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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.

You may be interested in accessing this service for yourself. A Befriender will aim to help you strengthen your social networks while feeling comfortable, accepted and respected. A Befriender is a trained volunteer who provides references and has been PVG checked.

As well as self-referrals, we welcome referrals from friends, family members and professionals from both statutory and voluntary organisations – if you know someone who may benefit from a Befriender, please get in touch.

An A4 Befriending poster, our Befriending Service leaflet and an audio version of this leaflet are available online and in hard copy.

For more information or to make a referral, 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. 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.  A PDF of this quarter’s events is also available for July – September.

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.

Sign up to our monthly LGBT Age e-bulletin

To receive postal updates or for more information, please contact lgbtage@lgbthealth.org.uk 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.

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.

Talking Leaflets

Audio versions of our information leaflets in mp3 format.

Links of Interest

Age Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland

Care Inspectorate

Scottish Government Bereavement Care

Silver Line Scotland