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A warm welcome to the March edition of our Newsletter!
Read on for news from the Sector, our Members and the Consortium Team.
Getting Our Voices Heard:
With LGBT Consortium & Stonewall
are very pleased to announce that we will be running two one-day
workshops for LGBT groups in partnership with Stonewall. This free
one-day workshop, taking place on Friday 13th April and again on
Saturday 14th April, aims to give LGBT groups and community activists
the chance to build their influencing and campaigning skills.
We will be using the proposed reform to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act
as a learning framework for the day, as this will be at the forefront of
the work of the sector during 2018.
The events will be held in London this time, but please note that LGBT
Consortium will be holding more events for Members across the UK
throughout the year.
Find out more inforamtion and the place and book your group's place here or email Vicky, LGBT Consortium Membership & Engagement Manager.
Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Week 2018: Fair Access for Better Health
12th - 17th March | #LBTwomenshealth18
The aim of Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans
Women’s Health Week is to raise awareness about lesbian, bisexual and
trans women’s health inequalities, to make it simple for service
providers to empower service users. The week is also an opportunity to
celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services
which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women.
You can find out more about the week and how to get involved here
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new, Europe-wide law
that replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. It sets out
requirements for how organisations will need to handle personal data
from 25 May 2018.
We have gathered together some useful guidance and resources from a range of partners to help guide members through the process.
recent weeks, the shocking news around sexual abuse by aid workers
working for Oxfam and other foreign aid charities has hit the headlines.
Understandably, many in the voluntary sector, including us in the LGBT
sector, are worried about the implications for them.
This not only further raises the importance of sustainability of our
members, but also throws the spotlight on safeguarding processes –
especially for those organisations which work with vulnerable people.
We at Consortium are interested to hear from member organisations about
your concerns and also what you are doing to mitigate them. Our
Engagement team can offer support and information around policy and
can access information about these and a range of other funds by
clicking on the links above or by visiting our Members only Funder Finder.
News from our Members
3FF Launch New LGBT+Faith Programme
3FF are inviting LGBT+ organisations and groups to join them for specially tailored training and support.
Through this funded project, they will work with you to help you ensure
your spaces, programmes and events are sensitive to and inclusive of the
needs of people from different faith and belief backgrounds.
are now being taken for the annual Being Proud Awards. The awards are a
chance to acknowledge and recognise the hard work and achievements of
people making a positive difference to the lives of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and trans young people.
Speak up! about your health & social care services
is still time to let Healthwatch Northumberland know about your
experiences of health and social care in Northumberland over the last
year through their annual survey. This can be as a patient or carer.
Knowing what is important to you will help them to work more effectively
on your behalf.
Your views will be shared anonymously and stored in line with data
protection regulations. You could also be in with a chance of winning a
£25 Marks & Spencer voucher when you take the time to share your
are just a selection of the exciting opportunities which are
currently available with our Members. But we don't have space to list
them all here, so please visit the Work in the Sector page & Volunteering Opportunities page on our website for full details of all the available vacancies.
letters that if you haven’t heard of, then you should! GDPR, or the
General Data Protection Regulation. This is an important piece of law
coming into effect at the end of May and we want to make sure all
Members are thinking about it.
Don’t leave it to late, act now!
Find more information on our website here
Your Engagement Team
We are changing the way we engage with our Members!
>From now on, all of our Members will have a named Engagement Officer
who will be their first port of call for all Membership needs. Some of
you will already have received an email introducing you to your new
named contact, but don't worry if you haven’t yet, we will be in touch
For those Members who would like one, your Engagement Officer will work
with you to build a bespoke Membership Plan that looks ahead at where
your group is going and how we can support you to get there.
This month we are also thrilled to be bringing our Members the news that
we have teamed up with Stonewall to offer a free one-day training event
focused on campaigning and influencing. We hope that by combining our
skills and knowledge that we will help resource LGBT groups to speak out
and to ensure that all our voices are heard.
If you arent sure that you are making the most of your Membership with us get in touch with one of our Engagement Officers: Vicky Worthington- Members with an income over £10k Philip Moir- Members with an income under £10k Martin Karadzhov- London based Members Shaan Knan- Trans Organisation Members
Harri - Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the National LGB&T Partnership
12-17th sees the second annual Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s
Health Week, an opportunity to focus on the needs of the women in our
communities, which are often overlooked.
On Monday and Tuesday there will be webinars on LBT women’s health
needs, and on Friday we’ve convened a panel of experts for a
You can find out more and let us know about the events and activities you’re planning as part of the week on our website.
Sophie - National LGBT Anti-Bullying Project Coordinator
month saw the Peer Learning Hub in London, where we got together with
the leads from other projects to share information and suggestions.
Delivery of the project is well underway in schools; we have a selection
of our factsheets finalised and they are starting to be distributed to
This month we will start to plan a new e-bulletin for schools, to keep them up-to-date with information on the project.
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.
just a few of the exciting events from our Members which are coming up
this month. But we don't have space to list them all here, so please
visit the events page on our website for full details of all the upcoming events.