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warm welcome to the July edition of our Newsletter, which is full of
news from the Sector, our Members and the LGBT Consortium Team.
Organisational Health Check: Social Media
Having a good online presence is so important and so this month our Health Check campaign is focussing on Social Media.We have gathered together a range of tools , written resources and visual resources to help you get the most out of Social Media for your organisation.
working is at the heart of everything we do and with almost 300
Members, ranging in size and capacity, we believe that all of them
should have the chance to participate in our nationally driven, locally
telling us about your LGBT group when you join, we can form a good
picture of the work you do and where your experience and interests lay.
Based on this information (and through your group opting into our
specialist networks) we will ensure that the right opportunities for
collaborative projects get to your group.
Getting To Know Ourselves - Will You Share Your Story?
London Irish LGBT Network have received a small Emigrant Support Grant
to gather stories of our community (and/or its parts). They have been
recording interviews with a view to producing a printed (and online)
book, a set of audio podcasts online and some video podcasts.
All five party leaders sign up to the Scottish LGBTI Equality Pledge
LGBTI equality charity the Equality Network has welcomed the commitment
of all five main party leaders to the LGBTI Equality Election Pledge.
The Pledge calls for five actions on issues that are reserved to the UK
Parliament, to deliver equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and
intersex people in Scotland.
What an eventful month it has been with the General Election, and
in particular the aftermath. We are as shocked as others with the deal
the Conservatives have done with the DUP from Northern Ireland and have
been talking with one of our Members in Northern Ireland to ensure that
our approach to this has their engagement and input.
As organisations who have been working with their political sphere for
many years we are keen to ensure those organisations have an opportunity
to share their experience and realities of life under the DUP. We have
written to the Minister for Equalities and trying to seek more
collaborative media coverage involving our Members living in NI.
Rest assured we will continue to make noise about the inequalities that
could result from this shocking partnership and encourage anyone else
doing the same to liaise with LGBT orgs over there, so get in touch if you would like to make new links.
Vicky - Membership & Engagement Manager
This month, rather than update you all on what I have been up to, I
want to challange everyone reading this to take a second and really
think about how healthy your LGBT group is.
Our Engagement Team is on hand to work with your organisation so that it
doesn't ever find itself in a pickle. Putting the right things in place
now, such as good solid policies and best practice governance can save a
lot of panic later!
It's been another busy month, where I have been working on several exciting projects.
We have revamped the Benefits we offer to Full & Associate Members and moved them all online, so that they are easier to search through and access.
I have also been working on the early planning stages of our upcoming
Conference & AGM in November, details of which will be confirmed in
the coming weeks!
Harri - Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the National LGB&T Partnership
This month I’m travelling to Manchester and Brighton to run focus
groups for the Care Quality Commission to support their work to improve
their inspections by raising LGB&T voices into the discussions. Drop
me an email for more info.
We were involved in the development of a new resource on Housing, Homelessness and Health,
and should shortly be launching a new piece of work reviewing the
evidence and needs of LGBTQ young people in relation to mental health.
Jess - National LGBT Anti-Bullying Project Coordinator
Delivery of the Anti-HBT Bullying project is now well and truly
underway and our Alliance is working with a range of schools across
As well as working directly with teachers, the Partners that make up the
Anti-HBT Bullying Alliance are working on a range of lesson plans and
information sheets - so that schools have access to all the resrouces
they need moving forward.
Shaan - Trans Organisations Network Worker
I have just joined LGBT Consortium as the Trans Organisation
Network (TON) Worker - TON is a network for trans-specific
This is a real opportunity for TON to explore together how we can build a
useful and strategic network. I feel really enthusiastic about joining
LGBT Consortium and look forward to working with all of you.
I will be getting in touch shortly with TON members to get to know you
all. (Please bear in mind that I work in this post only one day per
week). In the meantime, please feel free to email me or give me a call on 07799 904292
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.