This event is now postponed.

The Women's Programme Learning Conference 2020 and It’s a Question of Sex Launch

We invite you to an afternoon of talks, discussion and the sharing of ideas that will shape the future of the Women's Programme.

At the same event we are launching - It’s a Question of Sex – the community report from the Sexual Wellbeing Survey (published online in 2018). We have been amazed and shocked by our analysis so far, and we'll be sharing it with you alongside two colleagues from our Sexual and Mental Health programmes, who will be exploring how we can use this data in the future.

The event will be held at LGBT Foundation on Tuesday March 31. We will gather at 12.00pm for a hot & cold lunch and the first of the three sessions will begin at 1.00pm. You can reserve your place here.

If you can only grab an hour, don’t worry, pop in where you can, you will be very welcome. Here’s how the afternoon will look:

Session One. 12.30pm-1.30pm

The Women’s Programme.
Our CEO Paul Martin will be begin this session by sharing his experiences of the challenges the Foundation has experienced over the years trying to obtain funding for a Women’s Programme. Annie Cunningham – the Women’s Programme Coordinator, will then be sharing the work of the last fully-funded three years of the Programme, giving an insight into how the current structure works, what we do with the data we collect and how the structure may look going forward. Then we’ll be asking you for your ideas to help us shape the future of the Women’s Programme.

Session Two. 1.45pm- 2.45pm

Including All Women – Inclusion at work.
Nic Dhillon is the Inclusion Officer for the Women’s Programme and will be exploring the work that they have done over the past year. They will be looking at the idea of Inclusion, the challenges of implementing an Inclusion strategy and sharing their experiences of the targeted groups we currently have running. The breakout session will be exploring how Inclusion looks, or could look like, in your organisation. Finally we will look at how the Women’s Programme can continue to improve on the work we currently do.

Session Three. 3.00pm – 4.00pm

It’s a Question of Sex – the launch of the community report.
We will be presenting the printed report (you’re the first to get it!) and using this time to open a frank and honest dialogue around the needs of LB+ women and the sex that they are having or want (or don’t want) to be having.

The report highlighted a worryingly high number of LB+ women who have experienced sexual violence, and a number who were unsure if they had. Rossella Nicosia is our Mental Health Lead and a qualified Psychosexual and Relationship therapist and she will be talking about how we may become locked in to an unrealistic idea of sex: who it should be with, how it should look and how this may lead to the forming of improbable or skewed expectations of what being in a sexual relationship looks like.

Lauren Duffy, our Sexual Health Lead, will talk about the service gaps that the report spotlights, and how we can use the data to encourage commissioners to consider addressing the needs of the community. Lauren will also open a dialogue around activity vs identity (for example lesbians who have sex with men) exploring how we often incorrectly assess sexual health risk according to the label associated to the person, rather than the sexual activity in which they may participate.

Things you need to know:

This event is open to professionals, community leaders, and community members of all genders, sectors and backgrounds. This session will be especially useful for professionals, researchers, community leaders, activists and students working in and around health and wellbeing.

  • This event is completely free for everyone. Please CLICK HERE to book your free place on Eventbrite
  • If you have any access requirements for this event, please email

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