It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the permanent closure of Opening Doors on February 29th 2024 due to ongoing financial challenges, ultimately resulting in insolvency. Since launching the charity in 2016, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting and advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals over 50, addressing their unique needs, isolation and invisibility.

Despite the relentless efforts of our Board of Trustees and staff to secure a sustainable future for our work, the current economic environment has significantly impacted our funding sources, leaving us unable to continue.

As we prepare to cease operations on March 1st 2024, we are actively seeking alternative support networks for our members. Detailed information about these arrangements will be directly communicated to those affected.

Our legacy is one of pride, awareness and a foundational platform for future advocacy. Our work has not only highlighted the unique challenges older LGBTQ+ individuals face but also fostered a community of support and recognition. Closing during LGBTQ+ History Month reminds us of the resilience and courage within our community. We urge everyone to carry on this spirit of support and advocacy, inspiring future efforts to combat isolation and uplift older generations.

We would like to thank all our staff and volunteers, our funders and partner organisations for their dedication, hard work and endless support. Your contributions have been the backbone of our achievements and outreach. Special thanks to those who supported our Emergency Appeal, your efforts have helped us extend our services through the winter months.

Your support has been incredible and we hope you can continue to support LGBTQ+ people. We would encourage you to connect with Tonic Housing, Stonewall Housing, ELOP and Galop, who all do incredible work with our communities. 

For further information or support during this transition, please contact us at [email protected]

Thank you for everything.


Bridget Symonds|CEO

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