The report of the Director of Public Health
presented to the Inner West Community Committee 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.
Robina Ahmed, Advanced Health Improvement
Specialist, Jo Volpe, Older People’s Forum and Councillor
David Jenkins, Chair of the Age Friendly Board were in attendance
for this item
The Community Committee were provided with the
- 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.
The process has been overseen by the Age Friendly Board whose role
was to provide strategic leadership and 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 was 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) gave 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
- Becoming a Dementia
- Age and Dementia
- The Come in and Rest
- Leeds Older
People’s Age Friendly Steering Group
- Public Health were
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 could have on older people would require an approach to
ensure proactive and preventative support was provided to those
most at risk this winter. It was noted there are a range of
services to support older people during cold weather including:
- Information and
Advice Service run through Age UK Leeds who can offer information
and advice on a range of issues such as:
- Money Matters
- State Benefits
- Housing Rights
- Consumer issues
- Home Plus Leeds
– whose aim is to enable and maintain independent living
through improving health at home.
- 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.
- Sign up to receive
Cold Weather Alerts
- ‘Stay Well this
- Become a winter
Cost of living and fuel crisis including priority register for
energy companies and a pilot scheme looking at the use of slow
Support with the cost of living crisis.
Opportunities to enhance the lives of Older People through the
Members’ discussions included:
Information on financial inclusion was distributed. This provided information on services available to
The role of Neighbourhood Networks and the need to identify older
people who needed support.
Addressing the diversity of the outer areas where there were older
people who had capital assets but may be struggling with day to day
Concern regarding the reduction in bus services and the impact on
isolation as well as access to services.
Members welcomed the update on the strategy and the work involved
in bringing services together.
The role of volunteers and voluntary organisations.
Provision of warm places and places to rest.
Encouraging digital inclusion for older people and access to
That the report and the refresh of the Age Friendly Strategy be
That the work currently underway to support age friendly, winter
planning and the cost of living crisis in local areas and how these
could be built on together be noted.
That the needs of the local ageing population and how these needs
can be addressed through local age friendly work be noted.