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2014 Opening Doors London June groups and activities

Development Coordinators 020 7239 0446/0447 odl.men@ageukcamden.org.uk odl.women@ageukcamden.org.uk Befriending Coordinators 020 7239 0400 (reception) odl.befriending@ageukcamden.org.uk www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk


Opening Doors London: full listings and activities. Monday 2nd Mixed Tower Hamlets ODL East Drop in: Positive East, 159 Mile End, Rd, E1 4AQ. Come and join our friendly east London afternoon social. Call Nic Humberstone on 07538 392 104 or email for info: Nicola.Humberston@ageukca mden.org.uk 4:00 – 6:00pm Mixed Group Barnet Diners Club meeting in partnership with Age UK Barnet: The Queens Arms Public House, Great North Rd. EN5 1AB. (Close to High Barnet Tube station beside Odeon cinem). Meet for a drink with friends or have a meal from the very delicious value 2-4-1 menu (about £5 per person). For more information please ring Nick Maxwell on 020 7239 0446 or Amanda Radonich at Age UK Barnet on 020 8432 1415. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tuesday 3rd ODL Quarterly Group Meeting: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA. Open to all interested in contributing to the new ODL Quarterly. Contact: 020 7239 0400 or odl.quarterly@ageukcamden.o rg.uk 6:00pm – 8:00pm Wednesday 4th Men’s Pimlico Social: St. Margaret’s Drop-In Centre, 1 Carey Place, Vauxhall Bridge Rd, SW1V 2RT (cross Vauxhall Bridge Rd from Pimlico tube). Friendly drop-in coffee

evening with friends. For more info contact Nick on 020 7239 0446. 6:00 – 9:00pm

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has offered to give us our own quiet space. All welcome you don’t need to book but if it is your first time at this group please call Kate for details. 020 7239 0447. 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Anchor Housing/ODL Mixed Art Group: Chigwell Court, 99 Balance Road E9 5SQ The group will be held in the communal room. Basic materials will be provided for these informal, drop in sessions of creative working together. 50p contribution is requested for tea & biscuits. Contact Kate for details 020 7239 0447 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Mixed Friday “coffee ‘n’ cake” club: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA. Please note this is a peer led social group. Hot drinks can be purchased in the café. Please feel free to bring your own cakes. Every Friday 10 – 12

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“Rainbow Surfers” older LGBT computer drop in: Computer Suite, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA. Our LGBT friendly drop in session provides you with an opportunity to receive IT assistance and guidance from knowledgeable volunteers and staff. For more information please contact Tony or Kamye on 0207 239 0400. Every Thursday 10am – 1pm

Mixed “Second Sundays” social group: Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End Place, Kings Road, SW10 0DR. Lunch £4 per person. Tom Marshman, Live Artist, returns this month to perform a short extract of his new show, A Place in the Sun. He will follow this with a discussion about people’s holiday experiences. Please RSVP to Fiona by 5pm 6th June fiona.addison@ageukcamden. org.uk or call 07435 356 951 12:30 – 3:30pm

Men’s “Older, Gay & Positive” Group: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA. Tavis A&B meeting rooms. Support and social group for HIV positive gay and bi men aged 50 +. Tonight’s meeting is a “discussion space” for what’s going on in your life. 6:00pm – 8:00pm Newham (Stratford) Dinner Club: The Goldengrove Pub, 146 – 148 The Grove, Stratford E15 1NS. The Goldengrove

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Monday 9th Mixed Waltham Forest Group: At ELOP, 56-60 Grove Road, E17 9BN. £2 per person. Contact Kate for details 020 7239 0447. NOTE: the June meeting will be the last Opening Doors Older LGBT meeting at ELOP, for more information on ELOP’s older LGBT groups, please phone Page 1


Opening Doors London: full listings and activities. ELOP on 020 8509 3898 3:00pm – 5:00pm Tuesday 10th Men’s Group Walk: Geoff will lead the June walk and we will be heading west to Notting Hill, the location for the annual August Notting Hill Carnival that attracts thousands of visitors. Film makers love the area and there is Portobello Road known for its antiques. To join the walk, text or leave a message for Geoff on the walking group mobile number which is 07804 329 416 or email odwalksgroup@gmail.com or speak with Geoff at the Men’s Group evening at Henderson Court. Booking essential. These walks are proving popular so if you book and can’t attend please let Geoff know so that your place can be offered to someone else. 2:30pm – 4:00pm Men’s Group Speaker Night: (Men’s Health Night): Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, NW3 6NS (entrance on Prince Arthur Rd). To celebrate Men’s Health Week (9th – 15th June), we will be looking at some health issues. Invited speakers will talk about prostate cancer and men’s mental health issues from 7pm, however we will also have an optional 15 minute movement class from our friends at Central YMCA from 6:30pm to 6:45pm. Other health information leaflets and contacts (e.g. Helios health for

complementary therapies) will be available at the group. Come along and celebrate men’s health. For more information please call Nick on 020 7239 0446. 6:00 -7:00pm social; 7-9pm talks. Wednesday 11th Signposting and Referral Drop In Service 6:00-8:00pm : Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Need help in the home? Confused about tax? Got questions about your pension, benefits or housing? Whatever your question, you can talk to one of our trained volunteers who can give you useful information and help you find the right service or support to suit your needs. If you can’t attend the drop in session and you have a non urgent inquiry you can either email us at: odlsignposting@ageukcamden .org.uk or, call the ODL Signposting and Referral phone line: 07961937621. We will get back to you to discuss your issue further within one working week. Dance, Politics, Health & Identity: Studio 7 at the Place, 17 Duke's Road, WC1H 9PY. With Louise Shelley & Patrick Staff. Giving space to do some movement and thinking around what is 'good' dance around discipline, health and bodies. 1.30-4:00 pm Thursday 12th “Rainbow Surfers” older LGBT computer drop in: Computer

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Suite, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA. See Thursday 1st for more details. Every Thursday 10am – 1pm Mixed Hillingdon Older LGBT Drop in: NOTE: due to lack of numbers, we have to cancel this Hillingdon meeting from this month on. Opening Doors Creative Writing Group with Paradise Press: Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF. Location: corner of Holloway Road and Fieldway Crescent. Come join our older LGBT Creative Writing Group. Whether an experienced writer or something new you want to try, feel free to bring your own work, or sit and listen to ideas if you’re totally new to writing. Open to all Opening Doors members and friends. Contact Nick on 020 7239 0446 for more details. 6:00pm – 8:00pm Friday 13th Mixed Friday “coffee ‘n’ cake” club: Tavis House. See entry on Friday 2nd May for details. Every Friday, 10 am – 12 noon Mixed ODL East Dinner Club: Positive East, 159 Mile End, Road, London, E1 4AQ. £6 for delicious three course meal. Pre-booking is essential, please email Nicola.Humberston@ageukca mden.org.uk or call/ text Nic on 07538 392 104 stating your name and contact number by Monday 9th. 6.30 – 9:30pm Page 2


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ODL Redbridge Mixed Social: Meeting now held at Age UK Redbridge Allan Burgess Centre, 2 Grove Park, London, Ell 2DL. Contact Kate for details 020 7239 0447 2:30 – 3:30pm Mixed “Outings In Art”: The Mall Galleries, The Mall, SW1 (Admiralty Arch end). Pastel Society Annual Exhibition held in the beautiful surroundings of this much loved space. A vibrant, adventurous and creative look at the use of pastels, whilst still upholding the traditional skills of draughtsmanship. Meet at 2.00 pm outside main entrance (or just inside if raining). Admission £2.50 (Concessions). For more information please go to: www.mallgalleries.org.uk . Call/Text Chris on 07528 423 698 to book. 2 pm to 4:30pm ish. Bi Visibility Group: at Tavis House. 1-6 Tavistock Square WC1H 9NA. Open social & discussion group for anyone who would like to think about the question "What does bisexuality mean to you?" Whilst clearly a bi friendly space you do not necessarily need to identify as bisexual to attend. Contact Kate for more details. 020 7239 0447. Please note change of starting time. 6pm – 8pm Tuesday 17th

Feminist Reading Group – details to follow: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Intergenerational Feminist Reading Group will offer an informal space for the discussion of feminist ideas and texts. Chaired by Elsa Richardson, an historian based in Queen Mary’s Centre for the History of Emotions, with the aim of encouraging a dialogue between different generations of feminist thinkers, activists and supporters. Participants will play an active role in shaping the group, by helping to select reading material or by suggesting possible points for discussion. In keeping with its intergenerational approach, it is proposed that each month the group will read a piece of contemporary feminist writing alongside a Second Wave work, but this remains up for discussion. For more information contact Kate on 020 7239 0447. 6:00pm – 8:00pm Wednesday 18th 'Bona Latties’ (Good Housing): Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG. Older LGBT Housing event from Stonewall Housing in partnership with Opening Doors, Age UK and Rainbow Hamlets. Come and join us to take part in the debate about the future for Older LGBT Housing in the UK. Speakers include :- Peter Tatchell, Baroness Liz Barker, Pink Passkey (an LGBT Charter Mark scheme from Holland), Rainbow life project (future

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older LGBT housing/care in the UK) and Pride in UK (the UK's only LGBT Domiciliary Care Agency). Followed by an evening drinks reception celebrating the work of the National Older LGBT Housing group with a appearance from Claire Summerskill. Attendance is free for community members and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please find below link to Eventbrite website where you will find details of our June event and how to book. Places are limited so please book early. http://bit.ly/1jiZNDZ For those who wish to attend but who are not on the internet please phone Nick Maxwell on 020 7239 0446. 11.30 - 5.00pm for Housing Event and 5:30pm – 8:30pm drinks reception Mixed ODL Ealing/West London Social and Support Group: VENUE: Ground Floor, Lido Centre. 63 Mattock Lane, West Ealing, W13 9LA. www.lidocentre.org.uk Stations: Ealing Broadway, Northfields, West Ealing: 5 to 15 mins walk. Buses E2, E3, 207, 83, 427, E7, E8. All welcome. This month we will be showing the film Paris Is Burning, a highly entertaining documentary that chronicles the 1980s ball culture of New York City and the AfricanAmerican, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Refreshments served. For more information call 020 Page 3


Opening Doors London: full listings and activities. 7239 0400. Opening Doors London in partnership with Age UK Ealing & Ealing CVS. 2:30 - 4:30pm ODL Quarterly Group Meeting: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA. Open to all interested in contributing to the new ODL Quarterly. Email odl.quarterly@ageukcamden.o rg.uk or phone 020 7239 0400 6:00pm – 8:00pm Men’s Group Pub Social: Upstairs at The Black Cap, Camden High St. Snacks courtesy of George and staff at the Black Cap. Volunteer led. 7pm – late Thursday 19th “Rainbow Surfers” older LGBT computer drop in: Computer Suite, Tavis House. See Thursday 1st for more details. Every Thursday 10am – 1pm Quebec Pub LGBT Community Safety workshop: Quebec Pub, 12 Old Quebec St, London W1H 7AF (downstairs bar). Opening Doors staff working with Camden LGBT Forum homophobic and transphobic crime caseworkers, along with Westminster Police LGBT Liaison Officers, are holding an LGBT community safety workshop. Worried about safety at home? Legalities of cruising? Homophobic neighbours? Come along and tell us what worries you or what you think. 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Friday 20th Mixed Friday “coffee ‘n’ cake” club: Tavis House. See entry on Friday 2nd May for details. Every Friday, 10am – 12 noon Sunday 22nd Women's Social Group: Live Performance Artist - Lucy Hutson: Meet for brunch at 12pm at the Mona Lisa Cafe, 417 King’s Road, SW10 0LR, and/or come to Chelsea Theatre at 1pm for a talk and workshop by guest performance artist, Lucy Hutson. Lucy has a history of theatre and has been part of performances, guerrilla actions and all round shocking behavior for many years. Examples of her work can be found on her website: www.lucyhutson.com . This group is free however contributions of cake and snacks are always welcome. If you have any inquiries about this group please contact Fiona: fiona.addison@ageukcamden. org.uk or call 07435 356 951. 12 noon/1pm start to 4pm. Tuesday 24th Men’s Film Night: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, NW3 6NS (entrance on Prince Arthur Rd). For tonight’s film show, we will show the recently released French film, “Strangers by the Lake”. Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller is set in a gay cruising ground in Southern

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France. The appearance of a handsome stranger stirs the passions of a young man, whose obsession continues even after the new arrival appears to have committed a violent crime. It’s a fascinating mix of thriller, comedy, explicit sex and escalating terror, and won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Warning: contains adult themes and nudity. In French with English subtitles. 6 – 9 (film at 7pm) Wednesday 25th Women’s Walking & Herstory Group: Mudchute Park & Farm Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, E14 3HP Care for the environment is at the heart of all we do at Mudchute. We have a wonderful 32 acre site which is open to the public and has fantastic views across London. Meet at 12:00 noon at Mudchute DLR Station then it is a short walk to the entrance. Both Mudchute DLR Station and the Park have step free access but the farm advises that in wet weather some of the paths can be quite muddy. No need to book. Phone Kate for details 020 7239 0447. Signposting and Referral Drop In Service 6:00-8:00pm : Note: See Wednesday 11th May entry for full details. Friends, Partners & Family Carers’ Support Group: Russell G at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA Ruth Silverstone who will host Page 4


Opening Doors London: full listings and activities. this group writes, “This will be an informal self-help group for those caring for loved ones suffering from life limiting illness. Talk, laugh, cry, drink tea and be heard. If you feel alone with it all and could benefit from the wisdom of your peers, please join us.” This group will not be a therapy group however Ruth is currently a carer and is an experienced group worker. 6:00 – 8:00pm Thursday 26th “Rainbow Surfers” older LGBT computer drop in: Computer Suite, Tavis House. See Thursday 1st for more details. Every Thursday 10am – 1pm Mixed Islington Older LGBT Drop In: London Friend, 86 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DN. Mixed older LGBT space provided jointly by Opening Doors and London Friend. Come and meet friends for a coffee and chat. 2:00pm – 4:00pm Tai Chi cancelled until further notice. Very sadly, as nobody was coming to the Tai Chi class, Jane Ward who teaches the class and ODL have decided to cancel until further notice. Jane will be sending us a list of all her current low cost classes. Phone Kate for details 020 7239 0447. Women’s Film Night: G24 Common Room, Foster Court, Malet Place. Come into UCL from the entrance opposite Waterstone's on Torrington

Place. Foster Court is on the right and half way along there is an archway also on the right, with a set of automatic double doors on the right - the Common Room is through those doors and up 3 stairs but also has step-free access. Film will be “Celluloid Closet” Based on Vito Russo's groundbreaking 1981 work of film history, The Celluloid Closet gathers clips from dozens of mainstream Hollywood films to illustrate how the movies have dealt explicitly -- and more importantly, implicitly -- with lgbt themes. Layered between the clips are interviews with filmmakers whose works have touched on that subject. This film has subtitles 5:30pm – 9:00 pm. (Film 7pm). Contact Kate for details 020 7239 0447. Athough we will no longer have a Tai Chi class the room will still be available if you would like to eat there or use the space before film. Friday 27th Mixed Friday “coffee ‘n’ cake” club: Tavis House. See entry on Friday 2nd May for details. Every Friday, 10am – 12 noon Saturday 28th Older LGBT Community Celebrating Pride 2014: this year we start with our usual Pre-Pride brunch at The Quebec Pub from 11am to 12 noon, followed by our older LGBT celebrating Pride parade entry, with, of course, our

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walking groups and bus. For the walking groups, if you are part of an older LGBT group somewhere else, and want to walk under their banner within the “Older LGBT Community” group, then please let me know. As for the bus, requests are now open for seats on the bus BUT REMEMBER: seats are allocated on a needs basis (and not first come first served) and will be solely reserved for older LGBT people who would like to take part in the parade but would not otherwise be able to walk the parade route. If you want to be considered for a seat, please let either Kate or myself know on 020 7239 0446/0447. Our Pride celebration finishes up at our usual older LGBT community relaxation space at St Anne’s church in Dean Street in Soho from 2pm to 6pm. Wishing you all a great Pride. 11am – 12 noon Quebec. 12:30 pm parade assembly. 12 noon to 6 pm Mixed Coffee Evening. Mike will be hosting this month’s special Post Pride Coffee evening. Meeting at Tufnell Park Tube station at 7.45 p.m. Please remember to bring cakes with you. Phone 07581 647 344 for more details. 8:00 – 10:00pm Sunday 29th Mixed Sunday Film & Lunch club: Due to pride weekend there will be NO Sunday Lunch and Film Club today.

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