Bespoke services for older LGBT people across Leeds

Roy And John
Roy and John (Photo Credit: Yorkshire Evening Post)

A group of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) people create a programme of activities which are fun and easy to access by people over 50. The team also works to strengthen the LGBT inclusivity of existing services through training and partnership work.

The Sage project offers activities for older LGBT people; it is a partnership project between Yorkshire MESMAC and Age UK Leeds.

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 as a PDF attached to an email by contacting Richard Rawlings, the Community Development Worker. We can also send it out in the mail to older LGBT people who don’t access the internet.

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 support group for older Trans people, and a women’s group - Sage Women’s Space - which meets 2.00-4.00 at MESMAC on the second Monday of every month.

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.

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 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.

(LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)

(Trans is an umbrella term referring to all gender-nonconforming identities)

Richard Rawlings: Sage Community Development Worker
Mobile: 07736151 895 Landline: 0113 244 4209
MESMAC: 22/23 Blayds Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD
Email: [email protected]

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