How to be a LGB Community Leader
Publish Date: 25/07/2013
What are the issues that affect you most as an LGB person?
What can you do to support other LGB people?
What would you like to do to encourage NHS organisations to better reflect real people’s needs and experiences to encourage better service provision?
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are currently recruiting, training and empowering a group of volunteers to ensure that the health and care needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are recognised through facilitating interaction between seldom heard LGB voices and NHS organisations.
We have been funded for the next three years by The Department of Health to empower and support at least 40 LGB Community Leaders across Greater Manchester so we are looking for representation from Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport,Tameside, Trafford and Wigan areas.
We know that many LGB people may worry about accessing services for fear of experiencing discrimination or even hostility on the grounds of their sexual orientation and it is imperative that we overcome this to enable health providers to become more aware of the needs of lesbian,gay and bisexual communities and how to best address them.
We want more LGB people to be more engaged with the decisions that affect their health and social care and to have greater access to services so that we can all help to improve health services and make them more relevant to lesbian,gay and bisexual people to ensure that health issues are recognised and acted upon earlier rather than later, when serious problems can occur.
It’s important for us to highlight the particular health inequalities that we know lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience such as issues around sexual health, drug and alcohol use, mental health, cancers and smoking and we also want to hear from people who have an interest in helping to develop service provision around all health and social care issues that affect LGB people.
The LGB Community Leaders project is a fantastic opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, and those who support them from all parts of Greater Manchester to make sure an authentic LGB voice is heard to ensure that service providers have the information they need to better cater for the needs of our communities.
If you want to find out more about how you can be a LGB Community leader, The LGF wants to hear from you. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org