A message from LGBT Age

We are working hard to look at ways to keep connected with our LGBTQ+ elders (50+) who we know are at increasing risk of isolation. Our LGBT Age team would like to reassure you that over the next coming weeks or months, we will be keeping in touch and sharing content which might bring a smile, or assist with coping with the challenge of not having your usual social and personal connections or routine.

How do we plan on keeping in touch?

First, we want to send a weekly newsletter out to our community of LGBTQ+ elders. A virtual hug during this extraordinary period of time. A warm embrace while we are each in isolation at home. Importantly and vitally, we want you to contribute by sending your news (even the day-to-day), your tips on keeping well, information about services you know in your area, creative things like poems, anything in fact that keeps us connected. Whatever pops in your head, let us know every Wednesday by 5pm. This will allow us to edit and have it ready to be emailed out by Friday. For all submissions, get in touch with Jean at jean@lgbtheatlh.org.uk.

Secondly, we intend to provide a free telephone befriending service for LGBTQ+ people over 50 who feel lonely and isolated. We plan for one of our staff to call you around the same time each week for a chat of up to 30 minutes.

You will need a landline or mobile phone. Deaf and BSL users can use our LGBT Helpline Scotland for support: www.lgbthealth.org.uk/helpline.

If you would like to join the ‘Telefriending’ service (or know someone who would benefit), let Jean know at jean@lgbthealth.org.uk.