Opening Doors London (ODL) is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*) people in the UK.

We are a membership organization providing regular social opportunities across the capital to help develop networks and communities for LGBT* people, aged over 50.

We also offer specialist training and consultancy for statutory and voluntary organisations, such as care homes, housing associations and hospitals, to help them understand the needs of older LGBT* people.

Membership is FREE

Membership is open to anyone who identifies as:

  • Over 50
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans*

Members receive a monthly newsletter packed with information and listings for activities and events around the capital, to help build support and social inclusion.

Opening Doors London is here to support the older LGBT* community live full, vibrant and respected lives free from isolation, loneliness , discrimination and prejudice.

ODL is here to let older LGBT* people know they are not alone.

The nominees for the 5th Annual Pink News Awards have been released and we’re delighted to say, Opening Doors London have been nominated for Community Group of the Year.
The Pink News Awards are held on 18th October – it celebrates the contributions of politicians, businesses, campaigners and community groups to improving LGBT* life in the UK and beyond.
ODL changes the lives of older LGBT* people across the whole of London. Whether it’s singing for fun, creative writing, computer drop-in sessions or swinging round a partner at one of our tea dances, ODL is always reaching out to the community and providing regular social opportunities and support.
Alice Wallace, Director of ODL, says; “It is fantastic that Pink News has shortlisted ODL for this award.  It is great for the team and our many volunteers to get recognition for all the work they do supporting the older LGBT* community.   We are an organisation for and of the older LGBT* community. I’m proud to lead an organisation where everyone is so committed – and where members are so actively  involved.”
Member Evelyn says;  Opening Doors London provides a terrific range of activities for all interests but, more importantly, a community who really understand each other as LGBT* people. ODL has been a lifeline for me at a difficult time when the warmth of this community gave me wonderful support”.
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Opening Doors London is currently funded by Team London, Trust for London, The Big Lottery and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, individual donations and fundraising activities.

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Download our most recent financial report Opening Doors London Accounts 16-17