Many older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*) people need the assistance of care providers but are so afraid of the carer finding out they are LGBT* they often don’t seek help. That means older LGBT*people can end up even more lonely and socially isolated.

As the largest provider of services and support for older LGBT* people in the UK, we have an excellent understanding of the needs and experience of this community.

‘I dread the day when I may need personal care, or am forced to live in a communal situation where my sexuality is a problem,’

Opening Doors London member

Our training packages will teach you and your staff the skills and expertise so you can give correct, non-judgemental personalised care older LGBT* people need.
Our trainers have many years’ experience of working with older people – and in most cases are supported by an ODL Ambassador who will provide an older LGBT* voice, helping attendees to develop their understanding of what older LGBT* people need from care services.

‘I don’t want a different service, I want a good service. One that is acknowledging of me as an individual gay person, but not making a special case,’

Vito 72, Opening Doors London member

Booking our training also makes good business sense. There are over three million LGBT* people in Britain and our training will help you turn these people into potential clients. More importantly it will also mean that your organisation is operating within the 2010 Equality Act.

What we offer

  • Half-day introductory sessions which provide an overview of the issues affecting this client group
  • Full day sessions which provides an overview and also gives you support to understand how to make your service appropriate and include for older LGBT* people
  • Borough-based events which provide the opportunity to get together with other organisations providing services to older LGBT* people – and ensure that all services are older LGBT* inclusive
  • On-line courses for you to roll out to your staff and volunteers
  • Policy development.

Upcoming events
Dr David Woodhead will deliver a whole systems training event in a number London boroughs in the coming months. The event will take a World Café format: a dynamic set-up in which participants can shape the outcome. The theme of the event will be ‘Are services in your Borough well-designed to meet the needs of older LGBT* people?’

Over the next few months there will be events in Camden, Islington and Haringey.

For more information about these events, email us at


  • Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

All profits go to providing services and support to older LGBT* people.


Telephone: 020 7239 0400

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