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Conference: Making Person Centred care a reality; How to support older LGBT people in care settings. A specialist day for older LGBT people and professionals/students involved in the care sector.

Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014, 9:30am – 5pm

Venue: The CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 2JQ Directions and parking

Buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/755155 or email mary@openclasp.plus.com with invoicing details if you require an invoice.

We can also offer discount prices for group bookings of 3 or more - please contact jill@openclasp.plus.com to discuss.

Open Clasp Theatre Company are organising a national conference looking at supporting older LGBT people in care settings aimed at faciliatating discussion between older LGBT people and care professionals.

The specialist day will include key speakers from Age UK, Stonewall Housing and a number of experts in gender equality and ageing who will present information, research findings, and address the legal guidelines surrounding the care of LGBT people.

The conference will also feature workshops by Equal Arts, facilitated discussions and live performance from Open Clasp looking at practical approaches and tools to address the challenges which the care sector faces including:

  • Raising awareness of issues facing older LGBT people when they enter the care system and equipping health and social care professionals with the knowledge and skills to offer appropriate support.
  • Highlighting examples of good practice and supporting organisations to practically adapt to these ways of working.


“Why is it important for policy-makers, care providers and the general public to know about the experiences of gay people growing up in the mid-twentieth century? For many people now – gay and straight – it is hard to imagine what it was like to live in constant terror of being discovered. Just 50 years ago there was no protection in law from prejudice and discrimination, and it was unthinkable that gay relationships could be formally acknowledged through a civil partnership or marriage.” (Knocker, S (2012) Perspectives on ageing: lesbians, gay men and bisexuals: Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

“Older LGB people are more likely to be single and more likely to age alone and without children to support them. If people do not have a partner or family to support them as they get older, they care more likely to need to use social care services for help. However, some LGB people do not feel that support services will be able or willing to meet or understand their specific needs… This is often for fear of hostility and prejudice as they may have experienced discrimination in the past” (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013).

“A high percentage of older LGB people have experiences of mental health problems, including an increased risk of suicide attempts and self-harm. A recent Opening Doors survey (Phillips and Knocker, 2011) found that one-fifth of respondents had experienced a mental health problem in the past five years. Years of feeling confused and ashamed about being gay and experiencing rejection and hatred inevitably takes its toll on people’s health.”

It is illegal for someone providing a service, such as a care home, to treat anyone unfavourably – to discriminate against them – on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Equality Art 2010, which applied in England and Wales, also requires providers such as care homes to actively promote equal opportunities for lesbian and gay people.

Who should attend?

Care home managers / training managers
Home care providers
Day care provisions
Carers organisations
Health services
Dementia Care
Mental Health Services
Adult Protection Services
Student Nurses


Delegate rate: £150
(Delegates from care organisations will additionally receive a copy of Swags & Tails: Valuing Good Practice in Care, a training tool in their delegate pack – an engaging and effective Person Centred Care training in-house resource for providers of residential care and home care for older people usually sold for £120)

The delegate rate includes a hot lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
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