Join us in celebrating International Day of Older People 2016


By 2020, half of our UK population will be aged 50 or over.  As people have a better quality of living, it also means longer lives.  Well, as the population changes, the country will too.  We need to improve attitudes towards older people and appreciate more the roles they play in society.

This year the International Day of Older Persons starts on 1 October with the theme “Mental well-being with a focus on arts and culture”.  In Leeds we’re celebrating with a range of activities including a photo competition, music and song from different cultures, a book publication, a do-it-yourself art event, traditional Samhain events and a Scarecrow festival starting on Thursday 29 September and finishing on Monday 10 October.  To find out how to get involved look at the 2016 events programme. 


All of the activities are for older people and aimed at the general public though some are restricted to people living within the cachement area of the host organisation.

If you wish to go along to observe or to take part in events please contact the host in advance, their contact details are listed along with the events details.

Thursday 29 September
MAECare – Music and Song from Different Cultures

The participants will be accessing new arts activities through singing and music, with offering experiences that people have not accessed before.

By offering opportunities to get together with other people, this helps to reduce isolation and improve well being

There is research evidence to show that singing has a great impact on mental well- being.  People feel positive after singing and a sense of achievement when they have ended the session.

Who is the event for? Older people in the Moor Allerton area

Venue: MAECare, 57a Cranmer Bank LS17 5JD | 10.30am

Contact: Maria Nalty | | 266 0371

Saturday 1 October
Leeds Chinese Community Association – Fun Day For The Elderly 2016

Sessions on topics such as managing mental health, dementia, healthy eating and physical fitness.   Also sessions on physical and fun activities such as yoga, bingo, musical chairs and much more!

Who is the event for? Members and volunteers of LCCA and the public

Venue: Leeds Chinese Community Association Centre, 84-86 North Street, LS2 7PN | 10.00am-4.00pm

Contact: Judi Pease |

Bramley Elderly Action – Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival open to the whole community within the BEA catchment area.  The crows will be displayed in the week running up to the start of IDOP with participants designing a scarecrow and displaying it in a prominent position at their home/garden/place of work. There will be a grand finale on 1 October with prizes and certificates being awarded

Who is the event for? Event is open to everyone

Venue: Bramley Lawn Centre, Stanningley Road, LS13 3RG | From 9.30 am, prize-giving 12.30-3.00pm

Contact: debbie fawthrop | | 236 1644

Monday 3 October
Touchstone Sikh Elders – Mental Health Awareness Session

Mental health awareness session for service users, awareness to recovery “the journey”. Service users are elderly, BME, South Asian aged 55+ who are experiencing loneliness, isolation, mental health problems, disability and language barriers.

Who is the event for? Service users, Sikh Elders and public (aged 65+)

Venue: Touchstone Support Centre, Harehills Avenue, LS8 4EX |

Contact: Zeba Khan | | 216 3154

Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS) – Arts and Creativity Event

Arts and Creativity event with musical performances, poetry reading, give-it-a-go demonstrations of music and dancing.  Members will be invited to perform and encouraged to read a poem of their choice.  There will also be the chance to dance to live music.

Who is the event for? Older people in the area which OWLS works in

Venue: HEART, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN | 2.00pm

Contact: Fran Graham | | 369 7077

Tuesday 4 October
Age UK Leeds  – Celebration Event for Book Publication

Celebration event for the publication of a book written by the Scribblers, Age UK Leeds’ creative writing group. The group is made up of 12 members and has been meeting for three years. The event will have members of the group reading extracts from the book aloud and attendees will be able to buy copies at a nominal price

Who is the event for? Members of the Scribblers, friends & family of group, service users & general public

Venue: The Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA | 1.00pm-3.00pm

Contact: Sarah Prescott | | 389 3007

Wednesday 5 October
Rothwell &District Live at Home – Health &Wellbeing Day

Stalls offering health information and advice, alternative and holistic therapies, fun activities and demonstrations, plus free refreshments and free entry in to prize draw.  A celebration day for Older People, family, friends and carers, everyone welcome.

Free transport to and from the event within our area is available on request.

Who is the event for? Older People, family, friends & carers and general public

Venue: Blackburn Hall, Commercial Street, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0AW | 11.00am – 3.00pm

Contact: Brian Garbett | | 288 0887

Skippko Arts Project – City Snaps

City Snaps is a photography session where older people can either use their own cameras, phones or Skippko equipment to capture interesting photographic images that reflect their interests and personalities.  There is a plan A and plan B with the plan being used dependent on the weather.  The focus will be on learning some camera techniques, having fun, sharing ideas, looking at things in a new way, and the social benefits of working in a group.

Who is the event for? General public

Venue: Meet outside Leeds City Art Gallery on the Headrow | 2.00pm-4.00pm

Contact: Cath Brooke | | 234 5355

Thursday 6 October
Leeds Irish Health & Homes  – Celebrate Samhain

Traditional Irish food – a nutritious meal will be served for all to share. This will be Irish stew with Soda bread and apple pie and custard for dessert. There will be a “sing-a-long “session where some of the older Irish traditional songs will be sung. Followed by storytelling with a cultural theme celebrating Samhain which is the Celtic festival of autumn.

Who is the event for? The event is for clients of Leeds Irish Health and Homes, members of the public, staff and volunteers.

Venue: Montague Burton Resource Centre, Banstead Street West Leeds LS8 5RU | 12.30-3.00pm

Contact: Caroline Murphy | | 262 5614

Holbeck Elderly Aid – Cultural Event

Cultural event featuring a mixture of foods from around the globe including sample dishes from Europe, Aisa, Australasia, Africa and the Americas. There will also be entertainment in the form of cultural dancers and music provided by a community steel band.

Who is the event for? all members of the community including Holbeck Elderly Aid staff & volunteers

Venue: St Matthews Community Centre, St Matthew’s Street, LS11 9NR | 12.30pm

Contact: Matthew Springthorpe | | 245 5553


Monday 10 October
Hawthorn Mill Sheltered Housing – Art Event

Art event where participants will be able to draw each other using different types of material. The exhibits will be displayed on corridors around the building. Famous artists will be the theme for this. The event will also include a cultural quiz and there will be artefacts made from fruit which can be photographed and displayed around the building.

Who is the event for? Tenants of Connect Housing, volunteers & staff and the general public

Venue: Hawthorn Mill, Cobden Road, LS12 5HQ  | 10.00am-2.00pm

Contact: Sandra Clibbens | | 231 1561

Multiple dates
Richmond Hill Elderly Action (RHEA) – Memories of Richmond Hill Mosaic

Activity will comprise a group of older making a mosaic featuring memories of the community of Richmond Hill.  With the help of East Street Arts the group will design and make the mosaic, which on completion will be placed in the Community Centre as a permanent reminder of how vibrant the community of Richmond Hill once was.

Who is the event for? Any older person living in Richmond Hill

Venue: Richmond Hill Community Centre, Long Close Lane, LS9 8NP |   Eight week course starting first week in October

Contact: Tricia Gradys | | 2248 5200

If  you take part in any of these activities let us know how you got on – if you tweet please use this #IDOPLDS or send in your pics.

Happy International Day of Older Persons to everyone – young and old!

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One Response to Join us in celebrating International Day of Older People 2016

  1. Tony Harte says:

    Thank you and well done to all those involved in these fantastic events. (It’s also my birthday on 1st Oct and I’m deffo one of the ‘older People’) :o)

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