This evaluation report showcases the work of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Dementia Online Support Group.
Dementia United in partnership with LGBT Foundation and all the 10 localities in Greater Manchester have successfully established online support for people affected by dementia from the LGBTQ+ community. The GM LGBTQ Dementia Support Group Evaluation Report highlights the fact that we have quadrupled our numbers of interested members over the last 18 months.
We know that there is still some way to go before every LGBTQ+ person feels safe to be themselves and where health and care professionals are fully aware, and able to understand and meet the needs of LGBTQ+ communities affected by dementia. However, this report, which makes some clear recommendations for improvement, is a very positive step in the right direction and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has shared their stories and contributed to this evaluation. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
The evaluation asked people who use the service, facilitators, the LGBT Dementia Co-Ordinator and all stakeholders their views on the group. We received some excellent feedback that shows we’ve had a real impact on people with lived experience as well as the staff from all 10 localities that have hosted the group each month.
- ‘It is a very valuable lifeline, especially for older LGBTQ+ people dealing with ageing brain issues.
- “The support has been good. I got a background from the Teams meetings and what issues LGBTQ+ people face.’
- “I do feel more confident supporting someone from the LGBTQ+ community”
- ‘I am able to connect every month with people I can relate to and with organisations that support us”
Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ online dementia support group
To join this friendly support group that meets the first Tuesday of every month 2-3:30 via Zoom, download our flyer GM LGBTQ Dementia flyer June 2023 The flyer has more information about the group, how to join the group via Zoom and who to contact if you’re interested in finding out more and/or joining on the day.