This summer, Opening Doors London celebrates one year as a fully operating charity.

Our first birthday coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offence Act, a law that had a life changing impact on those who grew up in an era when homosexuality was illegal – our very own beneficiaries.

With the support of our friends at NBC Universal and to honour these landmarks, Opening Doors London are throwing a celebration fundraising event in London on Friday 21st July.

Proceeds from the night will go towards supporting the vital work we do for older LGBT people. With a membership of over 1200, Opening Doors London is the largest specialist provider of services for the older LGBT* community in the UK. We provide a wide range of regular social groups and opportunities; we have a Befriending Service; we campaign for and give a voice to older LGBT* people and we provide training and consultancy support to mainstream services.

With celebrity guests, champagne, an auction and performances, this glittering evening at the Skyline venue at NBC Universal’s International Headquarters in Central St. Giles promises to be the highlight of the LGBT calendar.

Time: 6pm
Date: Friday 21st July 2017
Address: NBC Universal International HQ, 1 Central St. Giles, St. Giles High Street, London, WC2H 8NU



Run a half marathon for ODL!

Want nut cracking thighs, to see central London like you’ve never seen before and to feel a warm fuzzy feeling that you’re helping a great charity? Then run in the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Opening Doors London (ODL)!

The charity, which supports older members of the LGBT community, has three places up for grabs in this fantastic event, which takes place on Sunday October 8.

The 13.1 mile race begins in Hyde Park, goes through Green Park and St James’ Park and finishes in Kensington Gardens. Along the way it takes in such iconic landmarks as the Houses of Parliament, the Strand, the church St Mary Trafalgar Square and through Admiralty Arch. It’s a stunning route and completely free of traffic. You can see a link to it here.
Runners are asked to raise a minimum of £1,000, including Gift Aid. ODL will support your all the way and help you fundraise with regular posts across our social media.

For more details contact Suzy Barber on suzy.barber@openingdoorslondon.org.uk



Are you LGBT* and living with dementia or LGBT* and caring for someone with dementia?

Please come and join us at the first ever Rainbow Memory Café starting in early October 2017

Meeting others who are also LGBT* can create an additional sense of safety and trust to share experiences

This new monthly Rainbow Memory Café/Dementia Group will hopefully be shaped by the needs and wishes of the group members as they join, but may combine peer support, information about dementia and care services and some fun social activities to keep minds and bodies active. We will be meeting in a central London location, but we also hope to develop a Facebook Group to provide support to those who cannot make the meetings.

To register an interest in coming to the Rainbow Memory Café, please reply to me at sally.knocker@openingdoorslondon.org.uk
If you are a professional in health and social care services and can help us promote this new service, it would also be great to hear from you!

Sally Knocker, Rainbow Memory Café Coordinator, Opening Doors London
Twitter: @sallyknocker and @OpeningDoorsLdn

Tel: 020 7239 0400 (Opening Doors London number – leave a number and I will call you back as soon as possible!)

For more information about the other services provided by Opening Doors London for LGBT older people please visit www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk


Back in April 2017, NBCUniversal International took part in a Corporate Cares Day with Opening Doors London. Click here to see what happened.