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Thursday, 2 March 2017
The National LGB&T Partnership newsletter
February Newsletter from the National LGB&T Partnership
to February’s newsletter. This month we’ve been working hard on the
launch of the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week,
which will take place from March 13th to 17th.
First, next week, on the 8th of March, Sharing The Love
will be an opportunity for people in health but outside of the LGBT
sector to learn more about supporting LGBT people, and for those in the
sector to be supported to advocate for change.
National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017
calls on organisations and groups across the voluntary, public and
private sectors to consider and develop the work they are doing to
support the health of lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex
with women, a group often overlooked even within the LGBT sector. Find
out more about #LBWHealthWeek17 and get involved here.
Kind regards, The National LGB&T Partnership "Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
National LGB&T Partnership is committed to reducing health
inequalities and challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within
public services. We combine the expertise and knowledge of twelve
LGB&T organisations from across England but are keen to ensure
everything we produce has much further reach.
To help achieve this, we are organising a special 2-part seminar style
event which will be of interest to both LGB&T organisations in
England and those engaged in LGB&T policy development or
commissioning within the health and care sectors. It will be an
opportunity to explore the diverse range of LGB&T specific resources
the National LGB&T Partnership have produced to inform policy and
The National LGB&T Partnership has a
small number of travel bursaries on offer to support LGB&T
organisation attending so please get in touch via email if you would like to discuss this.
National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017
National LGB&T Partnership is launching the first National Lesbian
and Bisexual Women’s Health Week which will run from 13-17 March 2017.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness about lesbian and bisexual
women’s health inequalities, to make it simple for service providers to
empower service users. The week will also be an opportunity to
celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services
which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women.
Growing evidence demonstrates that lesbian, bisexual and other women who
have sex with women (LBWSW) are experiencing a range of health
inequalities and both face barriers to accessing health care and are
having poor experiences when they do.
How you get involved:
Download and share LB Women’s Health Week resources! Click here
to visit the National LB Women’s Health Week webpage and download our
briefing pack to get information and resources that will support your
organisation in getting involved. It also has ideas on what you can do
over the week.
Shout about LB Women’s health week on social media! Join our Thunderclap and schedule social media activity to go out across the week using the #LBWomensHealth17
Pledge to do something to mark LB Women’s Health Week and tell us about it! Use the form on our website
to tell us what you’re pledging to do for National LB Women’s Health
Week 2017 so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
Celebrate existing activity for LB Women and tell us about it! You can also use the form on our website
to tell us about the important work you’re already doing around lesbian
and bisexual women so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
Write a short blog post about your activity and why it’s important! You can even use the form
to submit a short 150-300 word blog post about your activity and why
it’s important. This will be shared through the National LGB&T
Be Visible! In the
briefing pack are a logo image and a poster. You can change your profile
photo on social media and display the poster across your building to
show support for National LB Women’s Health Week. We’re also asking
people to take a picture with the poster, filled in to show why the week
is important to them, and post it on twitter.
During National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week ’17, the 13th to 17th of March, tweet and/or post on Facebook about what your organisation does to specifically support LBWSW, publicise your groups, events, resources or activities using the hashtag #LBWomensHealth17 (and, on Facebook, tagging in the National LGB&T Partnership) and we’ll re-post and share them. We also encourage you to write articles and blogs for your own websites and newsletters.
If you want your work to be profiled in a blog on the LGB&T Partnership site, you can submit text on our website.
Events supporting and celebrating the health of Lesbian, Bisexual and other Women who have sex with women (LBWSW).
Between the 13th and 17th of March (or on the weekend of the 18th & 19th, if that’s when your service runs), run a specific event or campaign
celebrating, supporting or advising LBWSW women. This could include
putting on an event or having one of your regular meetings focus
specifically on LBWSW and/or their health during National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week.
Let us know about it and we’ll publicise it nationally. You might also
connect with a local LGBT or women’s organisation and discuss how you
can work together.
Research into the needs of Lesbian, Bisexual and other Women who have sex with women at your service.
Call for involvement in the Brighton Trans and Non-Binary Conference
Brighton University is holding its Annual Brighton Trans and Non-Binary Conference
in July to take place alongside Brighton Trans Pride. All trans and
non-binary people, researchers, people from the public, community and
voluntary sector, and those wanting to know more about trans lives and
trans issues are invited to the conference.
Trans and non-binary people (not just academics!) are invited to create
workshops, present talks or to engage in other ways around areas of
interest/concern to trans and non-binary communities. The organisers are
encouraging those less visible in trans and non-binary communities,
including people of colour, disabled people, deaf people, to contribute
if they can. Volunteers from Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard can
provide some support for those who want to present their ideas, and you
can also ask for topics to be covered that you would like to hear about.
To contribute to the conference, you will need to submit an outline of
what you would like to do (no more than 250 words, but it can be less
than this). This will need to be written and submitted here by 31st March 2017. To find out more, contact Suzy Armsden on email@example.com or 01273 642204.
GMFA Survey for gay men living with HIV
GMFA want to know if you've faced HIV
stigma and we want to help you find ways to educate others about the
realities of life with HIV. They have created this survey
which asks you about stigma you’ve faced due to your status and how
you’ve handled it. There’s also an opportunity to request an HIV stigma
information pack, which has advice about dealing with HIV stigma and
facts about HIV to educate others.
NHS England states that "these specifications have been developed and
tested with the support of lead clinicians and patient and public
representatives. This approach has ensured that the views of
stakeholders have informed the development throughout the process."
It is disappointing that the service specifications exclude gender
reassignment from the list of protected characteristics that are to be
considered in promoting equality of access.
You may wish to contribute to the two webinars that NHS England is hosting on the following dates:
NHS England is also arranging a national face to face event aimed at
clinicians, providers, local CCGs and Local Authority commissioners,
Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service and Department
of Health. This event will be held on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at Avonmouth House, 6 Avonmouth Street, London SE1 6NX. To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Report to the Mayor of London on LGBT+ Mental Health
explores the health inequalities that LGBT+ people face in accessing
mental health services and terms of mental ill health prevalence. It
summarises key findings and makes recommendations to the Mayor of London
to support the development of the mental health roadmap, currently
being developed by the London Health Board. It also sets out further
steps the Mayor could take to support better mental health and wellbeing
for LGBT+ Londoners through his wider policy brief.
Producing modelled estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population of England
provides a population denominator for use in estimating health outcomes
by sexual orientation. Being able to compare health outcomes between
different population groups is important in assessing health inequality
Please see our response to this estimate, along with further information
about sexual orientation monitoring, on the LGBT Foundation’s website, here.
Increasing understanding of the healthcare challenges faced by trans and non-binary people
NHS England, including commissioners, have been meeting with the Trans and Non-binary Interaction team from All About Trans.
The meetings are helping staff understand more about the challenges
many trans and non-binary people face when accessing healthcare and how
the healthcare system can be improved so it is more inclusive. All About
Trans has written a blog about the meeting in London and a blog about the meeting in Leeds, which outline some of the conversations that took place.
Gender-sensitive approaches to addressing children and young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing
The National Children’s Bureau has published practice examples
showing how considerations of gender can inform work to support
emotional and mental health and wellbeing. This follows our evidence
review exploring how gender relates to children and young people's needs
and experiences, and to parental and professional responses. Gendered
issues in children's mental health include young male suicide, low
self-esteem among girls and mental health inequalities faced by trans
young people. In sharing promising examples, NCB aims to help further
thinking and practice in this area.
Disrespect NoBody campaign
The Disrespect NoBody campaign
helps young people to understand what a healthy relationship is;
re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual
abuse and what consent means within their relationships. It aims to
prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults by challenging
attitudes and behaviours amongst young people that abuse in
relationships is acceptable.
Make It Your Decision
Many people assume that there’s nothing
they can do to prepare for their future treatment and care. But there
are things we can do now to plan ahead and ensure that what matters to
each of us is known about at the end of life. This is the focus of a new
campaign, Make It Your Decision,
launched this week by Compassion in Dying – the first of its kind to
encourage people to plan ahead for their treatment and care and make
their wishes known.
A new relationship with people and communities: actions for delivering chapter 2 of the NHS five year forward view
As part of the NHS five year forward view,
the People and Communities Board was invited to recommended a set of
high-impact actions for adopting person- and community-centred
approaches to health and social care. Chapter two of the forward view
sets out a vision of health and care where people are fully engaged with
their health. This report
outlines actions and related recommendations for making this vision a
reality. The actions address key areas in the NHS where substantial
progress can be made over the next year. The annex highlights approaches or interventions developed within the voluntary sector which have the potential for wider adoption.
Improving patient and public participation in the health services commissioned by NHS England
NHS England has published a suite of documents to strengthen patient and public participation in health services.
Together with the existing participation framework for primary care,
new frameworks for public health, armed forces, health and justice and
specialised services will support NHS England commissioners to carry out
meaningful and inclusive participation with patients and the public.
The frameworks have been developed with stakeholders, including Patient
and Public Voice partners and representatives from voluntary and
community sector organisations.
NICE committee recruitment
NICE are looking for experts to join their
Public Health Advisory Committees to develop guidelines on interventions
and services. They need both lay members (people using services, family
members and carers, and members of the public and community or
voluntary sector) and people with a professional or practitioner
background in the topic.
More details can be found on the NICE website.
Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month
to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first
time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on
its website: "Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard
it is for charities to get funding for digital projects.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund
supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping vulnerable
young people (aged 14-25). The Fund will provide core funding to
organisations within the youth sector and outside. There is no deadline
Transform Foundation Website grant programme
can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including
strategy, design, development and training. The Website Grant is aimed
at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit
organisations with a social mission. The grant is most suitable for
non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million.
Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis.
Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000
are available to small local groups / charities to improve the quality
of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental
disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the
statutory public sector or by the individual. This year their focus is
about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local
community. Apply anytime.
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered
charities who need assistance towards a capital project eg new build,
refurbishment, equipment or transport. http://www.bernardsunley.org/
The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust
makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the
margins of society. They are particularly interested in encouraging
inclusion, integration and independence and support work that develops
social connections and relationships. Grants are commonly used for core
funding (salaries, running costs and overheads), but can also be used
for project costs, capital grants and funding to strengthen an
organisation. The Trust has no deadlines and first stage applications
can be made at any time.
People’s Health Trust
Local organisations working to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding through the Active Communities fund,
run by People’s Health Trust. Community groups and other non-profits
with an income of less than £350,000 a year can seek investment between
£5,000 - £50,000 for up to two years. Check their website for when
grants in your area are available.
The ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation
provides grants to charities in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the
quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and
physically disabled and older people. ACT gives large and small
donations to charities depending on the project and available funds.
Their current focus is on transformational change. Applications are
accepted year round.
18th March, Manchester.
This will be a creative and interactive event, run by and for trans people, exploring our stories, experiences and thoughts about cancer.
As a thank you for participating, all attendees will receive a free goody bag!
Travel bursaries are available, please email email@example.com for more information.
LGBT Women in Sport Conference
15th April, Brighton.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is holding a participation and
inclusion conference in April to motivate and encourage LGBT women to
get involved in sport. Speakers from the world of sport - amateur and
professional - will explore the issues and barriers that discourage LGBT
women from participating.
Delegate places are available free of charge to interested women from
the LGBT community and their straight allies. To find out more about the
conference or to book a place, click here.
Developing person-centred cultures to deliver compassionate care
Person-centred cultures should be created
across organisations, encompassing staff as well as people accessing
services. Multiple organisations have partnered to create a free online course about implementing compassionate care approaches.
is a new open online course for people working in health and care. The
course covers the principles of quality improvement. It is free and
entirely self-paced, meaning participants can complete the course in
their own time.
NHS Leadership Academy has launched a Stepping Up programme aimed at developing black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues in bands 5 – 7 who aim to be leaders.
The fully funded programme will run over five months, for individuals
who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want
to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and
diversity across the healthcare sector.
Colleagues will benefit from a mix of learning, including face-to-face,
self-directed and workplace-based. Applications are now open. For more
information or to apply visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.
School for Change Agents
The School for Change Agents
is a free five week virtual learning programme for change activists in
health and social care brought to you by the NHS Horizons Group. All of
the live sessions start at 15:00-16:30 GMT on Thursdays via an online
webinar. The webinars are recorded and made available for viewing at a
later date. The first session began on 16 February.