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LGBT Age: Events and support for 50+

 

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!

Befriending Service

A free service offering supportive, time-limited regular social contact with a trained volunteer for LGBT people aged 50 and over. For more information contact Beverley at beverley@lgbthealth.org.uk 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 – for example making a will, accessing social care, pensions, health services and housing. These comfortable community gatherings are your chance to learn more and ask questions.

You can view our current LGBT Age programme in the What’s On section.

For more information on forthcoming events or to book your place, please contact lynda@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 271 2330.

LGBT Age e-bulletin

Sign up toskip 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. We can also post this out if you do not have email facilities.

Sign up to our monthly LGBT Age e-bulletin

To receive the e-bulletin through the post or for more information, please contact lgbtage@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 271 2330.

LGBT Age – Community Capacity Building Project

This project aims to build the capacity of mainstream organisations in the City of Edinburgh to provide inclusive services to LGBT people over 65. The project provides a range of initiatives for professionals working with older people:

  • Awareness training
  • A Professionals Forum
  • Seminars
  • Resource kits that include a self-audit tool and ‘top tips’ for inclusive practice

Training is provided by Community Champions and Community Representatives who are knowledgeable about LGBT issues; the voices of older LGBT people are at the forefront of these sessions.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Katherine McMahon at katherine@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0131 652 3284.

Are We Being Served?

LGBT community members reflect on their experiences, hopes and attitudes towards mainstream services as they get older.

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.

Volunteer Befriender

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 Beverley at beverley@lgbthealth.org.uk 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 Lynda at lynda@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 271 2330.

Links of Interest:

Age Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland

Care Inspectorate

Scottish Government Bereavement Care

Silver Line Scotland