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Opening Doors London
Information & Support to LGBT people over 50

About the Project

Who is this project for?

Men and women who are over the age of 50, and identify as being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender.


What are the aims of the project?

• To reduce social isolation for older LGBT people

• To improve the social well being and mental health of older LGBT people

• To provide increased support for individuals from LGBT communities to remain independent and live at home for longer

• To increase awareness of the needs of older LGBT people within other statutory and voluntary agencies.

How do we do this?

• Through holding regular social and other activities including monthly men’s, women’s and mixed social events

• By providing a telephone advice and signposting service

• By recruiting LGBT volunteers to provide befriending to older LGBT people

• By providing community safety surgeries and advice sessions

• By working in close partnership with any local and national agencies, and providing referrals to other relevant agencies and organisations

• By offering training to increase awareness of the needs of older LGBT people within statutory and voluntary agencies.
Please contact us if you would like to refer a client, or would like us to provide training or do a presentation to your organisation.


What kind of services do we provide?

• Befriending

• Social activities

• Monthly group events

• Health advice sessions

• Access to LGBT friendly exercise classes

• Computer classes

• Information & Advice sessions

• Volunteering opportunities

• Training and awareness sessions for statutory and voluntary agencies.



We are increasingly working with Local Authorities and other Adult Social Care providers to support them in ensuring that the services they provide are truly inclusive and appropriate for older LGBT people.

We can offer:

• Consultation on implementing the principles of our Checklist

• Staff equality & awareness raising training

• Ambassador representation at conferences, consultations at older people events


Would you like to support using delivering our services?

We are looking for volunteers in a number of areas including:

• Help with our groups

• Lead a workshop or activity group

• Be a friendly visitor / befriender

• Help with our monthly newsletters

• Make a donation

• Take part in a fundraising event.


Please get in touch if you would like more information on volunteering with our project.


Contact us

For further information on the project, or to donate money,

please visit or contact:


Men’s co-ordinator

t 020 7239 0446



Women’s co-ordinators

t 020 7239 0447



Befriending co-ordinator

t 020 7239 0442