Age UK Leeds

Age UK Leeds

At a glance


  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care

Other details

Geographical remit: 


Age UK Leeds works across Leeds and the district to support older people to enjoy later life.

We were founded in 1975, and after a number of moves, changes in name and developments we became Age UK Leeds in 2010. However, our focus for more than 40 years has always been on working with and for older people in Leeds to improve late life. 

Age UK Leeds is managed by a Board of Trustees who provide strategic direction, and has over 30 staff, full and part time, lead by the Chief Executive, Heather O'Donnell, who is supported by the Senior Management Team. 

Age UK Leeds (the charity) has three strategic priorities for service delivery: Social Care, Health and Wellbeing and Digital Inclusion.

We run the Arch Cafe run as a commercial company where profits are used to support the work of the café.   

As an Age UK branded partner, we also provide ‘flagship’ services which include our free information and advice service and campaigning. These services are supported by our Trading company which sells insurance and other products – profits from this company are used to support the work of the charity.

Age UK Leeds is a Charity and receives funding from a range of sources: grants from Leeds City Council to provide specific services such as Silver Surfers and Advocacy, grants from the NHS to support core services such as Information and Advice, income from our wholly owned companies (selling products and insurance and the Arch Café), and community fundraising, donations and legacies, and grants from trusts and charities that support specific projects.

Our Vision... a society where older people are respected, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Our Mission... to work with and for older people in Leeds to improve later life. 

Our Outcomes... To improve the quality of life for older people, particularly those who are vulnerable or in poverty. To achieve savings and efficiencies required to continue to deliver frontline services


We run a number of services and projects including social prescribing with 'Connect Well'; helping older people with IT and to get online including 'Silver Surfer' classes and our 'Digital Angels' project visiting older people in their homes; run a 'Walking With Confidence' project to help older people get out walking; run a 'Hospital to Home' service to help older people who are discharged; run a 'Mission Possible' service for aged veterans; work with LGBT older people through our 'Sage' project; and provide advocacy, information, advice and guidance to older people.

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