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About LOPF

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) was established in March 1994.

It aims to promote the wellbeing of all older people in the city of Leeds.

The forum gives a more powerful voice to older people in shaping their city for the benefit of all its citizens.


Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has a membership of over 80 voluntary sector organisations working with older people across Leeds. This includes over 30 Neighbourhood Network Schemes.

All member organisations provide services dedicated to older people though they are not necessarily an older people’s organisation.

The Forum supports its members and ensures the voluntary sector is involved in planning, developing and managing services for older people in Leeds.

You can search the Forum Central members directory for services here, or open a list of LOPF members here (pdf, 265KB, March 2017). For more information on joining contact us.

Leeds Older People’s Forum has several core workstreams, each with equal priority:

  • Housing
  • Inter-generational
  • Campaigning
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Neighbourhood Network Schemes
  • Dementia
  • Social Isolation


We’ve worked with our members and Public to produce the key foundations of a policy for Housing and Older People in Leeds. At its heart is the fundamental importance of involving older people and organisations that represent them and work with them in the development and future monitoring of the policy.


We have championed inter-generational practice, its mutual benefits to young and old, and power to create stronger communities. We believe that inter-generational work can help meet many of the city’s priorities. We recently produced a report on intergenerational work in Leeds entitled ‘Generations United in Leeds’ which can be downloaded in the Information and Resources section on this page.


We are actively engaged in campaigning to make Leeds a “City For All Ages.” Campaigning strands include hospital discharges, housing, making Leeds an Age and Dementia Friendly City, and LOPF’s Manifesto.

International Day of Older Persons

Each year, since 1998, Leeds has celebrated the International Day of Older People (1st October). These celebrations extend beyond that day, usually for around a week and a half through a series of community events. Many of these receive small grants of up to £200 via LOPF. The aim of IDOP is to promote the contribution older people make to the city.

Neighbourhood Network Schemes

Neighbourhood Network Schemes are community based, locally led organisations. They enable older people to live independently and pro-actively participate within their own communities. They provide services that reduce social isolation and provide opportunities for volunteering. They also act as a “gateway” to advice, information and services that promote health and wellbeing and thus improve people’s quality of life.


The Dementia-Friendly Leeds Campaign Officer for the city works for Leeds Older People’s Forum in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Leeds City Council.

They run the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance and work with people living with dementia and their families and carers. They also encourage local groups and organisations to join the Alliance, and support community projects to help neighbourhoods become more ‘dementia friendly.’ For more information please visit: www.dementiaaction.org.uk/leeds

Older People news and events

Live at Home Community Support Project Vacancy: Volunteer Befriender

22nd November 2019|Health & Care, Older People|

Organisation: MHA Job Title: Volunteer Befriender Salary: Voluntary Role Hours: 1 - 2 hours per week, during the weekday Length of Contract: Flexible Closing Date: N/A Interview Date: By arrangement MHA Live at Home's Community Support Project is a recent [...]

Local Care Partnerships Update November 2019

19th November 2019|Health & Care, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Older People, PSI|

Pip Goff, as part of Forum Central, is based in the system-wide Local Care Partnerships team providing support and resources to help Local Care Partnerships develop as well and as quickly as possible so they can best meet the need in their [...]

Leeds City Council Market Position Statement

11th November 2019|Health & Care, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Older People, PSI|

Leeds City Council has published the Leeds Integrated Market Position Statement 2019-22 This is the first Integrated Market Position Statement and the first time that Leeds City Council’s Adults and Health Directorate, Children and Families Directorate and NHS Leeds Clinical [...]


LOPF Trustees and staff are involved in many local, regional and national strategic groups which cover issues of relevance and concern to older people. We also meet regularly with local councillors, commissioners and managers from local health and social care.


Leeds Age Friendly Partnership

Bill Rollinson (Joint Chair), Rachel Cooper, John Welham

The Best City to Grow Older in Board:

Bill Rollinson, John Welham

Equalities Assembly Age Hub:

John Welham


Future Years (Yorkshire & Humber Forum Ageing): John Welham (Vice Chair)

Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance: John Welham


U.K. Advisory Forum on Ageing (including Working Groups: Transport; Age Friendly Environments and Safe, Warm Homes): John Welham

Age Action Alliance (AAA) “Money Matters” working group: John Welham

Care & Repair England’s National Older People’s Housing Champions Network: Bill Rollinson & John Welham

Strategic Information

Making Leeds the Best City to Grow Old In is one of Leeds City Council’s seven breakthrough projects. These projects provide a focus on priorities in key areas of work for +the city. This breakthrough project plan is based on the eight World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City domains:

Civic Participation/Employment
Communication and Information

Social Participation

Outdoor spaces and buildings
Respect and Social Inclusion

Community Support and Health Services

They are also reflected in the Age Friendly Charter which was launched jointly by Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds City Council. It specifies pledge that citizens and a range of organisations to adopt to contribute to making Leeds Age Friendly. The pledges were written in consultation with older people in Leeds.

The cities’ key ageing and ageing related strategies are:

Leeds City Council is currently reviewing a range of provision it commissions for older people including; residential care, home care, day centres, community meals and Neighbourhood Network Schemes.

Contact Us

Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper

Rachel is the Chief Executive Officer of Leeds Older People's Forum

Rachel joined LOPF in 2009, becoming Chief Executive in 2015. She has been involved in the Forum’s key achievements, which include; advocating important member issues such as hospital discharge and housing; establishing a 130+ member strong alliance of Dementia Friendly organisations, and attracting 6m in funding to the city to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

Rachel is most proud of LOPF being an organization that truly puts older people at the heart of all of its work.

Rachel’s scariest moment was leading a 60 strong flash (dance) mob of older people doing a hand jive to ‘We Love to Boogie’ by T-Rex in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter to raise awareness of Age Friendly issues.

Sean Tunnicliffe

Sean Tunnicliffe

Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF)

His role includes communications, admin and office management for LOPF and Forum Central

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 Forum Central and LOPF websites 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.