Our advice surgeries are a vital part of what we do as an organisation; we provide a safe space for a range of advice surgeries provided by solicitors, police and others.
LGB&T Police Advice Surgery
For many years, Greater Manchester Police have been providing a support service to the LGBT community in Manchester and have committed to providing a regular service at LGBT Foundation, in the form of a drop-in surgery here at the Community Resource Centre
GMP Community PCs and Support Officers will be available to help with any issues you feel the police can help with such as hate crime, domestic violence, bullying, nuisance neighbours and homophobia.
If you feel uneasy about calling the police or asking for their support, and would like to speak to them in a safer, supportive environment – this free advice surgery at LGBT Foundation is for you.
Here are just two of the people we have helped though the police advice surgery;
David* had experienced homophobic and racist abuse in the village, and wanted to report it.
However he was worried about speaking to the police as he didn’t want them going to his house, as he was concerned about being identified by his neighbours.
David came to the police surgery to speak about these issues in a safe and confidential environment.
He also went onto access our counselling service which had a positive impact on his mental wellbeing.
Jane has been a victim of a number of verbal homophobic attacks and was concerned that these would escalate as she often worked late shifts, ending after midnight.
Jane had reported the homophobic attacks to the police but felt that she wasn’t getting the support she needed. Although the police were logging the crimes, as they were happening in her house, she was told needed to speak to her housing association as it was a matter to be resolved through them.
We worked with Jane to find out more about the Housing Association and their neighbour nuisance polices. Jane then spoke to them and made an appointment to help resolve the issue.
Alongside the police we printed off the policies, and helped Jane understand what the Housing Association was obliged to do.
After speaking to the Housing Association, Jane then came back to access our free legal surgery to get further information and support, as well as coming back to the police surgery to understand some of the issues.
The Police also gave Jane advice regarding safety in the home and keeping a log of the abuse. We also helped her craft a letter to her employer describing the situation, what action had been taken, and to inform her employers of any impact on her work.
Jane also went onto access counselling and support, which had a very positive impact on her wellbeing. Jane now attends one of our groups.
When is it on?
The police advice surgery is held on the 2nd Monday of every month between 6pm and 8pm at LGBT Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF.
No appointment is necessary just come along on the night.
For more information, call us on 0345 3 30 30 30 from 10am-10pm every day.
*Names changed due to the sensitive nature of the subjects.
LGBT Family and Relationship Legal Advice Surgery
2nd Tuesday of each month 6-7pm appointments only, 7-8pm (drop in)
The LGBT Foundation Family and Relationship Legal Advice Surgery, in partnership with O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP, provide free, confidential guidance and information on a range of family and relationship law issues, at a monthly drop-in service.
Suzanne Moore has worked with LGBT Foundation for many years. She is a well respected solicitor in her field and delivers the Legal Advice Surgery on the second Tuesday of every month at the LGBT Foundation's Community Resource Centre in Manchester. Suzanne co-wrote "Civil Partnerships - everything lesbians & gay men need to know", and "A guide to your legal rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people."
Suzanne can advise on all relationship/family matters including pre-nuptial agreements, divorce/dissolution, cohabitee disputes and matters relating to children including issues arising under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, donor agreements and child arrangement orders.
LGBT Employment Legal Advice Surgery
4th Tuesday of each month 6-7pm appointments only, 7-8pm (drop in)
Pamela McColl has recently linked up with Suzanne Moore and the LGBT to provide legal advice to individuals from the LGBT community.
Pam career changed after training to be a solicitor, having previously worked for the Employment Tribunal (ET) and Acas. She initially joined a large regional law firm as a solicitor specialising in employment law, using her past experience working for the ET and Acas to the full. After moving firms a couple more times, Pam ultimately becoming Head of Employment Law at a Manchester firm, which enabled her to add legal management and commercial experience to her extensive employment law knowledge.
Pam established her own niche law firm, ConwayMcColl Solicitors in May 2012. Since that time she has grown her business advising employees, former employees and employer's. Along with her growing team at ConwayMcColl Solicitors, Pam advises on all aspects of employment law, in particular unfair dismissal, exit negotiations, Settlement Agreements and all types of discrimination as it relates to employment law.
This service operates every second and fourth Tuesday of the month with appointment systems which must be pre-booked at 6pm and 6.30pmwith a drop in from 7pm until 8pm where no appointment is necessary at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester's gay village. For more info or to book a slot, please contact us on 0345 3 30 30 30 from 10am-10pm every day.
If your query relates to immigration or any other legal issue please contact LGBT Foundation on 0345 3 30 30 30 and you will be referred to a legal adviser who can help.