From exercise to movie nights, council pledges LGBT+ support
Wellbeing support and befriending services will be offered to older LGBT+ people living in sheltered housing, as part of a pilot project launching in Haringey next month.
Volunteers from the community will hold a range of social activities, such as film nights, creative writing and exercise sessions for the older LGBT+ community and their friends in sheltered housing services across the borough.
The pilot, which will provide safe and sensitive social spaces, is part of Haringey Council’s commitment to improving our work with LGBT+ residents. As part of the scheme, charity Opening Doors London will offer a befriending service for vulnerable older LGBT+ people to enhance social inclusion and tackle loneliness.
The launch, on March 1, follows LGBT+ History Month, a time to celebrate the borough’s diversity and the people in our community who have made a contribution to equality in Haringey.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, said:
As we celebrate those who have made a difference in Haringey this LGBT+ History Month, it is also important to recognise those in our community who may feel isolated and alone. This pilot sheltered housing scheme will provide support and company for those who need it, and shows our commitment to supporting our LGBT+ residents and promoting inclusivity across our brilliantly diverse borough.
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