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Dear all,

Welcome to the June newsletter. This month sees a number of important consultations and ways to get involved.

The Partnership is looking forward to launching a number of new resources in the next few months, including guidance for practitioners around young people’s mental health, updates to our companion piece to the Public Health Outcomes Framework, and work around the health of LGB women and other women who have sex with women.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, and invite your colleagues to sign up to our newsletter, to keep up to date.

Please get in touch if you have a particular interest in any of these areas and could help to disseminate the resources to those who need to see them.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Carers strategy: call for evidence - closing date extended until 31 July 2016

This consultation seeks views on a new strategy for carers that will set out how more can be done to support them.
The Department of Health has extended the closing date until 31 July 2016 (from June 30 2016). This will help to make sure DH hears from all those it would like to reach and understands the complex diversity of caring roles – both carers and those they care for.
DH has specifically approached us as they would like to ensure that the strategy takes account of the specific needs of LGBT people.
To read more, go to:

Snapshot of the LGBT sector

Due to the recent closures of well-established LGBT organisations and the ongoing difficulties that many others are experiencing financially, The LGBT Consortium want to get a snap shot of how the overall LGBT Sector is fairing. They are asking all of their Members to complete this very short, anonymous survey. 
The information provided will allow them to build a snap shot of the LGBT Sector and give them more evidence to argue for increased investment in the sector.
You can take part in the short survey here

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Research into LGBTQI Disabled People and Social Care Support

Next-to-nothing is known about the use of social care support by disabled people from the LGBTQI community. That’s why four organisations (University of Bristol, Regard, Stonewall & SCIE) are finding out more about the needs and experiences of this group.
The researchers will use what participants tell them to raise awareness of the social care needs of LGBTQI Disabled people and to highlight examples of things that do and don’t work very well.
Please share this survey with LGBTQI Disabled people, the survey can be completed online, and is available at:
If you would like a paper copy of this survey or assistance in completing it, please contact Dr Heather Ottaway (

Macmillan’s LGBT and Cancer Taskforce

Macmillan are coordinating a national LGBT and Cancer Taskforce which looks to better understand the experiences of - and explore the ideas for change from – LGBT patients and carers affected by cancer. Through potential partnerships with other organisations (including LGBT charities) they hope to be able to pilot and test some of the ideas from the taskforce members.
Macmillan are holding an event for LGBT people affected by cancer to come together with LGBT organisations, health professionals, academics and Macmillan staff, to work together to define the problems and the potential solutions to these problems. This will take place in Camden on the 18th July. Please contact or call Fatimah Vali on 0207 091 2405 / 07453031569 for more information.

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  1. "Hiding who I am": exposing the reality of end of life care for LGBT people
This report looks at the barriers that prevent LGBT people from accessing end of life care and highlights their real-life experiences. Its findings indicate that nearly three-quarters (74%) of LGBT people are not confident that health and social care services provide sensitive end of life care for their needs.  As a result, access to care is often delayed and LGBT people are more likely to experience unmanaged symptoms and pain at the end of their lives.
  1. Building Safe Choices: Older LGBT Housing Futures
Building Safe Choices is a feasibility study conducted by Stonewall Housing into the current provision of housing and related care and support for older LGBT people.
“As you age, you have fears about your future housing needs,” explains Julia Shelley, the report’s author. “These fears are exacerbated for LGBT people: many grew up at a time when they were scared of being openly out. Now, many are concerned that they will be forced back into the closet as they get older.”
The full report is available at, where visitors can add their thoughts about the four housing options suggested in the report, share experiences and ideas and continue the debate about the future of older LGBT people's housing.
  1. New toolkit to support wellbeing of carers and families
NHS England has published a toolkit to help health and social care organisations work together in identifying, assessing and supporting the wellbeing of carers and their families.
An integrated approach to identifying and assessing carer health and wellbeing has been developed in collaboration with NHS England’s partners and forms part of NHS England’s ongoing commitment to carers.
The toolkit explains what is expected of NHS organisations under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 and includes examples of work that have been successful in supporting carers and their families.
  1. New Volunteer Management toolkit
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and National Care Forum (NCF) have recently launched the Volunteer Management Toolkit to mark this year’s volunteer week.
The toolkit supports frontline managers to create volunteer roles which enable people to make a real difference to local social care services. It also looks at how to take an inclusive approach to volunteering. Volunteers who use services themselves often have insights which mean they are uniquely placed to support others in similar situations.
  1. Six Principles for Engaging People and Communities
The People and Communities Board, one of the Five Year Forward View programme boards, has published Six principles for engaging people and communities: putting them into practice. The principles offer a practical steer on developing the ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View. The six principles aim to help build knowledge, confidence and motivation to develop person centred, community-focussed approaches to health and care. The principles will be useful for anyone engaged in transforming health and care – including Sustainability and Transformation Plan leads, local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, GP surgeries, frontline staff, and the voluntary and community sector.
  1. Building better participation
This set of resources from the National Association for Patient Participation aims to help all GP practice patient participation groups (PPGs) to work effectively. The guidance and accompanying tools, commissioned by NHS England, will help all PPGs - whether they are long-standing or recently formed - to reflect on what they do, how they work, and how they might become even more effective.
  1. Preventing prison suicide: perspectives from the inside
This report, written in conjunction with the Howard League for Penal Reform, argues that prisons need to change to enable staff to build relationships with prisoners and reduce the risk of suicide. It focuses on the views and experiences of current and former prisoners about what contributes to vulnerability and what increases or reduces their risk of suicide.
While this report does not specifically refer to LGBT prisoners, this is an area of particular concern for the community, and the recommendations made would go some way towards improving the situation for LGBT prisoners, who are at particular risk of some of the issues identified.

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NICE committee recruitment
NICE are looking for experts to join their Public Health Advisory Committees to develop guidelines on interventions and services. They need both lay members (people using services, family members and carers, and members of the public and community or voluntary sector) and people with a professional or practitioner background in the topic.
More details can be found on the NICE website.
Paid roles
The LGBT Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
LGBT Foundation Trustees
LGBT Foundation are recruiting for new Trustees to join their board.
They are seeking highly skilled and senior managers across all sectors who can bring influence, professional knowledge and experience to the organisation in the following areas:
•            Health/with an NHS Background
•            Research, Insight & Policy
•            Legal/Governance/with Company Secretary background
•            Commercial expertise & background
The LGBT Foundation want to be as representative as possible, and are looking to improve the diversity of their Board. To that end, they would welcome applicants from the trans and bisexual communities, women and members of BME communities.
To apply or for more information please visit:
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to volunteering opportunities
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email:

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  1. Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping vulnerable young people (aged 14-25). The Fund will provide core funding to organisations within the youth sector and outside.  There is no deadline to apply.
  1. Transform Foundation Website grant programme
This programme can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission. The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million. Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis. The Foundation will be rolling out other grant programmes later in the year, which they are currently in the process of designing.
  1. Joseph Rowntree Power and Accountability Fund
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust opened their Power and Accountability programme to allow people to create a world in which power is more equally shared and institutions are accountable to wider society. They focus grants in three areas: strengthening corporate accountability, strengthening democratic accountability, encouraging responsible media. To apply, charitable organisations should produce a narrative proposal of no more than four sides of A4, outlining what they want to do (what & how, why, who and the impact). The average grant size is £50,000 but actual grants can range between £500 - £100,000+. Larger national charities with substantial reserves and statutory bodies aren’t eligible to apply.
  1. Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small local groups / charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. This year their focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive their highest priority in 2016.  Apply anytime.
  1. Skipton Grassroots Giving Fund
Skipton Building Society is offering grants of £500 through the Grassroots Giving scheme to develop local grassroots groups from across the UK. The Fund aims to help community organisations and groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere, so registered charities cannot apply. The funding can be used for a variety of things, but explicitly can’t be used for rent, travel programmes, animal welfare, running costs, or direct costs of fundraising events. Previous grant winners have included sports clubs, libraries, music groups and community radio stations. Applications should be submitted via the website before the deadline on Friday 29th July.
  1. Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered charities who need assistance towards a capital project eg new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport.
  1. The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust have updated their guidelines for funding applications. Generally, the Trust makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society through addressing marginalisation, displaying positive organisational characteristics, and that which make a difference. They are particularly interested in encouraging inclusion, integration and independence and support work that develops social connections and relationships. Grants are commonly used for core funding (salaries, running costs and overheads), but can also be used for project costs, capital grants and funding to strengthen an organisation. The Trust has no deadlines and first stage applications can be made at any time.
  1. People’s Health Trust
Local organisations working to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding through the Active Communities fund, run by People’s Health Trust. Community groups and other non-profits with an income of less than £350,000 a year can seek investment between £5,000 - £50,000 for up to two years. They’re particularly interested in funding genuinely small and local projects run by local people, or by communities of interest; examples of projects previously funded include women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women, and computer skills support group run by and for older people. The fund is currently open in a few places across the country, so check their website for when grants in your area are available.
  1. The ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation provides grants to charities, in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled and older people. ACT gives large and small donations to charities depending on the project and available funds. Their current focus is on transformational change and larger grants (in excess of £100K) will be the exception. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016
Registration is open for Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, which will be held on 7 and 8 September 2016 at Manchester Central. Complimentary ticket codes are available to eligible groups, please email us for more information. Expo will host an inspiring list of speakers, including Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development for NHS England. The unique pop-up university will return, with more than 100 expert-led workshops running throughout the two days. The National LGB&T Partnership will be running a session on LGBT inclusion in Health and Social care, and sharing a stand at the event with other Strategic Partners so please come and visit us.
  1. TGEU 3rd Legal Practitioners’ Seminar - Call for Participants 
8th-9th September, 2016, Athens.
Applications to be made by Monday 20th June, 2016.
TGEU are pleased to invite applications from lawyers wishing to attend its third legal practitioners’ seminar.
Practitioners from across Europe will come together to share their experience of litigating cases before national and international courts, identify and analyse existing gaps in the legal protection of trans people and discuss how these gaps can be closed through strategic litigation. The seminar will also provide an opportunity to share information regarding relevant legal and non-legal developments in the area of trans rights. This year’s seminar will focus on the treatment of and claims brought on behalf of trans asylum-seekers, in addition to other relevant issues that will be determined based on the interest and need of applicants.
Places at the seminar are limited and potential participants are asked to complete an online application form setting out their experience and motivation for attending.
TGEU will cover accommodation and travelling costs associated with attending the seminar. Information regarding the venue and program will be provided at a later date. Successful applicants will be asked to arrange their travel to Athens so that they arrive on 7 September and depart not earlier than 9 September 3:30 pm.
Please direct any questions towards Richard (
  1. Centre for voluntary sector leadership at the OU
Open University Business School are launching a new centre which aims to provide voluntary sector organisations with access to free leadership development modules and research-led insight. 
Two new courses relating to the voluntary sector will be available through OpenLearn this year as free online badged open courses (BOCs). These free courses are aimed at learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations: 
Introducing the Voluntary Sector covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering. 
Working in the Voluntary Sector focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience. (This course will be available online over the summer) 
Each free course is eight weeks long and involves three hours per week of study.
  1. NCVO courses on impact and outcome
Various dates, mostly London.
NCVO offers comprehensive training and consultancy services for all types of organisations. NCVO also offers a number of annual conferences to bring together the sector together around key topics. An area of significant focus in the voluntary and community sector right now is how to identify and evidence impact. NCV oh run a number of courses on this, and other subjects. Find out more about their courses here.

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