About the LGBTI+ Telefriending Service
Due to the discrimination and stigma that older LGBTI+ people have experienced in their lifetime, many experience considerable social isolation and loneliness as they age. Our Telefriending Service offers a once a week telephone call by a friendly volunteer who is trained and garda vetted. Telefriending provides friendship, security and support to alleviate loneliness, isolation and improve overall mental health and well-being. It is also a great opportunity for members to talk regularly with other people who also identify as members of the LGBTI+ community.
Is the Telefriending Service Right for You?
☑ Are you over 50 years of age and living alone?
☑ Are you on your own for long periods of time and miss having
someone to talk normally or due to Covid 19?
☑ Do you have disabilities that make it hard for you to contact others?
☑ Do you think you could form a rewarding relationship with a volunteer and be able to make and keep regular phone appointments?
To sign-up for the Telefriending Service,
click on the Apply Now button to complete the online referral form.
What Happens After I Apply?
☑ You will automatically receive an acknowledgement of your Application via email.
☑ The Telefriending Coordinator will telephone you to discuss the service with the person and discuss next steps.
☑ An Assessment will be carried out over the phone to determine suitability for the Telefriending Service.
☑ The Telefriending Coordinator will then work to match the older person with a volunteer, and will remain in contact during the process.
☑ If you need additional support, the Telefriending Coordinator will ensure you are directed to more appropriate support(s) to help resolve any difficulties.
The Role of Telefriending Volunteers
The Role of the Telefriending Volunteer is to provide companionship by calling once a week. Volunteers can discuss small practical supports where necessary and appropriate but Volunteers are not there to support with practical support or to assist with tasks. All our volunteers identify as members of the LGBTI+ community, they receive telefriending training, are Garda vetted and supported by a Telefriending Coordinator.
If you are interesting in becoming a Telefriending Volunteer, click the button below to complete the online Telefriending Volunteer Application Form for when we are next recruiting.
Any inquiries can be directed to the Telefriending Coordinator
on 01 437 1209 or via email to email@example.com
Services for Older LGBTI+ People
Older and Bolder Community – Online
LGBT Ireland provides the LGBTI+ Older and Bolder Online Community, offering weekly online coffee drop-in every Thursday at 3pm via Zoom for older members of our community with visiting guest speakers and online social activities, which is a great source of support for many.
OWLS (Older Wiser Lesbians)
OWLS – Older Wiser Lesbians – is a group for the over-forties. Its aim is to provide a social outlet for older women.
Their activities are very varied and you are welcome to host some of your own for our membership, should what they have on currently not suit your needs.
To learn more, click here.
Cork Gay Project
GOLD Coffee morning is a group for gay men over 50 to meet, socialise and chat with other guys of a similar age. Facilitated by staff and volunteers in a comfortable, safe space.
LINC (Lesbians in Cork)
Lesbians in Cork (LINC) is a resource centre for lesbian and bisexual women based in Cork. LINC offer a monthly peer support for lesbian and bisexual women.
LINC also offers the Silver Scribblers initiative, which is aimed at older LB women who would like to regularly receive a letter in the post from a trained LINC volunteer.
OutWest is a Voluntary Social, Support and Advocacy Group for LGBT+ People in Connacht.
They offer a weekly online drop-in service every Saturday from 4pm-6pm.
To sign-up, call them on 087-9725586 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent the Zoom link.
Visit the OutWest website here.
Silver Rainbows’ is a group of older LGBTI people living in the West of Ireland.
The group is open to all members of the LGBT community in Galway and neighbouring counties who are 50 years or older or who can identify with issues affecting people of that age.
Running Amach – LGBTQ Women’s Social Networking Club
Running Amach is a very active Dublin based LGBTQ Women’s Social Networking Club.
You can learn more about them here.
Out and About
‘Out and About’ are a very active Dublin based group for adults of mixed ages.
They are currently meeting in-person for hikes, walks, coffee and a chat.
You can learn more about them here on their website.
Midlands Over 50’s LGBT+ Coffee Morning
A coffee morning for people over the age of 50. Organised by Midlands LGBT+ they offer a monthly catch up locally and to help you meet people in the community.
Have you heard about our Champions Programme?
The Champions Programme is targeted towards health and social care professionals working and supporting older people. There is a great need to ensure that the health and social care staff are properly trained and aware and that their services are inclusive of LGBT+ people.
Why do we need the Champions Programme?
Through our Champions Programme, we train health and social care professionals working and supporting older people. There is a great need to ensure that health and social care staff are properly trained and aware and that their services are inclusive of LGBTI+ people. We talk to three older members of the LGBTI+ community about why inclusive healthcare matters to them.
How is the programme is making a difference?
Since 2018 LGBT Ireland’s LGBT+ Champions Programme has helped Health and Social Care Professions working in older people’s care to make their practice more LGBT+ inclusive. We hear from two of our LGBTI+ Champions about the difference the Champions Programme Training has made to their practice and in the lives of the people they support.