A Time to Shine Project

Older People.
Sharing Stories.

Older people in Leeds have stories to tell. This is the place to tell them. Stories of our lives, memories of our city, stories about how we have coped with adversity in the last few months. Stories to make you laugh, to move you, to make you think. All kinds of stories from all kinds of older people in Leeds. 


Shine publishes a monthly magazine and it is distributed

to older people across Leeds. We feature opinions, memories, 

life-stories, health tips, information and more – all from and

for older people. Shine relies on its readers to provide stories.

Everyone has a story to tell: there is no such thing as an

‘ordinary life’.


Please get in touch if you would like to feature in the magazine.


You can read digital copies of each month’s issue here -

or scroll down to read individual stories and features.

The latest edition of Shine is Available Now


Shine a Light Stories.

Long read stories of ordinary people who have done interesting things. Some you’ll know, others you won’t. All of them come from older people in Leeds.

The Big Survey
Chance to win

We are really keen to hear what our readers think of

the magazine.  We’d love it if you could fill in our

Annual Survey and let us know what you like and how

we can improve. And one lucky winner will win

£50 in shopping vouchers!


The Amazing Mrs Denver

Not many areas of Leeds can claim to have a retired circus performer, former zoo owner and friend of Elvis Presley in their midst but Garforth has all three. She is known as Olga Denver.

We find out about her remarkable life.

Shine a Light short stories.

Everybody has a story to tell. These shorter stories are from a variety of older people in Leeds who have something to say. 

Memories of Leeds.

Older people share their memories of significant or interesting events in the history of Leeds. In partnership with Leeds Museums and Galleries.


Memories of Burtons

Leeds was built on cloth. We find out more about the famous Leeds company

Articles & Features.

A selection of the most fascinating and informative pieces from older writers in the city. Meet interesting, significant people; explore what issues are important to older people; and find out how to stay healthy in challenging times. All these articles and features feature stories of older people but they also get you thinking.

Health & Wellbeing.

In Focus.

Stories, interviews and information around physical and mental health. For many older people, their health is a major priority, particularly at the moment. Shine has partnered with the Public Health team at Leeds City Council to provide the most up-to-date information on health issues. Articles cover both physical and mental health, with a particular emphasis on well-being. Find out ways to stay healthy in challenging times.

What are the important issues facing older people? Each of these long-read pieces focuses on different theme and the aim is get you thinking. 

In Conversation.

A long chat with an significant, inspirational older person. Sometimes from Leeds, sometimes from further afield - always with something interesting to say.


My Time to Shine.

An in-depth look at some fascinating stories of older people who have participated in various Time to Shine funded projects and the positive effects it as had on themselves and the community.


On your doorstep.

We’ve teamed up with the Centre for Ageing Better to people who are active in their communities and find out a bit more about them