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Happy April!

I hope you're all having a wonderful Spring and are starting to enjoy the easing of lockdown restrictions. Now that we're able to meet with friends outside, and the weather is improving gradually, I'm sure that a lot of people will be feeling an improvement in their wellbeing and mental health. Of course, if you're not this is perfectly normal too. More about mental health later on in the newsletter!

I wanted to personally thank everybody who attended or contributed to an event for LBT Women's Health Week. This was my first year organising and hosting the week and I was overwhelmed with all of the support and positive feedback that we received. I hope you enjoyed the week as much as I did!

Laura Clarke
Stakeholder Engagement Officer

LBT Women's Health Week Feedback

As mentioned above, we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback for our LBT Women's Health Week events in March. We were so pleased to collaborate with such brilliant organisations and people to host these events and we're glad that they were successful in making people feel more knowledgeable and confident on LBT women's health issues.

Please see the below infographic for a more detailed breakdown of the feedback we received 👇

MindOut Mental Health Sessions

We are excited to announce that we are hosting four mental health training events in collaboration with MindOut in the coming months. These events are free and aimed at people who work or volunteer in the LGBT VCSE sector. These four sessions will help you to improve your practice while working with your LGBT service users, whilst also providing you with information that you can use to improve your own mental wellbeing. Please click on the title of the events below to sign up. Spaces are limited so sign up quickly!

Boundaries in Safe Working
April 22nd • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • FREE
Those of us working and volunteering in our communities often face dilemmas and difficult situations with our professional and personal boundaries. How do we manage to work safely within our small and close-knit communities and in the context of enduring minority stress? This workshop will offer a confidential, creative and supportive space to explore the issues, share good practice and learn from each other.

Mental Health 101

May 18th • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • FREE
This workshop is an introduction to mental health for LGBTQ workers and volunteers with no formal experience in the mental health field. We will cover what is meant by ‘mental health’ and related terminology, social stigma and self stigma and affirmative recovery based approaches. LGBT communities have higher rates of mental health issues than the rest of the population, we will cover what we know about LGBTQ mental health experience and why.

May 21st • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • FREE
In this interactive workshop we will take some much needed time out to look at what self-care is, why we need it and how we can use it to support our mental, emotional and physical health. We will explore a range of accessible practices, such as chair yoga, mindfulness, guided body relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and short meditations. We will look at how we can successfully incorporate exercise, mindfulness and relaxation practices into our busy lives.

Suicide Prevention
May 25th • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • FREE
LGBTQ communities have high rates of suicidal distress, which will affect many of the people we work with. This course will consider risk factors and warning signs, how to talk about suicidal distress, safe planning and safeguarding. We will address our own needs for self-care around this emotive topic.

Real Chemistry

Real Chemistry is a new resource, launched by London Friend, supporting gay and bisexual men moving on from problems with chemsex. Real Chemistry provides men with the support they need to sustain their recovery goals and enjoy better connections, relationships and sex.

Real Chemistry is about connection and wellbeing, rebuilding friendships and engaging in social and leisure activities that may have been impacted whilst using drugs. It’s about rebuilding confidence and self-esteem where these have been knocked.

To find out more about Real Chemistry and sign up for the workshops, visit London Friend's website.

AHSN Network Callout

The AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation have joined forces to launch a nationwide call for innovations to help address health inequalities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

Ground-breaking and inspiring examples of work in this area will be showcased in a new report to be published later this year, which will share best practice so that it can be spread more widely across health and care services.

The call for innovations closes on Monday 19 April 2021. Visit the AHSN Network website for more information and to submit details of your innovation.

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Services 

The LGBT NHS England team are creating a map of organisations that support LGBTQ+ people. Please see the below image for more information and email to add your service to this list.

Dates for the Diary

Courses & Events

Below are a few of the events that are coming up in the month of April. To sign up click on the title of the event. To see a full list of events happening this month and in the future click here.

LGBT+ Sector Women's Network — Relaunch Event
April 21st • 5pm • FREE
Consortium are delighted to be relaunching the LGBT+ Sector Women’s Network. This inclusive network is open to all women and non-binary people who would like to join a supportive network with peers from across the LGBT+ sector.

Spectrums: Making Queer Youth Spaces accessible for Autistic Young People

May 27th • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm • FREE
What can we do as queer youth workers to make sure we are meeting the needs of autistic young people in our settings? This online event will bring together LGBT+ youth workers, guest speakers and youth voices to discuss the ways we can support and amplify the voices of autistic LGBT+ young people within our own settings and as a sector.

Introduction to Sexuality Awareness (the LGB bit of LGBT)
May 27th • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm • £42
Want to know more about how to make your practice more inclusive? A two-hour interactive online course that will:
  • Cover some of the popular and appropriate terminology used to describe different sexual orientations.
  • Consider the visibility of different kinds of identities, and the impact of this.
  • Explore the common myths and misconceptions around different sexual orientations.
  • Help you identify the ways in which you can make your practice more inclusive.
  • Offer you signposting to useful resources and services.


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

Bi Organisations Research Consultant
Closing Date: 19th April 2021

You can view this job listing on the Consortium website. Interested parties should email a C.V and covering letter/email which outlines your suitability for this role and how you would approach this work

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
Have a wonderful April and we'll see you next month!
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