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Happy New Year!

I hope that everybody enjoyed the festive period despite the unusual circumstances this year and that you're all having a happy 2021 so far! Being plunged into another lockdown isn't how I imagine most of us wanted to spend the early months of 2021 but with the rollout of the vaccinations already taking place let's hope that we will soon return to some normalcy. In the meantime I wish you all good health and happiness.

Laura Clarke
Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Covid-19 Updates

In early January the government announced a national lockdown, instructing everybody to stay at home to control the virus in response to the rapid rise in infections. This lockdown is due to be reviewed in mid-February as the Prime Minister hopes that everyone in the top four priority groups will have received their vaccinations by then. To see what you can and cannot do in this new lockdown please read the guidance on current restrictions

Before the lockdown was announce the government also introduced a new tier level.  The complete list of tiers are now as follows:
  • Tier One: Medium Alert
  • Tier Two: High Alert
  • Tier Three: Very High Alert
  • Tier Four: Stay At Home
Each tier defines the restrictions and guidance for different parts of the country, and tiers are allocated based on the level of Covid-19 cases in that area. To read more about the tier system please visit the government website.

The vaccines that have now been approved by the UK Government are the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Oxford/AstraZenca vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. Vaccines are currently being administered to:
  • people aged 80 and over
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers at high risk
To find out more information about Covid-19 vaccines please visit the NHS website. If you have any information about barriers to vaccination, or concerns about the vaccine, within the LGBT community please contact laura@consortium.lgbt

Emerging with Pride  'Planning Our Future'

Consortium and Wise Thoughts are inviting UK-based QTIPOC+ (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex+) groups and organisations to attend their webinar in which they will share the findings of their Emerging With Pride project report.

These findings will be based on 15 video stories of BAME, LGBTQI+ / QTIPOC+ people presented online during November 2020 on Wise Thoughts annual cross-arts event: GFEST – Gaywise FESTival.

This event will take place on the 23rd January, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. To find out more and register your interest please visit the event page.

GP Patient Survey

The 2021 GP Patient Survey has now been sent out. This is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England and is sent out to over two million people across the UK. For the first time the GP Patient Survey includes a question to acknowledge different gender identities and people that are transgender. Not everybody will have received this survey but if you have you are encouraged to complete it, and confirm your gender identity if this is something you feel comfortable doing. To find out more information please visit the GP Patient Survey website.

ITEMS Research Project


The National LGBT Partnership is still welcoming contributions to our research project — Improving Trans Experiences of Maternity Services (ITEMS). This project is funded by NHS England and will curate existing evidence and collect new evidence to see how maternity services can be improved to meet the needs of trans and non-binary birthing parents.

We specifically want to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, as they are under-represented in this project currently. There are two separate surveys — one for trans and non-binary people who have been pregnant or given birth in England and another for people who work in maternity services. We look forward to hearing from you!

Resources

Don't forget that the Partnership's website has an array of publications available for download covering a diverse range of LGBT health issues. As we navigate through the pandemic and beyond it is important to reflect on the lived experiences of LGBT people and communities as we rebuild new ways of working and explore the additional impacts on vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Jobs & Volunteering
Paid Roles

The Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector.

Voluntary Roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the Consortium page.

If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health & Social Care in our newsletter please email nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

Courses & Events

What's My Purpose? Free LGBTQ+ Workshop
January 16 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • FREE

Organised by We Create Space, this three-hour workshop serves to explore your own personal purpose and unique narrative. The aim is for you to feel empowered with the new information you’re going to uncover and leave with actionable steps towards setting yourself new goals in life. You will take part in various creative and interactive workshops to help you focus on the possibilities, and you will be encouraged to use your imagination to discover brand new perspectives.

Weekly Wellness Check-in
January 17 • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm • FREE
Social and support group for south Asian LGBTI community run by British Asian LGBTI - Join us for online events to socialise and meet new people from the community. Join us if you identify as South Asian LGBTQI+ and want to make new friends or organise online events.

National Lottery Community Fund – London Information Session + Q&A
January 20 • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm • FREE
Come along to a short evening information session with Callum Stubbs, Regional Funding Officer from the National Lottery Community Fund. You will learn more about all funding opportunities they provide, eligibility, and top tips for applying. You will also hear from one of their current grantees and a member of Consortium about their experience of applying. During the session, you will have the opportunity to book a 1-2-1 chat with the officer after the meeting to ask any specific questions you may have.

Emerging with Pride – ‘Planning our Future’
January 23 • 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm • FREE
If you are a QTIPOC+ (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex+) group or organisation based anywhere in the UK, Wise Thoughts and Consortium invite you to join the conversation and link in the opportunities. The webinar will share the report findings based on 15 video stories of BAME, LGBTQI+ / QTIPOC+ people presented online during November 2020 on Wise Thoughts annual cross-arts event: GFEST – Gaywise FESTival. These stories, along with a joint video and 15 live webinars will be up on GFEST web over next 2 months if you want to check.


Self-Advocacy Workshop for LGBTQ People of Colour
January 18 • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm • FREE
Self-advocacy is the skill of making your voice heard where it is otherwise silenced. This is particularly difficult for those of us who are actively silenced in society through prejudice, discrimination and violence, and that includes LGBTQ People of Colour. In this workshop, organised by MindOut, we will explore how we can develop our self-esteem and assertiveness, cover some essential information about your rights, and aim to make you more comfortable in advocating for yourself.

Weekly Wellness Check-in
January 24 • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm • FREE
Social and support group for south Asian LGBTI community run by British Asian LGBTI - Join us for online events to socialise and meet new people from the community. Join us if you identify as South Asian LGBTQI+ and want to make new friends or organise online events.

Play Your Self : Free LGBTQ+ Workshop
January 30 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • FREE
Organised by We Create Space, this three-hour workshop, uses script-writing as a tool for self-enquiry. You’ll be guided through a simple process of character building and story telling, exploring the protagonist and antagonist of your own personal narrative. You will take part in various creative and interactive workshops to help you focus on the different character traits of each persona, and you will be encouraged to use your imagination to discover brand new perspectives about yourself. 

If you would like to advertise a course or event relevant to LGBT Health & Social Care in our newsletter please email nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

We hope that you have a wonderful month, and are all keeping safe and well.

See you in February!
 
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