A new project that aims to tackle the social isolation faced by older LGBTQ people.

This is a partnership project between Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds. It is part of the Time to Shine programme to address the social isolation faced by older people and is led by Leeds Older Peoples Forum.

Older LGBTQ people are invited to get in touch of you want to participate in the groups and activities we will be offering.

During the next few months Jude Woods, who is the Community Development Worker, will be out and about in the LGBTQ community spreading the word about this exciting new partnership project.

She will be using a survey to gather information about the ideas, interests and preferences of older LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ people who are over 50 are invited to fill in the survey online:

Get in touch if you would prefer to use a paper version to tell us your views.

October 1st, 11am-4pm at MESMAC Leeds, 22/23 Blayds Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD.

To celebrate International Day of Older People this workshop will offer a chance for older LGBTQ people to come together and participate in this workshop led by Matthew Bellwood.

The session is for anyone who wants to have a go at creative writing and/or storytelling, it will be easy to participate in this relaxed session, there is no pressure to have an end product or to share your writing, the main aim is to have an enjoyable day together.

Contact Jude Woods to book a place.

Mobile: 07736151 895 Email:

Click here to download the information leaflet. 

Volunteer roles for older people include Group Co-Facilitator, getting involved in delivering training and ‘Buddies’ to support older people who face additional barriers. Training and support will be provided and expenses will be paid. We are interested in involving people of any age in volunteering with the project.

Get in touch if you want to refer your service users or find out about training to develop engagement with LGBTQ older people in your services.

Contact Jude Woods to find out more:

Mobile: 07736151 895 Landline: 0113 244 4209


Mail: 22/23 Blayds Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD

Facebook: Search for Jude Mesmac

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