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 July 2018 Project  Updates
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET PARTNERSHIP WITH BIRMINGHAM LGBT:

Photo By Nick Hynan
Three months ago, Birmingham LGBT partnered with Birmingham Royal Ballet for the Move in Movies programme, a 12 week-long dance participation project for LGBT people. Under the direction of professional instruction from staff members of BRB, participants would be offered the chance to learn dance (across all areas – not just ballet), and contribute to a production (lightening, costume and composing), as well as gaining experience in putting on a dance-piece performance for members of the public.
Well done to those LGBT dancers who recently completed the 12 week Birmingham Royal Ballet, Move in Movies, programme which Birmingham LGBT was delighted to be associated with as an official partner.
Our very own Wellbeing Manager, James, was lucky enough to be involved in the whole programme and reported to the team that from start to end, it was a wholly fantastic experience. If you want to know more, read
James’ blog on our website.

 
 ACTIVATE :
The final year included 84 free sessions during Fitness February alone, as well as opportunities ranging from indoor climbing to dancing, and fencing to cycling.
Still to come this month we have
twenty sessions in the Vault Fitness Studio here at Birmingham LGBT Centre; two paddling days on
Edgbaston Reservoir, and trans/non-binary football at Aston Villa – visit blgbt.org/fitness for details.
And a new LGBT+ indoor climbing group,
Climbing Out Birmingham, has been launched in the city this month. To give the group a great start, Birmingham LGBT are funding entry to all group sessions during July. Check o
This month sees the official conclusion of the Sport England funding for the Activate programme at Birmingham LGBT. We’ve been privileged to have four years support in total, after the initial three-year grant was extended to bring our community an extra year of sport and fitness activities in the light of the many positive benefits this was showing.ut the details at and get involved!
Although the programme officially ends, from August a programme of activities including
table tennis and yoga will continue weekly at the LGBT Centre. And you can walk, run, swim, climb, or play football, rugby ), badminton and water polo with Birmingham’s fantastic LGBT and inclusive sport groups.

 

       MICRO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL :

Birmingham LGBT will now be hosting housing advice surgeries once a month, run by Micro Rainbow International.  Micro Rainbow International provides temporary, safe accommodation for LGBT asylum seekers livingin Birmingham and in the West Midlands. They also offer support to LGBTI refugees to improve their employability, to access universal credit and to apply for National Insurance (NI) numbers.

They will be open for face to face meetings from 2pm – 6pm @ Birmingham LGBT on the dates below :
Monday 6th August
Monday 3rd September
Monday 1st October
Monday 5th November
Monday 3rd December

For further information you can contact the MRI Helpline on Wednesdays between 2:30 - 6:30pm on 0203 096 7869.
 

UK LESBIAN & GAY IMMIGRATION GROUP :

The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) supports LGBT people through the asylum and immigration process. Their vision is a world where there is equality, dignity, respect and safety for all people in the expression of their sexual or gender identity.
 

UKGLIG provide psychosocial and emotional support for LGBT+ asylum seekers to help improve their mental health and reduce isolation. They also provide legal information and advice. In addition, UKLGIG advocates for improved policies and decision-making by governments in LGBT+ asylum claims.
You can come to the centre and talk to representatives from
UKLGIG on the last Tuesday of every month, from 11am.

 UP COMING EVENTS
FREE OPERA MUSIC WORKSHOP :

Birmingham LGBT and Birmingham Opera Company are excited to announce a FREE Opera Music Workshop & live performance from professional opera singers this Saturday, 28th/07/2018.
Birmingham Opera Company seeks to build bridges between the diverse communities in Birmingham through music and performance.
Open to all aged 16+; join us as we explore movement, voice work, and storytelling.
No experience necessary, all training will be provided by leading artists and there will be a free performance afterwards.
Date: 28th July 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: The Café, Birmingham LGBT Centre.
All are welcome, book your FREE ticket
 HERE

     




 
 PINK PICNIC :
 
Birmingham LGBT is happy to annonce that we have now secured a date for our annual Pink Picnic. This year, it will fall on Saturday - 15/09/2018. Please save the date, we will be announcing more details in the coming weeks.
 
WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

Our next emotional wellbeing workshop will Overcoming Negative Self-Talk, facilitated by Dr. Gary Wood.

Date:
Saturday, 11/08/2018
Time: 12:00pm -15:00pm
Venue: The Cafe, Birmingham LGBT Centre

The workshop explores how words and thoughts we use to ‘put ourselves down’ have a knock-on effect on our confidence, self-esteem, and life goals.
The workshop therefore aims to show us how to turn our inner critic into an inner coach and ‘encourager '.
The workshop will be more about taking part than taking notes, book your
FREE ticket via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/overcoming-negative-self-talk-free-workshop-tickets-48169293654
No previous knowledge is necessary…just a willingness to have a go.
Email eventscoordinator@blgbt.org for any queries about the workshop.
BIRMINGHAM LGBT SERVICES
Birmingham LGBT offer a wide range of support and services. If you are looking for help or any further information please click on the relevant headings below to find out more information. Alternatively you can reach us by telephone on 0121 643 0821.

Sexual Health & Wellbeing
Arts & Culture - SHOUT Festival
Domestic Violence
Social Groups
Fitness
Counselling
Older People
Asylum & Immigration
Hate Crime
Peer Mentoring
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