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New Brighton & Hove LGBTQ Inclusion Award

LGBT Switchboard and the Trans Alliance have launched a new pilot project to strengthen health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in Brighton and Hove. The LGBTQ Inclusion Award is a supported quality assurance scheme to which aims to give primary care service providers the tools to meet LGBTQ people’s needs. Through training, bespoke support and sharing specialist knowledge, GP practices will become safer spaces for LGBTQ patients. Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group is funding the pilot project and which initially focusses on GP practices in Cluster 3: Preston Park Surgery, Beaconsfield Medical Practice, Stanford Medical Centre and Warmdene Surgery.

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We are recruiting: LGBTQ Engagement Officer

Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard is a charity supporting the LGBTQ community in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area. We are currently looking for a LGBTQ Engagement Officer to continue our engagement of the LGBTQ community through our successful Health and Inclusion Project (HIP).

This is a varied and interesting role and you should be a confident and dynamic individual with experience and skills in both community development and consultation and research. You will also have the experience of communicating with a range of stakeholders as the post will see you undertaking community engagement as well as working closely with commissioners, partners and policy makers.

Deadline for applications: 31st May – 12 Noon

Interview Date: Wednesday 7th June 2017


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After 22 years and having supported hundreds of individuals within the LGBT+ community the Trustees of Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard have made the difficult decision to close the counselling service.

Dawn Draper, Chair of Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard said, “This has been a very difficult decision for the Trustees to make. The service is highly valued, with referrals regularly exceeding our capacity, so it is clear the community continues to value LGBT+ specific counselling.  However recent funding cuts required us to review the service and concluded that we are no longer the right organisation to provide these services going forward.  We will be approaching other local counselling organisations to find a continuing place for our network of skilled LGBT+ counsellors, and for those clients we have yet to be able to support.

LGBT Switchboard’s CEO Daniel Cheesman said: “We are sad to see the counselling service close, and we would like to say thank you to all of our counsellors past and present, who have volunteered their time to support hundreds of individuals. We would also like to acknowledge those who have supported the counselling service over the last 22 years including those who have funded the project as well as supported and promoted it.

“Looking forward, we will be reviewing and refocusing on Switchboard’s core services. Our role to listen, connect and support is as important as ever, and we have exciting plans to develop services including our helpline, our online presence and our community engagement work, including the Health & Inclusion Project (HIP) and the Older Person’s Project, in ways that will ensure we maximise our reach and benefit for the LGBT+ communities of Brighton & Hove.”

“Any referrals to the counselling service dated after the 1st April will not be taken, but all current counselling clients will have their counselling sessions completed meaning that the service will finally close in June 2017.  During that time, Switchboard will be working with other counselling providers in the area to identify possible opportunities for the trained LGBT+ counsellors in our existing network, and for the continued provision of LGBT+ specific counselling in Brighton & Hove.”

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Trustee roles at Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard has been at the heart of the local LGBT community since 1975. We provide a helpline and web chat, counselling service, the LGBT HIP engagement project and the LGBT Older People’s project.

We are looking to recruit new trustees to join our board that have the strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to commit to being a trustee. Fundraising and human resources experience will also be valuable.

We’re recruiting for:

We want to achieve a more diverse board and welcome applications from all sections of the community, especially from women, BAME, disabled and trans people.

If you have any questions about the roles, please contact Dermot Scully – our chair of trustees – at dermot.scully@switchboard.org.uk

Apply now

To apply for a trustee role, please send your CV and a cover letter highlighting your skills and experience that you believe will be valuable in this role, to Dermot Scully – our chair of trustees – at dermot.scully@switchboard.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Thursday, 23 March 2017.


LGBT Disabled Person’s Festive Social!

The LGBT Disabled People’s group will be holding a festive meet-up on the Tuesday 20th December from 5-7 pm at Charles Street. We would welcome any LGBT people with disabilities to join us for some festive cheer!

Tuesday 20th December| Charles Street Bar | 5-7 pm

Charles Street is accessible for wheelchairs and has an accessible toilet and we have reserved an area at the back, near the DJ decks. Please do bring photo ID if you are under 25. There is a food menu if you would like to eat there. 

Let us know if you can make it 🙂

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LGBT Disabled Person’s Meet Up

LGBT HIP is co-hosting a workshop with Harriet from Scope’s Local People Programme, to enable LGBT disabled people to access project funding and support.

Join us for an informal brainstorming workshop, where we can chat about barriers, good experiences and possible projects. It will be an informal session over food and we can continue our conversation about helping LGBT venues to be more accessible and inclusive. Come and have your say about issues that are important to you living as an LGBT disabled person in Brighton and Hove.

Friday 25th November| Stanmer Room, Brighthelm | 2-4 pm

Food and drinks provided. Travel expenses can be reimbursed. Please contact meg.lewis@switchboard.org.uk to RSVP or if you have any dietary or access requirements.



Whitehawk Inn LGBTQ Social Group

LGBT HIP is working with Whitehawk Inn to support a monthly LGBTQ social group in Whitehawk. The group is a friendly, welcoming space for LGBTQ people living in Whitehawk to get together and enjoy each other’s company.  Refreshments are provided.

New members are always welcome, so please do pop in for a cuppa and a chat with other local LGBTQ people. We hope to see you there 🙂

Wednesday 16th November | Whitehawk Inn | 12.30 – 2.30

For more details, please email whitehawkinn@whinn.org.uk or phone 01273 682 222

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Disabled Access in LGBTQ Spaces

The LGBT Disabled Peoples Group meets monthly and welcomes all LGBT disabled people.

We have had great discussions about how accessible LGBT venues and support are for disabled people. We have also discussed how things can be better. Join us for a creative thinking session to develop top tips on accessibility for LGBT venues and groups- so that we can share our ideas with local groups. Please bring your ideas and we’ll bring the snacks!

I will bring flipcharts and pens and art stuff so that people can contribute to the discussion in a way that feels most comfortable to them.

Friday 23rd September| Stamner Room, Brighthelm | 3-5 pm

Please email meg.lewis@switchboard.org.uk for more details or to RSVP.


Whitehawk LGBTQ Meet-Up

The drop in group at the Whitehawk Inn is going well with more people attending and becoming interested in the group. We would still love more people to come along! Its primarily a social group, a space to chat and get to know other LGBT people over tea/cofee and those all important biscuits!

As more people attend we are beginning to shape the group, thinking about what people would like to do during the meet up, thinking about interesting speakers etc. So if you would like to be part of forming a great LGBT support group pop along to meet great people and have you say.

Wednesday 21st September| 1-3pm | The Whitehawk Inn

For more details, please email whitehawkinn@whinn.org.uk or phone 01273 682 222

A Great Pride Bake-Off Thank-you

We would like to thank all the fantastic people in the Pensions Regulator’s staff LGBT+ network, who raised £572 for Switchboard by holding a Great Pride Bake-Off.

The Bake-Off was part of a week of activities organised by the LGBT+ network in the run up to Pride, which culminated in their participation in the Pride Parade. We are very grateful that they included community fundraising for us in such a packed programme. Thanks to everybody who organised and participated.