Sage Social Events, Volunteering, and Training

Sage offers social events for those aged 50 and over in Leeds, volunteering opportunities for those of all ages, and Older LGBT Training for organisations. Sage is a partnership between Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds. It is funded by Time to Shine and led by Leeds Older People's Forum.

Sage socials are a chance to come along to the Leeds MESMAC office to spend time with other older LGBT people. Support to attend and buddying can be provided on request.

They take place on the first Thursday and the third Saturday of every month, from 12.30pm until 4pm, at Yorkshire MESMAC main meeting room, Blayd's Yard, Leeds.

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Volunteers of all ages are welcomed and appreciated in the following roles:

  • Buddying older LGBT people to support them to engage with the project and build confidence.
  • Promotions volunteering to attaend meetings and events, support the production and editing of the Sage newsletter, distribute the newsletter and resources to those without internet access, and improve digital engagement for those wishing to develop their internet skills.

Older (50+) volunteers are encouraged to contribute to the direction of the Sage project in both the above and the following roles:

  • Joining the Steering Group to shape the direction of the project.
  • Becoming a Community Speaker to inform interested organisations about the Sage project from the perspective of a member of the older LGBT community.

We are particularly keen to welcome volunteers from groups currently under-represented on the Sage project including volunteers from Black and Minority Ethnic groups and Faith groups.

Please fill out the short form below if you are interested in becoming a volunteer and the Sage development worker will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

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Referrals from agencies and professionals

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


Contact Richard to find out more:

Mobile: 07736 151 895 Landline: 0113 244 4209

Email: r.rawlings@mesmac.co.uk 

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