Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people with dementia will get better access to tailored support thanks to a new joint venture with the Guinness Partnership and the LGBT Foundation.
The Guinness Partnership, a housing and care provider, is working with the foundation on its ‘Bring Dementia Out’ project to ensure LGBT people affected by dementia have their voices heard and are provided with tailored help and information.
It said supporting this project is one of the ways it is showing its commitment to improving the lives of our residents, their families and the wider communities it serves.
Catriona Simons, chief executive of Guinness, said: “We are delighted to be part of this vital project to support LGBT people living with dementia.
“We look forward to enabling stronger relationships to be built between the LGBT community and both the dementia and housing sectors, to help minimise isolation and eliminate discrimination, and to ensure all people can freely access the support they need.”
Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be partnering for this new initiative. We know that LGBT people’s experiences of dementia are under-recognised and often totally overlooked, they may be facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and are at an increased risk of social isolation.
“We believe that all LGBT people living with dementia have the right to an excellent quality of life, and look forward to amplifying their voices and working to end the many inequalities they face. The work of Bring Dementia Out is vitally important and will change the lives of LGBT people affected by dementia and their families.”
Patrick, one of our customers and the youngest person in the UK living with dementia, spoke at an Alzheimer’s event about ‘Bring Dementia Out’ – watch the video below to see what a difference the campaign is already making.