News, social events and groups for LGBT people aged 50
and over in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Greater Glasgow
LGBT Age works with community members aged 50 and over, providing a programme of social events, groups and support in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians. 

Happy February folks!

It has been a very busy month for LGBT Age with the continued vibrant social programme to keep you all busy in the winter months.Thank you once again to the amazing LGBT Age volunteers and Lynda for all your help and support with the social events.
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Age Reference Group

The new Glasgow Age Reference Group (ARG) was launched back in January, and it had to happen on the day when it was snowing heavy. However, there will be another Glasgow ARG planning group meeting on Tuesday 27th March , 6-8pm.
If you are interested to attend, please contact Jean: or call 0141 271 2330. Our Edinburgh Age Reference Group is also looking for new members, get in touch with Jean if you'd like to get involved.

February is LGBT History Month

It is an exciting month for LGBT+ communities in Scotland. With LGBT History Month Scotland taking place all over the country throughout the month. Take some time to look at the various programme of arts, cultural, educational and social events where LGBT life, culture and achievements are celebrated with pride. 

The team are now planning for the April to June social programme, and as always, we really do appreciate your feedback and suggestions on social activities or information sessions that you would like LGBT Age to organise. Please get in contact with me either email or a phone call and I will be happy to take your suggestions: or call 0141 271 2330.
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BP Portrait Award Exhibition
Wednesday 14th February | 1pm
Booking essential via Jean:
Selected from 2,580 entries by artists from 87 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing images of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait.
Film Night
Tuesday 20th February | 5.30pm
Booking preferred via Jean:
Join us for an evening of popcorn a classic LGBT-themed movie. This session we'll screen 'The History Boys' - an unruly class of bright, funny teenage boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a college degree. Bounced between teachers and their headmaster, their journey becomes as much about how education works, as it is about where education leads.
Coffee Posse
Thursday 1st March | 5pm
Every 1st Thursday of the month

A monthly social meet up run by and for community members aged 50 and over. It is an inclusive and welcoming space to socialise and relax. Have a cup of tea or coffee and meet or make friends.
Riverside Museum
Saturday 17th February | 12pm
Booking essential via Jean:
Join us as we explore the museum and the history of Scottish fairgrounds and the people who travel the country taking the fun of the fair along with them. Teas and coffees afterwards.
Coffee Posse
Thursday 22nd February | 5pm
Every 4th Thursday of the month
Wheelchair accessible
A monthly social meet up run by and for community members aged 50 and over. It is an inclusive and welcoming space to socialise and relax. Have a cup of tea or coffee and meet or make friends.
Springtime Stroll
Saturday 3rd March | 11.30am
Booking essential via Jean:
A walk around the parkland exploring 
the walled garden and boathouse. Weather permitting: the Model Steamer club might sail their model boats.
 Afterwards we can find a nice place to go for a hot drink.

Community Programme

Tuesday 13th February | 3pm
Open to all queer identities and bodies. Yoga instructor will lead a gentle session for all fitness/experience levels. If you’ve never tried yoga before, this is a great opportunity to explore the practice in a safe, welcoming and inclusive space.

Community Programme

LGBT Swimming
Saturday 17th February | 4pm
In partnership with Edinburgh Leisure, we are offering exclusive free sessions for LGBT swimmers and supporters. Steam and sauna rooms will also be available. Sessions continue on Saturday 3rd March (family-friendly), Saturday 17th and 31st March.

LGBT Headspace

Comfort Boxes
Sunday 18th February | 10.30am
A chance to make your own self-care box in a supportive environment. Gain ideas from others about self-care for use in times when life can feel more difficult and when we might need extra support. Materials provided.

Mental Wellbeing Project

Art for Wellbeing
Monday 19th February | 6pm
Join us for some creative fun. No experience or artistic talent necessary. Meet people, learn new skills and try something new. We’ll supply all the materials and guidance you need.

Community Programme

LGBT Language Café
Monday 19th February | 6.30pm
Whether you’re looking to improve your English or your first language is English and you’re hoping to learn a new language, join the group for a relaxed language exchange. A great opportunity to practice or learn whilst making new connections. 

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Sign of the Times
Saturday 24th February | 1.30pm
An opportunity for LGBT D/deaf people to discuss their needs and for the D/deaf community to learn more about LGBT identities, in a safe and supportive space.  Featuring guest speakers and lots of opportunity for questions and sharing experiences.

New Glasgow Age Reference Group 

We are delighted to announce that Glasgow will be having its very own LGBT Age Reference Group. We are looking for 10 – 12 people who will be able to regularly attend bi-monthly meetings and attend external events to represent the group and the LGBT Age Project. A great opportunity to become more actively involved in your local community. 

What is the Age Reference Group?
The Age Reference Group (ARG) was originally, established back in 2012 as part of a separate Age Capacity Project in Edinburgh.

The ARG provides opportunities for older LGBT people to contribute their views, to consultations, and enabling other organisations to hear older LGBT voices, experiences and opinions.

 Some of the Key Focuses of the Age Reference Group have been:
  • Members gave input on the Care Information Scotland Service. Led by a representative from design organisation Snook, who have been employed by the Reshaping Care for Older People (Scottish Government and NHS24) to redesign the Care Information Scotland service. Members discussed the care needs and issues faced by older LGBT people and helped to create a “profile” of an older LGBT person.
  • Community Champions regularly attend SOPA (Scottish Older Peoples Assembly) events to ensure that LGBT issues are included in discussions and decision-making.
  • In 2016, The Reference group also worked to make Pride, a key LGBT community event more LGBT inclusive, spearheading the ‘Ride with Pride’ initiative. This saw us working with Pride organisers to provide a dedicated bus to enable older LGBT people, particularly those with health or mobility issues, to take part in the Pride march and celebrations held annually in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The bus, decorated with banners and balloons, enabled older LGBT people to participate and feel part of this key annual community event, including for some who were able to participate in Pride for the first time. This input has ensured that inclusion of older LGBT people continues to be an on-going priority for these annual events.
Why get involved?

The work of LGBT Age is so vital, both in providing services and advocating of behalf of older LGBT people. It has the power to change lives and I would encourage any organisation that provides services for older people to visit their website to check out the great resources they have created.”
(LGBT Age volunteer and Reference Group member)

How to get involved?

Please contact Jean for further information.

Email:   Phone: 0141 271 2330

Queer Champions

Queer Champions is a series of black and white portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer individuals in Scotland who are celebrities, artists, activists, campaigners, community workers or ‘unsung heroes’.

The exhibition is open Mondays to Fridays, 8am-6pm and Saturdays, 9am-5pm (closed on Sundays) at the University of West Scotland (Paisley, PA1 2BE).

Queer Champions will have national and international significance as it capture the richness and diversity of a Scottish community.

Queer Champions is a landmark collaborative exhibition project by Ajamu Artist, the Equality Network, Street Level Photoworks and the Equality Network.

A special commission by Outspoken Arts Scotland.
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