LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly Update

Monday, 26th July 2021

Written by Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL

Good Morning,

Many of you will have seen and read the news from Manchester Pride confirming that the pride parade this year has been cancelled, but other events will take place.

Full Press statement here:

I would just like to remind you of all the local Pride events that are taking place across Greater Manchester over the coming months:

Manchester Village People WeekendSaturday 31st July

Silver Pride – Friday 30th July – Sunday 1st August with an 8pm Vigil Thunderclap.

Now in its second year, Silver Pride is a unique online event designed to forge connections between older LGBT+ people and encourage intergenerational communication in the gay communities.

Over three days of summer, Silver Pride presents a smorgasbord of guests, sessions and events. There are interviews: Broadway and Hollywood star Alan Cumming is their “opening gala” guest; Their Big Saturday Interview is with actress Michelle Hardwick,

currently appearing in Emmerdale; and actor and writer Simon Callow will be in conversation with theatre director Robert Hastie.

Through the range of content, they’ll be broadcasting over three days – from celebrity interviews to panel discussions, cookery demonstrations to specially made films – Silver Pride aspires to entertain and inspire,  firing conversations about and generating noise around the lives of older LGBT+ folks. They want to uncover hidden histories and hear stories heretofore hushed. Silver Pride is a celebration of the everyday heroes that most people have to be in order to just to live their lives and a commemoration of those who went before us. Who marched and fought and campaigned and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. Silver Pride is a party and a paean.

Silver Pride is also a network of support groups whose work in creating community is made possible by the money raised by this special weekend.

Salford Pride’s THE PINK PICNIC Pride Event confirmed for Saturday 7th August 2021:

Salford Pride are excited to officially announce that Salford’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Non-binary, plus (LGBT+) pride event ‘The Pink Picnic’ is confirmed to return to Peel Park on Saturday 7th August 2021! Taking place between 1-8pm in Peel Park, Salford the event will host live music, dance and drag performances, children’s activities, a dog show, a beer tent, and even a private ‘PinkPLUS’ area for that little extra. For more info or go to

Levenshulme Pride13th to 15th August (LIVE EVENTS)

Wigan Pride14th August

Wigan Pride is set to take place on the afternoon of Saturday 14th August at Mesnes Park Terrace and playing fields, behind Wigan Youth Zone

The family friendly event, which celebrates diversity and promotes equality, has the theme of ‘healing’ and promises fantastic music, entertainment, thought provoking speeches and a chance to forget about the problems of the past year for one afternoon and focus on brighter days ahead!

This year’s event will be ticketed to help keep everyone safe. If you miss out on a ticket this year, the event will be streamed for you to watch the following weekend.

For more info:

Manchester Pride Weekend – 27th to 30th August

Didsbury PrideSaturday 4th September

Bolton17th to 19th Sept

BurySunday 26th September – The Rainbow Train.

Hebden Bridge: Happy Valley Pride – 8th to 12th SeptemberStockport Pride are currently looking for people to join their organising committee.

The full list of vacant posts are on their website, with applications accepted through Facebook or by email.

Greater Manchester Digital Pride Event:

Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Communities come together for the first GM Digital Pride Event taking place on Saturday 25th September 2021 from 12pm – 12pm via StreamGM, with a mix of Drag Queens, Spoken Word, Poetry, Discussion, Sport, Music and so much more.

Carl Austin-Behan the LGBTQ+ Advisor to The Mayor has been working with all 10 Boroughs across Greater Manchester and has set up the GM Pride Network Partnership where the organisers of the community pride events are working in collaboration to share expertise, knowledge, support and best practice.

“Due to the current uncertainty of LIVE events being able to take place – We wanted to make sure that all our LGBTQ+ Community could still engage with their respected communities in a meaningful way and via GM Digital Pride we hope to achieve this”.

The event will be streamed via StreamGM and there will be content from various acts / artists from all the boroughs split throughout the event so it doesn’t matter if you’re from Wigan, Bolton, Salford, Trafford, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Bury, Tameside or Manchester there will be something for you to keep you entertained.

This will be a free to watch event, however you will be able to donate and the money raised will be split 10 ways between the various LGBTQ+ Community Pride organisations to support them and local charities going forward: For more info, or if you want to get involved with the possibility of showcasing your talent across Greater Manchester contact:

To Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

Update from The Proud Trust:

Proud Futures – employability programme for LGBT+ young people

Do you support LGBT+ young people aged 16-25, who are living in or around Greater Manchester and struggling with finding secure and fulfilling work? If so, Proud Futures is the project for you!

The Proud Trust’s Proud Futures programme helps young people understand their rights in the workplace, develop practical skills, take part in high quality work placements, and build a supportive community of other LGBT+ people.

For more info and to sign up, see the attached flyers or visit:

Proud 2B Parents Monthly Newsletter:

Monthly Newsletter from LGBT Consortium:

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, No.21, July 2021

As someone involved in equality, diversity and inclusion work in Greater Manchester, I thought you might find it helpful to receive and share information through the fortnightly e-bulletin of the Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl)

See the latest edition to see the sorts of topics they cover.

The registration link for their multi-sector mailing list is here:

If you have any questions about GM=EqAl or the e-bulletin please don’t hesitate to contact Vicky:

Vicky Maher (her/she)
Administrator (Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent and GM Equality Alliance)

Hope Mill Theatre has launched a three-week festival in Ancoats this summer, HOPE FEST,

With a programme of arts and cultural events from 16th July – 8th August. The festival will take place inside a large theatre tent which will accommodate 250 capacity, based beside New Islington Tram Station (one stop from Piccadilly Station) on the junction between Pollard Street and Great Ancoats Street.

HOPE FEST, in association with Electric Park, has been made possible through collaboration and an ambition to champion the cultural arts post-covid with a unique programme of community-centric events. The festival line up offers something for everyone including family theatre, comedy, music, plays and musical theatre as well as one off special community events. The new pop-up summer venue will include an onsite bar and eating area, with BBQ. Offering a range of local beers and spirits and good grub!

Hope Mill Theatre are also launching a special FANCOATS scheme for local residents, offering ticket discounts and an invite to a one-off residents gathering, bringing the local community together. See Attached:

The “Unseen Community” – People History Museum

From Saturday 24 July 2021 to Wednesday 1 September 2021, 10.00am – 4pm.

This photographic exhibition explores the dark of discrimination, faced by the LGBT+ parent/carer community, and the light of family life.

Brought to PHM by Proud 2 b Parents and artist Allie Crewe, this insightful exhibition has been created through working with LGBT+ parents/carers and their children for over a decade.

During this time many families have shared their own stories, difficulties and struggles whilst navigating the heteronormative idea of a family.  Proud 2 b Parents therefore wanted to capture real family life from the LGBT+ parent/carer community and bring awareness of their lives and the ‘normality’ of everyday life.

LGBT+ parents/carers and their children are often overlooked due to their intersectional inequalities and can feel isolated within the community as family-based services do not often meet their needs.  Therefore, raising awareness and understanding, whilst challenging assumptions is vital for these ‘unseen communities’, a key aim of the service Proud 2 b Parents offer.

Family Friendly exhibition, allowing families to see the similarities between family lives.  Suitable for all ages.

Please note the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Register to visit

Proud 2 b Parents is an inclusive organisation for all routes to parenthood.  They are run by and deliver services for LGBT+ parents/carers to be, and LGBT+ parents/carers and their children living in Greater Manchester.  The organisation has been delivering services for over 14 years and has a wealth of experience in regard to the community needs and experiences they have faced.

The images for this exhibition have been captured by artist Allie Crewe, whose portraits have met with critical acclaim.  Described as ‘Highly rated, sincere, poignant and classical’ by Magnum, and as producing ‘a terrific body of work filled with heart and empathy’ by LensCulture, Allie’s work was shortlisted for the prestigious Portrait of Britain award in 2017 which she won in 2019.

Sunday Walk Out:

This is an easy-going LGBT group looking to welcome new weatherproof walkers. The group was born out of The University of Manchester LGBT staff network but now includes friends and partners.

Every last Sunday of the month they head for the hills and reward yourselves with a picnic or late pub lunch after a 10-12 mile walk. Trips are by train or shared cars have in the past included the Peak District, the Lakes, the Ribble valley, North Wales and the Yorkshire Dales. The routes don’t (normally) involve too strenuous scrambling or rock-climbing and you won’t need any special equipment other than solid walking boots and waterproof layers.

Next walk is planned for Sunday 25th July, Alderley Edge
If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact:

Update from Out In The City:

During JulyOut In The City is holding meetings every Wednesday (2pm – 4pm) and every Thursday (1pm – 4pm)  at Cross Street Chapel, 29 Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL.

Please note:

From August They will continue meeting on Wednesdays (2pm – 4pm) at Cross Street Chapel. They intend to return to Church House, but this is not available until autumn at least.

Thursday, 5 August there is a coach trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, leaving Chorlton Street Bus Station at 10.30am. There are still a few spaces left – please contact Tony if interested.

Thursday, 12 August there is a party at Cross Street Chapel from 1pm – 4pm. There will be food and entertainment. Please let Tony know if you wish to attend for catering purposes.

Thursday, 19 August there is a coach trip to Llandudno leaving Chorlton Street Bus station at 10.00am. Fully booked up.

Sunday, 26 September 3pm – 7.30pm – Bury Pride Rainbow Train

East Lancs Railway, 23A Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY – please contact Tony if interested.

Some events are booked up, but please let Tony know if interested, in case spaces become available.

Tony, Email:

pro-manchester – Equality & Diversity Event

Wondering about the practical implementation of improving diversity, equality, and inclusion (EDI) in your organisation’s culture and strategy?

Thursday 5th August 2021, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM FREE event

Webinar, Zoom, joining instructions to follow,

Many sectors already have great practice, including charities, housing and health and social care. However, it’s
recognised there’s more to learn and do as we embrace diverse leadership and equality throughout the workplace across all sectors.

So how can organisations actively become EDI led from the board room and encourage involvement to influence and make changes?

On 5 August 12noon, join a diverse panel who will share their journey to date and experiences as well as practical tips to create a positive EDI culture and embed it within your organisation.

To book and for more info on other events:

GMMH’s Recovery Academy is an NHS education and training facility supporting people around mental health and addiction as well as promoting good health and wellbeing.

The Academy offers a wide range of face-to-face courses, including specific courses to support the LGBT+ community such as their ‘Gender and Sexual Identity’ course. This course explores the difficulties in coming out experienced by LGBT+ people and the impact this has on their mental health. Most importantly, it explores options for how we can all support people better as peers, family members and mental health professionals.

All the courses are co-produced and co-delivered by professionals and people with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction. The Academy also offers a vast range of electronic resources including, self-help videos, e-learning packages, self-help materials and pod casts.

The Recovery Academy is open to anyone and is completely free to join. To check out the full range of available support and book onto a course, visit If you need to contact the Recovery Academy team, please email or call 0161 358 1771.


Unemployed and want to learn new skills, meet new people and improve your job prospects in 2021? If you’re living in Greater Manchester, then you can sign up to Gaydio’s Work Club – a free radio skills course!

Over 6 weeks you’ll not only refine your skill set but build on your CV by learning all about how to make great radio. You’ll learn from an experienced broadcast journalist and presenter from the world’s biggest LGBT Radio station! The course tutor also has experience in working for BBC Radio Manchester and Virgin Radio. You’ll also learn transferable skills like interview techniques, producing and presenting. There will also be advice on how to improve your C.V and job prospects. This is a great opportunity to show potential employers you are willing to invest time into your future and get plenty of help along the way.

No experience necessary. Training takes place in a real working radio station in Manchester city centre. 

Starts August 2021. 

Please email for a registration form.

Childhood Heroes the podcast is finally live! 

In the first two episodes we explore…

Fatherhood and equal parenting – with Elliott Rae, Founder of MusicFootballFatherhood

  • Dads’ mental health (can Dads get postnatal depression?)
  • Black fatherhood in the UK
  • Dads and housework!
  • What needs to change for truly equal parenting to become the norm

Sex and Relationships Education – with Lucy Emerson, CEO of the Sex Education Form

  • Gender stereotypes
  • Menstruation
  • Naming female body parts
  • Porn culture and consent

It would mean the world to Laura if you subscribed to the podcast over here: (if you open in Apple Podcasts then just click the purple “Subscribe” button at the top). And, if you can think of anyone who might enjoy this podcast, please forward this email to them.

Creating this has been a real team effort – thank you to everyone that has contributed their time, advice or skills – you know who you are!

Thank you for all your support,


Rainbow Dharma are pleased to announce the first LGBTQI+ meditation retreat organised by Gaia House.

The retreat will be offered online from the evening of Thursday 19 August until Sunday 22 August 2021 and their intention is to co-create together:

  • A safe space in which your gender and sexual identity is welcome and explicitly accepted. They welcome anybody who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary, gender fluid, bi-gender, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender….. and more.
  • A space of acceptance and reflection in which to cultivate mindfulness, embodied kindness and wisdom through insight meditation.
  • A community of shared intention and interconnection – practicing together supports us to be more at peace with ourselves and our lives.

They very much hope you’ll be able to join them and they’d be delighted if you could help spread the word via your network so that the event is known throughout the LGBTQI+ community.

The registration fee is completely flexible starting at £0 so they hope this makes it accessible for all who may wish to join.

Please find below links to their Facebook event and website registration page.

Facebook event:

Website registration page:

If you have any questions, please contact

Village Manchester Football Club wins record third National Gay Football Cup 

On Saturday 10 July 2021 Manchester’s gay and inclusive men’s football club, Village Manchester FC, won the national Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) Cup for a record third time, beating London rivals Millwall Romans. As Romans had also previously won the GFSN Cup twice, the race was on to become the first club to win three times. In a match just as tense as England’s the next day, the full-time score was 3-3 and it took a nail-biting penalty shoot out to determine the winner, with the result finishing 3-1 to Manchester.

The cup final was due to happen in May 2020 but was delayed by over a year due to Covid, with the competition having got underway in August 2019. For the same reason, the 2021 competition was cancelled. The match was held in Birmingham, half way between the two clubs.

GFSN Chair Mike Kalogerou, who plays for the Leicester Wildecats inclusive team beaten by Village Manchester in the first round, said “The GFSN has provided a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to support, campaign and play football in a safe and encouraging arena for over 30 years. The final was an example of two honest teams battling out to be this year’s cup winners. It was an enthralling match which Manchester edged after a penalty shootout.

“We would like to thank both teams for playing the game in a fantastic spirit and to Millwall Romans who showed fantastic dignity in defeat. Both teams have raised the bar again with respect to the quality of football on show that afternoon.”

Village Manchester FC was formed 25 years ago to give gay and bi men a safe, welcoming space to play and support football. Over the years, the club has grown and developed, and now has five teams, a number of trans players in addition to players of every sexuality and race, and an increasing number of straight players attracted by the club’s ethos of inclusivity.

VMFC Chair James Cole said “I am absolutely delighted that in our 25th anniversary year, and after much delay, Village Manchester Football Club is once again the national GFSN Cup champions. I would like to congratulate the team’s manager Jay McNaught. It’s a huge achievement for him, having managed our previous GFSN Cup winning squad three years ago.”

The club is based at Trinity Sports Centre near Manchester University, not far from the Gay Village, from where it gets its name. New players are always welcome, and with five teams there is a wide range of ability. James continued “We always want to hear from more players in the LGBTQ+ community who want to join us, whether because they feel uncomfortable in their current team or because they’ve never even dared try to play the sport they love because of their fears of discrimination. We offer a welcoming atmosphere to queer players and straight allies alike.”

Full information on joining Village Manchester FC can be found at


Ageing with Pride have gathered stories from a number of older LGBT+ people to share their perspectives on inequality, community and how attitudes towards LGBT+ people have changed.

Shedding light on the experiences of older LGBT people in housing schemes:
a virtual exhibition of Back in the Closet artworks is now available to view at The exhibition features artists Jez Dolan, Anna Raczynski, Tamzin Forster and Lauren Sagar working in collaboration with LGBT staff and residents at retirement schemes across Greater Manchester. This series of artist residencies was produced by Pride in Ageing at LGBT Foundation, HouseProud North West and Great Place at Greater Manchester Combined Authority and is supported by Trafford Housing Trust, One Manchester, Calico Homes and Great Places Housing Trust.

Walk-high: Summer Hiking Programme for LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people.

We’ve endured Lock-down. Pride Sports are now thrilled to announce Walk-high, a new series of hiking days / weekends based in the northern Lake District, in association with local mountain leader Lucy Burnett.

Walk-high will include four weekends of increasing difficulty, from two walks in June suitable for those who are new to hillwalking, to a final weekend in September intended for those who would love to give fellrunning a try. The aim is to offer something for everyone, the chance to progress, and most of all to provide opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people in the outdoors.

Details of the routes are provided in the link below. While some indication as to the level of difficulty has been provided, it is your own responsibility to assess your ability to complete the walk. The hikes will be done at the speed of the slowest in the group, so you will never feel like you’re being left behind – these are social days out not races (and this applies to the fellrunning days as much as it does to the easy walks!)

The GM VCSE Mental Health Leadership Group is currently recruiting seven new group members – 5 locality leads for Bolton, Manchester, Rochdale, Tameside & Glossop and Trafford, and 2 systems leads, one for Equalities and one for Systems Change.

The GM VCSE Mental Health Leadership Group meets monthly via Zoom and there will be remuneration on offer of £2,000 per year for the employing organization of each group member. The time commitment involved in carrying out these posts varies enormously, and we are therefore wary of putting an exact figure on the level of commitment required. That said, there is an expectation that group members will attend a monthly meeting and will be given the opportunity to represent the group (and therefore the sector) on a number of key Greater Manchester boards and meetings. Priority leads will be expected to co-chair a working group focusing on their area and Locality lead will be expected to lead VCSE forums and groups in their locality.

To find out more or to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI’s) for any of these positions, please click here.
To discuss the opportunities on offer, please contact Stewart Lucas at
The deadline for the submission of EOI’s is 9.00 am on Monday 9th August 2021. 

Start a community bike library:

What: A new scheme that allows people to borrow a bike for free – just like a book – has been launched in Greater Manchester, offering communities the chance to kick-start their own sustainable bike library. Organisations based or working in the city region can bid to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for a grant of up to £5,000 to help set up a community bike library. These libraries will allow people to try cycling for free, with the aim of encouraging people to take advantage of the new cycling routes that are being delivered Greater Manchester-wide as part of The Bee Network. Libraries will ordinarily be in the heart of a community, within easy reach on foot, in places such as community centres, schools, village halls or local business premises.

When: Applications close at 5pm on Friday 9 July

How: More information about the scheme, as well as the application form, can be found on the Active Travel website

Greater Manchester Community Champion Awards:

What: This year the awards are looking to recognise those people who have really stepped up over an extraordinary year – from health and care staff, to key workers and community champions. Award categories include key worker and community champions, innovators, volunteers, leaders at any level and those who have helped improve the wellbeing of those around them during such a challenging year and many more.

When: Nominations close on Friday 6 August

How: More information about the awards, as well as the nomination form, is on the website, and completed nomination forms should be returned to

More information is provided in the attached communications pack and social media resources to help spread the word in your organisations, channels and networks.

GMP’s Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel Member:

What: Greater Manchester Police have an ongoing opportunity to recruit independent scrutiny panel volunteers across each of our 10 boroughs – it is open to everyone and anyone – they are particularly welcoming young people who have either experiences or an avid interest in the police use of Stop Search Powers and would like to influence future policy on their use.

When: Ongoing

How: More information, as well as the application form, can be found on the GMCVO website

GM LGBTQ+ Online Support Group 

Greater Manchester (GM) has a reputation for being a place where there is a strong commitment to improving the lives of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans citizens. There is a wide network of LGBTQ+ support throughout Greater Manchester. Evidence shows that people in this community often desire to seek support from inside the community itself and to be supported by mainstream inclusive services. Dementia United are setting up a new GM LGBTQ+ Online Dementia Support Group, that will meet the first Tuesday of every month 2-3:30, via Zoom. The flyer attached has the details about the group, the Zoom link and contact details for anyone who is interested in finding out more and/or joining on the day. The first meeting of this group will be 3rd August 2021.

What can you be doing to support?

They are asking for your support with sharing the attached flyer, in order for this to be widely disseminated across GM. Please can you also share it on social media, add it to any e-newsletters and share widely with your networks. 

Why is there a need for a support group like this?

Due to the long history of discrimination experienced by many LGBT+ people when accessing mainstream services, LGBT+ people are wary or reluctant to access services today. This is despite greater legal protection from discrimination for LGBTQ+ people (such as The Equality Act, 2010). Anecdotal evidence tells us that LGBTQ+ people living with dementia face particular challenges when accessing services. These challenges can include. 

  • Being unable to ‘come out’ about sexual orientation, gender identity and trans status for fear of discrimination from care, housing, or other service providers
  • Being less likely to have wider family support, and may rely more on their “chosen family” (friends rather than blood relations)
  • More likely to be anxious of accessing services and support as an LGBTQ+ person because of historic or current discrimination from staff, residents, and service users
  • More likely to be isolated due to the lack of services and support

Further information and resources

Consortium supports LGBT+ Groups and Organisations for Stronger LGBT+ Communities

They send out regular Funding News to keep their members updated on the latest funding opportunities for the LGBT+ community and voluntary organisations.
They’ve organised the funds below according to deadline.

Greater Manchester has committed to ending new infections of HIV within a generation.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has initiated a programme, with a range of organisations, to support the progress towards this. Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University are conducting a survey to evaluate the progress of some parts of this work. They are looking for people aged 18 years and over and who belong to the LGBT or BAME communities and live Greater Manchester.

If you complete the survey, you have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win Love2shop vouchers. The first prize is one £200 voucher, and there are two £30 vouchers to be won too.

This survey is completed online following a link –

GMCA – Consultation on the Greater Manchester Gender-Based Violence Strategy:

We want Greater Manchester to be one of the best places in the world for people to grow, up, get on and grow old – and we are on a journey to achieve that.  The prevalence of gender-based violence represents a major barrier to achieving our ambition.

Through the Gender-Based Violence Strategy, we aim to lead a comprehensive, responsive programme of service delivery that enhances the safety of women and girls, while preventing gender-based violence and challenging the attitudes and inequalities that enable it.

Greater Manchester is home to over 1.4 million women and girls and we continue to lead the way in striving for gender equality. However, there are a number of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls. Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world, with far reaching consequences for communities and society, as well as individuals and their families.

Abuse is deep rooted in gender inequality and subconscious bias, which has developed over generations, and occurs irrespective of class, ethnicity, faith, sexuality or where you live. Recent campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp have given the issue more exposure. Very recently, the outpouring of emotion and testimonies following the tragic abduction and murder of Sarah Everard demonstrates all too clearly there remains much that we must do to tackle gender-based violence head on.

That’s why we have been developing a strategy for some time, which contains a series of commitments to end gender-based violence, and we want to know what you think about them.

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It is an anonymous survey, and they ask that you do not include any personal information that could identify you or others.

If you are a victim or survivor and feel you need advice and support, then please contact Greater Manchester Victims’ Services on 0161 200 1950 or visit

Greater Manchester Assisted Conception and Fertility Treatment Services:
Review Patient and Public Engagement Survey:

People in Greater Manchester are being asked to share their experiences and views about assisted conception and fertility treatment services to help shape the future of the service. Commissioners across Greater Manchester want to hear your views: what works well now and what needs to be improved?
What do we mean by assisted conception and fertility treatment?
Assisted conception is a collective name for treatments designed to lead to conception by means other than sexual intercourse. If you or a family member have experienced fertility problems or are currently undergoing treatment or may need to access a fertility treatment service in the future, they want to hear from you.

There are focus groups being held to specifically include the following communities/groups of interest. You may identify yourself under more than one of these groups and therefore you can register to attend as many group discussions that you consider are relevant to you.   If you are from an organisation that supports the communities below you may also register as an organisation to join in focus group discussions.  Joining details are below.

Transgender communities

Cancer patients
Ethnic minority communities
Disabled people (including those with long term conditions)
General focus group

The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and is open until 27th July 2021.

Pride in Practice Patient Survey 2021

LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice LGBT Patient Experience Survey is open until July 31st 2021. This annual survey is an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to share their experiences of accessing GPs, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists. This survey will enable a better understanding or LGBT people’s experience of healthcare as well as identifying areas where things are going well, and how they can be improved.

Anyone completing the questionnaire can enter a prize draw for £200 in shopping vouchers.

The survey can be completed at

Youth Focus North West: Children and Young People’s Voice Network

YFNW is working with partners from across the public and voluntary sector to maximise the opportunities for C&YP to be heard, and one significant starting point is the development of a C&YP Voice Network for practitioners working across Greater Manchester.If you work in health, local government, schools or the voluntary sector and are interested in CYP Voice, this network may be for you!
Find out more:

Newsletter from Manchester City Council’s City Centre Growth & Infrastructure Team, with support and advice for Manchester businesses.

Stockport Review EXTRA – COVID-19


Job Vacancies:

LGBT Foundation

Mental Health Service Manager

Trans Programme Coordinator

Policy Coordinator

Volunteer Manager

For more details on all the jobs available with LGBT Foundation:

CONTACT – a theatre and performing arts venue on Manchester’s Oxford Road.

They create and produce their own shows, host tours from some of the best theatre companies in the world and develop the next generation of artists, performers and community leaders. This is an exciting time for Contact as they re-open their theatre in 2021 following major refurbishment.

They are looking for Event Hosts, who will provide excellent customer service and play a central role in ensuring that all audiences visiting Contact have a memorable, exciting and safe experience.

Contact has a long-standing commitment to diversity in its programming, producing, staffing and community engagement. They actively seek applications from the widest range of people and from all sectors of the community.  Disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

Job Title: Event Host

Salary: £8.91 per hour

Hours: Zero-hour

Contract: Casual

Application deadline: Monday 26 July by 9am.

Interviews taking place: In person at Contact on Weds 11 August & Sat 14 August(Must be available for one of these dates)

Start Date: Wednesday 8th September

(Must be available on this date for training)

Get more information and download the application form here.

They are also looking for a Sales and Communications Assistant who has amazing customer service, as this is integral to this role and something you are extremely passionate about. You will love problem solving, have a keen desire to learn and an ability to work under pressure in a customer facing role.

This box office position operates within the Marketing department, giving you an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of a Box Office system as well as develop skills in digital marketing, press and PR.

Please note this role requires evening and weekend working.

Job Title: Sales and Communications Assistant

Salary: £18,000

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Application Deadline: Friday 6th August 2021, 10am

Interviews taking place: In person at Contact Wednesday 18 August 2021

Get more information and download the application form here.

Front of House Volunteers:

Become a part of the Hope Mill Theatre family as one of our cherished Front of House Volunteers!

Our Front of House team play a key part in ensuring our audiences have the special Hope Mill experience we all know and love. As we look to reopen our doors, why not get in touch and become a volunteer for our upcoming productions?


Canal Street VIP Card new/renewed card holders: I hope you are already enjoying its benefits post lockdown.

Over time they have been able to grow their list of village-based venues offering unique offers/benefits to holders of a CANAL ST CARD.
They are:

Coming soon: THE REM BAR
And on our doorstep:

All of the above have mandated their offers by owners or General Managers and can be subject to alteration and with the many new faces at virtually ALL venues, we invite you to ask your servers to check details with their management to avoid any confusion.

For the current list as of 21/06/2021 please CLICK HERE

As ever, they continue to grow the number of venue/business partners beyond our beloved village boundaries.
They invite you to visit our ally traders when/where possible.



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