New mental health project for older LGBTQ people at MindOut

Besi Besemar March 6, 2018

MindOut, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) Mental Health Service receives grant from Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme totalling £312.086 over next five years till March 2023.

The grant will fund salaries for advocacy and peer support workers and volunteer expenses.  MindOut Age Matters will offer peer support, intergenerational befriending and peer mentoring, develop LGBTQ affirmative practice in residential care and supported housing and seek to consult with a wide range of older LGBTQ people about their mental health needs.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones

Helen Jones, MindOut CEO, said:¬†“We are so pleased to receive this grant, we are looking forward to extending the work we do with people aged over 50, particularly people aged over 70, where we know there is much need for mental health support.¬† The grant will enable us to develop more peer support and advocacy.¬† We are very concerned about the stigma and ageism towards older LGBTQ people and we have consulted widely on a number of exciting ways to address this”.

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