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The latest updates from Time to Shine – July 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Leeds Older People’s Forum AGM 

The impending crisis in social care gets frequent coverage in the news these days, and the Third Sector has a huge stake in the issues. This year, our Annual General Meeting will give us a chance to have a frank discussion about it, and hear…
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From a Participant: Thank You

A participant of the Walk With Me project, delivered by Feel Good Factor, had some lovely words to share about how Time to Shine has helped her: My name is Joyce. I am a lady of 88 years old and I have been caring for my husband for 7 years…
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Job Vacancy at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Older People’s Programme Manager We have an exciting opportunity for an organised and creative individual to develop our newly formed Older People’s Programme at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Building on the long-running success of Heydays (a…
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Food, Glorious Food! 

Young at Arts are celebrating their project with a final event: Food, Glorious Food, at Left Bank. It will be a fantastic afternoon featuring award-winning dance company, Protein. Bring a dish you’ve made, grown or bought to add…
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Job Vacancy: Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

Time to Shine monitoring and evaluation assistant Leeds Older People’s ForumPermanent7 hours per week, £15,816 per annum (pro rata) As a monitoring and evaluation assistant you will work closely with the monitoring and evaluation officer and…
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Pop-up! Dementia-Awareness Choir

Dementia is a common condition that is commonly misunderstood. Stigma and fear can lead to people losing confidence to do the things they’ve always done, and consequently becoming socially isolated. Dementia Friendly Leeds took a creative approach…
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Have your say: Why don’t we just talk more about loneliness? [Big Issue North]

Jim Garside, Time to Shine’s Administration Officer, wrote a comment piece for the Big Issue about loneliness in Leeds. It calls for the need to reduce the stigma attached to loneliness and social isolation: “Loneliness and social isolation…
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Armley Helping Hands Celebrates Jo Cox

The Jo Cox Commission is promoting a Great Get Together around the country in June. Armley Helping Hands is joining in with a 60s disco! 
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Recent Articles:

Age Friendly Leeds: What’s Your Pledge? 
Ian’s experience: Dementia Friendly Leeds
Louise’s experience: Dementia Friendly Leeds
Research Based Innovations in Healthy Ageing Symposium
More than a Mealtime Lives Up to Its Name

 

Why Don’t We Just talk more about loneliness? [Big Issue North]

It’s not a Big Issue (Best pun ever!) but my comment piece ‘Why Don’t We Just talk more about loneliness?’ was published by Big Issue North.

Why don't we just talk more about loneliness?

Loneliness and social isolation are silent killers, according to the statistics.

Health studies suggest that social isolation is as bad for you as obesity or heart disease and that loneliness can be as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

We become isolated for many reasons, and loneliness affects all of us at some point in our lives, but it is most prevalent among vulnerable and isolated older people.

Research commissioned by Age UK indicates that half a million people over the age of 60 spend most days alone and about half a million more don’t have contact with anyone for up to a week at a time.

So why don’t we talk about it?

Have your say and read the rest of the piece here.

I was delighted to write for Big Issue North and for my piece to appear both in their print magazine and on their website.

They even singled out the piece for special mention on Twitter which made my day:

big issue north - featuring James Garside - Twitter

Definitely one to check off my bucket list and add to my portfolio.

The latest updates from Time to Shine – June 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Age Friendly Leeds: What’s Your Pledge? 

Everyone can do something to make Leeds more age friendly. Leeds City Council’s Public Health Resource Centre recently hosted a “Want to Know More” information session covering the ins and outs of what it means to be Age Friendly. Time…
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Ian’s experience of volunteering for Dementia Friendly Leeds

Before I did my work placement with Dementia Friendly Leeds I did not have much knowledge when it came to Dementia but I was interested to learn. With the placement came a lot of field work such as visiting different groups of organisations which…
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Louise’s experience of volunteering for Dementia Friendly Leeds

My experience at Dementia Friendly Leeds will not be forgotten quickly. I have had a really positive experience here and will take the key skills I have learnt with me in the future. Through the past six weeks I’ve visited multiple Dementia Cafes…
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Research Based Innovations in Healthy Ageing Symposium

A mix of academics, postgraduate researchers, primary healthcare stakeholders and a sprinkling of people from the voluntary sector made up the seventy of so delegates at this symposium which was hosted by Leeds Beckett University. Each of the seven…
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More than a Mealtime Lives Up to Its Name 

A Time to Shine project has meant finding something beyond friendship for two of its participants, Anita and Ken. More than a Mealtime, delivered by Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours, brings people together over one of the most important…
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Event: Men’s Health in Leeds

Across nearly all causes of death, men in Leeds are more likely than women to die at a younger age. Women outliving men is something that you often hear about, but have you spent time thinking about why this is? Here at Time to Shine…
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Recent Articles:

Lights, Camera, Action!
Food for Thought: Stories from Young at Arts
Case Study: Raat Di Roti, Sikh Elders Service – Touchstone
Mall Walking – Now You’re Talking
Test and Learn: The unexpected stigma of kindness?

The latest updates from Time to Shine – May 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Lights, Camera, Action!

Did you know? Time to Shine is building a collection of videos documenting our various projects. They’re a great way to show the impact delivery partners are making toward reducing social isolation around Leeds. So grab some…
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Food for Thought: Stories from Young at Arts

Time to Shine delivery partner Young at Arts recently launched a new programme called Food for Thought, and I was lucky enough to be invited to the first session. Approximately 15 people came along to Armley Real Junk Food Project. Working with…
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Case Study: Raat Di Roti, Sikh Elders Service – Touchstone

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Mall Walking – Now You’re Talking

Time to Shine had the pleasure of attending the White Rose Centre’s Mall Walkers Easter meet-up and had a fantastic time chatting to the people that take part. But what is Mall Walking I hear you cry? Well, Mall Walking is an idea that came over…
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Test and Learn: The unexpected stigma of kindness?

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Stop the press!​

One of our Community Correspondent’s pieces for Time to Shine has made it into print with Yorkshire Reporter and we’re very proud of them. The piece about the development of Luxulele, Pudsey’s own community ukulele band, was seen on the Time to…
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Opportunity to host Sage training

Sage invites potential hosts for their one-day training session. The training course is free and is for any professional, volunteer or trustee who may come into contact with older LGBT people and/or who want to improve their services to LGBT older…
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Recent Articles:

Funding Opportunity: Round 4 of Small Funds
Cara Cinema Club on the road in Farnley
Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness
Meetup: Another Way for Over 50s to Get Connected
Latest Small Funds Projects

 

The latest updates from Time to Shine – April 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Funding Opportunity: Round 4 of Small Funds

Small Funds, delivered by Leeds Community Foundation, supports innovative short-term projects all over Leeds. Awards are between £5,000 and £10,000 and should be spent within twelve months. Each round of funding has a different theme. So…
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Cara Cinema Club on the road in Farnley

Cara Cinema Club In association with Neighbourhood Action in Farnley Presents “Brooklyn”- based on the book by Colm Toibin Thursday 6th April 2017 Hillside Hall, Cross Lane, LS12 5AA Minibus 5pm Playhouse Layby (contribution…
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Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Before she was killed, Jo Cox was working on putting loneliness on the national agenda. As part of her legacy, co-chaired by Seema Kennedy MP (Con) and Rachel Reeves MP (Lab), the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was born. Working with…
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Meetup: Another Way for Over 50s to Get Connected

Loneliness can affect anyone at anytime. And while some people argue that the internet is encouraging people to stay home and be isolated, it can also be a great avenue to get out and meet people in real life. Meetup.com offers a way for…
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Latest Small Funds Projects

Small Funds, delivered by our partner Leeds Community Foundation, offers small pots of funding to support community groups that want to fight social isolation. Each round of funding has a different theme, and the most recent is Communication…
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Funding Opportunity for Social Entrepreneurs

Leeds Community Foundation, one of our delivery partners, is partnering with UnLtd to support social entrepreneurs who have ideas for helping people age well. Awards of up to £5,000 are available. The closing date for Expressions of Interest…
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Volunteer Listeners: We need YOU

At our last Delivery Partners meeting, researcher David Woodcock came along to talk us through his new idea: a project called Volunteer Listeners. Volunteer listeners is a way of…
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Sage Featured in the YEP

The 14 March 2017 edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post shined a light on two Time to Shine participants, in a moving and insightful profile. Roy Blanchard and John Roebuck sat down with Post reporter Aisha Iqbal to talk…
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Age Friendly Steering Group Update

The Time to Shine Steering Group to look at the Age Friendly Charter has met twice, and we are off to a great start. Sixteen people attended the first meeting and twelve came to the second, with a few other people having expressed interest but…
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Recent Articles:

Age Friendly Lessons: From Bristol to Singapore
Community Correspondent: Mary visits Luxulele – Pudsey’s community ukulele band
CINAGE: Filmmaking for Active Ageing – New Course Announced  
Nextdoor: connecting online to connect offline 
New: Food for Thought from Young at Arts

The latest updates from Time to Shine – March 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Age Friendly Lessons: From Bristol to Singapore

On a recent trip to Singapore, I spotted an innovative solution to a problem that I hear people talk about a lot: “I need more time to cross the road.” Leeds is not exactly known for being a pedestrian-friendly haven, though it has…
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Community Correspondent: Mary visits Luxulele – Pudsey’s community ukulele band

If you have always wanted to be in a band then Luxulele, Pudsey’s own community ukulele band, could be for you. Still in its infancy this group celebrated its 2nd birthday in December, last year, and has already gained a good…
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CINAGE: Filmmaking for Active Ageing – New Course Announced  

Filmmaking for Active Ageing is a course for people of 60 years and over who want the opportunity to make films that tell their story. From April to November 2017 you’ll attend regular Tuesday evening workshops – and some…
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Nextdoor: connecting online to connect offline 

“People just don’t know their neighbours any more.” It’s a common complaint we hear all over Leeds, when talking about loneliness and social isolation. People feel that the cultural changes of the modern world have led to everyone staying in…
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New: Food for Thought from Young at Arts

The LEAF Partnership • Leeds Grand Theatre & City Varieties • Northern Ballet • Opera North • Phoenix Dance Theatre • West Yorkshire Playhouse • Yorkshire Dance • invites you: We are looking for people aged…
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Recent Articles:

Success Story: More than a Mealtime
Happy Panda Launch
Volunteer Spotlight: Frances from Street Links
Success Story: Digital Angels
Volunteer Spotlight: Peter from Walking with Confidence

The latest updates from Time to Shine – February 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Success Story: More than a Mealtime

More than a Mealtime’s Shared Tables project brings people, who might otherwise be eating on their own, together for a meal in a local restaurant. The project has been extremely successful; the meals happen regularly, sustained by volunteer…
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Happy Panda Launch

On 30 January, Time to Shine was invited to be part of the Happy Panda’s Launch event, co-hosted by Lychee Red Seniors. Happy Panda is a new men’s group that will be meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays to sing, chat, cook, learn English…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Frances from Street Links

When Frances moved from London to Leeds, it was all a big change and she did not feel connected to her new surroundings. She didn’t know her neighbours and didn’t feel confident. Her involvement with Richmond Hill Elderly Action Street…
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Success Story: Digital Angels

At age 80, Vera was feeling like there was not enough for her to do anymore. She spent most of her time sitting alone and watching television, and told her daughter that she was fed up with this way of life. Her daughter bought her a tablet for…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Peter from Walking with Confidence

Time to Shine and all its projects could not function without the help of many dedicated volunteers, all who want to take a step toward ending social isolation in Leeds. Walking with Confidence, delivered by AgeUK Leeds, helps older…
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Leeds City Council praises Time to Shine

At the full council meeting on 11 January 2017, many Leeds City Councillors took an opportunity to highlight the work and accomplishments of Time to Shine. Councillors were briefed about Time to Shine in the Executive Board…
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New: Supporting Wellbeing Projects

Older people who are frail or have complex medical needs have a very high risk of being socially isolated. Health and mobility problems mean that getting out to do the things you enjoy becomes increasingly difficult, and extra support can help. The…
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Recent Articles:

Recruiting: Age Friendly Charter Steering Group
Community Correspondent: Social Science talk about friendship and loneliness
Community Correspondent: Strictly Ballroom – West Yorkshire Playhouse
Community Correspondent: Rudolf – West Yorkshire Playhouse
Time to Shine Volunteers Needed!

The latest updates from Time to Shine – January 2017

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Recruiting: Age Friendly Steering Group

Now that the Age Friendly Charter is finished, Time to Shine must move on to the next step, which is encouraging groups and individuals around the city to put it into action. There are many directions the work could go in, and many…
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Community Correspondent: Social Science talk about friendship and loneliness

I arrived at the Library to attend a talk about Friendship and Loneliness and why we need friends. Appropriately, I was met by some very smiley people with offers of tea and biscuits, I took my seat and glanced around the room. We were an eclectic…
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Community Correspondent: Strictly Ballroom – West Yorkshire Playhouse

The excitement, if not Love, was palpably in the air on Tuesday night for the UK premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name which, as some of us didn’t realise, was based on a short play also written by…
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Community Correspondent: Rudolf – West Yorkshire Playhouse

The Playhouse production of Rudolf was in the Barber Room. The passage leading to the Barber Room was lit by blue and white fairy lights. This really set the scene for entering into the fairy land setting of Rudolf where staff wearing…
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Time to Shine Volunteers Needed!

Several delivery partners have told us that they are currently in need of volunteers! There are several opportunities to help reduce social isolation of older people around Leeds–maybe you would like to help someone walk independently…
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Community Correspondent: Is Age Just A Number?

Can anyone tell me what age is? To me it’s a number. Each person is their own being. You can enjoy the fact you get out bed every day and it’s a new start. Quite often people shout, presuming you must…
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Community Correspondent: Mary Johnson-Green on Art Clubs in Leeds

Back to Art or into Art, Leeds has a lot to offer My involvement with Art Clubs started more than 20 years ago when I was working full time, juggling work with family life. The local Art Club was my bolt…
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Recent Articles:

Good Outcomes: Lychee Red
Time to Shine’s first 100 blog posts
RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed for Thorner Internet cafe
RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed to run Internet Cafe in Collingham
Yorkshire Mediation: Restorative Justice

The latest updates from Time to Shine – December 2016

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Good Outcomes: Lychee Red

Time to Shine’s local evaluator, CIRCLE, recently spent time with the Lychee Red Senior Project to learn more about participants’ experience—what they have gained so far and what they would like like to see develop in the…
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Time to Shine’s first 100 blog posts

The Time to Shine website has passed an important milestone. We now have over 100 blog posts. Here’s to the next 100. RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed for Thorner Internet cafeRAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed to run Internet Cafe in…
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RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed for Thorner Internet cafe

CAN YOU HELP? Digital Skills Volunteers needed for Thorner Internet cafe We are looking for Volunteers who are relatively confident with digital equipment to help those in need with basic tasks such…
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RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed to run Internet Cafe in Collingham

CAN YOU HELP? Digital Skills Volunteers needed to run Internet Cafe in Collingham We are looking for Volunteers who are relatively confident with digital equipment to help those in need with basic tasks such…
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Yorkshire Mediation: Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice?Restorative Justice (RJ) is a voluntary process that brings together those that have been harmed by crime, and those responsible for that harm.The process is facilitated by trained RJ facilitators.The idea is that all…
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Our social research intern’s Evaluation Report of the ABCD approach in reducing social isolation

Honor Horsfall, Time to Shine’s social research intern, produced an Evaluation Report of the ABCD approach in reducing social isolation. The report looks at two Time to Shine delivery partners and gives a valuable insight…
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Community Correspondent: Coverage of IDOP (International Day of Older People) Community Events

Lots of different community events took place across Leeds this year to celebrate International Day of Older People (IDOP) 2016. Some of the older people who attended events funded by Leeds Older People’s…
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​Community Correspondent: Joyce Aveyard wrote to us about the Writing Back Penpal Programme​

My name is Joyce Aveyard. I would like to relate the benefits of writing to another person. Did any of you have a pen friend in your youth? I had several, in various countries, the anticipation of eagerly awaiting a letter with a foreign stamp…
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Community Correspondent: Sage Writing Workshop

To celebrate IDOP, International Day of Older People, Sage organised a writing workshop led by local writer Matthew Bellwood. I didn’t know what to expect when I turned up for the writing workshop, I was a little nervous; but within…
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Community Correspondent: City Snaps – Skippko Arts Project

City Snaps – Skippko Arts Project One of the briefs of Skippko is to deliver Arts Projects locally and so to celebrate the International Day of Older People Skippko facilitated a photography session in the centre…
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Community Correspondent: The Fashionable Lounge’s Intergenerational Drama Project – City Varieties

The Fashionable Lounge’s Intergenerational project with Leeds Older People’s Forum Thursday 6 October 2016 By Ben Anson & Laura Cope…
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Community Correspndent: Well Being Day Event – Rothwell & District Live at Home Scheme

International Day of Older People 2016 Rothwell & District Live at Home Scheme Health and Wellbeing Day – Blackburn Hall – Rothwell 5…
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Recent Articles:

Age Friendly Charter Launches
Evaluation of the Ageing Better Programme – Key Points and Discussion
Restorative Justice – Yorkshire Mediation
Community Social Worker – Bramley Elderly Action
Community Correspondent: Anne Spice on The Scribblers’ book launch and IDOP

The latest updates from Time to Shine – November 2016

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Age Friendly Charter Launches

Since March 2016, Time to Shine Age Friendly Campaign Officer Emily Axel has been consulting with older people all over Leeds to write an Age Friendly Charter for the city. Leeds joined the World Health Organisation’s Network of Age…
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Evaluation of the Ageing Better Programme – Key Points and Discussion

Time to Shine will be hosting several workshops to discuss the baseline report recently published by Ecorys which looked at Social Isolation in Leeds. The workshops will include a presentation of the key findings and data from the…
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Restorative Justice – Yorkshire Mediation

Yorkshire Mediation Services (YMS) is a mediation charity based in West Yorkshire working to resolve neighbour disputes, workplace disputes and to provide training in conflict resolution. They work do this through offering…
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Community Social Worker – Bramley Elderly Action

COMMUNITY SOCIAL WORKER: BRAMLEY ELDERLY ACTIONHours: 22 hours per weekGrade: SO1, £25,694 – 27,394 (pro rata)Leave: 28 days plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)Employing Body: Bramley Elderly Action (BEA)Line Manager: Operations Manager /…
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Community Correspondent: Anne Spice on The Scribblers’ book launch and IDOP

An Age UK Leeds Creative Writing group known as ‘The Scribblers’ celebrated IDOP (International Day of Older People), with friends and family, by launching their anthology ‘Notes from a Small…
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Community Correspondent: Thamanna Trishna on Association of Blind Asians​​’ Carers Support Group

By Thamanna Trishna, Association of Blind AsiansAssociation of Blind Asians have secured some funding, through Time to shine, to help and support carers. We’ve been working with the community since 1989. Association of Blind Asians…
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Job Opportunity: ​LGBT+ Community Development Worker

LGBT+ Community Development Worker 35 hours per week (negotiable), four months fixed term, Scale SO1 Spinal point 29, currently £25,694 (pro rata for 4 months) Leeds has a large and diverse LGBT+ population but doesn’t have a…
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Become a Community Correspondent for Time to Shine – Latest Opportunities

Older people (over the age of 50) write for us as Community Correspondents for the Time to Shine website. You can find some examples of their writing here: Community Correspondent: Delia Muir on dementia and…
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Job Opportunity – Time to Shine Supporting Wellbeing Project Coordinator, Health for All Leeds

Time to Shine Supporting Wellbeing Project Coordinator Health for All (Leeds) Health for All (Leeds) work in partnership with local government, health services and local people to engage with and improve disadvantaged…
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An update from Time to Shine’s social research intern

Honor Horsfall, Intern at Time to Shine Honor Horsfall, Intern at Time to Shine I’m an MA student, at the University of Sheffield’s politics department, studying Governance and Public Policy. Over the summer I worked…
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Learning Facilitation: Hanna Wilcock on Yoga for Older People in Leeds

By Hanna Wilcock, Learning Facilitator, Time to Shine I had the pleasure of attending a group that is being run for older ladies in Leeds. The group is a mix of gentle exercise, yoga, good food and company and caters…
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Recent Articles:

Launch of the Age-Friendly Charter
Community Correspondent: Margaret Bell attends the Dementia Friendly performance of Anniversary
CIRCLE: Reducing isolation in later life through co-production
Leeds Homeshare
Community Correspondent: Jacqui Smith attends Blackthorn at West Yorkshire Playhouse

The latest updates from Time to Shine – October 2016

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

In this edition:

Launch of the Age-Friendly Charter

Time to Shine is set to launch their Age-Friendly Charter for Leeds in October. Emily, the project’s Age Friend Campaign Officer, asked nearly 200 older people across the city how to make Leeds a better place to grow old in, covering areas…
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Community Correspondent: Margaret Bell attends the Dementia Friendly performance of Anniversary

Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Playhouse Review by Margaret Bell of the Dementia Friendly performance The dementia friendly matinee performance of…
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CIRCLE: Reducing isolation in later life through co-production

CIRCLE, University of Sheffield, would like to invite you to an event which they will be holding in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science week in…
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Leeds Homeshare

Leeds City Council are launching Homeshare – a pilot funded by the Big Lottery in partnership with local providers including St Anne’s Community Services, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Care and Repair. Homeshare will carefully…
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Community Correspondent: Jacqui Smith attends Blackthorn at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Photo courtesy of West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatre pared to the bone, storytelling at its best By Cllr Jacqui Smith, Chair of Swillington Parish Council Theatre pared to the bone, storytelling at…
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Loneliness and Me: Sharon’s Story

I just want someone for me: a friend
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What’s New in Leeds: Farnley Friendly Faces, Young at Arts and Otley Action for Older People’s Day of Dance

We have a few new updates this week for you – if you need any more information on any of the below please contact Hanna on hanna@opforum.org.uk. Farnley Friendly Faces at Farnley Neighbourhood ActionThis is a free service for…
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IDOP: Storytelling workshop for LGBT people over 50 in Leeds – Sage

Storytelling Workshop 1 October 11am—4pm at MESMAC Lunch providedTo celebrate International Day of Older People this workshop will offer a chance for older LGBT people to come together and…
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Community Correspondent: Delia Muir on dementia and caring

Delia as a child with her Nana Em Delia shares her personal story and talks about ‘Lost in Memories’ – her theatre project about dementia and caring Guest post by Delia…
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Anniversary – West Yorkshire Playhouse

14 – 17 SeptemberCourtyard TheatreTickets £12.500113 213 7700 It’s not a time for living in the past or in the future but living fully in the present. We mark out our significant moments with anniversaries. Anchors in…
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Cara – Mary and Heather’s story

Cara means friend in Irish. Sara Allkins, Community Connector at Leeds Irish Health & Homes, told us about the blossoming friendship of Heather and Mary thanks to the Cara project. She described them as “Two ladies it has been my…
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Valuing our skills – Armley Helping Hands

On Friday we ran the very first ‘Valuing our skills’ session at Armley helping hands. We worked with Madeline from NDTI to put together a session that would allow people to identify what skills they have and create personalised profiles that can…
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What’s new this week – 31 August
Time to Shine presentation from Leeds Older People’s Forum AGM
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Loneliness and Me: Maggie’s story

The latest updates from Time to Shine – September 2016

The latest updates from

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What’s new this week – 31 August

Well its the last week in August…and therefore the last week of summer?! Say it isn’t so! Its nearly time for me to begin my Christmas countdown… A quick round up from this weeks ‘What’s New’ for people over 50 living in Leeds. Cara Cinema…
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Time to Shine presentation from Leeds Older People’s Forum AGM

We want to share with you the presentation we gave about Time to Shine at this year’s Leeds Older People’s Forum AGM. It’s a celebration of everything that we’ve achieved in partnership with our delivery partners to improve…
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Loneliness and Me: Noleen’s story

I don’t feel like an old woman
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Asset Based Community Development in Rural Yorkshire

Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) works with communities to enable development – whether that be broadband access, housing, good neighbours, community development plans or hubs for older people. As a Time to Shine delivery partner, they…
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Loneliness and Me: Maggie’s story

I didn’t think this would happen to me
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What’s New This Week?

Activities happening around Leeds that we’ve come across this week: Walking Football – Play the beautiful game at a walking pace.Every Friday at Guiseley afc 6:00pm-7:00pmContact 01943 430499…
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Writing Back Penpal Programme

Writing Back is an award-winning University of Leeds letter writing project matching School of English undergraduate students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents. Now in its third year, the project has seen 140 people write to one another so…
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An Age-Friendly Pride!

Time to Shine and its delivery partner Sage (a partnership of Yorkshire MESMAC and Age UK Leeds) tried something new this year for Pride: offering a “mellow space” right in the heart of the party, at Lambert’s Yard on Lower…
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Dementia is a lonely place

By Hanna Wilcock, Learning Facilitator, Time to Shine We held a dementia seminar that looked at the different ways of helping somebody diagnosed with dementia stay integrated within society. An older couple attended the seminar…
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Recent Articles:

Time to Shine booklet of Delivery Partner projects
What is it like to be you?
Time to Shine “Celebrating Age” Arts Council Funding exploration meeting
Write for Better Lives
Check out Raat di Roti’s new project video

The latest updates from Time to Shine – August 2016

The latest updates from

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Making Leeds less lonely for older people

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Time to Shine booklet of Delivery Partner projects

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Time to Shine booklet which details all current delivery partner projects and the wonderful work they’ve done across Leeds to improve the lives of older people. You can download…
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What is it like to be you?

Photo courtesy of theperformanceensemble.com What Is It Like To Be You? The Performance Ensemble, West Yorkshire Playhouse July 19th What is it like to be you? Older people from across Leeds set about finding out at West…
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Time to Shine “Celebrating Age” Arts Council Funding exploration meeting

WHEN: Thursday 11 August 10:30am to 12:30pm (Add to Calendar) WHERE: Yorkshire Dance – 3 Saint Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH – View Map BOOKING: FREE The Arts Council England…
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Write for Better Lives

Leeds City Council are looking for guest writers and blog posts from Time to Shine delivery partners and project participants to provide content for the Better Lives blog. The Better Lives blog focuses on any…
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Check out Raat di Roti’s new project video

Delivered by Touchstone, Raat di Roti matches Punjabi-speaking volunteers with Punjabi-speaking older people to share an evening meal together. Though originally planned as a fortnightly event, some volunteers have enjoyed the…
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Time to Shine at Leeds Pride

If you would like to attend Leeds Pride but are put off by the crowds, or are worried about access, this is the good opportunity for you. Time to Shine, in partnership with Sage, are having a ‘mellowish space’…
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Pauline’s Story – Volunteering with Age UK Leeds

My name is Pauline and I have used the facilities at Age UK Leeds in the Bradbury Building. Firstly I enrolled to do an IT course and then the Tai Chi class. When visiting the building I saw an opportunity for…
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Time to Shine at Kirkstall Festival

It started very grey and wet, and we were worried that people wouldn’t come, but rain never stops play and come they did. We had a prime position next to lots of other interesting stalls; with even a bit of competition from a glitter metallic…
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FREE WORKSHOP: ​Time to Shine Learning Disability Community Development Workshop

FREE workshopTuesday, 12 July 2016 from 10:30 to 13:30The Vinery Centre – 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LUTime to Shine is a six year programme funded by the Big Lottery. Our aim is to tackle social isolation in older people, aged 50 years and over…
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Time to Shine at Holbeck Gala

Holbeck Gala threw every weather possible at us but we persevered. The Gala is a credit to the volunteers and local community members who work tirelessly to put it together. It’s a great day out. We debuted our new…
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Leeds Pride Banner Making

Thursday 13 July from 12pmAs you’ve hopefully already seen Time to Shine are having a ‘mellow space’ at Leeds Pride. We’ve hired a space at Lamberts Yard in Leeds and will be providing a friendly space for people to come and sit…
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Become a Community Correspondent for Time to Shine

Time to Shine is guided by older people, for older people, and we want you to help us address the issues that matter most to you. We receive frequent local press coverage including newspaper, radio and TV about the work our delivery…
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Tea and Communications!

Now that we are more than a year into Time to Shine, we would like to take a look back on how we have been communicating our message. If you have been involved in Time to Shine or if you haven’t, we want to hear from you! We’ll review what…
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Time to Shine at Hunslet Gala

Time to Shine had a lovely afternoon at sunny Hunslet Time to Shine had a prime position just by the main entertainment area so were really in the thick of all the action. We were so close that as well as…
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Focus Group Participants Needed!
AWOC Conference Reflections
Join us for Leeds Pride placard-making on 13th July
​Learning Disability Community Development Project
Success stories from the Time to Shine BME Network

The latest updates from Time to Shine – July 2016

The latest updates from

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Making Leeds less lonely for older people

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Focus Group Participants Needed!

Time to Shine’s local evaluation team is arranging a number of focus group sessions for older people. Each session is jointly led by an academic researcher and an older person who is involved as a peer researcher. The…
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AWOC Conference Reflections

Ageing Without Children hosted a national conference in Birmingham on 27 June 2016 to talk about how to plan for a later life if you can’t rely on children for help. 
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Join us for Leeds Pride placard-making on 13th July

We are having a placard-making session for Leeds Pride at the LOPF HQ. We are asking anybody interested in crafts to come along and help us create the best Time to Shine placards they can so we can promote our message at Leeds…
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​Learning Disability Community Development Project

We are looking for a delivery partner to help us gain a better understanding of how many older learning disabled people are experiencing social isolation in our city. We want to know what the barriers are for them in developing meaningful social…
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Success stories from the Time to Shine BME Network

I’m not sad and depressed any more An elderly Indian woman was referred to Time to Shine BME Network by a group leader. She was very isolated as she wasn’t going out. She was very low in confidence and was…
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Loneliness and Me: Becky’s Story

My husband was given 51 weeks to live after a cancer diagnosis. Because he was very ill for almost a year before he died I sort of switched to automatic and did everything I should do on a practical level. In retrospect I did some of my grieving…
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Loneliness and Me: Ted’s Story

I’d been a driver all my life — it’s what I always wanted to do ever since I was a little boy. Deliveries, then ambulance driving. I loved joking with passengers and making them feel at ease. I retired at 70 and was looking…
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Volunteers’ Week: A volunteer’s experience of Shared Tables, More than a Mealtime

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week we want to share positive stories from volunteers that work with our delivery partners to improve the lives of older people across Leeds. Shared Tables brings single people together to eat as a…
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Time to Shine Stakeholder Survey
URGENT: LCF’s Small Funds ‘Funding Information Session’ is tomorrow
Time to Shine’s plans for the summer
Young at Arts: An Afternoon of Dance
OWLS are showing Bollywood films at Hyde Park Picture House

The latest updates from Time to Shine – June 2016

The latest updates from

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Making Leeds less lonely for older people

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Time to Shine Stakeholder Survey

Time to Shine is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme. For the next 5 years Time to Shine is contributing to a national evaluation of Ageing Better. One element of the evaluation relates to service provision…
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URGENT: LCF’s Small Funds ‘Funding Information Session’ is tomorrow

Funding Information Session tomorrow – Thursday, 2 June 2016 from 10:00 to 11:45 at Woodhouse Community Centre (Doreen Tinker Room 197 Woodhouse Street, Leeds, LS6 2NY) to give background to Time to Shine and the overall aims…
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Time to Shine’s plans for the summer

Time to Shine will be out and about at various events in Leeds this summer. If you are free it would be great to see as many of you at the events as possible. The line up…
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Young at Arts: An Afternoon of Dance

Since September 2015, the Young at Arts partnership have been delivering all sorts of cultural and artistic activities, including creative writing, theatre, singing, and dance. The goal is to engage older people who may be socially isolated,…
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OWLS are showing Bollywood films at Hyde Park Picture House

बॉलीवुड બોલીવુડ بالی ووڈ Bollywood – Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds HOUSEFULL 3 A hilarious family comedy as three men try to convince a father…
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Dementia – a lonely place

Free dementia seminar from Time to Shine23 June 2016 @Strawberry Lane Community Centre, 2-4pm As part of Time to Shine we are looking at hosting a variety of free seminars for people in Leeds. These seminars will be on the main theme of…
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Round Two of Small Funds Announced

The second round of Small Funds has been announced. While the first round focused on carers and people with dementia, this round will focus on the need of men. This area was identified as an important theme based on evidence…
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Dying Matters Leeds – Death Cafe
​Happy Birthday, Time to Shine
Young at Arts: Ten Weeks in Rothwell with West Yorkshire Playhouse​
Time to Shine Poem Portraits
Sage are holding an open meeting on LGBTQ People and Faith

Time to Shine [Leeds Older People’s Forum]

TTS_Big Logo BlueTime to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50.

Time to Shine selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that engage socially isolated people. Within the programme is robust external local and national evaluation to test and learn from the approaches and inform future work. Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas, selected from an original 100 in England. LOPF secured £6 million from Big Lottery Fund to reach more than 15,000 older people in the city by 2021.

I’m the main contributor of content for the Time to Shine website. This includes blog posts, press releases and content creation across the entire site. As this is a work gig I’ll only reblog the larger or more significant pieces. For more information about the project please visit: timetoshineleeds.org

The latest updates from Time to Shine – May 2016

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

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Dying Matters Leeds – Death Cafe

As part of Dying Matters awareness week (9-15 May) Leeds Bereavement Forum held several ‘Death Cafes’ across Leeds. This has nothing to do with the goth music scene in Leeds in case you were wondering. At Death Cafes people drink tea,…
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​Happy Birthday, Time to Shine

Time to Shine celebrated the charity’s first year of partner projects that tackle loneliness among older people in Leeds at our Market Stall event on Friday 6 May at West Yorkshire Playhouse. We’re proud of all our delivery partners who made the…
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Young at Arts: Ten Weeks in Rothwell with West Yorkshire Playhouse​

The LEAF Partnership – Leeds Grand Theatre & City Varieties, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Phoenix Dance Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Yorkshire Dance – invites you toTen Weeks in Rothwell with West Yorkshire Playhousefor ages 55+withWest…
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Time to Shine Poem Portraits

To help us mark our first year of Time to Shine, we commissioned Poem Portraits to help a few participants tell their stories. Peter Spafford met with five participants from various projects to talk to them about their experience…
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Sage are holding an open meeting on LGBTQ People and Faith

Sage is a new project that aims to tackle the social isolation faced by older LGBT*Q people. This is a partnership project between Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds. It is part of the Time to Shine programme to address the social…
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Time to Shine Needs YOU
Young at Arts: Memories of Dancing in Leeds
​Walking with Confidence – Mary’s Story
Time to Shine celebrates the charity’s first year of partner projects that tackle loneliness among older people in Leeds
New Young at Arts Programming

The latest updates from Time to Shine – April 2016

The latest updates from

Time to Shine

Making Leeds less lonely for older people

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Time to Shine Needs YOU

Become a Peer Researcher and help us find out what older people think about Time to ShineTime to Shine is a programme of activities being offered to people over 50 across Leeds to help increase their connections with…
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Young at Arts: Memories of Dancing in Leeds

Memories of Dancing in Leeds The LEAF Partnership • Leeds Grand Theatre & City Varieties • Northern Ballet • Opera North • Phoenix Dance Theatre • West Yorkshire Playhouse • Yorkshire Dance • invites you…
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​Walking with Confidence – Mary’s Story

They say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ but sometimes all you really want to say is thank you. Mary sent a beautiful hand-written card to thank Pauline, an older volunteer, who helped her to walk with…
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Time to Shine celebrates the charity’s first year of partner projects that tackle loneliness among older people in Leeds

Market Stall Event – Friday 6 May 11am-1pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse Time to Shine is holding a year-one event to celebrate and showcase the work of its delivery partners to address loneliness and social isolation across…
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New Young at Arts Programming

Young at Arts has announced some exciting new programme for the comming months. 
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“Sage,” the Time to Shine LGBT project launches
Shared Tables
Happy LGBT* History Month!
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The Age of Loneliness? [LOPF]

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‘The Age of Loneliness,’ Sue Bourne’s documentary about social isolation, could just as easily have been called Lonely People Talk About Their Lives.

From students to divorcees, widows and octogenarians, lonely people from all walks of life bravely shared their tales, and their tears, with the camera.

These touching stories offer a damning critique of Britain, dubbed the loneliness capital of Europe, and give voice to the silent epidemic of loneliness and social isolation.

The documentary’s central message was: “If this really is the age of loneliness, then we’re all going to have to find new ways of dealing with being alone.”

Time to Shine works with select partners across Leeds to deliver projects that take an innovative approach to improving the lives of lonely older people.

Our Seniors Networks, Creating Support, Walk Together and Dinner Dates projects all work in different ways to reengage socially isolated people with their local communities.

Dorothy, an 85-year-old widow who died alone shortly after the filming of the documentary, said:

“I love people — and I think this is why I feel lonely as well.”

We can become isolated for many reasons and loneliness affects all of us at some point in our lives.

If this is the age of loneliness then the best way to overcome it is to bring people together.

 

Originally published by Time to Shine

Happy Capitalistmas [LOPF]

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How do older people feel about the John Lewis ‘Man on the Moon’ Christmas campaign?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – or so marketers would have you believe – and nothing heralds the start of the holiday shopping season quite like the John Lewis Christmas advert.

This year the department store has partnered with national charity Age UK for a £7m campaign that aims to raise awareness of loneliness and social isolation among older people.

According to Age UK over one million older people haven’t spoken to a friend, neighbour or family member for at least a month and most of them will be alone this Christmas.

It’s great that loneliness and social isolation are on the agenda and that there has been an upsurge of volunteers for older people’s charities since the launch of the ad.

But it’s important that we have positive representations of older people in the media and that this message doesn’t get co-opted.

Lonely and socially isolated people are also the hardest to reach – even if they’re not on the moon.

The Man on the Moon

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In the advert, reminiscent of Pixar’s ‘Up’, a young girl called Lily spies through her telescope a lonely-looking elderly man who lives by himself on the moon.

After Lily’s failed attempts to befriend the man, by sending him a message, she sends him a Christmas present tied to floating balloons.

It’s a telescope – tears run down the man’s cheek as they wave to each other – so that he can watch her enjoy Christmas with her family and friends below.

The advert ends with the tagline: “Show someone they’re loved this Christmas.”

What do you think?

So what’s your opinion? Does this raise awareness of loneliness and social isolation? Would a £7m donation from John Lewis to Age UK have made a better present? Can you believe they put a man on the moon? I’d especially love to hear from older people about how they feel about the advert. Please email jim@opforum.org.uk or call me on 0113 244 1697 with your views.

To support Age UK and their wider ‘No one should have no one at Christmas’ campaign visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/no-one

Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50.

Time to Shine selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that engage socially isolated people. Within the programme is robust external local and national evaluation to test and learn from the approaches and inform future work.

Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas, selected from an original 100 in England. LOPF secured £6 million from Big Lottery Fund to reach more than 15,000 older people in the city by 2021.

For more information please visit: www.opforum.org.uk/time-to-shine

Originally published by Leeds Older People’s Forum

Buffalo and Purple Patch Arts present DREAMS OF MILK WOOD [LOPF]

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Thursday 19th November to Sunday 29th November
Leeds Central Library Art Space, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB
Admission: FREE

I attended the opening of Dreams of Milk Wood on Wednesday 18 November on behalf of Leeds Older People’s Forum.
Buffalo and Purple Patch Arts have brought a multi-sensory art installation, inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, to the art space in Leeds Central Library.
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IDOP Community Events ebulletin from LOPF

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I made a special IDOP Community Events ebulletin from Leeds Older People’s Forum about the events that took place to celebrate International Day of Older People (IDOP).

LOPF staff were out in full force attending different events across the city based on this year’s theme of ‘Health and Wellbeing.’

All of the events were for older people, some aimed at the general public, others open to members of the host organisation.

These events helped promote Leeds as a ‘City for all Ages’ and demonstrate the wonderful contribution that older people make to Leeds.

Positive images from the Community Events for IDOP 2015 were shared on Twitter using the hashtag #IDOPLDS, the LOPF Facebook page and on the Blog Page of the LOPF website.

We’ve pulled together write-ups and reports from most of the events, in their own words, and some reviews from LOPF staff that attended the events.

You can view and subscribe to the ebulletin here: ow.ly/UqMbL

Celebratory Day of Dance for Older People, Leeds Dance Studio [LOPF]

Leeds Dance Studio - IMG_7012The Dance Studio Leeds held a Celebratory Day of Dance for Older People, with two afternoon dance workshops led by Leeds Creative Contemporary Dance, as part of the International Day of Older People celebrations.

The first workshop ‘Dance for People Living with Dementia’ was a dance and movement session led by Kim Glassby and by all accounts a resounding success.

I was fortunate enough to attend the second workshop, a Creative Contemporary session led by Rosemary Spencer, which gave people of all ages the chance to experience their inclusive dance approach.

Rosemary took the opportunity to chat with me about how the event celebrates body wisdom, community and respect for older people.

“It’s about an intergenerational community moving together,” she said. “We’re all older people and they’re us.”

Creative Contemporary Session

Dancers ambled barefoot into Studio 2 – around fifteen women, of all ages, dressed comfortably in t-shirts, sportswear, joggers and sweatpants.

The group included Leeds Creative Contemporary Dance members, dancers of mixed abilities, members of the public and an enthusiastic toddler with mum in tow.

The studio was hot, but the atmosphere was warm and friendly, with a sprung dance floor, Ballet Barres, and full-length mirrors along the left-hand side of the room.

Rosemary gathered the women into a circle and welcomed them to a participatory dance and movement workshop on the theme of seeing.

After a quick warm-up she got them to walk round, make eye contact and turn their walk and gaze into a dance.

The women were enthused and she soon had them dancing in response to each other’s movements.

Eye contact led the dance as dancers opened up their partnership, from duets to groups, and danced with other people.

Rosemary asked the group to imagine a horizon, keep their eyes to that imagined horizon and start to move in simple ways.

She took them on a guided meditation that led each of them from hushed stillness into a natural dance that one participant described as a trance-like experience.

As a young mum held an elegant position upside-down on the floor her child carefully balanced a toy on the back of her head.

Next they had to pick a fixed point in the room – such as an inanimate object – and dance in relation to that before switching focus to a point on someone else’s body.

Rosemary asked the group to pretend they had eyes on different parts of their body and let them lead them around the room.

They incorporated movements with eyes in the palms of their hands, on top of their head, on front of their knees, on the soles of their feet, and all along their spine.

The dancers came to rest with a heightened awareness of the space around them and how they moved within it.

Rosemary sat with the group in a circle.

She outlined the rest of the session and explained how they’d build upon the workshop exercises to share their work and perform their ideas together.

The room bustled as dancers improvised in small groups – it was lovely to see their camaraderie as they experimented and played with ideas.

The dancers split into three groups to work out their routines and get ready to perform.

The groups danced in turn as the others sat with their backs against the full-length mirrors and watched.

Each performance was unique – from witty and dynamic to and poised and choreographed – and the other dancers applauded and responded to their work.

The session ended as everyone joined together in a circle, raised and lowered their arms in time with their breathing, and thanked their bodies for being there for them.

Rosemary said: “It has been a pleasure to dance with you all.”

Some dancers hugged Rosemary and each other before leaving; others stayed to chat after the event.

It occurred to me that we move through time like dancers move through space – always in relation to each other.

I’d like to thank The Dance Studio Leeds, Leeds Creative Contemporary Dance and all the participants who kindly allowed me to sit in on the day.

As someone who lives in his head most of the time it was a joy to witness so many gifted people express themselves through movement and dance.

www.thedancestudioleeds.com

Originally published by Leeds Older People’s Forum

Reducing social isolation across the lifecourse [LOPF]

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Public Health England has commissioned a report to help local authorities and health bodies to develop programmes that prevent and reduce health inequalities and social isolation.

‘Local action on health inequalities: Reducing social isolation across the lifecourse’ looks at social isolation as a public health issue, identifies the people most at risk of social isolation, and provides examples of interventions to support people at different stages of life.

This practice resource, written by Dan Durcan and Dr Ruth Bell for the Institute of Health Equity, highlights the work projects such as Time to Shine do to improve the lives of older people:

“Big Lottery funding is supporting interventions to reduce social isolation among older people through its £82m Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better programme in 16 local areas across England. Evaluations of these interventions will provide information to inform work in other local areas to reduce social isolation.”

The report notes that whilst anyone can experience social isolation and loneliness some individuals and groups are more vulnerable than others.

Social isolation, when experienced at older ages, increases the risk of mortality but this can be mitigated by the strength and quality of people’s previous social connections:

“A meta-analysis of 148 studies covering over 300,000 study participants who were on average 63.9 years old at the beginning of the studies, reported that having adequate social relations is associated with a 50% greater likelihood of survival over seven-and-a-half years of follow-up compared with those without adequate social relations. Furthermore, authors of this research reported that the size of the effect of social isolation on survival was comparable to the effect of giving up smoking and greater than the effect of obesity and physical inactivity.”

Although retirement can be a positive time of life, retired and older people that have lost touch with colleagues, fallen ill or suffered bereavement are especially vulnerable.

“It is easy to see how retirement and older age increase the risk of social isolation. Social networks shrink with retirement and loss of working colleagues, friends and relations, and the reduction of income associated with retirement may limit social activities, especially for those on lower incomes. Social networks become less accessible with decreased mobility: it becomes more difficult to participate. When some or all of these events happen and result in social isolation, the consequences can include unmet healthcare needs and premature death.”

The report provides a broad overview of research evidence that supports the need to create and maintain social networks to promote the health and wellbeing of people throughout their life.

Findings include the impact of social isolation on older men compared to older women, older people belonging to ethnic minority groups, and older people with dementia.

The report concludes that the key to preventing social isolation is to create and maintain good quality social relationships, and supportive social networks, and that local organisations are well-placed to work with individuals and communities to do so.

You can read the full report here: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/461120/3a_Social_isolation-Full-revised.pdf

The lifecourse approach

The lifecourse approach looks at the effect of social and economic conditions on people’s health throughout their lives.

The report examines the experience of social isolation at different stages of life, from pregnancy and early years to later life and retirement, as people can experience social isolation at any time of life.

Younger people are most likely to experience social isolation in their formative years owing to other people’s response to their gender, ethnicity, sexuality or physical appearance.

As people age contributing factors to social isolation have a cumulative effect but sudden changes to personal circumstances, such as unemployment or bereavement, can make matters worse.

The report stresses the need for strong social networks to promote health and wellbeing by giving people a sense of belonging, influencing behaviour, and as a source of support and information.

Key messages from the report

  • The quality and quantity of social relationships affect health behaviours, physical and mental health, and risk of mortality.
  • Anyone can experience social isolation and loneliness. While social isolation is more commonly considered in later life, it can occur at all stages of the lifecourse. Particular individuals or groups may be more vulnerable than others, depending on factors like physical and mental health, level of education, employment status, wealth, income, ethnicity, gender and age or life-stage.
  • There are links between health and social inequality and social isolation; many factors associated with social isolation are unequally distributed in society.
  • Factors that influence social isolation and loneliness operate at the individual level, the level of the community or local area and at the wider societal level. Individual and community level factors that impact on social isolation are nested in the wider social, economic, political and cultural context.
  • A range of services provided by the public sector, private sector, third sector and community and voluntary services may have the potential to impact on social isolation, even if this is not their primary aim. For example, aspects of the built and natural environment and transport infrastructure can help or hinder efforts to enhance social connections.
  • Learning from specific interventions already in place in local areas can be used to inform work in other local areas to reduce social isolation. Although the context of social isolation across local areas may differ, a recurrent theme is the importance of involving communities in the design of interventions and the way they are managed and implemented.
  • Many community based interventions intended to reduce social isolation will not be identified as such within the community they serve. Instead, they will be focused on activities that can be shared; bringing people together naturally in a way that is appropriate to their particular needs.
  • Successful interventions to tackle social isolation reduce the burden on health and social care services. As such they are typically cost-effective.

Originally published by Leeds Older People’s Forum.

Agenda: unpaid internships can be a force for good [The Argus]

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The Benefits of Unpaid Internships (Brighton Housing Trust Intern Programme)

You’d think interns needed rescuing from indentured servitude, after all the kerfuffle about them at The Big Debate last week, but my unpaid internship with Brighton Housing Trust was just the job.

Business people of Brighton and Hove voted in favour of limiting unpaid internships to six months on Wednesday after heated discussions at The Big Debate.

I agree that interns should be paid the living wage whenever possible — and internships kept short — but for me an unpaid internship has paid off.

I’m four months into a six-month placement as Intern Fundraising and Publicity Officer at Brighton Housing Trust on their Intern Programme.

BHT offers advice, accommodation and support to vulnerable men and women in Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings who are homeless or may have experienced homelessness, financial and housing insecurity or problems with drugs or alcohol.

My role is to help BHT’s Fundraising and Publicity Team communicate the charity’s messages, support fundraising activities and produce marketing and publicity materials.

I’ve written press releases, updated the BHT website, organised fundraising events and worked on funding bids — I’m not just there to make the tea, though as a Yorkshireman I do make a good brew.

The Intern Programme is an employability training programme funded by BHT and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The programme was set up to help homeless or long-term unemployed men and women get the training, skills and experience they need to support them back into paid work.

It has allowed me to demonstrate my worth to potential employers, improved my job applications and interview technique, and moved me towards employment.

The programme began in January 2012 and had its first intake of interns in May 2012 — in the first year they worked with 38 men and women with half getting into sustained paid employment.

Part of the programme’s success is due to the dedicated mentors that provide on-the-job support and individualised personal support from the programme co-ordinator.

The people I work with are great — I’ve attended three external job interviews whilst on the programme and they supported me at every stage.

They’ve advised me of suitable job listings and encouraged me to apply for positions with the charity and BHT projects.

I’m devoted to working with voluntary groups and charities and hope to find employment with them in a communications or community fundraising role.

BHT has given me every chance to succeed in a competitive job market and done more than anyone else to improve my employment prospects.

Taking an unpaid internship is the best decision I’ve made — unpaid work is better than no work at all.

Originally published in the Business section of The Argus

 

Nanowrimo Boot Camp – a quick and dirty guide to surviving national novel writing month

 

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It’s nanowrimo again – the time of the year when all common sense goes out of the window and you try to write a novel in a month. Just for kicks. Nanowrimo is great fun but it isn’t for the squeamish. If you’re serious about completing nanowrimo then you shouldn’t be reading this but, for what it’s worth, this is the method that works for me. Here are some quick tips and dirty tricks to help get you through the month.
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Our Voice magazine — Spring 2013 — ‘Amnesty International Brighton & Hove’ profile and ‘Bibliomancy’ creative piece

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The Spring 2013 issue of Our Voice magazine is out in print and online. I’m proud to be the chief subeditor for this magazine, and the group are a brilliant bunch to work with. Alongside all the usual goodness, there’s two features by me: a two-page centre spread profile on Amnesty International Brighton & Hove group, who I do media and campaign work for, and a ‘just for fun’ piece on ‘Bibliomancy’ to help kids with their creative blocks (think writing, not LEGO). Check it out!

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Our Voice is the magazine of Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, which provides practical support to low-income and unwaged individuals and families. Services include classes and workshops, training courses, child care, lunches and drop-in welfare advice. Run by volunteers and project workers, for more than 30 years we’ve offered community support in a safe and friendly environment. Find out more at www.bucfp.org

Amnesty International Brighton & Hove Group May Newsletter — AIUK National Conference and AGM

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The Amnesty International Brighton & Hove Group newsletter for May is out. It includes great news about our recent success with securing an international Arms Trade Treaty and updates from our campaign coordinators. I wrote a piece about my experiences at the Amnesty International UK National Conference and AGM where I represented the local campaign group, as media officer, along with a campaign co-ordinator and the group chair. I’ve also agreed to take on the production of the monthly newsletter in addition to my current subediting duties. You can download the newsletter here: www2.amnesty.org.uk/groups/brighton-and-hove/may-newsletter

Our Voice Magazine, Winter Issue

Our Voice Magazine, Winter Issue

I’m a subeditor and contributor to Our Voice Magazine for BUCFP, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project — a project that helps the low waged and unemployed in the Brighton area, from courses to welfare and housing advice. Here’s the digital version of the first issue that I worked on with them. It includes a piece called ‘What’s Your Story?’ by yours truly. The paper version is on its way to the printers next week and will be out in Brighton soon.

http://issuu.com/morpheous/docs/winter_mag/1

Live Review: ‘Thin Lizzy at Brighton Dome’ by James Garside (Published by Brighton Noise)

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In their heyday ’70s heavy metal legends Thin Lizzy played to packed-out stadiums. But the band hasn’t released a studio album since 1983 (‘Thunder and Lightning’), split after they played their last gig in 1984, and hasn’t produced any new material since the tragic death of frontman Phil Lynott, their founding member and principal songwriter, in 1986. The band has existed in various incarnations since then, mostly as a tribute to Phil Lynott and always playing the Thin Lizzy back catalogue. Almost thirty years later, the current lineup are on tour, still playing all the hits, but amid talk of recording new songs. With support from Triggerfinger and Clutch, the boys are back – it’s just a question of why.

Read the full review at Brighton Noise