Supporting an LGBTQ+ person with dementia – useful organisations
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Supporting an LGBTQ+ person with dementia
England – Age UK
0800 678 1602 (advice line, 8am–7pm)
Wales – Age Cymru
0300 303 4498 (9am–4pm Monday–Friday)
Northern Ireland – Age NI
0808 808 7575 (9am–5pm Monday–Friday)
Age UK, Age Cymru and Age NI provide information and advice for older people in the UK. Some local offices run social groups for older LGBTQ+ people.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The CQC regulates, inspects and reviews all adult social care services in the public, private and voluntary sectors in England.
Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring for a family member or friend.
Carers UK provides information and advice about caring, alongside practical and emotional support for carers.
Community Health Councils in Wales
Community Health Councils are independent bodies who listen to what individuals and the community have to say about the health services provided for them. You can find your local one using the directory on the NHS Wales website.
Consortium focuses on the development and support of LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects. It has a directory where you can search for LGBT+ services by location.
Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP)
DEEP is a network of peer support groups around the UK that provide opportunities for people living with dementia to support each other. They include an online LGBTQ+ group called Speak out with dementia.
Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)
EASS provides support and advice about your rights in England, Wales and Scotland.
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
028 90 500 600
The Equality Commission provides information and advice about your rights in Northern Ireland.
Galop provides advice and support to LGBT+ people who have experiences hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence. They have a dedicated Trans Advocacy Service.
Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
GIRES aims to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people, including those who are non-binary and non-gender. It also hosts Tranzwiki, a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting trans and gender non-conforming people.
GOV.UK is the website of the UK government. It includes information on legal issues and rights, such as Gender recognition certificates and power of attorney.
Healthwatch is the independent champion for people who use health and social care services in England. They listen to what individuals and the community have to say about local health and care services. You can find your local Healthwatch using the directory on their website.
LGBT Foundation provides advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
0300 061 0614 (10am–4pm Monday–Friday)
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is the final stage for complaints about councils and some other organisations providing local public services. It also includes adult social care providers (such as care homes and home care providers).
The National LGB & T Partnership
020 7064 6506
The National LGB & T Partnership is a group of organisations that aims to reduce health inequalities and improve access to health and social care for LGBT+ people. Its website includes resources and links to local organisations.
Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman
0800 343424 (9am–1pm Monday–Friday)
The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman investigates complaints where local resolution has not been possible.
Opening Doors London
Opening Doors London is a charity that supports older LGBTQ+ people across the UK, including LGBTQ+ people living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia.
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (England)
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman investigates complaints about the NHS in England where local resolution has not been possible.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Each hospital in England and Wales has a PALS who can help with complaints and provide advice and information on health-related matters. The NHS website offers a search by location to find your local PALS office.
Patient and Client Council (Northern Ireland)
Patient and Client Council independently represents and advocates on health and social care issues for people in Northern Ireland. It can help with complaints and provide advice and information.
Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales investigates and considers complaints where they have not been resolved locally.
Stonewall campaigns for the equality of LGBTQ+ people across Britain. Its website includes information and advice for LGBTQ+ people.
Stonewall Housing is the specialist LGBTQ+ housing advice and support provider in England.
0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm)
Switchboard provides an information, support and referral phone service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people, and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.
Together in dementia everyday (tide)
0151 237 2669
tide is a UK network of carers, former carers and health and care professionals. It campaigns to improve the lives of carers and those they care for across the UK.
Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia.
Reviewed by: Dr James McParland, Clinical Psychologist, UCLH and Professor Rosie Harding, Chair in Law and Society, Birmingham Law School
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