"Sage," the Time to Shine LGBT project launches
Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds have partnered to deliver a Time to Shine project dedicated to reaching socially isolated older adults in Leeds who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. The project launched officially on Friday 11 March 2016 with approximately 25 in attendance.
Jude Woods, the newly-appointed project worker, kicked off the day with introductions and a bit about the project, leading then into a few films about LGBT issues. "The Angel and the Whore" added a lesbian love story to a typical Western film, while "Before You Know It" documented the fight for same-sex marriage in New York. Jude even provided sweet and salty popcorn for us to enjoy during the screenings!
There was also time for some mapping of LGBT landmarks in Leeds, as well as what people thought the project should be called. After some discussion and voting, they have settled on the name "Sage," invoking the wisdom older people have to share with future generations.
Sage will run for the full five remaining years of Time to Shine, so it will have plenty of time to grow and develop into a service that is the right fit for Leeds's diverse LGBT population.
Please visit the project page for contact details if you would like to find out more or get involved with the steering group.