This report investigates how funders and third sector infrastructure organisations currently support LGBT+ community action in Leeds.
Previous research from Leeds LGBT+ Mapping Project found that around half of the LGBT+ activity happening in the city was community led and volunteer run, and without regular funding. This raised concerns around the sustainability of LGBT+ community action in the city, and what is needed to support it.
To read the full report follow this link
A new partnership that will bring fresh thinking to the challenges and opportunities for older residents in Leeds was launched on 11 October 2017
Like the rest of the UK, people in Leeds are living longer. It is estimated that by 2021 the number of people in Leeds aged 50 and over will increase by nearly 25,000 (an increase of 8% since 2011) and people aged 80 and over will increase by more than 8,000 (an increase of 10% since 2011).
The new partnership between Leeds City Council, Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and the Centre for Ageing Better will build on Leeds’s existing commitment to being an ‘Age-friendly City’ and ‘the best city to grow old’ in. Over the next five years, the partnership will apply evidence of ‘what works’ to create a better later life for older residents, now and in the future, and help to tackle social and health inequalities experienced by people in later life across the city.
Working closely with older people across Leeds, the partnership will also focus on piloting innovative ways to respond to ageing-related issues experienced by residents, which will generate valuable insight that can be shared with communities across the city and wider region, as well as nationally and abroad.
The partnership will initially look at three key areas:
Natalie Turner, Senior Localities Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, said:
“We are proud to partner with such an ambitious city. Leeds has already taken the important step to become an Age-friendly City, and this new partnership will enable a much more joined-up approach to addressing the needs of older residents in Leeds, using people’s insights and experiences to find new and better ways of doing things. What we learn in Leeds will have a direct benefit for residents but will also be used and shared across the UK, even internationally, to help other areas create communities where everybody can enjoy a good later life.”
Leeds Older People’s Forum said:
“We are delighted to be part of this partnership, working to create a better later life for people across Leeds. Most important is that our work responds to the views and experiences of older residents, draws on the things that matter most to them and most importantly is led by them. Leeds Older People’s Forum will make sure that those voices are at the forefront of the partnership’s thinking whilst involving LOPF’s 100+ member organisations. By partnering with LOPF there is recognition of the strength of the third sector in Leeds.”
Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council Executive Member of Health, Wellbeing and Adults, said:
“Leeds city has a long track record in supporting a better later life for its residents, something this partnership will build on as part of our ambition to make Leeds the best city to grow old in. Older people currently provide informal volunteer services to their community saving millions of pounds each year. That figure is predicted to grow as our older population increases and this partnership can help harness the goodwill, ambition and community strengths we have to make lives better for the older people of Leeds.”
Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has published Leeds Generations United, which highlights some of the brilliant intergenerational work being done in Leeds
The report was officially launched on 25 September 2017 at the LOPF Celebration Event and it features eight intergenerational projects as well as one project’s vision for future intergenerational work.
The report highlights the benefits of each project as well as anything that didn’t work or that the project would have done differently in hindsight. There are also quotes from the participants about their experiences of being involved in the projects.
You can download the report at https://issuu.com/lopf7/docs/leeds_generations_united or if you would prefer a hard copy please contact Sean Tunnicliffe at email@example.com or (0113) 244 1697
The event will highlight the creative and innovative ways which the sector has used to adapt to the challenges it has faced in order to provide services. We will highlight some of the work being done by LOPF members.
We would love to see the many friends and supporters we have made over the past quarter of a century and hope that you are able to come along to help us celebrate this special event.
You can book your place online at Eventbrite or contact Sean Tunnicliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org | (0113) 244 1697