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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 | email@example.com
|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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 | email@example.com | 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 | email@example.com | 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 | email@example.com | 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 | email@example.com | 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 | Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org | 231 1561
|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 | email@example.com | 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!