Say it loud – Age Proud Leeds

How do you know when you’re old?  Is it when unasked for information about funeral plans and life insurance are posted through your door?  Or when you realise you don’t know what Snapchat is or you have to scroll further down the tick boxes in the age section?  Some people say old is 20 years on top of whatever age you currently are which just goes to show to a 15 year old being 35 is ancient and to an 80 year old a 60 year old is young.

We are living longer, want to live longer, and it is predicted that more people than ever will receive a telegram from the Queen – who will send her a telegram?   Being old is not something people want to admit to, they hide their age, we are frightened of being old: and yet the milennials of today are the perennials of tomorrow.

On Thursday 3 October Leeds will be the first city in the UK to launch an Age Proud campaign to raise awareness of ageism and change negative attitudes about ageing and older people at Leeds City Museum.

One of the speakers, Joyce Williams, a Yorkshire-born retired physiotherapist, who took up blogging one year ago speaks out about why she decided to write about being old and what it means to be the oldest blogger in town at the age of 80. Continue reading

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What’s happening in Leeds to celebrate International Day of Older Persons?

This year Leeds is celebrating International Day of Older Persons with a number of different events based on this year’s theme: Age Friendly Leeds which will take place throughout Leeds between 30 September and 7 October.

The events are all for older people, some aimed at the general public and others are only for members of the host organisation.

Learn how to blow your own trumpet, try art sessions, craft sessions, exercise, be part of a photographic exhibition, remember the good old days and trip the light fantastic 60s and 70s style and show age is no barrier at an intergenerational event. Continue reading

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100 coming ready or not Leeds 1152 gets ready for the new 2019 season

Beth Rowley, PHD student talking about her thesis

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the 1152 Club, will be starting its 2019 autumn calendar of free fortnightly Friday talks for those aged 55+.  From small beginnings the club has become a thriving group providing not just educational but also social support for its members.

Patrick Bourne, Assistant Community Curator, Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum, tells us more about the club, how it came to be and how it has gone from strength to strength. Continue reading

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Get set Leeds – here to help everyone get more active



We all know it feels good being active, and we all know what the doctors tell us about the benefits to our mental and physical health. But sometimes life can just get in the way.

Read Liz’s story for some inspiration, then let us know how things can change to help make Leeds more active.  Continue reading

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Jamaican High Commissioner attends launch of Eulogy exhibition

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Yesterday evening the Jamaican High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan CD, joined the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Leader of Leeds City Council for the preview of a special new exhibition.  “Eulogy” celebrates the lives, journeys…

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Telling the stories of Leeds’ migrants

A City and its Welcome: Three Centuries of Migrating to Leeds – what a wonderful exhibition – and well worth seeing

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Leeds City Museum has celebrated the launch of a new exhibition that explores some of the personal stories of Leeds’ migrant communities and looks at what they brought with them to make a home in Leeds.

Gloria 1Stories include that of Gloria Hanley who left the Caribbean for England in the late 1960s. Originally from St Kitts, Gloria arrived in the UK in 1968 where she trained as a nurse before coming to Leeds in the early 1980s to pursue a career as a midwife.

Commenting on her experiences, Gloria, who now lives in Moortown, said: “I’ve lived in Leeds for over forty years and have seen how the city has changed, sometimes beyond recognition. Initially I always went back to London for a good time but not anymore – Leeds is a thriving city and I love living here.

“When I was asked I had no hesitation lending my exhibits…

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Leeds GP Confederation improving the health of the people of Leeds

You may have seen reference to the Leeds GP confederation, primary care networks and local care partnerships but what does it all mean?  Jim Barwick, Chief Executive of Leeds GP Confederation explains and tells us future developments are in the pipeline.

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