Women's Programme Learning Conference, Exhibition and Celebration!


Women's Programme celebrates 4th anniversay with a series of events this November!

Manchester’s LGBT Foundation’s Women’s programme is organising a free programme of events this month to mark its fourth anniversary and the end of its current funding stream with the Big Lottery Fund. The two-day programme from 15-17 November will be made up of 3 events providing training for support organisations and celebrating the success of the programme to date. 

Learning Conference: Engaging Effectively with Lesbian and Bisexual Women - 15th November 12:00-4:30pm at LGBT Foundation (aimed at service providers. Lunch provided from 12pm):

Women's Programme Exhibition - 15th November 4:30-6:00pm at LGBT Foundation

Women on Top: Cabaret and Open Mic Night - 17th November 7:00-10:00pm at LGBT Foundation 

The learning conference on 15 November is aimed at developing service providers’ understanding of how to effectively engage with lesbian and bisexual women. It will include a series of workshops and talks covering key areas such as how to communicate in a non-discriminatory way, sexual orientation monitoring, targeting messages and developing specialist support for this group. The conference will also feature a keynote speech from Councillor Bev Craig, lead member for LGBT Women at Manchester City Council.

Following the main conference there will be an exhibition showcasing the work of the Women’s Programme open to conference attendees and other stakeholders. Volunteers will be around to chat to people about their experiences of the programme and the work they’ve been involved with. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a live community art project to commemorate the importance of dedicated services for lesbian and bisexual women. 

The programme of events will conclude with an cabaret and open mic evening from 7 -10pm on 17 November. Women on Topwill showcase the best of lesbian and bisexual talent in Manchester including local poet Ella Otemewo, singer songwriter Charlie Kane and Drag King Dick Slick. The event is ope to everyone and will be centred around lesbian and bisexual women.

Commenting on the upcoming events programme, Claudia Carvell, Women’s Programme Co-ordinator at LGBT Foundation, said:

“Over the past 4 years, LGBT Foundation's ground breaking Women's Programme has successfully provided dedicated services to over 1000 lesbian and bisexual women across Greater Manchester and has played a key role in raising the visibility of lesbian and bisexual women's needs nationally.

“We therefore decided to put together an events programme to mark this significant milestone. The learning conference will look to support service providers in engaging more effectively with lesbian and bisexual women and in turn, better meeting the needs of these women. The programme exhibitionis a chance to celebrateall that we've been up to over the past 4 years, showcasing memorabilia, photos and more! The community art piece will also be a way to ensure the impact of the programme on lesbian and bisexual women is commemorated and once it’s finished, this will be displayed within our building.

“To round off the two-day programme we’ll be showcasing the talents of local lesbian, bisexual and queer women with our cabaret and open mic evening ‘Women on Top’. We want to create a space where lesbian and bisexual women are respected and celebrated, their identities, experiences and skills are honoured and we can appreciate how important those opportunities still are. We would encourage as manywomen as possible to come along and get involved.”

To book your place at these events, please visit the following:

Learning conference:

Women’s Programme Exhibition

Women on Top: Cabaret and Open Mic Night:

For more information contact Claudia Carvell