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Community members required for Steering Group to lay plans for Manchester’s first LGBT-Affirmative Extra Care Scheme

Published: 29 August 2020 Tags: By Joe Nellist

LGBT Foundation is looking for six community members to take up positions on a new Steering Group which will help to lay plans for the country’s first LGBT-affirmative Extra Care development at Russell Road in Whalley Range. This work is part of LGBT Foundation’s Homes England funded project, which is already making huge steps to better understand the housing and support needs of LGBT people across Greater Manchester and involve them in local strategic planning.

The group, which will begin to meet from late-September will also involve key stakeholders for the scheme and will provide advice and direction throughout the development of the LGBT-affirmative Extra Care Scheme: informing the procurement model, considering the design of the scheme (including the accommodation units and communal areas), considering the required services and facilities to be offered in the scheme, advising on the engagement with the range of LGBT and Whalley Range communities through the process, to ensure their views are at the heart of the decision-making process.

Applicants must be aged 55+, from Manchester and will identify as LGBT and/or be someone with good connections to Whalley Range community groups. Successful applicants will receive incentive payments for their time (with an option to receive this as shopping vouchers) as well as coverage of expenses.

Applicants for this role are invited to submit a short expression of interest, either a maximum of 750 words, or a maximum 5 minute audio or video recording to Bob Green bob.green@lgbt.foundation. Please also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form as well. The closing date for applicants is 9am on 14th September and interviews will take place on Tuesday 22nd September, Wednesday 23rd September and Thursday 24th September. Please read the role profile here for more information on this role before you apply.

LGBT Foundation’s year-long programme of work began in June with the launch of a survey to better understand how housing options for LGBT people aged 55+ can be improved. The results of this survey will be published soon and will inform Manchester City Council’s future housing plans.

Bob Green Manager of the Homes England Project at LGBT Foundation said

“This Steering Group, which will be made up of community members and other key stakeholders in the scheme, will come together from Autumn onwards - a pivotal time in the development of this housing scheme. This is a unique opportunity for LGBT people from all backgrounds to play a part in the planning of a housing development that will benefit LGBT people from Manchester for decades to come.”

Annie, community member said,

“The fact that I could soon have access to LGBT affirmative housing gives me a real sense of excitement. It evokes such a sense of hope and potential security for the future of our wonderful LGBT community, which encompasses people of all backgrounds.

“The community members who take a place on this Steering Group will have a life-changing impact on our communities. If we are to pave the way for happy, healthy futures as we grow older, then we must be heard.”