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Are you over 50?

Are you over 50?

Are you over 50, from Greater Manchester and living with HIV? Would you like to take part in a focus group to shape the exciting development of the UK’s first LGBT Extra Care Scheme?

To give a bit of background to the project, in 2017, after discussions with LGBT Foundation, Manchester City Council announced their intention to develop the UK’s first purpose-built LGBT-affirmative Extra Care Scheme in the city and identified the site in Whalley Range the following year.

An extra care scheme is a type of 'housing with care' which means you retain independence while you're assisted with tasks such as washing, dressing, going to the toilet or taking medication.

LGBT Foundation has set up a Community Steering Group to advise the development of the Extra Care Scheme and the group has recognised that we need to hear more from groups across our communities. The first group we want to learn from are people over 50 who are living with HIV. Your contribution will help to ensure that the Extra Care Scheme can best meet the needs of everyone in our communities.

The focus group will take place online via zoom, with an option to telephone in, at 4.00pm on Monday 7th December 2020 and you will receive a £25 voucher as a thank you for your time.

If you would like to attend the focus group, please email who will send you further details about the focus group. If you would like to share your views but cannot make the focus group, then please email Bob to arrange an individual interview.

All comments made in the focus group and interviews will be anonymous.


Out In The City - the social / support group for members of the LGBT+ communities over 50 years of age - is meeting again. 

Formally organised support groups are allowed to meet with up to a maximum of 15 participants. The exemptions under the national restrictions specifically includes groups that support people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender.

However, this is not the usual drop-in. Booking is essential as we have to limit the numbers to maintain social distancing. In order to accommodate people, we are meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. If interested, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website or telephone Terri at Age UK Manchester on 0161 302 4129.

More information here

And finally;

Friends of Dorothy:

Season’s Greetings! Due to popular demand, we have been asked to organise another photographic competition. The summer one attracted 46 entries and some cracking photos. 

We've decided that this time there should be a 'Festive Theme' to the photos. You can submit three photographs per person. 

First prize is                 £50

Second prize is            £30

Third prize is               £20           

So, get clicking and send your entries to my email address: 

The closing date for entries will be on Wednesday 16th December. As before the submissions will be judged by the renowned professional photographer, Michael Black (

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