Enhance supports safe and sustainable discharge from hospital and neighbourhood teams into a secure home environment and link Neighbourhood Teams with third sector organisations to enhance capacity in both sectors and avoid both delayed discharges and readmissions.
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.
There are 37 Neighbourhood Networks in Leeds. The Neighbourhood Networks are community based, locally led third sector organisations. They enable older people to live independently and pro-actively participate in their communities. They provide services that reduce social isolation and provide opportunities for volunteering. And act as a “gateway” to advice, information and services that promote health and wellbeing to improve quality of life for older people in the city.
Dementia Friendly Leeds
Leeds Older People’s Forum employ two Friendly Communities workers who work in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Leeds City Council.
They work with people living with dementia and their families and carers. They also encourage local groups and organisations to join the Dementia Action Alliance, and support community projects to help neighbourhoods become more dementia friendly.
To keep up to date follow @leedsdaa on Twitter and like @dementiafriendlyleeds on Facebook.