report of the Director of Public Health presented the refresh of
the draft Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2025 to gain
feedback. The report also requested support and promotion of the
work of Age Friendly within the city.
Community Committee were provided with the following
Around 1 in 3 people are aged 50 and over. The
number of Leeds residents aged 80 and over will increase by about
50% in the next 20 years.
Age Friendly Leeds is one of the eight priorities in
the Best Council Plan 2020-2025. The vision for Leeds is that it is
a place where people age well, older people are valued, respected,
appreciated and seen as assets.
The draft Age Friendly Leeds Strategy 2022-25 has
been reviewed and refreshed which has been informed by The State of
Ageing in Leeds report. The process has been overseen by the Age
Friendly Board chaired by Cllr Jenkins. The role of the Board is to
set the strategic direction for the Age Friendly Leeds work
programme and ensure that the objectives are being met.
Leeds is a member of the World Health Organisation
Age Friendly Cities programme and has used and adapted the
framework to identify and address barriers to the well-being and
participation of older people.
The strategy sets out six key priority areas:
housing; public and civic spaces; travel and road safety; active,
included, and respected; healthy and independent ageing and
employment and learning. Each of the priorities is headed by a
domain lead. Domain leads have been identified and are working to
implement the actions set out in the plan. The domain leads will
feedback on a quarterly basis.
The Leeds Older Peoples Forum (LOPF) gives practical
ways for the local community to become involved to strengthen the
age friendly approach and Councillors were invited to support and
encourage people and businesses to get involved in:
The Age Friendly Ambassador Programme
Becoming a Dementia Friend
Age and Dementia Friendly Businesses
The Come in and Rest Scheme
Leeds Older People’s Age Friendly Steering
Public Health are working with partners to support
older people in Leeds to be as resilient as possible this winter.
It was recognised that the cost-of-living crisis together with the
impact that the cold weather can have on older people will require
an approach to ensure proactive and preventative support is
provided to those most at risk this winter. It was noted there are
a range of services to support older people during cold weather
Information and Advice Service run through Age UK
Leeds who can offer information and advice on a range of issues
Home Plus Leeds – whose aim is to enable and
maintain independent living through improving health at
Lunch Clubs – Public Health fund the annual
Lunch Club Grants offering a financial contribution to support
voluntary groups to provide hot nutritious meals and social
activities for older people in a communal environment for 40 weeks
Participation in the Vitamin D Campaign
Sign up to receive Cold Weather Alerts
‘Stay Well this Winter’
Community Committee discussions included:
The council has a strategic problem with hospitality
towards the elderly which could be improved through consultation
with highways and planning. Benches increase accessibility to
amenities for older people.
The work conducted by Age Friendly Leeds can overlap
with disability services, especially in relation to accessibility
around the city and a duty of care.
Information regarding warm spaces project can be
accessed through the council website or if an individual does not
have digital access to go to a community hub.
RESOLVED - To:
Note the content of the report and the refresh of
the Age Friendly Strategy
Consider what work is currently underway to support
age friendly, winter planning and the cost-of-living crisis in the
local area and how to build on these further.
To link work with Age Friendly Leeds to disability
support to create a cross-generation approach to accessibility
around the city.