Supporting local activity

We fully support local engagement across the region, not only with the voluntary and community sector, but with statutory partners, community networks and private businesses.

This section of the website is intended to showcase examples of the work that The Lesbian & Gay Foundation has supported, or is currently involved in, within specific local areas.

We work in partnership with other agencies in order to make positive changes in areas where specific support is required, or where there is a need to take action, or where partners invite us to support inclusion and development for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people living in a particular area.

NHS Tameside & Glossop launch equality delivery survey

All public sector organisations are now required to publish data to show what they are doing to meet their equality objectives.

NHS Tameside and Glossop have published their data here:

We want to ensure all parts of our local communities have fair access to NHS information and services at the points in our lives, when we need to use NHS services. Different people will need different services, and at different points in our lives those needs will vary. We know that not all people access or take up services in the same way and we want to try to take reasonable steps to accommodate these different needs, particularly for local protected groups.

NHS Tameside and Glossop have also launched an online survey to gather evidence on help them understand their performance around equality and diversity and how well they provide inclusive services to all communities – including patients, carers and staff.

If you use NHS services in the area please complete the survey and have your say on the organisation’s approach to equality:

Get involved with the new GP led groups in South, North and Central Manchester that are deciding services in these areas

The GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups in south, north and central Manchester are looking for public representatives to act as a ‘voice’ on behalf of patients registered with north and central Manchester GP practices.  The groups will be supported by NHS staff.

Who might become a member of a Patient and Public Advisory Group:

The NHS welcomes anyone living and/or working in one of the Manchester areas (see map) to apply to become a member of the group.  Preference will be given to those who live in north or central or south Manchester and are registered with a north or central or south Manchester GP practice.  They are looking for individuals who:

Are aged 16 years and above.

Have experience of the healthcare system in north or central Manchester as a patient or carer.

Have an interest in local healthcare issues.

Have an interest in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Are able to take an objective approach to priority setting and who can take a broad view of the role to encompass the viewpoint of others.

Although training will be given in order for individuals to feel confident representing views on behalf of diverse local communities, they welcome diversity within the group, and would encourage individuals of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities etc to apply. Applicants who work as health professionals would not normally be appointed, as there are other ways for their views to be heard. 

Please let NHS Manchester as soon as possible





Flying the Flag 2011 - what, where, how; and the future

Flying the Flag 2011 report17 May 2011 saw more rainbow flags flying across Greater Manchester and beyond than ever before with well over 200 rainbow flags flying, 500 posters distributed and 6,000 information resources sent out across the North West region and beyond.

Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Services, Victim Support and Probation Services ensured that their offices and bases across all localities in Greater Manchester were all proudly flying the flag and showing their support towards ending homophobia and transphobia and supporting their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and service users.

We also saw many housing providers and neighbourhood organisations from the voluntary and community sector actively supporting the day.

Download the 4-page report on Flying the Flag 2011

Celebrating LGB&T Community Action

A 'Breaking The Cycle' report on the activities of the LGB&T VCS, their aims and barriers and their experience of voluntary sector support, both from ‘mainstream’ providers (usually known as Councils for Voluntary Service [CVS]) and the LGF.

Download the full report (.pdf | 0.9Mb)

Representation in Civic Roles for under-represented communities

The Thematic Regional Infrastructure Organisations (TRIO) Project brings together One North West, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and Refugee Action to:

  • Support under-represented communities to better represent themselves to public sector agencies across the North West and the Government
  • Provide them with support in developing and strengthening their own respective networks
  • Develop a collaborative approach to equality

By pioneering a new way of working, the project aims to promote equality and human rights throughout the North West.

Through this collaboration, we have produced a briefing highlighting under-representation in key civic roles and some recommendations to move forward.

We focus on the roles of councillors, school governors and magistrates, describing their basic functions and highlight some areas of concern within the current context as well as some suggestions to overcome the barriers to participation.

For more information on the TRIO project, please contact

Download the report and recommendations in full (.pdf | 0.4Mb)

Listen, Value, Invest - the third sector delivering for the North West: The Conference

On 29th September 2010 more than 150 groups from across the North West came together in Manchester for a day of debate, discussion and information-sharing to explore how the voluntary and community sector can continue to deliver for England's North West in a changing political context.

The event was delivered by Voluntary Sector North West, in association with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, 1NW, Refugee Action and North West Disability Infrastructure Partnership.

Key speakers included:

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons
Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Richard Caulfield, Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West
Ruth Hussey OBE from NHS North West

To be involved in future events or for any questions please contact

Please watch the video on this page for a flavour of the event.

If you'd like to look at delivering any specific work in your local area, please contact us  ( or telephone 0845 3 30 30 30) at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation to discuss exactly what support we can offer and how we can work together.