LGBT and Older Voices
LGBT Champions Programme
Saturday 23rd January, 10.00-14.00
Online via Zoom. Max 10 participants.
LGBT Ireland invites health and social care staff working and supporting older people to participate in this half-day training as part of the LGBT Champions Programme.
About the Champions
In Ireland, as LGBT+ People get older they are often forced into the closet due to the fear of not being accepted, and if they can’t be open about who they are with their health professionals their mental and physical health is put in danger. Our LGBT+ Champions create change in the healthcare system, making LGBT+ Older people visible, safe and assured that they will be accepted even at their most vulnerable time so that they can go on to live happier, healthier lives as part of their communities.
LGBT Ireland’s Champions Programme showed me that our care was not inclusive of all older people attending the hospital - the needs of LGBT older people were not considered or understood. The Champions programme allowed me to see the silver in the rainbow and now the hospital is striving to be a safe and inclusive place for all.
Aoife Dillon, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
St James,s Hospital
LGBT CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME
“Older people’s services need to come out as LGBT- friendly and not leave it to the older LGBT person to come out”
LGBT Ireland invites health and social care staff working and supporting older people to participate in this half-day training as part of the LGBT Champions Programme
Who can be an LGBT Champion?
· Health and social care staff working and supporting older people.
· Social Workers working with older persons
· Coordinators and Volunteers working in community-based support services for older people
Applicants working in daycare centres, community hospitals and dementia care for older people may be prioritised for this training.
Why do we need LGBT Champions?
· Irish research on older LGBT people shows that 40% are not out to their healthcare providers due to fear of discrimination or lack of understanding and acceptance. International research follows a similar trend.
· Isolation and loneliness are higher among older LGBT people as many do not have a family support network similar to married heterosexual older people with children and extended family.
LGBT Champions Training Learning Outcomes
- LGBT Ireland will mentor and support you in your action plan implementation (phone & email support)
- Recall Day to reflect on action plan and identify further support needs
- Join on-going LGBT Champion Network events which happen nationally and regionally
- A certificate of attendance will be provided for CPD purposes
- As an added incentive, for nursing staff & GPs - the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and ICGP have recognised the Champions Programme as for CPD
How to apply
- Email James O'Hagan for application form: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Places are allocated on a first-come basis
- For further information contact James O Hagan 083 376 4637.