London Freemasons, through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), have given £15,000 to Opening Doors London – a charity dedicated to supporting older isolated LGBTQ+ people.
Opening Doors London supports over 2,000 beneficiaries per year with services such as befriending, specialist support groups and information events – this grant will allow the charity to increase their capacity to meet a rise in demand.
Since lockdown began, enquiries for support have increased by 270 per cent from members feeling more lonely or socially-isolated.
Opening Doors London has responded to the need by adapting their services to include telephone and video call befriending, virtual social groups on Zoom, and has developed a range of online training for professionals.
Of LGBTQ+ people supported, 65 per cent reported feeling less isolated and with improved health and wellbeing, thanks to the support received from Opening Doors London.