Thursday, 1 June 2017

LGBT Consortium Newsletter

A monthly digest for the LGBT sector
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A warm summer welcome to our June Newsletter! We have another bumper packed edition for you, which brings together news from the Sector, our Members and the whole Consortium Team.
Our Volunteering Opportunities page continues to grow and our adverts get results!
If you are a Member and you have a vacancy, please share it with us and we will gladly advertise it.
We love to shout about the work our Members are doing! Email us your press releases, we will create an article on our News page and link to it in our monthly newsletter to share it far and wide.

Organisational Health Check: Volunteers

Volunteers' Week runs from 1-7 June and so this month our Health Check campaign is focussing on Volunteers. We have gathered together a range of tools , written resources  and visual resources  to help you recruit and manage volunteers within your organisation.

Check out our June Health Check here

Sector News 

Volunteers' Week 2017 • #VolunteersWeek

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1-7 June every year and there are over 250 events organised to commemorate it this year.

Click here to find out more about events happening in your area and to sign up for Volunteers' Week News.

Celebrating Volunteers • #VolunteersWeek

We know that many of our Member organisations rely on volunteers for much of their day-to-day running and that many couldn't function without the hard work that their volunteers put in all year round.

If you are holding a party or other event to celebrate your volunteers, then we would love to hear about it and please feel free to send us your photos by email

Charity Commission urges trustees to be vigilant about ransomware attacks

In May, more than 200,000 organisations, including the National Health Service (NHS), in 150 countries were affected by ransomware attacks. The vulnerabilities exploited by the hackers are the same for charities as they are for individuals, public or private sector organisations.

The Charity Commission encourages all charities to follow protection advice recently issued by the City of London Police and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), details of which can be found here

It Pays to be a Member of LGBT Consortium! 

There are many different benefits that LGBT groups, projects and organsiations can access when they join LGBT Consortium:
  • Access to support from the Engagement Team.
  • Online Resources, Information and Discounts.
  • 1:1 Support and Promotion.
  • Membership to our Specialist Networks.
One of the things that isn't so well known is that we have brought in over £1.5 million worth of funding for our Members to work together on specialist projects over the last 3 years.

Get in touch with the Engagement Team to learn more, or find out about joining as a Member here

The National LGB&T Partnership joins the Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The National LGB&T Partnership have been successful in their bid to join the new Health and Wellbeing Alliance – the successor to the Strategic Partners Programme of which they were previously a member.

They will be working with the Department for Health, Public Health England and NHS England, alongside 20 other voluntary and community sector partners, over the next year (and hopefully beyond) to reduce health inequalities and improve access to health and social care for LGB&T people.

Your Friendly Engagement Team 

Your Engagement Team is here to support you!
Whether you are stuck with funding, wanting to recruit volunteers or staff, need some information on governance and trustees - we've got you covered!

All of our Full and Associate Members have access to the Engagement Team as part of their Membership, so get in touch - don't wait until something goes wrong though, make sure your group or project is on track.

Get in touch with the team by emailing Vicky or Philip or give us a call on 020 7064 6500

News from our Members

METRO launch new HIV prevention project for Polish speaking gay and bisexual men in London

Bezpieczny Rodak is an exciting, innovative and groundbreaking new HIV support programme in Polish. This 1-year programme funded by MAC AIDS Fund is for MSM (men who have sex withm men) from the Polish and Polish speaking communities in London.

Read more about this exciting new project here

Scotland Loses European Top Spot for LGBTI Equality

Scotland has been overtaken by Malta in the European league table of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) equality laws and policies. Scotland is now in second place, with a score of 82%, with Malta on 88%. Malta has risen to first place after introducing new laws protecting the rights of trans and intersex people.

Read more on this story here

Consortium Team News

Paul - Chief Executive Officer

With under two weeks now until the snap General Election, we encourage all of our Members to be engaging with their local candidates across all parties to find out where they stand on protecting LGBT rights now and into the future.

With Brexit such an important factor, we need to ensure hard fought rights aren’t erased or washed out as the Great Repeal Bill and future legislation goes through its various stages. Find out what candidates think about these things.

Whatever the result, collectively we are a powerful sector and we look forward to supporting LGBT organisations in keeping those rights where they are!

Vicky - Membership & Engagement Manager

This month I have been focussing on getting our new research project funded by The Legal Education Foundation off the ground. We are very excited about this project and about how it will inform our work in the future!

We have also recruited our new Trans Organisation Network Worker - who will be starting in June, more news on this coming very soon! 

Philip - Engagement & Information Officer

This month I have been working on background research for our new survey project funded by The Legal Education Foundation. I have been working with Vicky on the early stages of the survey, getting it ready for compiling and testing this month.

I have also been looking at new systems, which have the potential to allow us to grow our Membership even further, without effecting the level of service we are able to deliver to our existing Members.

Harri - Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the National LGB&T Partnership

We’re pleased to be able to announce that the National LGB&T Partnership have been successful in our bid to be part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, the programme which continues from the Strategic Partners Programme, which ended earlier this year, and which facilitates us working with other voluntary and community sector partners to inform and challenge the health system.

One of the core activities of the Alliance is two-way communication between the system and communities. Sign up to our newsletter here to make sure you hear about opportunities to get involved.

Jess - National LGBT Anti-Bullying Project Coordinator

The Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Project is well underway, and we have started working directly with schools to improve their LGBT+ inclusivity and approaches to tackling bullying.

Our partners are working hard to produce resources and learning tools for teachers to make the national curriculum more diverse and representative.

If you know a school that would benefit from our support, please visit our website for information about our local partners or contact Jess by email.

New Members

A Warm Welcome to our Newest Members!

We are delighted to welcome the following new members to LGBT Consortium.
Please click on the name of the organisation to find out more about them.
Eastside Youth
Living Without Disguises Project
MindLine Trans Plus Helpline South West - Bristol Mind

Events from our Members

Upcoming Events in June

Please click on the name of the event or the organisation's logo for more information.

Wise Thoughts

Thursday 1st June
5pm - 7pm

Understanding LGBTQ Hardship Workshop

Wednesday 7th June
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Community at Cameo

Saturday 10th June
2pm - 4:30pm

Positive Rainbow Haringey

Thursday 22nd June
5pm - 7pm

Queers Without Beers

Thursday 1st June
6:30pm - 9pm

Wise Thoughts

Thursday 8th June
5pm - 7pm

Committee Meeting

Monday 12th June
at 6:30pm

Proudly Created Conference

Saturday 24th June
11am - 5pm

Coffee Morning

Saturday 3rd June
10am - 12noon

Social Group

Thursday 8th June
6:30pm - 9:30pm

#FREE LGBT Legal & Housing Advice

Thursday 15th June
4:30pm - 5:30pm

out 4 coffee

Wednesday 28th June
at 11am
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