SUDBURY -- 2SLGBT seniors in Sudbury will soon have a new space to meet and connect.

The Reseau ACCESS Network is launching a new coffee and chats program aimed at those 55 and older in the community.

"I hope people can get a better sense of belonging, community and build a network," said seniors program coordinator Adrienne Moreau. "Have a safe place where they can be themselves and feel free to be out."

The program is scheduled to launch on Aug. 6 and will run every Thursday from 10-11 a.m. via Zoom.

"The seniors program aims to support and empower older adults who are 55 and up and who identify within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community," said Moreau. "We provide safe environments and training opportunities for these older adults who would like to increase their knowledge, sense of community and as well as their ability to support each other."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is launching virtually, however Moreau said it could become an in-person event down the road.

She said the program was needed in the community to help bring people together.

"Social isolation is a main concern for many older adults and it impacts your health and well-being in a number of ways," Moreau said. "Research shows that socially isolated older adults experience more of a sedentary lifestyle, possibility of falls, substance use and hospitalization.

"So it's really important that these inclusive social programs forces LGBTQ adults to come together, find support, safety and meet new people."

So far three people are signed up for the first talk on Aug. 6.