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Gay West

Gay West is a social and support group covering Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area. It can trace its origins back to April 1970 when the Bristol group of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE Bristol) was founded. Its main activity is a coffee shop, now known as The Rainbow Café, which has operated in the centre of bath every Saturday morning since 1983. The Café is run by volunteers and is open to everyone. Around 30 people usually come and it is a place where lasting friendships have been made. The Group has an active Website and issues a regular Journal. It also organises occasional events such as the Christmas Dinner – the highlight of the year – Picnics and outings for it’s members.

18 February 2019
South West
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are a local LGBT social group who include those living with dementia in our activities.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Talking about LGBT issues can be difficult for people living with dementia but we have seen the Alzheimer's Society guide and will endeavour to follow its guidance.

2. Actions

  • Rainbow Cafe

    The Rainbow Café meets every Saturday morning in central Bath offering drinks and snacks at reasonable prices in the company of likeminded people.  It welcomes people living with dementia.

  • LGBT Guidance

    We have had sight of the Alzheimer's Society guidance document in terms of LGBT persons living with dementia and will implement some of the guidance at our cafe.

  • Support our local Dementia Action Alliance

    We are supporting the local dementia action alliance by attending their conference and encouraging other business groups and organisations to sign up to become more dementia friendly.