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Live in Greater Manchester? The Women’s Programme is coming to a town near you in 2018...

Published: 06 April 2018 Tags: Inclusion Project, Greater Manchester, Women's Programme By Virginie Assal

Last year, we consulted with the community and learnt that, in the LGBT Foundation Women's Programme, the lesbian and bi women who were accessing our services were mainly white, cisgender and/or young(<50). That why the Inclusion Project was launched with Virginie Assal leading it.

Our job is to make sure our work is relevant and representative of all the lesbian and bi women in Greater Manchester. We make sure to always put lesbian and bi minority women at the centre of our work and we constantly ask them for feedbacks to better shape the Inclusion Project. Their expertise help us create the best possible safe and inclusive space for them and women like them.

The aim of the project is to help our communities around Greater Manchester have a voice in the LGBT community through:

- Outreach, in events and spaces where women of colour, older women and trans people socialise.

- Community Events, dedicated to women who share multiple minority identities, such as ICE Community Events and OLB Community Events.

- Awareness raising workshops for professionals and organisations who work with women with multiple minority identities to share our knowledge and make sure all the spaces the women we work with access, are supportive of all of their identities.

In 2017, more than 500 lesbian and bi minority women had greater access to lesbian and bi targeted information and resources through outreach work.

93% of the 120 lesbian & bi minority women accessing the community events for women like them, felt more supporting in their multiple minority identities as a result of coming to our events.

And 7 organisations across Greater Manchester received training on how to better support lesbian & bi minority women.
But there is still work to be done, that why in 2018, we are putting more focus on boroughs outside of Manchester, such as Oldham, Trafford, Salford and Rochdale to help create local groups for lesbian & bi minority women in their communities.

We hope to see you all very soon!

For more information, please visit the Women's Programme section of the website!