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.

In this month’s Shine, we face the inevitable and start talking about death. How do we plan a good death and help loved ones cope in the aftermath? We talk to Joe Williams about the black history of Leeds and we share memories of trams and the fight for gay equality. Plus a special report about the Ukrainians in Leeds. All that alongside personal stories, opinions, health and well-being, quizzes – and much more


The latest edition of Shine is Available Now


Special Report.

In the late 1940s, people from Ukraine came to settle in Leeds. We meet two people of Ukrainian heritage and
find out what they are doing to support a country at war.


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.


An Incredible Journey

Eric Smith tells us of his lifetime fascination with trams, his love for Europe, and his passion for gay equality.

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 The Lonely Lady

Community Curator Rathi Tamilselvan uncovers the story of the Lonely Lady.


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