Launched by Sir Ian McKellen in June 2019, 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. This programme was set up in response to concerns that too 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. Laws change but attitudes can be harder to shift.
The initiative is ensuring that the voices of LGBT people over the age of 50 are heard when it comes to ageing policy and activity in Greater Manchester, with an advisory group of 18 LGBT community members at the heart of the project. The views of LGBT people in mid and later life are now also directly informing the services and support we deliver as an organisation.
Pride in Ageing is also set to launch a new quality assurance standard and social prescribing service, which will help adult social care services and housing providers to better support their LGBT residents and service users.
To see photos from our launch event, click here.
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This programme of work is funded by Ambition for Ageing as part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better Programme, Manchester City Council, Age Friendly Manchester and Barclays Spectrum North West Gala, sponsored by Visa, and their corporate friends Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons.
Pride in Ageing’s varied programme also celebrates being an LGBT person over 50 in Greater Manchester. Our ‘Come OUT with us’ campaign is tackling social isolation and exclusion by creating spaces where over-50s can come together, socialise, and learn new skills. In this way, the project is confident of building an active and empowered community. Read more about 'Come OUT with us' via Gay Times. To see other groups for over-50s we recommend, click here. And if you run an inclusive social group or space in Greater Manchester and want to show your support please download and display our campaign posters here.
Derek Jarman Pocket Park Volunteering Opportunity - Ongoing throughout Spring 2021
The Derek Jarman Pocket Park project will bring together a group of volunteers aged over 50, from LGBT communities in Greater Manchester to take part in a mix of on-line and, eventually, face-to-face ‘get togethers’ to plan and develop a new urban garden at the front of Manchester Art Gallery inspired by Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness Kent. Please have a look at our role profile here.
If this sounds like the role for you, and is something you would be interested in, then please fill in our Volunteering form online.
Virtual Rainbow Death Cafe - April 12th 2021 (Booking required)
Oral Histories Interviews - ongoing throughout Spring 2021
The LGBT Foundation Archive Team are currently recording oral histories interviews with people from LGBT communities who are over 50 and live or have a connection to Greater Manchester.
More information and how to book here.
This event is run in partnership with Archives+.at Manchester Central Library.
Back in the Closet - ongoing throughout Spring 2021
Five housing associations from across Greater Manchester have invited artists to run creative workshops on LGBT visibility with staff and residents living in retirement schemes. Participation by invitation only.
See two films from our artist residencies here. Further artworks from the project will be released later in Spring 2021.
This event is run in partnership with HouseProud and Great Places at Greater Manchester Combined Authority.