The LGBTQ+ Dementia Advisory Group began as a steering group in Summer 2020 with the aim of creating an online peer-support group for people living with dementia who identify as LGBTQ+. The steering group was made up of people living with dementia and their carers, as well as professionals who work with people living with dementia. Some of the members of the steering group identified as LGBTQ+ and others did not.
A pilot version of the peer support group ran successfully from November 2020 to March 2021, facilitated by Aimee Day and Lucy Whitman with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. The peer support group, Speak Out with Dementia, was then hosted by Opening Doors London until April 2022. Speak Out with Dementia is now supported by Brighton Switchboard. For more information about the peer support group, please contact us.
In January 2021, the steering group became the LGBTQ+ Dementia Advisory Group. The same core individuals continue to meet but with a re-defined purpose. The LGBTQ+ Dementia Advisory Group now exists to create a networking opportunity for people who support people affected by dementia who identify as LGBTQ+