Helping LGBT groups

Over the last two years, we’ve worked with a steering group made up of local LGBT organisations to provide targeted support to LGBT groups in Brighton and Hove.

 

What we've achieved since July 2014

Collectively we’ve:

  • supported the establishment of an LGBT small group’s network, with its own email group and website
  • supported the network to identify their immediate needs which included help with funding, governance and volunteer management
  • informed the network of local support services available to them
  • run targeted training on governance and leadership for LGBT groups
  • run targeted training on volunteer management and good volunteering practice for LGBT groups
  • run targeted training on fundraising and bid writing for LGBT groups
  • run targeted training on trans awareness for LGBT groups
  • run targeted training on train the trainer for LGBT groups
  • given a small development grant to 15 LGBT small groups to help them meet their learning and development needs
  • published a specific good practice, policies and procedures resource for LGBT groups
  • produced a specific funding manual for LGBT groups
  • ensured our mentoring programme was able to match LGBT mentees with an LGBT mentor, if required
  • given one-to-one advice and support to 15 LGBT groups and organisations to help them to strengthen their activities and be more effective
  • supported our elected reps, who represent our LGBT members, to input into the city’s framework for collaborating with communities, be involved in shaping engagement work with the trans community, prevent cuts to mental health services for LGBT residents
  • undertaken engagement work with the LGBT community on a number of issues

 

What we'll do in 2016-2017

We will:

  • continue to meet as a steering group to oversee and develop this work further
  • undertake a skills audit of members of the steering group to clarify specialisms and identify gaps
  • support members of the LGBT small group’s network to undertake a review of their group and a skills audit
  • review feedback on the impact of the development grants given to LGBT small groups
  • run more targeted training and build on the training already provided
  • add to the specific resources available to LGBT groups
  • continue to communicate with LGBT small groups to ensure they’re aware of the extent of services available to them
  • promote our mentoring programme to LGBT groups and capture their experiences of using this service
  • continue to prioritise LGBT groups and organisations for one-to-one advice and support
  • continue to support our elected reps, who represent our LGBT members, to input into plans for funding for the voluntary and community sector and recommendations of the Fairness Commission, and to be involved in shaping engagement work with the local trans community, highlighting priorities to the Council’s Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee, and engaging LGBT small groups in their representation activities
  • continue to undertake engagement work with the LGBT community

 

Find out more

If you’ve any questions about our work with LGBT groups and organisations get in touch with our CEO, Sally Polanski, on sally@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234032

If you work or volunteer with an LGBT group, read about the services we offer and other support available in the local area. Or get in touch with us on info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023 to find out how we can help your group.

 

“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. Gary Pargeter, Lunch Positive”

“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. Gary Pargeter, Lunch Positive”

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