John's story -Supporting LGBTQ+ people affected by dementia


Staff Member
Staff member
Sep 26, 2022
When John Hammond's mother was diagnosed with dementia, he wanted to give back to the charities like Alzheimer's Society who had helped him and his mother.

"I wanted to give something back, desperately, as soon as I was able to, and I’ve been volunteering with the Society for around five years."

He also noticed that there was a need for dementia support specifically for LGBTQ+ people due to the unique problems they face.

He now does voluntary work to improve support for LGBTQ+ people with dementia, including running a "Rainbow Cafe" in Hove.

"The Rainbow Café is a safe, affirming space for LGBTQ+ people to come together. It’s very welcoming, and there’s no need to keep coming out. You can be free, be your entire self in a support service."

You can read more about John and the work he does with Switchboard in the blog article here.
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A picture of John Hammond, a middle-aged man wearing a black shirt, sitting in front of a yellow background. On the left is part of a former logo for Alzheimer's Society, a yellow outline of a flower.


Volunteer Host
Aug 2, 2022
South West UK
Absolutely, such a positive and heartwarming article. Brilliant that John is able to do and coordinate all he does. Great stuff :)