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Opening Doors in Central London Monthly Newsletter for Older Lesbian, November 2010 Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People Hi folks and it’s Novembrrrrr, and as always we have a busy month ahead to keep your mind off the chill and off the shops already filling up with festive cheer. However, something we do have to cheer about is that Opening Doors Central London has signed up it’s 500th member. OK it’s still the tip of the iceberg, as we know that there are tens of thousands more older LGBT men and women that could benefit from this project or indeed from an Opening Doors London service that works across the Capital. We have a long way to go, but we’re certainly heading in the right direction. Working together, the more people we bring into the project, the stronger the project is and the more difficult it is to say no to funding requests. In the meantime though we have a packed programme of activities. And as always, if you have any questions about any of the groups or activities, or indeed suggestions for new activities, then please don’t hesitate to give Nick or Stacey a call on the numbers listed below. With best wishes Stacey and Nick

in partnership with Opening Doors Focus Group Best Practice for Diversity in Day Centres Friday 5th November, 1pm (after lunch) Harris Centre, 51 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1DE

What can other Day Centres learn from you to make LGBT people feel welcome and included? Please share your experiences with us so we can let Westminster Commissioners know how their Day Centre providers should encourage diversity and inclusion within services Come to a discussion group with user involvement volunteers from Advocacy Plus Westminster. For more information contact Nick or Stacey

Kensington & Chelsea LGBT Advisory Group welcomes Peter Tatchell “The Unfinished Battle for LGBT Human Rights” 6.30pm on Thursday 25th November Kensington Police Station 72 Earl’s Court Road, W8 6EQ Limited Places Available! Please contact PC Jayne RichardsonGriffith on 020 8246 0715 or e-mail on jayne.richardson@met.police.uk for further details.

Age Concern Camden, in partnership with Age Concerns in Hackney, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, provides services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people aged 50+

Our Service Provides: *regular social activities. *telephone advice / signposting for older LGBT people and service providers. *LGBT specific computer classes. * Health information and access to LGBT friendly exercise classes. *LGBT befriending scheme. * Monthly newsletter ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

For more information or to make a client referral please contact: Nick Maxwell: telephone: 020 7121 3335 e-mail: n.maxwell@ageconcerncamden.org.uk Stacey Halls: telephone: 020 7121 3331 e-mail: s.halls@ageconcerncamden.org.uk Or to enquire about our LGBT befriending service contact Brian Collins-McDougall; telephone: 020 7121 3333 e-mail b.collins-mcdougall@ageconcerncamden.org.uk 1


More Opening Doors mixed events and activities... Opening Doors Members’ Survey 2010. What you said about Opening Doors... Thank you to those of you that filled in our evaluation survey (117 of you!). You were (on the whole) very positive about the service and value it. Summed up by this quote: “I believe the project has filled a gap in my life for which I do not know of any replacement. Social opportunities for older gay people are very limited.”

5 Many suggestions for the groups: health checks, housing support, painting, sketching, exercise, quiz nights, men’s choir, drug/alcohol talks, more computer classes, more information about other clubs and organisations. 6 Mixed gender groups vs. same sex. There is very divided feeling among people on this. We think we get the balance about right – with social groups being gender specific and bigger or campaigning events being mixed. The advisory group felt it was important to have at least two mixed events per year. 7 Have photographs or a presence on the noticeboards of the venues that we meet in. This will be negotiated with resource centre managers.

100% of you feel accepted by other members. 98% of you feel you can be yourself and 99% of you feel the staff treat you with dignity and respect. 94% of you feel the activities and events are appropriate. 100% of you feel the newsletter helps you keep in touch. 95% of you attend Opening Doors because it is specifically for people who share your sexuality, 89% of you say Opening Doors make you feel less isolated, 75% of you say it makes you feel more independent. (if you want the full report please contact Nick or Stacey) You also had wide ranging comments for improvements. These have been carefully considered and the Advisory Group has decided we should act in the following ways: 1 Volunteering:

Funding Update – many of you were concerned about the money… The project has been successfully awarded £25k a year, for three years, by Trust for London. This money is to campaign for and promote awareness of the needs of older LGBT people in London. Thank you to our service ambassadors who met with grant assessors during our assessment interview. The project has funding to continue running at full capacity until end of February 2011. We currently have 3 large funding bids into charitable trusts to continue our work. We are hopeful that we will have success and the project will continue post February. We will keep you informed. Best wishes

Promote volunteering opportunities to members and encourage more active involvement

Meeters and greeters will be from the men’s group itself

Volunteers will have a name badge and volunteer roles will be clarified 2 Pen Pals – see in this newsletter

3 A pub evening for women - started 4 Newsletter to include more information from other organisations (see this newsletter) and from members (to be actioned January 2011)

Corinna Hyman (Service manager)

Opening Doors at The British Museum Great Russell Street

New Friday morning Drop-in Café 11:30am - 1:30pm Everyone welcome Contact Rita: 020 7833 1674 86 Caledonian Rd, King’s Cross N1 9DN

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Friday 5 November, 2 – 4pm, meeting by the Information Desk in the Great Court at 2pm. Starting off the afternoon by looking at some objects to generate a discussion on gender roles and identity then an exploration of some of the LGBT related objects on display in the galleries. Tea and biscuits on arrival. 2

Contact Nick or Stacey for details


The Men’s Page... Our regular monthly men’s groups and meetings are:

Men’s Group

First Wednesday of the month (3rd November) 6pm to 9pm at Odham's Walk in Covent Garden for the men’s social. Second Tuesday (9th November) in Henderson Court in Hampstead, 6pm to 9pm. Tonight Opening Doors service manager Corinna Hyman will be taking the group through the results of the survey, service user involvement and future funding, so come along to this important meeting. We will also have Advice and Support Volunteer Tracey McDermott along to the group from 6pm should anyone have any questions around benefits or a range of services. The regular 3rd Wednesday “Men’s Pub Night” (17th November), will be back at The Black Cap this month, with our thanks to Dan and the team at the Black Cap for the lovely food. Last Tuesday of the month (30th November) and our film night tonight will be the Oscar winning film “Boys Don’t Cry”, the story of Brandon Teena, a transgender teen who preferred life in a male identity until it was discovered he was born biologically female.

Winter Daytime Walks

GEMS consultation and invite to Brighton Wednesday 10th November 1pm to 4 pm Brighthelm Church & Community Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD Our GEMS friends and Age Concern Brighton, Hove and Portslade have invited the members from the Opening Doors men's group to come and join them on a consultation exercise that will explore what it’s really like to be an older gay man, particularly in the Brighton area, but in general as well. Issues such as housing, homophobic crime, same sex domestic violence. Refreshments provided. Please book your place by Friday 5th November by calling Annette Goddard on 01273 720603 or by e-mail on annette.goddard@ageconcern-bhp.org.uk

Coffee Evenings

Tuesday 9th November Thanks to everyone who came along to the summer Hampstead walks. Now join Geoff and the rest of the walkers outside the front of St Paul’s Cathedral at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start. The walk will take about an hour and will finish beside bank station. Keep an eye out for future walks or speak to John or Geoff at the men’s group meetings.

CAFFMOS Cheese & Wine Social Friday 19th November, 3 to 8pm. Andy this year is again hosting the London Caffmos Wine and Cheese social and has extended the invitation to men from Opening Doors. It is on Friday 19th November from 3 to 8 ish at his home. Bring a bottle of what you want to drink. The nearest tube station to his place is Acton Town. Further details can be obtained from a64_andy@hotmail.com. Note the character between the '4' and 'a' is an underspace which is an uppercase dash on most keyboards. He can also be contacted on 0208 992 1442.

MEN’S FRIDAY LUNCH CLUB

The Tufnell Park coffee evening for the month, hosted by Mike and Leslie, will be on Saturday 27th :November. Usu al arr ang eme nts, please meet at Tufnell Park Tube station at 7.45pm, to go round to Wyndham Crescent in N19 for 8pm.

Age Concern Westminster are hosting a Friday afternoon gentlemen’s lunch club for Opening Doors. This is at Age Concern Westminster's Harris Centre, 51 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1DE, arriving at the Centre for between 11am and 12pm, with lunch at 12:30, followed by an afternoon of games, films and activities, complete with internet café, from 1pm to 4pm… The charge for lunch is £3.50 per visit (£3.00 for lunch and 50p for dessert). Call ahead and book by Thursday afternoon Sandra or any of the Harris Centre staff on 020 3370 3035.

Notes on the regular Men’s Group meetings: The Men’s Service for Opening Doors Central London holds 3 regular group meetings per month: 1st Wednesday of the month, “Men’s Social”, 6-9pm, at E42 Odham's Walk, off Long Acre, by Covent Garden Tube 2nd Tuesday “Speakers Night”, and last Tuesday, “Film Night”, of each month, 6-9pm, (6-7pm social) Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, Hampstead (entrance on Prince Arthur Rd). Page 3

For further information or directions, please contact Nick on 020 7121 3335. 3


Women's Groups and Activities... Women’s Walking Group

Women’s Pub Social (& Quiz) Wednesday 10th Nov @ BLUSH

Meet up with Anna and the group at Hampstead Tube

8 Cazenove Rd, Stoke-Newington, N16 6BD

11am – Thursday 4th November Contact Anna on: 077 6636 7572

Quiz starts at 8:30pm but come along from 6:30 onwards to join the women’s group and form your winning team! Stacey will be contactable on 07551015906 on the night

CIRCLE of FRIENDS We want to re launch this phone based social network — helping you all to stay in touch. If you are interested in being a part of the Circle of Friends please let Stacey know and she will add you and your phone number to the list of other Opening Doors women taking part which will be distributed to all participating members.

'Did the 1970s women's liberation movement achieve all it's aims?' 4 lectures by Jennifer Drew, feminist writer and campaigner. Tuesday’s 6pm - 2nd, 9th,16th &23rd November

NEW! Women’s Lunch Club

Conway Hall

1st & 3rd Friday of the month 12:30 - 2pm Friends House Restaurant 173 - 177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ

Red lion Square,WC1R 4RL.

Would you like to join our pen pal scheme?

“More member involvement”

Some of our members are unable to travel in for groups and events but would like to stay in touch with other OD women by email or mail. Contact Stacey to join

Women's’ Film Night Thursday 25th November – 6-9pm “She’s a Boy I Knew” Director Gwen Haworth turns the camera on her own family, capturing an intimate, complex, and emotionally ground-breaking account of their journeys through her experience of transition from male to female.

Contact Stacey to find out how you can be more involved in the Opening Doors project as a volunteer. Tuesday Women’s Group Opening Doors Volunteer Rachel Scicluna will talk about her PhD topic & how you can get involved - a look at the experience and meaning of the kitchen in the lives of older lesbians through past and current experiences . This study is the first to include the voices of older lesbians in the history of the kitchen and these perspectives will add an original contribution to the oral histories of lesbians in the UK. Tuesday 9th November 6:30-8:30pm Hillwood Resource Centre, Polygon Rd, NW1. Wednesday Women’s Group

Hill-Wood Centre 1 Polygon Road. Euston NW1.

Back to our regular meeting for a coffee & a catch up Wednesday 17th November 6-8pm 25 Median Rd, Hackney, E5 0PF

Refreshments provided. November 2010

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November groups, meetings and events. Date

Event

Where

Time

Wednesday 3rd November

Odhams Walk Men’s Social Men’s coffee and chat social group. Grab a coffee, pull up a chair and meet with old friends and new at this ever popular social evening.

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thursday 4th November

Women’s Walking Group Put your best foot forward and meet up with Anna for a bit of fun and exercise

Age Concern Westminster E42 Odham's Walk (off Long Acre) WC2H 9SB Hampstead Tube

Friday 5th November

Men’s Group Lunch Club Age Concern Westminster Friday afternoon lunch club (book with the Harris Centre on 0203 370 3035)

Age Concern Westminster Harris Centre, 51 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1DE

11:00am to 4pm

Friday 5th November

Women’s lunch club Come along to the new Friday lunch club in the Friends House restaurant.

Friends House 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ

12:30pm To 2:00pm

Saturday 6th November

INTERarts Intergenerational Arts Workshop

Central School of Speech and Drama Book on 07852 646 705 St Paul’s Cathedral EC4M 8AD

10 am To 4:00pm

Come and join our LGBT intergenerational arts program with Gendered Intelligence

11:00am

(12:30 lunch)

2.15 for a 2.30pm start

Tuesday 9th November

Men’s Group Winter Walks Meet outside St Paul’s Cathedral at 2.15 pm for a 2.30 pm start.

Tuesday 9th November

Men’s Group Speaker’s Night Our fabulous Service Manager Corinna Hyman will be talking the group through the survey results and future plans. A must!!

Age Concern Camden Henderson Court 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, NW3 6NS

6:00pm To 9:00pm

Tuesday 9th November

Women’s Tuesday Group Talk: a look at the experience and meaning of the kitchen in the lives of older lesbians

6:30pm To 8:30pm

Wednesday 10th November

Women’s Pub Social & Quiz An evening of fun and facts - quiz starts at 8:30pm

Friday 12th November

Men’s Group Lunch Club Age Concern Westminster Friday afternoon lunch club (book with the Harris Centre on 0203 370 3035)

Age Concern Camden Hillwood Resource Centre 1 Polygon Rd, NW1 1QH BLUSH 8 Cazenove Rd Stoke-Newington N16 6BD Age Concern Westminster Harris Centre, 51 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1DE Camden Town Hall Judd Street WC1H 9JE

6pm To 8pm

Tuesday 16th November

Camden LGBT Forum open meeting Open meeting for all who live, work or socialise in Camden and are concerned with LGBT issues Contact the Forum on 020 7470 8760 for information on guest speakers 5

6:30pm To late

11:00am to 4pm (12:30 lunch)


November groups, meetings and events (continued). Wednesday 17th November

Women’s Wednesday Group Join us for a coffee and a catch up

25 Median Rd Hackney, E5 0PF

6:00pm To 8:00pm

Wednesday 17th November

Men’s Pub Night Regular monthly meet upstairs in the Black Cap

The Black Cap 171 Camden High Street NW1 7JY

7:00pm until closing

Friday 19th November

Men’s Group Lunch Club Age Concern Westminster Friday afternoon lunch club (book with the Harris Centre on 0203 370 3035)

Age Concern Westminster Harris Centre, 51 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1DE

11:00am to 4pm (12:30 lunch)

Friends House 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Friday 19th November

Women’s lunch club Come along to the new Friday lunch club in the Friends House restaurant.

Friday 19th November

Men’s CAFFMOS Cheese and Wine Andy’s CAFFMOS society cheese and wine party

Acton Town (contact Andy for details, see ad on men’s page)

3pm To 8pm

INTERarts Intergenerational Arts Workshop

Central School of Speech and Drama Book on 07852 646 705

10 am To 4:00pm

Age Concern Camden Hillwood Resource Centre 1 Polygon Rd, NW1 1QH

6:30pm To 8:30pm

Age Concern Westminster Harris Centre, 51 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1DE

11:00am to 4pm (12:30 lunch)

Age Concern Camden Henderson Court 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, NW3 6NS

6:00pm To 9:00pm

Saturday 20th November Thursday 25th November Friday 26th November

Tuesday 30th November

Come and join our LGBT intergenerational arts program with Gendered Intelligence Women’s Film Night Join us for a screening of “She’s a Boy I knew” - Film starts at 7:00pm Men’s Group Lunch Club Age Concern Westminster Friday afternoon lunch club (book with the Harris Centre on 0203 370 3035) Men’s Group Film Night Tonight’s film is the award winning “Boys Don’t Cry” Film starts at 7:00pm

December dates to get in early... Saturday 4th December

INTERarts Intergenerational Exhibition Come and join our LGBT intergenerational arts program exhibition. Refreshments and wine provided. Open to all.

Central School of Speech and Drama Eton Avenue, NW3 3HY

3.30pm To 5.30pm

Saturday 11th December

Opening Doors Mixed Christmas Party Come and join us for our mixed men’s and women’s Christmas party. This is a chance for everyone, the men and the women who have made the Project what it is, plus all our volunteers, to come along and celebrate. £4.00 entry (payable on the door) Entertainment and buffet available, but please bring a bottle of your favourite tipple. Booking by Monday 6th December. Contact Nick and Stacey to book. Ta.

Age Concern Camden Henderson Court 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave, NW3 6NS

2pm To 6pm

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