We rely on individual donations, sponsorship and financial support from the business community and fund givers to help us continue our work.

Become a Friend

We would love you to become a Friend of ODL.

Whether it’s £5 or £150 per month, you’ll be making a significant difference to our ability to meet the needs of our community. Please click HERE for more information.

Join our Supporters Mailing List

Our quarterly newsletter is packed full of INFO, UPDATES, OPPORTUNITIES AND If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter for supporters please sign up HERE.

Fundraise for us

If you’re an individual or a group of friends or work colleagues, you could enter a sports event on our behalf, such as a 10K run or cycle race, or organise an event such as a film and food night, group dog walk with tea or a hot toddy afterwards, kitchen disco, beard growing competition or the first in your office to fill a bottle with £1 coins.

You could do a car boot for us, auction something you don’t want anymore on eBay or hold a cake sale at home or at work.

If you’re a business maybe you could you have a dressing up day, an inter-departmental fitness challenge in which people pay to enter, or you could organise a staff quiz night or darts, pool, or football match.

If you are in the service industry maybe you could give us the takings from a particular event, or 10% of the proceeds of a particular product to us for a period of time.

The more fun you have the better it will be, and we can help advertise your event or activity across our social media. However much you raise we would be so grateful.

Run 10km for Opening Doors London

London Frontrunners (www.londonfrontrunners.org) is an inclusive club for LGBT* and LGBT*-friendly people who love running. Each year they organise The Pride Run 10K and if you or your team take part for Opening Doors London we can help you set up a fundraising page and encourage sponsorship. How about challenging other LGBT* staff and student networks to see who can compete the 10K fastest or raise most money for ODL?

Leave a legacy

Leaving a gift in your will or living trust to ODL will enable us to continue to provide support and services to older LGBT* people.

As well as a sum of money it can be a specific item or a percentage of your estate and you can determine how and when a gift can be made. You can retain full control of your assets during your lifetime and can change the amount, conditions or beneficiary at any time.

A gift or bequest can be made by adding a couple of sentences to your existing will or living trust, but we do recommend seeking guidance from a solicitor or will writing service.

We are currently consulting with two LGBT*-friendly will-writing services that can help you:

The Hertfordshire Will Company
Professional, tailored and friendly advice from a company that will come to your home for appointments
0800 019 1540

Manuel Swaden
West Hampstead-based firm of solicitors offering a friendly, client-focused service to both private individuals and businesses
020 7431 4999


ODL relies on its team of 200+ wonderful volunteers. You can join them and give your time to help at a one-off event, or on a regular basis to help us deliver our services. We’ve listed some opportunities below but if you have ideas of your own based on your own skills or experiences, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chryssy, at volunteering@openingdoorslondon.org.uk or call 020 7239 0400.

Current opportunities include:

  • Providing admin support to the team
  • Supporting deliver our training
  • Community researcher
  • Representing the organization
  • Organizing groups and activities
  • Befriending an older, frailer member of our community
  • Supporting us at one-off events such as London Pride

Follow us on social media

Follow us on Twitter, message us, use our hashtags and retweet us. Post on our Facebook page or on your own profiles, and tell us about you, the ODL clubs you go to, your fundraising activity, the friends you’ve made and people you’ve met through us. The more you tell other people about us, the more people we reach who might need our help.