Helping small LGB and trans groups

Helping small LGB and trans groups

Since 2014, we’ve worked with a steering group made up of local LGBT organisations, including LGBT Switchboard, Allsorts Youth Project, MindOut and Working to Connect, to provide targeted support to small LGB and trans groups in Brighton and Hove.

Making change happen

Over the last three years, working together, we’ve:

  • supported the establishment of Working to Connect, a constituted LGB and trans small groups network, with its own email group and website. The network has enabled groups to come together, to identify their needs, and to benefit from learning and networking with their peers
  • developed a funding manual for small LGB and trans groups, which has enabled groups to consider alternative funding to help diversify their income
  • developed a good practice, policies and procedures resource for small LGB and trans groups, which has enabled groups to benefit from good practice when planning their operations
  • provided training for small LGB and trans groups on governance and leadership, volunteer management, fundraising and bid writing, trans awareness, train the trainer, and facilitation skills. These training courses have helped small LGB and trans groups to develop the skills and knowledge they need to run effective, sustainable groups
  • supported small LGB and trans groups to undertake a health check and skills audit of their groups, to identify their ongoing learning and development needs
  • given a small development grant of £300 to 15 small LGB and trans groups to help them meet their learning and development needs
  • given one-to-one advice and support to over 15 small LGB and trans groups to help them to strengthen their activities and be more effective
  • sent an e-mailout to 60 people working or volunteering with small LGB and trans groups to inform them of the different support services available to their group
  • made changes to our own services to ensure they could better meet the needs of small LGB and trans groups, particularly our mentoring programme
  • supported our LGB and trans elected reps, who represent our LGB and trans members, to share their knowledge of LGB and trans people’s experiences with the council, to input into the city’s framework for collaborating with communities, to be involved in shaping engagement work with the trans community, and to prevent cuts to mental health services for LGB and trans residents

 

Need help?

If you work or volunteer with an LGB or Trans group in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing, then your group can apply to join us as a member. Over 35 already have. By being a member you’re benefit from prioritised and discounted access to our services.

If you’ve any questions about our work to support LGB and trans groups get in touch with us on info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023

 

“Community Works has been the most amazing resource, with a diverse range of support available for all levels. We've improved our knowledge and skills by being a member. This has helped us to increase and diversify our services and support greater numbers of people with complex needs. ”

“Community Works has been the most amazing resource, with a diverse range of support available for all levels. We've improved our knowledge and skills by being a member. This has helped us to increase and diversify our services and support greater numbers of people with complex needs. ”

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