Older & Out is the name of the award winning, Lottery funded service provided by Age Concern Central Lancashire for members of the older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community or people who may be affected in some way by older LGB&T issues – like a friend or relation of an older LGB&T person.
Since 2007 Age Concern Central Lancashire has been providing support to the older LGB&T community of Lancashire by offering a wide range of free specialist, informal and friendly services - receiving an ‘Award of Excellence for LGB&T Community Organisation’ at the 2013 National Diversity Awards.
How can ‘Older & Out’ support you?
It may be as an older Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender person you are struggling to come to terms with things you or those around you sometimes don’t understand and in need of some company, support or signposting?
Or are you an organisation that offers care services that isn’t aware of the issues faced by older LGB&T people?
Today, understanding and responding to the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) people is no longer a case of good practice. It’s an essential requirement for organisations providing services, whether in the private, public or voluntary sectors. New legal protections and changes in society mean that LGB&T people are more visible in all walks of life and are more likely to expect treatment that is relevant and doesn’t discriminate or exclude.
Our research has shown that many care organisations working with older people are often unaware of the issues older LGB&T people face in later life, so in order to bridge this gap we are currently delivering FREE awareness training across Lancashire.
A recent estimate is that every fifteenth potential older service user is Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, whilst one in 200 will be Transgender, and based on the Office of National Statistics projections, by 2031 there will be 1.4 million Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people aged 60 and over.
As an organisation supporting older people, Age Concern Central Lancashire would like to offer you some valuable FREE awareness training, which has become available to all applicable organisations within Lancashire.