The Pride in Ageing programme is hosted at LGBT Foundation and was launched in June 2019. The programme is a unique partnership between private and public sector organisations and was set up in response to concerns that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over the age of 50 are living in isolation and facing discrimination as a direct result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The programme is also responding to concerns that the inequalities experienced by the this group have led to significant and disproportionate impact during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since launching, Pride in Ageing has already made huge strides in helping to ensure that Greater Manchester becomes one of the best places for LGBT people to grow older.
Strategic objectives of the programme include:
- ensuring the voices of LGBT communities are heard in decision-making
- policy and research relating to ageing in Greater Manchester
- improving delivery of social care and housing for LGBT people over 50
- increasing satisfaction rates amongst users
- reducing social isolation for people over 50 from LGBT communities.
This report captures activity and progress made towards these strategic objectives over the first 12 months of the programme (5th June 2019-5th June 2020).
'One year on from standing on the Barclays Eagle Labs stage with Sir Ian McKellen to launch this landmark programme of work I can resoundingly say that Pride in Ageing is making huge strides in helping to ensure that Greater Manchester becomes one of the best places in the world for LGBT people to grow older. And from the growing list of organisations getting in touch to enquire about learning from us, promoting our work or collaborating with us this really demonstrates to me that Pride in Ageing is helping to position LGBT Foundation as a leading source of expertise in engagement with older LGBT communities.'
Paul Martin, Chief Executive Officer, LGBT Foundation
At the centre of the project is an Advisory Group, which places the voices of older LGBT communities at the heart of the project and ensures that the programme is guided by those with lived experience. The group have met regularly to co-produce project activity and their voice has been captured via activities and campaigns. A positive impact has also been demonstrated for members - 100% of members felt “more informed” as a result of meetings and 78% of attendees felt “more confident” as a result of attending meetings.