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The Rainbow Chorus is Brighton & Hove’s only non-audition LGBTQ+ choir, and the only one in the South outside of London.

Rainbow Chorus support new Older LGBT Project

Rainbow Chorus are proud to support and fundraise for Brighton LGBT Switchboard’s new Older LGBT Project as part of our winter concert on Saturday December 13th

Brighton & Hove City Council have commissioned Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard to develop and deliver a new three-year project to identify the needs of Older LGBT people in Brighton and Hove and develop activities in response. Helen Bashford is the Development Worker for this project and was involved with setting up the very successful Older and Out group in East Brighton with Somerset Day Centre and partner projects Lifelines, Mind Out and the Carer’s Centre.

The new project aims to to set up activities and services run by and for the Older LGBT community. The project is focused on making things happen and offering LGBT Older people a choice about the services or activities they go to, or volunteer at, around the city. It will also offer training and support to existing older people’s services to look at how to make them more LGBT accessible.

So far ideas for the project have included an LGBT befriending service, and more regular monthly/weekly social gatherings, like Older and Out, in different parts of the city, information sessions for example on LGBT care services and how to pool direct payments for personal care to collectively employ LGBT carers, setting up an LGBT sheltered housing scheme, and telephone trees to break down isolation. There is also a desire to do something creative that is inter- generational where older and younger people can meet each other, share skills and stories and create something amazing! This might be an arts event or another new service.

Helen says that she hopes the project can be a resource for all Older LGBT people whether they already involved with existing groups like GEMS, Lesbian Link, Kenric and Older and Out, as well as those who may be more socially isolated or housebound.

If you would like to talk to Helen about any ideas you have, or you are interested in getting involved, or want to be kept up to date on what’s happening please call 01273 234009 and leave your contact details, and Helen will call you back. It would be great to hear from you. It is important that we shape the services we want to receive when we are older and create more events, spaces and activites to enjoy along the way for those over 50.

The older LGBT Projectpage will be up soon on LGBT Switchboard’s website.