Let’s Make A Better Later Life

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LOPF AGM 2016 by Sean Tunnicliffe, Communications Officer, Leeds Older People’s Forum

We had our best attendance in years (in fact we think it might be our highest ever!) as 109 people came to St George’s Centre on 21 July to help us celebrate another hectic and highly productive twelve months.

The room wasn’t as crammed as the agenda with three speakers and five presentations from organisations with ‘Something to Shout About’ highlighting some of the excellent work being done in Leeds (and also nationally).

There was an overarching feeling of working to ensure we provide a better later life for people and of promoting a society where everyone feels valued and feels that they are a part of society and what is needed to make this happen.

The meeting had a positive feel about it with a mixture of statutory and voluntary sector workers alongside older people all in attendance and all committed to making “Leeds the Best City to Grow Old In” as well as a “City For All Ages”.

Thanks to everyone who attended.


Cath Roff, Director of Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council

Cath RoffCath Roff about issues facing us in Leeds – a compassionate city, adding that there was a long and productive relationship between Leeds City Council and the local third sector.

She spoke about the local third sector  is likely to grow as council services shrink stressing the challenges but also the opportunities for the Sector

How can we help everybody in Leeds have three good friends in their lives?
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 Claire Turner, Interim Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better

Claire TurnerClaire gave a presentation on the Centre for Ageing Better and spoke about its priorities and its future work. She spoke about their vision and how they want everyone to have a good later life.

Retirement is a major change. Many receive no support at this time – financially or otherwise. Those with a more positive outlook towards ageing have been shown to live an AV 7.5 yrs longer

Later life is a time of great change – we want people to feel more confident handling major change

“The Centre for Ageing Better want to enable everybody to enjoy a good later life”

Kerry Jackson, Chief Executive of St Gemma’s

Cn5chE8VUAAMmdAKerry is the Chief Executive of St Gemma’s Hospice and was recently appointed as the Third Sector Rep for the city’s Health and Well-being Board.

Kerry spoke briefly about herself and her new role and about the role of the Health and Wellbeing Board. Her role covers all ages and all third sector organisations and she said that she has a lot to learn.  She also spoke about the Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

The real drive is to work together as a city. One goal



Board of Trustees

Following the speakers there was the election of the Board of Trustees, which saw two long-standing Trustees standing down. Both Trude Silman and Wilfred Wyatt have been on the Board longer than they can remember, they were both here when I started with LOPF and that’s well over a decade ago!

LOPF Chair Bill Rollinson presented both with gifts in recognition of their work for the Forum and thanked them for all their efforts.

Three new Trustees were elected:

  • John O’Dwyer (Caring Together in Woodhouse & Little London)
  • Rachel Walker (Growing Old Grace-fully/Methodist Homes Association)
  • Heather O’Donnell (Age UK Leeds)
Annual Report

Rachel Cooper gave a presentation and spoke about the work of the LOPF and also the Dementia Friendly Leeds Project over the past twelve months

Hillary Wadsworth then gave a presentation and spoke about the work done by the Time to Shine Project.

Something to Shout About

Something to Shout About is the part of the AGM which is handed over to some of ouR member organisations to let everyone know about the great work they are doing for older people in Leeds.

This year presentations were made by the following organisations:

Leeds Bereavement Forum
Jane Robinson gave an overview of the services offered and work being done by Leeds Bereavement Forum. She highlighted the Death Cafes and the series of  free lunchtime special interest group talks which they hold.

“No one dies in a death cafe! There is tea and cake though!”

For more information email: jane.robinson@lbforum.org.uk 

Carers Leeds
Tom Harris and Nicola Greaves gave a presentation and spoke about the work they do in the outlying areas of East and South East Leeds.

“There are 71,500 carers in Leeds. Carers save the economy £1.32bn in Leeds alone.”

For more information email: thomas.harris@carersleeds.org.uk

Leeds Black Elders Association  
Pam Charles gave an overview of the services offered and work being done in the Chapeltown area including  some great inter-generational work with the youth offending service giving people a positive older role model. Leeds Black Elders also have a brand new community garden, getting people out in the fresh air and getting their hands dirty!

“Our aim is to link older people to the services that are there for them.”

For more information email: info@lbea.co.uk 

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Nicky Taylor gave a presentation on the West Yorkshire Playhouse guide to putting on dementia friendly performances, which they have recently produced.

“The arts isn’t an add on or luxury. It’s essential to help people be creative and feel heard.”

For more information email: nicky.taylor@wyp.org.uk 

Touchstone Sikh Elders Raat di Roti Project
Jesvinder Takher spoke about the Touchstone Sikh Elders Project and then about the Raat di Roti Group which is their Time to Shine funded project which aims to reduce social isolation among Sikh Elders. A member of the group also spoke to say how the group had improved his & his wife’s lives.

“His wife is happy as she now has company and he can says that it’s a very good project for people who can’t go out.”

For more information email: jesvindert@touchstonesupport.org.uk 


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About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
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.