LGBT Age is a project run by LGBT Health and Wellbeing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people aged 50 and over in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians. The project aims to promote health and wellbeing and create social opportunities. It offers:
- A befriending service
- A social programme
- Information sessions
If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about what LGBT Age can offer, please get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you!
We offer a befriending service for any LGBT+ person aged 50 or over, who is feeling isolated from the LGBT+ community.
A befriender will spend a few hours per week supporting and empowering individuals to establish friendships and networks within the lgbt+ community. Befrienders are positive, non judgemental people who have been highly trained by our organisation to meet the needs of LGBT+ people in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
As well as self-referrals, we welcome referrals from friends, family members and professionals from both statutory and voluntary organisations. If you would like a befriender, or if you know someone who may benefit from a befriender, please get in touch.
For more information or to make a referral you can email Jodie at email@example.com or call 0141 271 2330.
Social Programme & Information Sessions
We deliver monthly social events specifically for LGBT people over 50, offering the chance to meet up with your peers and expand your social networks. The programme is put together with input and suggestions from older LGBT people; all suggestions welcome.
Our quarterly information sessions are special presentations delivered by speakers with expertise on key age-related issues with a particular LGBT focus. These comfortable community gatherings are your chance to learn more and ask questions.
For more information on forthcoming events or to book your place, please contact Jean firstname.lastname@example.org or call0141 271 2330.
LGBT Age e-Bulletin
Sign up to our LGBT Age e-bulletin featuring details and information on all upcoming events and community notices in Glasgow and Edinburgh on a month by month basis.
To receive postal updates or for more information, please contact email@example.com or call 0141 271 2330.
Capacity Building Project and Resources
Learn more about our work with organisations to provide inclusive services for older LGBT people, and access our resources for professionals.
How can you help support LGBT Age?
First and foremost, we need you to tell everybody you know about LGBT Age as word of mouth is very often the best way to reach people! LGBT Age also offer the following opportunities for volunteering and getting involved:
- Volunteer Befriender
- Social Programme Volunteer
Volunteers can be any age (18+) and do not have to be from the LGBT community, though they must be able to demonstrate awareness and knowledge about LGBT issues.
LGBT Age needs volunteer befrienders who can provide regular social contact to an LGBT person over 50. As a volunteer, you will be given training, support and activity expenses. In addition to forming a rewarding relationship, this role offers great opportunities for learning and personal development.
Becoming a volunteer befriender requires:
- a commitment of a few hours per week
- a minimum commitment of 6 months after training, to ensure continuity for the person you befriend
- willingness to complete induction training and ongoing training, as well as attend peer support and review match meetings, and complete weekly evaluation forms
- successfully completing a PVG check
As well as one-to-one guidance and support, we run peer support meetings to enable volunteers to stay in touch and to share ideas after their initial training. To find out more please contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 271 2330.
Social Programme Volunteer
Volunteer organisers will work with staff as part of a team to organise social events and information sessions. Volunteers will be provided induction and ongoing training. Whatever your age, if you are good at organising, planning events, entertaining, have contacts or have ideas, we would love to hear from you! To find out more please contact Jean at email@example.com or call 0141 271 2330.
Audio versions of our information leaflets in mp3 format.
- LGBT Age – Information Leaflet
- LGBT Age – Befriending Service
- LGBT Age – Volunteering as a Befriender