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LGBT Champions Network

LGBT Champions Network

The LGBT Champions programme empowers participants with the understanding and skills needed to increase the visibility, respect, awareness and knowledge of the issues facing LGBT+ older people, and ensures LGBTI+ older people can fully and equally avail of mainstream health and social services.

Through raising awareness the programme eliminates barriers and ensures providers, practitioners and volunteers are trained to understand the identities and needs of their LGBTI+ patients and service users. Participants will also become part of an active LGBT Champion network with opportunities for networking, future learning and collaboration.

LGBT CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME

“Older people’s services need to come out as LGBT- friendly and not leave it to the older LGBT person to come out”

LGBT Ireland invites health and social care staff working and supporting older people to participate in this half day training as part of the LGBT Champions Programme

DATE: Wednesday, 25th November FURTHER DATES TBC
Time: 14:00 -17:00
Venue: Online using ZOOM (limit of 10 people per session)

Health and social care staff working and supporting older people. Social Workers working with older persons Coordinators and Volunteers working in community based support services for older people .

Who can be an LGBT Champion? Why do we need LGBT Champions?
Irish research on older LGBT people shows that 40% are not out to their healthcare providers due to fear of discrimination or lack of understanding and acceptance. International research follows a similar trend.

Isolation and loneliness are higher among older LGBT people as many do not have a family support network similar to married heterosexual older people with children and extended family.

LGBT Champions Training Learning Outcomes
Champions’ knowledge will be enriched by hearing the lived experiences of older LGBT+ people and their experiences and concerns regarding health and social care as they age. Champions will have insights into being LGBT+ and the common challenges and concerns faced
Champions will have gained practical learning on how to render their practice more LGBT+ inclusive and feel more confident in making this change.

LGBT Champions Supports & Benefits
- LGBT Ireland will mentor and support you in your action plan implementation (phone & email support).
- Recall Day to reflect on action plan and identify further support needs.
- Join on-going LGBT Champion Network events which happen nationally and regionally.
- A certificate of attendance will be provided for CPD purposes. As an added incentive, for nursing staff - the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) have granted 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the LGBT Champions Training Programme.

How to apply
Email James O'Hagan for application form: james@lgbt.ie.
Places are allocated on a first come basis

For further information contact James O Hagan 083 376 4637.
LGBT Ireland is a national organisation which provides quality support services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people and their family members.

Applicants working in day care centres, community hospitals and dementia care for older people may be prioritised for this training.

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