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June 2018
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WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING?

                                                                                                                 
Birmingham LGBT beat more than 350 organisations from all over the UK to be one of the eight winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Award, a national award that recognises charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Steph Keeble, Director of Birmingham LGBT said, We are delighted to have won this award as it is fantastic recognition of the work we have done in supporting LGBT people in Birmingham. In particular, it is great that the judges have highlighted our work in supporting some of the most vulnerable people, in particular, as this is a key focus for us". 

Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the GSK IMPACT Award's programme, which has now been running for more than 20 years, and the winners will have access to training and leadership development tailored to their needs.
   
Pride 2018 At Birmingham LGBT
Like we have done in the past, Birmingham LGBT put on a range of activities during Pride weekend this year.
There were live music sets, a film screening and a pop-up Pride Café with the weekend culminating in a fine afternoon of all things literature.
The aptly named “Lit Fest-In-A-Day” featured Compere Supreme - Sophia Blackwell, poets RJ Arkhipov and Scott Campbell and a reading by former editor-in-chief of Attitude magazine, Matt Cain from his new book "The Madonna Of Bolton"
We would also like to give a shout out to Christine Loch  for leading the open-mike session and to all those who participated in it.
Lastly, we would like to thank all those that visited us or got involved with our activities at the centre. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
PROJECTS
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After four successful years, the ACTIVATE programme at Birmingham LGBT will come to an end on 31st July 2018We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has been involved, taken part, volunteered, coached or instructed.

We are finishing with some brilliant events, so do not miss out on your last opportunity to take part in our LGBT exclusive activities this June and July in our Final Fabulous Summer of Sport!
The FREE events will include:
  • The Day Of Dance with the Birmingham Royal Ballet: your chance to try ballroom, ballet, contemporary and commercial dance this sunday , 17th June. Give one a go, or take part in them all for a whole Day of Dance.
  • Paddle with Pride at Edgbaston Reservoir: four ways to enjoy the water – kayaking, rowing, stand up paddleboarding and canoeing – on 15th and 28th July. Can you tick them all off this summer?
  • Get cycling every Saturday in June: easy led rides and tuition for beginners,16th, 23rd and 30th.
  • Led cycle ride to Stratford-upon-Avon: something for more the experienced road cyclists too on Saturday 23rd June.
  • Touch Tennis sessions in Cannon Hill Park: to get you started with this fun activity: Sundays17th, 24th June and 1st, 8th, 15th July, all at 2pm.
  • Trans and non-binary football session at Aston Villa on 24th June. Do not miss this superb opportunity.
Register online for your free place at any of these activities or email activate@blgbt.org with any questions!
 
TEAM UPDATES / UPCOMING VACANCIES
Rico Johnson-Sinclair -
Rico joined us as our new Ageing With Pride Campaign Manager in May.
Rico has worked with the LGBT community for a couple of years and started his own queer film community cinema  ensemble, CineQ
Rico's new role at Birmingham LGBT will be to manage a year long campaign - Ageing With Pride - with three main objectives; to dismantle Ageism within the LGBT community, to empower older members of the LGBT community to create their own social enterprises and finally, to raise awareness around the issues faced by older LGBT people. 

 
Adrienne Frances -
Adrienne is the new Senior Arts Officer and also joined the team in May.
Adrienne has worked in the arts across the Midlands for various charities, galleries, and also for herself over the past couple of years.
Adrienne is looking forward to joining the SHOUT Festival that recently became an NPO for the Arts Council. Adrienne is keen to maximise the opportunities and visibility of the festival beyond the festival week itself.

 

Vacancies
Want to be a part of a dynamic and evolving team where you can make a difference to the LGBT Community? Join us at Birmingham LGBT.If you have the passion, drive and determination to make a difference then we’d love to hear from you.

Sexual Health Outreach Worker (Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women)

The role includes undertaking outreach work, focusing on the following target groups: Lesbian, Bi & Queer Women and assessing need in relation to safer sex and sexual health. The successful candidate will take a lead on and develop a monthly Well Woman Sexual Health Clinic based at the LGBT Centre in Birmingham as well as carrying out sexual health and well being promotion work in outreach settings targeting lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

The role involves working on a shift basis across a 7 day a week rota.

 

Job Summary

Contract Type: Permanent
Type: Part Time
Location: Birmingham & Solihull
Apply Now
 

Sexual Health Outreach Worker (African Caribbean and Black African men who have sex with men)

 

The role includes undertaking outreach work, focusing on the following target groups: Black African and African Caribbean men who have sex with men (MSM),  assessing need in relation to safer sex and sexual health. The successful candidate will take a lead on developing targeted interventions and one to one support with these men.

The role will also develop forums, groups and events that meet the needs of Black African and African Caribbean men who have sex with men.

The role involves working on a shift basis across a seven days a week rota.

 

Job Summary

   
Contract Type: Permanent
Type: Part Time
Location: Based at Birmingham LGBT Centre
Apply Now
WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

Upcoming Emotional Wellbeing Workshops
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According to the
Mental Health Foundation16 million people experience a mental health problem each year and stress is a key factor in this.
As a commitment to improving mental health outcomes for members of our community, Birmingham LGBT will be hosting a series of mental health workshops in the coming months. These will be varied in approach as different things work for different people.
 Through simple, tried and tested techniques, the workshops will aim to empower people to connect with their inner self and have better mental health and wellbeing.


Mental Health First Aid Workshops – By Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust
These are popular wellbeing workshops that teach people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be struggling with their mental health.
In the same way we learn physical first aid,
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. 
The course is aimed at equipping people with knowledge and skills to understand and manage their own mental health as well as that of others close to them.


Dates
Thursday 06/09/2018
Thursday 29/11/2018
Time For all 3 Workshops: 6pm – 9pm

Alongside the Mental Health First Aid courses, we will also be running other mindfulness and wellbeing courses by Michael James and psychologist Dr. Gary Wood.
These will include popular workshops like:

- Dealing with Negative Self-Talk  -  Dr. Gary Wood
  Saturday, 11/08/2018

- Stop Worrying, Start Living  - Michael James
  Saturday, 15/09/2018
 
- Uplevel Your Social Skills  -  Dr. Gary Wood
  Saturday, 10/11/2018

- Goal-Setting Workshop  -  Dr. Gary Wood
   Saturday, 08/12/2018


Email eventscoordinator@blgbt.org for more details.
UPCOMING EVENTS
LGBT Inclusion In Sports Conference

This will be activate's closing conference and will take place on Friday 13th July at Villa Park.
Aimed at those working in physical activity, sport, health and education, the plenaries and workshops will offer the latest insight into motivations and attitudes of LGBT people to sport and physical activity and provide strategies for engagement. It promises to be an exciting event, visit 
blgbt.org/sportsconference/ or get in touch on activate@blgbt.org for more information.


 
Looking Forward To Ageing

Wednesday 4th July, 5.30pm8pm
Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ
 What does ageing mean to the LGBT community?
Some people don’t want to think about it at all.
There is ageism within, and without, the LGBT community, fueled by a belief that getting older is a wholly negative experience and that the community’s places and spaces will no longer be welcoming. It puts people off thinking about what their own ageing means to them and how it’s possible to make plans and take control to make a happy, healthy and fulfilling older age a reality.
Birmingham LGBT and the Ageing Better LGBT Hub are working with the Beth Johnson Foundation to pilot a fun, interactive workshop with members of the LGBT community, about looking forward to ageing and planning for a happy future. We are inviting you to join us on 4th July to take part in an evening workshop where your participation, opinions and knowledge will be very useful to develop further sessions and meet the needs of the community.
Refreshments will be provided.
If you are interested and want to find out more, please contact Maria on 0121 643 0821 or mariahughes@blgbt.org

 
Ageing With Pride Casting Call
 
Are you over 50 and LGBT?
 Do you fancy being the face of a great new campaign?
Are you passionate about visibility for the community?
Then Birmingham LGBT wants to hear from you!
 We are casting in Birmingham in June and looking for passionate, and expressive members of our community.
It’s really important to us that real faces from our community are represented, which is why we’re asking you.
 If you are interested in taking part please contact ​Rico Johnson-Sinclair​ at
RicoJohnson@blgbt.org ​or call us on​ 0121 643 082
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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