Ageing with Pride caught up with one of the groups at the centre doing a lot of good for the older LGBT community, Rainbow Bridge.
Rainbow Bridge meets in the cafe at the centre on Tuesdays from 11am until 1pm and on Thursdays 12:30pm to 2.30pm.
Providing a safe space for LGBT people to come together, (with snacks and coffee of course) to talk about the issues affecting them, and planning action to raise awareness of those issues
Rainbow Bridge describes itself as ‘a bridge across the rainbow, bringing groups services and events together with the people who would benefit from them. They are an LGBTQ run group but they are for EVERYONE, that being one of their core values; that absolutely anyone can come to them, be it for our art class, coffee mornings, history talks and visits.’
So what do they do?
They go out into the community to reach the vulnerable, isolated and lonely to show them the friendly face of the LGBTQ community. They have visited hospices, care homes, law institutions, museums, art galleries, hospital to name but a few, each of us doing our best to be part of the community and supportive.
In the last week they have taken part in arts for the preparation for Trans Day of Remembrance, paid their respects to The Fallen on 11th November, visited Appley House nursing home to talk about the origins of Halloween, helped with housing applications, started on the Christmas decorations of a community building and spread the word of Ageing Better and Ageing with Pride.
Why not come along to one of their coffee mornings to find out what they are doing next?!
Tuesdays 11am to 1pm and Thursday 12.30 to 2.30pm at Birmingham LGBT 38-40 Holloway Circus