The word is getting out there folks!

By July 4, 2016 LGBT No Comments

After gaining funding from Hull CCG to develop a Hull LGBT Social Forum for older people, we held our first meeting in April. We had some excellent press coverage in the Hull Daily Mail and on the radio (thank you Andy Train!) promoting the network and on a rainy April day the first Hull LGBT Social Network event was held at Vintage Café, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull.
We had over 12 people attend, many of who had heard about the network through the LGBT Forum or had read about it in the newspaper. Some had been very nervous about attending but soon got over their nerves when they met with others. Over afternoon tea (thank you Vintage Café!) there were many different conversations between those who attended. Some of the things we talked about included the reasons why people had attended; some had come to meet new people, to meet a new partner and to stop feeling lonely and also what the group would like to do as part of the network including; activities such as visits to the theatre or cinema, meals together or exercise groups.
The second LGBT Social Network was held on a sunny Bank Holiday Sunday on Hull Marina at Tasty and was attended by over 10 new (and some who had attended the previous event) members. The atmosphere was much more open and relaxed, with everyone joining with the conversations whilst enjoying coffee and cake (Tasty have the best chocolate cake!) We talked more about what we would like to do and agreed that we organise a visit to Bridlington in June so that we could have a walk, play bingo and also meet up with others who may not feel that a coffee and cake event was for them. We are still finalising the details but will let you know once it is sorted.
We also discussed a letter the LGBT Forum had received from a gay prisoner from Hull Prison. This was the start of an idea for a befriending project for LGBT older or socially isolated people in the Hull and East Riding area. Watch this space for more information!
Both network meetings have been extremely positive with some excellent feedback with one member saying “it feels great just to be me for a few hours” and others having their first experiences of visiting gay-friendly venues with other members of the network as support.
For more information on the LGBT Social Network events and activities contact Kiran and or 01482 427058.

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