2019 report is now available to download. It features ten events, which were chosen to give a flavour of the diverse groups and different neighbourhoods that received funding.

Leeds IDOP events are designed to promote and celebrate the contribution older people have made and continue to make to the city and to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

Several of the events were so successful that they have led to longer-term commitments from participants in order to keep running the events on a regular basis. Morley library’s Crafty Cafe and the Old Fire Station in Gipton’s 60s & 70s Music Night With Photo Booth are particularly good examples of this and are both included in the report.

The report also gives some background into IDOP Leeds as well as statistics and information on the makeup of the steering group that manages the grant application process.

The report is well worth reading as it highlights some of the brilliant and imaginative ways that Leeds celebrates older people with organisations from the very small to the large and across all sectors running events and people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to take part.

You can download the report here

If you want to comment/feedback on the report or would like more information on IDOP contact Sean Tunnicliffe at [email protected]