Celebrating older people in the city

Older people in Leeds were celebrated at a sing along organised by the Leeds Older People Forum. ''Picture: Tony Johnson

Older people in Leeds were celebrated at a sing along organised by the Leeds Older People Forum. ''Picture: Tony Johnson

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THE PASSION and talent of older people in Leeds was celebrated with an afternoon of dance, performances, poetry and singing.

Older people were asked what culture meant to them in the planning for the afternoon of celebrations at Leeds Central Library yesterday.

The event, arranged by the Council, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Age UK, was part of the city’s celebrations for International Older People’s Day, which took place of October 1.

It was also the opportunity to celebrate a summer of success for older people’s services in Leeds.

Last month, Leeds Older People’s Forum won a £6m lottery grant for a six year project that will keep older people in touch with their communities and out of the grip of social isolation.

And in August it was announced that Leeds has been included in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

Coun Adam Ogilvie, the council’s executive member for adult social care, said the event showed just how much enthusiasm, passion and talent older people in Leeds have.

“We always like to mark Older People’s Day in Leeds, but this year we have extra reason to celebrate, with some really extraordinary events and accomplishments in the city over the past 12 months.

“This has been a year when the projects and partnerships we have worked closely with have really flourished and subsequently got the recognition they so thoroughly deserve.

“Now, thanks to the work we have done together, we can all look to the future with a genuine sense of optimism as we continue to make Leeds an even better place for older people to live.”

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