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New resources for LGBTQI+ people applying for asylum

Syndicated Content UKLGIG’s ‘How to Apply For Asylum’ guide has been updated and is now available in 9 languages. The guide explains the process and possible types of evidence for asylum claims based on being LGBTQI+. The translations are available in PDF format and there are also videos to go alongside the written guide. PDF guide – available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, English, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Urdu, and Pashto: Videos with Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, English, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Urdu, and Pashto subtitles: Read the original article Author: Philip

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Exeter Pride proposing to hold 2020 event in September

Syndicated Content DUE to the daily changing national landscape caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and upon Government and Public Health England advice, Exeter Pride trustees are postponing the May event “to ensure the continued health and well-being of everyone in the community”. Originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 2, trustees are now exploring the new date of Saturday, September 26, subject to approval from authorities. Simon Bowkett, chair of Exeter Pride said: “We have been following government and health advice closely, but now that the government has moved to the ‘delay phase’ of the outbreak, and signalled that there should be no mass gatherings, we cannot justify risking any compromise to the health of our community. “Even if the government and health authorities were content for Exeter Pride to go ahead as planned, we are first and foremost about inclusion – and the fact that many of our disabled, older and immuno-compromised people may feel safest to stay away would mean the event would have been poorer. “We hope to be back in September or October as a healthy, inclusive, proud and unashamed community ready to celebrate coming through this adversity.” Exeter Pride committee met on Wednesday, March 18, where alternative dates were discussed and how activities can be transferred online in the interim. Trustees said they were aware that other local prides such as Exmouth, Totnes and Cornwall already have their events confirmed in the Pride Calendar, so wanted to ensure there is no clash with them ...

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Stonewall Housing’s Crisis Food and Supplies Fund (COVID-19 Appeal)

Syndicated Content If you can support us, we need you more than ever! Many of the young people living in our supported accommodation struggle to buy food on extremely low incomes without the added worry of accessing it. 63% of our service users suffer from mental health issues, who now have reduced access to their support networks and services. We have launched an urgent appeal to provide everyone living in our supported accommodation with essential items. Take a look at our Just Giving Campaign and please donate if you can and share amongst your networks: Read the original article Author: Philip

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A greener rainbow for Exeter Pride on May 2

Syndicated Content Exciting plans are being made for Exeter Pride on Saturday, May 2 – and it promises to be the greenest yet. In a bold move, the trustees have banned petrol and diesel vehicles (other than statutory requirements) from its colourful rainbow march through Exeter High Street. Electric vehicles, bicycles, giant rainbow flags, morris dancers, Street Heat samba band and thousands of representatives from community groups and organisations have already booked in to take part in the march. In a new move this year, the march will start, for the first time, from an area near Exeter Cathedral and make its way to Northernhay Gardens and Rougemont Gardens. In addition, there will be a vast reduction in single-use plastics during the day and stallholders and exhibitors have been asked to be more environmentally-conscious. The “greener” move follows consultation meetings with the local branch of Extinction Rebellion and representatives from that group will be assisting with recycling on the day. Exeter Pride is one of the South West’s biggest celebrations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning plus (LGBTQ+) communities, and one of the biggest free Pride events in the country. #UNASHAMED This year Exeter Pride is promoting #Unashamed. Simon Bowkett, chair of Exeter Pride committee, said: “Our brilliant campaign #Unashamed, aims to reach out and encourage every single person in Exeter’s LGBTQ+ community to stand up, be counted, use their voice and give a clear message to the wider society that whoever they are, they very much matter. ...

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Covid-19 Advice

Syndicated Content We are acutely aware that many LGBT+ organisations across the country are beginning to think aboutt he impact Coronavirus (covid-19) on their services, events, service users and staff. Consortium has been keeping an eye on the guidancecreated for the voluntary sector and would like to share a round up of the current guidance: NCVO: Your organisation and Coronavirus Small Charities Coalition: Coronavirus (covid-19) Special Bulletin Scrutton Bland (our charity insurance partner): Charity insurance risks relating to Coronavirus We are also aware that some organisations are thinking about staff working from home and would be very happy to chat the implications and practicalities of this, with Consortium being a fully officeless organisation. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this. The key guidance right now is to remain balanced and ensure you are well prepared. Remind all staff and service users of the importance of washing their hands (for at least 20 seconds) regularly and not to touch their faces with their hands. Read the original article Author: Paul Roberts

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More than £600,000 awarded to support equalities programmes across London

Syndicated Content City Hall has today announced the beneficiaries of a £600,000 fund to support specialist civil society organisations in the delivery of programmes to promote equality across the capital. The Civil Society Roots Fund is a funding partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the City Corporation’s charitable funder the City Bridge Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund, providing grants of approximately £100,000 to five civil society groups. In addition to the funds, grantees will benefit from a share of a further £100,000 worth of support to help them develop their strategies for the delivery of future programmes. The Civil Society Roots fund is a key part of the Mayor of London’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Social Integration Strategies which aims to empower London’s communities and enable civil society to flourish. The core fund offers two-year grants to London-based bodies focused on five sectors: Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led organisations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) led organisations, women’s led organisations, deaf and disabled people’s organisations and organisations working with victims of crime and offender management in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Funding has been awarded to: •          Ubele – a social enterprise providing training and leadership development support to social action projects within BAME diaspora communities in the capital and beyond. •          Consortium – a specialist body promoting collaborative opportunities and providing strategic guidance and skills development to people working in LGBT+ organisations. •          Clinks – a charity that supports, promotes and ...

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London LGBTIQA+ Housing Manifesto

Syndicated Content The London LGBTIQA+ Housing Campaign is a new campaigning coalition of National and London based LGBTIQA+ organisations: Stonewall Housing, AKT, Micro Rainbow International, Tonic Living, The Outside Project, LGBT Consortium and Stonewall. We have been meeting for several months to produce a historic Manifesto ahead of the Mayoral Election 2020 Campaign. Please find our key points below, sign and share this petition in support of our work. Thankyou. London has the highest proportion of people who openly identify as LGB in the UK, estimated to be at least 450,000 citizens. There are only 77 LGBTIQA+ specific community housing bed spaces. This chronic lack of provision of LGBTIQA+ community housing in London reflects an absence of understanding the specific issues, needs and disadvantages facing LGBTIQA+ citizens. This historic deficiency of awareness and investment must be rectified through the creation of a pan-London pathway which is distinct from mainstream services and is based on the expertise of all parts of the LGBTIQA+ community. The absence of understanding of the specific issues, needs and disadvantages facing LGBTIQA+ citizens by mainstream organisations is at the root of many of the housing and support issues our communities face. An LGBTIQA+ community led approach is essential to ensure that this disadvantage is addressed appropriately and sensitively. With funding we can ensure that consultation and services are accessible to all LGBTIQA+ people in London with an active bias towards those who are more marginalised within our community including trans, BAME, people with addiction, mental health and ...

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Stonewall Housing Appoints New Chief Executive

Syndicated Content Charity specialist Steven McIntyre has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Stonewall Housing with plans to build on the success of the previous 36 years and reach more LGBT+ people who need housing support. Steven, who will take up the role in March 2020 has a background in social work and recently completed the Cranfield School of Management MBA after securing the third sector scholarship in 2017. Steven has extensive charity experience and currently leads a significant portfolio of services for Barnardo’s. Helen Randall, Chair of Trustees for Stonewall Housing said; “The Trustees are extremely pleased to be able to announce that Steven will be joining us as Chief Executive. He is a proven leader with a strong reputation for excellence and passion for equality and inclusion. “Steven joins Stonewall Housing at an exciting time as we enter a new phase of organisational development as our previous Chief Executive Bob Green steps down after 14 years. His extensive experience working in the charity sector will be invaluable to us, particularly as we are also celebrating being registered by the charity commission.” On accepting the role Steven McIntyre said; “Stonewall Housing does the most amazing work helping tens of thousands of LGBT+ people over the years. I am just delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation as we continue this great work, particularly as there is still so much to do. “LGBT+ people are at increased risk of homelessness simply because of who they ...

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Healthwatch Northumberland Annual Survey 2020

Syndicated Content Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. There’s a local Healthwatch in every area of England. Have your say on local NHS, health and social care services in the Healthwatch Northumberland Annual Survey 2020. It might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home. By telling us about the care you received and what’s important to you, you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf. You can also come and talk to us and tell us what you think of health and social care services at one of our public events across the county:, leave feedback online: or call 03332 408468 for a postal copy (freepost return). Let us know about your experiences, what went well and what could be improved, and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland. Read the original article Author: Philip

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LGBTQIA+ Survey in North Devon/Torridge

Syndicated Content Sunrise, a grassroots community organisation, has released a survey to find out more about LGBTQIA+* specific services and experiences across North Devon and Torridge. They will be looking at what they currently offer and what the community would like to see locally. It takes no more than 10 minutes to complete, all responses will be anonymous, and family members and friends of LGBTQIA+ people can complete the survey. It will be available online at: until February 28th and you can find it on their website and social media. You can also contact them directly to get a paper version. If you identify as LGBTQIA+ or have a family member or friend who does, make sure your voice is heard by completing the survey by February 28th. Sunrise supports individuals from diverse backgrounds and celebrates diversity, their aim is for all people in North Devon and Torridge to be accepted in a truly inclusive and welcoming community. Last year saw the second official Barnstaple Pride March enjoyed by all the community- “PRIDE March was excellent- lovely to see the local shopkeepers coming out of shops to support. Also good to see the Mayors wearing PRIDE badges.” The date of the next Pride March and Diversity festival is Saturday, June 13th 2020 – save the date! Sunrise are also recruiting three people to join their Board as Directors. If you would like to know more or get involved, contact Sunrise on 01271 328915 or email Website:  • FB: ...

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