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Over the Rainbow LGBT dementia support and advocacy project – First meeting 29 May 2014, Birmingham

Posted in LGBT, and Support and Advocacy

We are delighted to announce that the first meeting of the Over the Rainbow LGBT dementia support and advocacy project will be held at Birmingham LGBT Centre on Thursday 29 May from 1pm – 4pm. Refreshments and support to travel to the meeting will be provided.

The Over the Rainbow project is in partnership with the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies, Birmingham LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and PACE Health London. We know that LGBT people with dementia are especially marginalised communities and that the issues impacting LGBT people with dementia are under represented in general dementia groups and charities (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013). What haven’t been heard, to date, are the voices of LGBT people with dementia themselves.

The Over the Rainbow project offers:
1) An opportunity for LGBT people with dementia and carers to come together in safe spaces;
2) The facilitation of intergenerational dialogue, support and advocacy;
3) The voices of LGBT people with dementia to be heard (through ongoing ‘dementia rainbow friends’ buddying, and online representation).

The project is funded by DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project), which is led by Innovations in Dementia in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. DEEP is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief. The project has received ethical approval from the University of Worcester Research Ethics Committee.

If you would like to come to the meeting, or you would like further information, please contact Liz Peel on Twitter: @ProfPeel or phone Michelle King on 01905 855362.





  1. Rachael Litherland
    Rachael Litherland

    Great news – can’t wait to hear how it goes. Good luck! Rachael

    May 8, 2014
  2. Moira hjarne
    Moira hjarne

    Looking forward to becoming more involved

    May 20, 2014
  3. Larry Gardiner
    Larry Gardiner

    I have met with a young man who is involved in a project to set up a dedicated residential dementia resource for the LGBT community. We plan to meet again. I identify as a member of this community. I have met many people who are unable to give full expression to themselves in an overwhelmingly hetero care system. Watch this space.

    May 31, 2014

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