We are delighted to announce that our delivery partner Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has been awarded a grant through the Department for Transport’s ‘Tackling loneliness with transport’ fund.

Through the ambitious ‘Travel Connections’ programme, involving six local third sector organisations, there will be 12 separate projects exploring how to improve transport options for older people.

These projects will work with older people (aged 50+) including older carers, men, people experiencing frailty and diverse communities.

Travel Connections projects fall into five themes:

  1. Buses
  2. Taxis
  3. Active travel
  4. Community transport
  5. Travel conversations

Four projects are delivered by LOPF and eight projects are delivered by other organisations:

LOPF understands the issues impacting older people and knows how important effective transport is for older people’s wellbeing, enabling them to engage with their communities, family, friends and activities.

Travel Connections will use the ‘test and learn’ ethos that was so successful in the Time to Shine programme. Key to this is creating a ‘programme approach’: all projects share a common goal, helping the programme become greater than the sum of its parts.

For more details visit www.opforum.org.uk/2022/05/24/travel-connections-our-exciting-new-journey/