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LGBT Age: Events and support for 50+

LGBT Age is a project run by LGBT Health and Wellbeing for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians. The project aims to help reduce social isolation and to promote health and wellbeing.

What does the project offer?

  • A befriending service
  • A social programme
  • Information sessions

Befriending Service

A free service offering supportive, time-limited regular social contact with a trained volunteer for LGBT people aged 50+. For more information contact beverley@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 353 5600.

Social Programme

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. Details of forthcoming events in Glasgow and Edinburgh are included in our newsletter. To receive the newsletter or for more information, please contact lynda@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 353 5600.

Information Sessions

Presentations on age-related issues with a particular LGBT focus - for example making a will, accessing social care, pensions, health services and housing. The project works with other information and advice providers.
If you or someone you know is interested in accessing LGBT Age services, please get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you. Please note, we are not a drop-in service.


LGBT Age
152 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 4TB
Telephone: 0141 353 5600
Email: lgbtage@lgbthealth.org.uk


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:

  • Befriender Volunteer
  • 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.

Befriender Volunteer

LGBT Age needs volunteer befrienders who can help improve someone’s quality of life. As a volunteer, you will be given training, support and activity expenses.
In addition to forming a rewarding relationship with an older LGBT person, 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 host peer support meetings for volunteers; this will allow volunteers to stay in touch and to share ideas after their initial training.
Please contact beverley@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 353 5600.

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. If you are good at organising, planning events, entertaining, have contacts, are skilled at blagging discounts or have ideas, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact lynda@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0141 353 5600.

LGBT Age - Community Capacity Building Project

This project aims to build the capacity of mainstream organisations in the City of Edinburgh to provide LGBT inclusive services. A range of support options are available:

  • Awareness training
  • A professionals forum
  • Seminars
  • Resource kits that include a self-audit tool and “top tips” for 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.