New course of Self-Advocacy workshops for LGBTQ people over 50

This autumn, as part of MindOut’s Age Matters project, we are launching a series of workshops for older LGBTQ people. These workshops will be held in-person at Community Base in Brighton city centre.

The first of these sessions will be an Introduction to Self-Advocacy on Tuesday 21st September.


 Introduction to Self-Advocacy for LGBTQ people over 50

13:00 Tuesday 21st September 2021

Facilitators: Karen Dresback 50+ Project Advocacy Worker and Dawn Hayes 50+ Project Leader


Self-advocacy is the skill of making your voice heard where it is otherwise silenced.  This is particularly difficult for those of us who are often silenced in society through prejudice and discrimination.  Self-advocating involves taking control of your life, building up your assertiveness and self-esteem and looking after our mental health.  Through self-advocacy we can tackle issues such as relationships, access to services, achieving personal goals, and getting what you want out of challenging scenarios.

In this LGBTQ Over-50s self-advocacy workshop we will

  • explore how we can develop our self-esteem and assertiveness,
  • cover some essential information about your rights,
  • workshop specific issues faced by older LGBTQ people,
  • and aim to make you more comfortable in advocating for yourself.

This workshop is available to any people over 50 years old who identify as LGBTQ, as well as any MindOut service users, volunteers, staff, and trustees.

This is the first of a series of self-advocacy workshops for LGBTQ people over-50 we will be hosting over the coming months.


Upcoming topics include sessions focussing on

  • Assertiveness skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Knowing your rights
  • How to get results

You will be able to book individually for each session on our website where you can fill in a quick Workshop Assessment Form.

Alternatively, you can register your interest by emailing [email protected] or phoning us on 01273 234839 

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