LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly UpdateFriday, 17th December 2021
This will be the last weekly Newsletter till Friday 14th January, If you are planning any activity for either Hate Crime Awareness Week or LGBTQ+ History Month in February please send it over to me so I can share and promote across Greater Manchester and the North West.
It’s been another difficult year for lots of LGBTQ+ people with all the uncertainty with where COVID is heading, but please follow the guidelines, have your vaccinations, and “get boosted” when possible.
With the festive period just round the corner the LGBT Foundation will still be manning the helpline – 0345 3 30 30 30
Christmas Eve: 9am – 9pm
Christmas Day: 10am – 6pm
Boxing Day: 10am – 6pm
27th of December: 9am – 9pm
28th of December: 9am – 9pm
29th of December: 9am – 9pm
30th of December: 9am – 9pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am – 9pm
New Year’s Day: 10am – 6pm
2nd of January: 10am – 6pm
3rd of January: 9am – 9pm
May I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you all the very best for the festive season, take care and look after yourselves. See you in 2022 😊 X
The response period for the conversion therapy consultation has been extended to 11:45 p.m. on 4 February 2022. This is due to the consistent issues around accessibility that have prevented many people from properly responding.
Stonewall ran an informative seminar clarifying both the terms of the conversion therapy ban proposal, and how to complete the consultation.
For anyone who missed the event, the recording is now available on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQazVps8tu8
Make sure you fill in the consultation before [11:45 p.m. on 4 February 2022]
It’ll take around 30 minutes so try not to leave it until the very last minute :o)
Their guidance is always available at https://www.banconversiontherapy.com/guidance-individuals
Please, please do diarise time to complete the consultation and spread the word,
To Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:
LGBTQ+ Bulletin from Reach (Manchester Evening News)
Proud 2B Parents Monthly Newsletter:
GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, Issue 32, December 2021
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum – Christmas Online Social
Tuesday 21st December via Zoom – 7.00PM
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum is their latest alternative provision. A peer-to-peer support and networking group which meet mainly online via zoom and is catered to anyone who identifies as neuro-diverse or pan-disabled, whilst also being LGBT+. Carers are also welcome to join, in order to socialise with other LGBT+ people which they can connect and relate to. The purpose of the group is to support each other, share new ideas and plan social activities that will drive and encourage personal self-expansion.
If you would like to get involved or have any questions about Spectrum please feel free to contact the subgroup coordinator Ciaran Eldrett or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested please click and join any of the below info sharing groups in order to easily access the zoom meeting invite:
Spectrum Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/plus.spectrum
Spectrum Whatsapp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/LHCJWsFft77LtrXueu4uiG
Proud 2 b Parents is delivering a variety of training workshops over LGBT history to ensure the participates have a greater understanding of the needs of LGBT+ parent/carer and their children. These workshops will support any organisation or statutory sector; to understand and develop its practice to meet the needs of this underrepresented community. Each workshop is CPD accredited meaning it goes towards an individual’s continuing professional development. For more information, please follow the links:
High Sheriff GM Young Citizen of the Year Award 2021
The search is on for young people who have done something exceptional this year. The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Diane Hawkins JP DL, has launched the second annual Greater Manchester Young Citizen of The Year Award and is looking to celebrate kindness, thoughtfulness, bravery, or actions that have made a difference to our communities.
Young Citizen 2020 was launched by last year’s High Sheriff, Eamonn O’Neal, to give a platform to young people showing courage & kindness in a particularly turbulent year. Diane Hawkins is delighted to continue the legacy and shine a light on young citizens’ actions.
Hawkins says, “In these uncertain times, it is heartening to see so many young people taking their own initiative to make local communities safer and better places to live. It is extremely important that we recognise and celebrate their achievements.
“Our exceptional young people of Greater Manchester have demonstrated their commitment to social action, community engagement and philanthropy across the entirety of Greater Manchester. The High Sheriff Awards for Young Citizen 2021 seek to celebrate these achievements and recognise the contributions that young people play in all our lives.”
If you know someone aged between 11 and 18 who you think has made a real difference in Greater Manchester, then please complete an application and let us hear about it. The application can be for any positive contribution to local life – fundraising, helping, or caring for people, or being very thoughtful, kind, or brave in some way. Nominations will give the opportunity for each young person to be congratulated.
The awards, sponsored by Beaverbrooks, are open to individual young people who live or who carry out their work in Greater Manchester and who are aged between 11-18 years old as of the 31st December 2021.
Nomination forms and more details are available online at http://bit.ly/GMHighSheriff or by scanning the QR code on the attached.
Alternatively email GMHighSheriff@gmail.com for a form. The closing deadline is 5.30pm on December 31, 2021
Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Fund
Please could you spare a minute to nominate LGBT Foundation? The more nominations that they get, the greater chance they have at winning the £1,000.
The nomination form can be found here: https://www.movementforgood.com/12days/index.php?cn=1070904&ct=health
Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you need only fill in your details.
The deadline is on Monday 20th December
Oldham’s Domestic Abuse and Older Adults project.
The project aims to understand the issues and characteristics associated with domestic abuse and older adults. The initial phase of the project is to capture the voices of people aged 50 and over who have experienced abuse by another family member. Experiences can include physical, emotional, financial or controlling behaviour. The anonymous feedback will be used to develop a training resource to improve recognition and help develop practitioner skills and confidence to support individuals and families. A campaign video will also be produced to raise awareness across local communities of the types of abuse and how to report a concern.
They are inviting people aged 50 and over to share their experiences by completing an online survey or taking part in a 1 to 1 interview.
This is a joint initiative by Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board and Oldham’s Domestic Abuse Partnership and we are asking for your help to promote and share the attached information leaflets and the online survey as widely as possible. The deadline for responses is Friday 7 January 2022.
If you think you can help to promote the project in any way, or you would like to get more involved please email Julie Farley: Julie.Farley@oldham.gov.uk or James Babyk-Glynn: James.Babyk-Glynn@oldham.gov.uk
Transport Focus is asking for women’s experiences to help the ‘transport champions’
The transport champions are working with the Department for Transport and others to identify safety improvements across the country’s transport networks. This is part of the wider Violence Against Women And Girls strategy by the Home Office. They will produce a report in January 2022, including recommendations to improve safety on the network, with Transport Focus findings feeding into this. Transport Focus consultation focussed on women’s safety whilst making journeys, access the survey here: https://www.transportfocus.org.uk/news/how-safe-do-women-feel-while-making-journeys/
Operation Black Vote Greater Manchester Civic Leadership Programme – Apply now!
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working in partnership with Operation Black Vote to deliver a leadership and development programme aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of people experiencing racial inequalities within civic and public life.
The Civic Leadership Programme 2021 is looking for 30 people over the age of 18 (with an emphasis on 18 – 30 year olds) who live or work in Greater Manchester and want to gain experience in civic and public life and make a positive contribution to their areas and communities.
Over six months, participants on the programme will take part in a series of training sessions and gain an insight into different areas of public life, including education, local government, health, policing, the criminal justice system, and the voluntary sector.
The aim of the programme –
- Is to connect participants with first-hand knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of civic and political life
- Is to provide participants with the insight, skills, confidence, and practical knowledge to move into these sectors.
- It will also give public appointees and professionals the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the perspectives and experiences of people facing racial inequality, improving their representation and involvement within decision-making processes.
The programme builds on Operation Black Vote’s 25 years of experience delivering award-winning leadership and development schemes.
What do we need help with?
Spreading the message! People can do this by –
- Finding out more https://www.obv.org.uk/what-we-do/schemes-programmes-and-campaigns/gmca-civic-leadership-programme-2021 and sharing this link with partners, friends and networks.
- Amplifying the messages on @OpBlackVote twitter channel or sharing @GreaterMcr tweets about it through your own channels
Applications must be sent to email@example.com by midnight on Sunday 31st January 2022.
For further information, please contact OBV at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 983 5430.
Arts Council England has announced a £5 million programme, administered by UK Community Foundations, to support voluntary and community organisations to develop creative and cultural activities across the country as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
The Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is made possible thanks to National Lottery players, who collectively raise £30 million for good causes each week.
Awards of up to £10,000 are available, and applicants are encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities, ensuring that the Jubilee celebrations become an opportunity for communities throughout England to enjoy the best of the country’s culture and creativity, as well as celebrating an important milestone in our national history.
Across the UK the fund is being administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council. In Greater Manchester, it will be administered by Forever Manchester. Head over to the website for more information on the fund and how to apply
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.
For the current list 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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