Older People

Resources for services and organisations working with older people

We have a range of resources to support you to make your organisation or services as inclusive and welcoming as possible for LGBT people.

Whether you want to read up on the issues and language, hear about older LGBT people’s experiences and hopes, or run your own LGBT awareness training for your colleagues – you will find a wealth of resources here!

These resources were developed through the LGBT Age Capacity Building Project, in consultation with older members of the LGBT community and professionals who work with older people.

  • Ten Top Tips for becoming more LGBT-inclusivethis booklet is a great introduction to the issues that older LGBT people face, and includes a wealth of practical things that you can do. It was developed in consultation with older LGBT people, and includes poetry, prose and visual art created as part of our Lifelines intergenerational storytelling project.
  • Five tips for providing services to older transgender people: the needs of transgender people are often overlooked or misunderstood. This infosheet provides specific, practical tips for supporting older transgender people.
  • Creating a safe space: one really positive thing that you can do to make sure that LGBT people feel safe, welcome and included is to introduce a safe space commitment, which sets out the expectations for everyone in the space. This resource is designed to help you develop a safe space commitment and put it into practice; it also includes some useful phrases for upholding it in trickier moments.
  • In the frame – creating inclusive imagerythese ten tips, written by photographer Becky Duncan of Open Aye, are designed to help you to create publicity and information materials which proactively send the message that LGBT people are welcome in your services.
  • Top Tips Poster this poster includes four tips for supporting older LGBT people along with practical actions that everyone can do right away. It’s designed to go up on staffroom noticeboards, and is a great way to get your colleagues thinking and talking about inclusivity.

Audit Tool

LGBT Health and Wellbeing has produced Audit Tools which aim to build the capacity of mainstream organisations to provide more culturally sensitive and inclusive services to LGBT people. These easy to use Audit Tools are designed to guide practice development by helping service providers to think about the needs of LGBT people, their overall experience of using their service and how this can be further enhanced. The tools are designed to help identify practical steps towards ensuring LGBT-inclusive practice, including around policies and procedures, monitoring and promotion and publicity:

  • LGBT Age Audit Toolaimed at individuals and teams providing direct support services to older people, this tool is designed to help identify practical steps towards ensuring LGBT-inclusive practice.

Publications

  • Older Women’s Coming Out Guide: a booklet aimed at women aged 30+ who are questioning their sexuality or identify as lesbian or bisexual.
  • Shaping Futures: a report of a seminar held in 2004 highlighting the needs of older LGBT people in Scotland.
  • Naked Among Thistles: this anthology includes creative writing that you might like to read out to the group, especially the pieces on p38 and p54.

Films

Are We Being Served?: LGBT community members reflect on their experiences, hopes and attitudes towards mainstream services as they get older. The film is a great resource for running your own awareness raising training session, either by yourself or in a group. These training notes will support you to get the most out of the film, and are designed to help you to draw out the key issues and think about practical ways of engaging with them.

Our services and events

Impact reports:

  • LGBT Age Capacity Building Project:  a report sharing the learning from the LGBT Age Capacity Building Project which ran from May 2012-June 2015. This report will be useful to those who are interested in understanding how to change services to better meet the needs of older LGBT people, whether within their own organisation or in a wider capacity building role. It may also be of interest to members of the LGBT community who would like to know more about the work being done to make services more inclusive. The report details how the project was run, what we learned, and what changes the work created.
  • What we did – a summaryan at-a-glance guide to the work of the project and the impact that it’s had.

Event reports:

  • Community Consultation Executive Summary: we surveyed 182 older LGBT people to find out what they want in terms of social opportunities, information and support. The report can help to inform the work you do to be become more LGBT inclusive.