Sage: For older (50+) LGBT people who live and socialise in Leeds.
The Sage project offers activities for older LGBT people, it is a partnership project between Age UK Leeds and Yorkshire MESMAC (http://www.mesmac.co.uk/) and is part of the Lottery funded Leeds Older Peoples Forum’s initiative Time to Shine (https://timetoshineleeds.org ).
Sage produces a quarterly Newsletter promoting Sage activities as well as other opportunities which may be of interest to older LGBT people. Anyone can receive the newsletter by clicking on the link below , we can also send it out in the mail to older LGBT people who don’t access the internet. Sage newsletter
Older LGBT people are participating and guiding the project in various volunteer roles alongside younger people. We want to thank all our volunteers as the project continues to benefit from the fantastic contribution they make, get in touch if you want to find out more about becoming a Sage volunteer.
The monthly Sage Drop IN session is very popular and provides a safe, supported opportunity for older LGBT people to socialise in an informal and welcoming space at Yorkshire MESMAC.
We also have a new support group for older Trans people starting on 10th July
Raising awareness about the issues faced by older LGBT people has been another way Sage has addressed social isolation by participating in research, delivering training, talks and workshops with professionals and in the community.
Last year at Pride, Sage offered a mellow space for older LGBT people and friends to socialise, it was a great success and we want to build on this further at Leeds Pride in 2017. Out in Leeds (see below) with Sage will be providing an indoor space at Lambert's Yard (Lower Briggate) and will be open on Sunday from 11am to 7pm, everyone will be welcomed to this accessible mellow space. Watch this space for updates on our plans for Pride. Older (50+) LGBT people can contact Jude Woods to arrange assistance to come to Pride.
Sage will also be offering activities to celebrate International Day of Older people during the first week of October, more details to come.
LGBT social history is of interest to many older LGBT people and so Yorkshire MESMAC’s new project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Queer Stories will also be offering opportunities for participation and intergenerational connections as the project unfolds next year Sage volunteers Roy and John recently featured in an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post which explores the importance of LGBT social history and the barriers faced by many older LGBT people.(link to article http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/a-queer-story-of-life-and-love-leeds-couple-s-hopes-and-fears-for-the-grey-and-gay-generation-1-8437235
(LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)
SAGE Case Study:
Loneliness & LGBT article
Out in Leeds - Social Group for older LGBT people
We launched a new social group for older (50+) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in 2014. The group meets on a monthly basis for a range of activities including guest speakers, group discussions, walks, quizzes and attending events. This friendly group is an opportunity to meet new people, take part in a range of social, wellbeing and creative activities and to find out about local services.Contact Jude for details of next meeting.
Community Development Worker
Tel: 0113 2444209