Celebrating Leeds Older Peoples’ Day

The 1st of October is Older People’s Day which also coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons.

Here in Leeds, we want to be an Age Friendly city and as part of that we support Older People’s Day which challenges negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes and focuses on celebrating the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy.

This year there are a number of different events based on the theme: ‘Trailblazers’ which will take place throughout Leeds between 29th September and 7th October.

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

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

Saturday 29 September

Bramley Elderly Action – Desert Island Discs

Coffee and chat designed to appeal to older men in particular, who will be invited to bring a favourite track to play, and tell us about the live music they have witnessed, the best gigs, and the musicians they admire. Bramley Elderly Action will record and share their musical histories, online and as a display in venues in the area they work in.

Who the event is for: BEA members, older people who have not become members yet, BEA volunteers and staff.

Venue: Bramley Lawn Social Centre, Rossefield Lawn, off Rossefield Approach, LS13 3RU | 11.00am-12 noon

Contact: Fran Graham franbramleyea.gmail.com 236 1644 @bramleyelderly

Monday 1 October

Bramley Elderly Action – Dancercise

Free dancercise session for anyone aged 60+. Think glow-sticks, 90’s chart hits, and a dancercise tutor who gets everyone up and moving.

Who the event is for: BEA members, older people who have not become members yet, BEA volunteers and staff.

Venue: Bramley Community Centre, Waterloo Ln, Leeds LS13 2JB 10.00am – 11.00am

Contact: Fran Graham franbramleyea.gmail.com 236 1644 @bramleyelderly

Otley Action For Older People – Virtual Reality (VR) Experience

A brand new Virtual Reality (VR) experience, which will give individuals the opportunity to re-live past events through the comfort of an armchair. Virtual Reality has been proven to have a positive effect on people with dementia, allowing then to relive earlier life experience.

Who the event is for: Volunteers, service users and members of the public

Venue: Otley Welfare Centre, Crossgate, Otley LS21 3AA | 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Contact: Sue Trainor/ Catherine Greenwood info@otleyactionforolderpeople.org.uk 01943 463 965

Zest Health for Life – “iTea”

An “iTea” event where older adults come for High Tea and learn about IT undertaking live tweeting, ‘instagramming’ and improving their IT skills and IT confidence in general.

The aim is to bring people together, reducing social isolation whilst also giving the individuals an engaging and innovative learning activity.

Who the event is for: Public, volunteers, local organisations

Venue: Leeds Cookery School, The Old Gipton Fire Station, Gipton Approach LS9 6NL |

11.00am – 2.00pm

Contact: Dom Charkin dom.charkin@zesthealthforlife.org 240 6677 @ZestLeeds

Wednesday 3 October

BHI Black Health Initiative – Celebrating the Contributions From our

Diverse Communities

An event to celebrate the showcasing BHI’s My Front Room & Oral History stories in a Safe, Positive, and Nurturing Environment whilst Celebrating Music, Songs and the diversity contained within individuals, which have formed part of the surrounding

Communities’ Legacy. Music & Entertainment will begin at 10:45am and after the meal, Reminiscence Showcase from 11:45, three course meal from 12:45pm

Members £5 Guests £6 (reservation needed, please see below for contact details)

Who the event is for: staff, volunteers, family members and members of the public from the surrounding community

Venue: Fusion Cafe, Austin Burke Centre, 196 Chapeltown Rd, LS7 4HZ | 10.30am-2.30pm

Contact: Karl Fowler bil@bhileeds.org.uk 307 0300 @BHILeeds

Naya Savera – ‘‘Seeds of Future”

Seeds of Future will be a project where the members of the group will come together for a day to plant seeds. Once planted the pots will be given back to the service users to take care of them at home. Participants will also be encouraged to write a small note to attach with the pot ‘Expectations of future’ which will be stay as the seeds turn into plants.

Who the event is for: Members, staff, volunteers and members of the public (booking is essential)

Venue: Treetops Community Centre, Off Shadwell Lane, LS17 8FQ  10.30am-2.30pm

Contact: Ravinder Crossland  nayasavera17@gmail.com

Seacroft Friends and Neighbours – Technology Tea Party

A tea party for the intergenerational project supporting older people with technology.

A large mobile phone company has supplied the Network with refurbished phones and local students are teaching the older people how to use them. Getting older people digitally connected helps them to stay connected, increases safety and opens up opportunities.

Who the event is for: Older people in the community, students and volunteers.

Venue: Seacroft Methodist Church Hall, York Rd, Leeds LS14 6JB Time TBC

Contact: Kate Taverner ssfn@btconnect.com 273 4979

Thursday 4 October

Bramley Elderly Action –Desert Island Discs

Coffee and chat designed to appeal to older men in particular, who will be invited to bring a favourite track to play, and tell us about the live music they have witnessed, the best gigs, and the musicians they admire. Bramley Elderly Action will record and share their musical histories, online and as a display in venues in the area they work in.

Who the event is for: BEA members, older people who have not become members yet, BEA volunteers and staff.

Venue: Bramley Lawn Social Centre, Rossefield Lawn, off Rossefield Approach,    LS13 3RU | 11.00am-12 noon

Contact: Fran Graham franbramleyea.gmail.com 236 1644 @bramleyelderly

 Leeds Jewish Welfare Board – Cinema Experience

A traditional cinema experience for older people. Using Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s new and cutting edge Immersive Technology their large events room will be transformed from floor to ceiling into an old-fashioned cinema. Older people will be invited to watch their favourite old films and enjoy refreshments.

Who the event is for: This is an open event, with tickets.

Venue: Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Rd, Leeds LS17 6AZ  1.00pm – 4.00pm

Contact: Carole Hooks/Rachel Maughan carole.hooks@ljwb.co.uk/rachel.maughan@ljwb.co.u 268 4211 @ljwbleeds

If you go to any of these events or any other events and take photos or tweet about it please use the hashtag #IDOPLDS so we can gather all of the tweets together at the end and see what a fantastic time everyone has had.

Please make sure the people you photograph have given you their permission.

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