For the past 18 months Jenny Wildblood has led an evaluation of ODL, with support from evaluation team members, Professor Kathryn Almack and Graham Gardiner. The evaluation has included talking to ODL members, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders. Our findings highlight the unique concerns and experiences of our older LGBT+ communities. These have relevance for ODL and for wider service provision to ensure service provision that addresses issues of ageing, health, and wellbeing for older LGBT+ people and in particular, those most at risk from health, social, and economic disparities.
The presentation will bring together ODL evaluation data and wider research to illustrate the needs and issues of older LGBT+ people in London and, and reveal the gaps in service provision.
Dr Jane Traies will chair a conversation with a small group of ODL members. As part of this, she will talk about being an older lesbian, Ramses Underhill-Smith will talk about being trans and black, and Dr Rebecca Jones will talk about ageing and bisexual identities.
ODL is committed to working with partners to address the needs of older people from the LGBT+ communities. Alice Wallace, Director of ODL, will introduce this next section of the morning which will talk about two specific needs and how ODL is working with others to address them.
Michael Parish will talk about supporting older LGBT+ people with dementia and ODL’s own initiative, the Memory Café.
Dr Ben Thomas will talk about what ODL is doing to support members of the older LGBT+ communities affected by cancer.
Because older LGBT+ people are more likely to live alone, with much less family support than heterosexual people, they become more reliant on relationships with their health and social care professionals. Yet for all the tangible improvements in legal rights, many health and social care professionals admit to being uncomfortable exploring LGBT+ people’s needs and say their training has not given them the knowledge, skills and experience to provide the quality of care and support they would wish to.
Dr Tim Johnston will speak about SAGE’s experience of delivering training on LGBT+ issues and the difference this has made to mainstream organisations. He will share his thoughts on why organisations need to ensure their staff are aware of :
The conference will now break up to focus on some key issues affecting older LGBT+ people and those providing support and services. Discussion groups are limited to 20 places each on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know which you would prefer to attend by logging into the Delegate Area after your online registration.
Research shows that LGBT+ people continue to experience poorer mental health and poorer experiences when accessing care and treatment than their heterosexual counterparts. Dr Ben Thomas will be leading a discussion around improving the mental health and wellbeing of older LGBT+ people and what we can do to improve common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and stress and the negative impacts of discrimination and marginalisation.
This workshop offers an opportunity to talk about the additional challenges experienced by LGBT+ people affected by dementia and how we can work together to better support this population.
What does quality mean in older LGBT+ care and how can we measure this effectively when cultural issues such as the ‘attitudes and values’ of staff may be just as important to clarify as the customer satisfaction ratings of clients?
This interactive workshop briefs participants on the range of LGBT+ initiatives available - including Opening Doors London Pride in Care - and shares case studies of organisations who have used the kitemark approach to improve quality of life for their older LGBT+ clients.
There is a growing body of research into the specific needs of older LGBTQ+ people. At ODL we think it is imperative to recognise that LGBTQ+ people come from a wide variety of communities and have diverse and varied needs, some more critical than others. This workshop explores how ODL brings an intersectional approach to our work and seeks to engage our members, volunteers and the general public with an understanding of micro-community issues of others that their own life-experience might not have given them.
The health and social care needs of older LGBT+ people remain largely undocumented. This workshop will look at how to influence the content of local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and ensure older LGBT+ people are at the heart of Health and Wellbeing strategies and commissioning plans. ODL has been working with boroughs across London and are sharing best practice from across the UK.
This workshop will look at the physical and emotional impact of HIV including:
While ageing inevitably presents different challenges and opportunities for all individuals, getting older can be much more complex for LGBT+ people. In addition to having lived through a history of extensive prejudice and persecution, older LGBT+ people are more likely to age alone with a vastly different personal support structure around them than their heterosexual peers. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the barriers which might prevent older LGBT+ people accessing mainstream services, as well as learning more about the services provided by ODL.
Dr Justin Varney will talk about the importance of valuing the diversity of our communities, acknowledging that providing personalised care services requires us all to think differently about how services are provided and managed, and considering how we rise to the challenge ahead of building consensus at senior levels in organisations to ensure that staff better understand the particular needs and challenges of older people within the LGBT+ communities.
ODL will be launching ‘Pride in Care’, our new registered Kitemark, which will be awarded to health and social care organisations demonstrating the highest standards of older LGBT+ inclusivity throughout London and beyond.
Jeffrey Weeks has been chair of the ODL board of trustees si...
Kathryn Almack is Professor of Health and Family Lives in th...
Jenny has over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary a...
Ramses lived in New York for over 10 years, where he owned s...
Alice is the Director of Opening Doors London. She prev...
Sally Knocker facilitates the Opening Doors London
Dr Ben Thomas is Professor of Mental Health and Learning Dis...
Jim Glennon has twenty years’ experience in the develo...
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