Foundation celebrate International Day of Older Persons 2019

Today is The UN International Day of Older Persons – an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

To celebrate we’re looking at the many ways in which our charity helps to engage the older community in regular activities to improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing…

In Touch Dementia Group

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation, working in partnership with the Leeds Peer Support Service, provide a new monthly service for people living with dementia. Sessions give them the chance to enjoy afternoons of reliving fond memories of Rugby League at different locations around Emerald Headingley Stadium. The meetings, supported by Peer Support Coordinators from Leeds City Council, offer the groups a chance to bring in and discuss historic memorabilia, take a tour of the stadium, see club trophies first hand and take part in engaging discussions with peers also living with the condition. The ‘In Touch’ group is accessible via referrals from the Leeds City Council’s Peer Support Service directly.


Launched earlier this year, MOTIVATE is a fun and exciting nutrition and physical activity programme run in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and Leeds Cares and supported by Leeds Beckett University, supporting people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The 12-week course offers people the chance to get active again and make small health changes through tailored, weekly physical activity and nutrition sessions in venues across the city.

Rhinos Active Social

Every week, Leeds Rhinos Foundation invites over 55s to partake in the Rhinos Active Social programme. Built on the premise of a friendly, casual atmosphere, members can enjoy socialising with peers and physical activity sessions led by friendly, welcoming staff. Over the course of the two hour session, activities such as beginner’s yoga, tai chi, boccia and chair-based aerobics are offered to the group to help them stay active in a safe and familiar environment. Sessions are free to attend and take place weekly at Emerald Headingley Stadium and the OPAL Welcome-In Centre in Leeds.

Aspire Partnership

Through our partnership with Aspire CBS, Leeds Rhinos Foundation work with over 1,000 people of all ages with learning disabilities across Leeds, supporting them to have better lives through the provision of high-quality, person-centred, care and support services. We deliver a tailored programme of sports coaching, helping customers to stay active and engaged whilst also providing them with opportunities to enjoy memorable experiences and make special memories, including playing for Leeds Rhinos’ new Learning Disability Rugby League team.

For more information on any of Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s programmes, contact

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