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Dear all,

Welcome to November’s newsletter. As always, we have a wide range of information, resources, news and ways for you to get involved.
 
As the year draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on what resolutions you might make for next year. If one of your aims is to make your organisation or service more inclusive of LGB&T people, you might want to check out Out Loud: LGBT Voices in Health and Social Care.
 
As always, if you have any interesting and relevant resources to share, let us know.
 

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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New Guide to Sustainability and Transformation Plans for LGBT organisations

You may have heard of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, or ‘STPs’ – they are an area of much discussion in the health system of late. Our new Guidance outlines what exactly these are, and why it’s important for LGBT organisations to know about them and get involved in their development.

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  1. Clinical Reference Group stakeholder registration
NHS England undertook a review of the Specialised Commissioning Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) in February 2016. The outcome of this review brought about significant changes to the CRG structure. As a result of these changes, NHS England is refreshing the stakeholders’ register to make sure that it is aligned with the new structure. All stakeholders who registered before 27 October 2016 will need to re-register. To register, or re-register, click here.
 
  1. Would you like to help Macmillan improve the quality of its services?
Macmillan are recruiting a diverse group of 8 people from the LGBT community to help in the planning and delivery of the LGBT Taskforce, and steer the direction of the Taskforce and choose the work they focus on. Click here for more info.
They are also are developing some quality standards for services and for the people who use them. Click here to find out more.
 
  1. Co-production workshop
Thursday 8th December, 10-4, London.
Wellbeing Our Way, in partnership with the Coalition for Collaborative Care, is hosting a coproduction masterclass for people working within charities, community organisations and wider health and social care settings. The masterclass will be a practical introduction to coproduction: what it is, how to get started, and how to develop your organisation’s approach to working alongside people with lived experience. Find out more on their website.

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  1. Implications of reductions to public spending for LGB&T people and services
This study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people. NatCen conducted the same research in 2013 looking at the early effects of the cuts, which began in 2010. The key finding of this study was that fears about the effects of public funding cuts reported in 2013 were seen as a reality for some LGB&T service users and service providers by 2016.
 
  1. New standard for involving patients and citizens in research
A new publication from National Voices sets a standard for how patients and citizens should be involved in research and innovation. National Voices worked with voluntary sector organisations and people with lived experience to develop a series of ‘I Statements’ which define, from the patient and citizen perspective, how people should be engaged at every stage of the innovation pathway.
 
  1. Realising the value
Based on a thorough analysis of the evidence for person- and community-centred approaches from five frontline partner sites across England and aimed at health and care system leaders, commissioners and front-line professionals, the resources from the programme conclude that person- and community- centred approaches are pivotal to improving wellbeing outcomes during financially restrained times. You can read the final report here.
 
  1. ‘Summary of Discussions’ on Sexual Identity and Gender Identity in the Census
ONS have published the summaries of the discussion which took place at two workshops in August on the subject of including ‘sexual identity’ and ‘gender identity’ as questions in the census. You can find these summaries here: Sexual Identity and Gender Identity.
 
  1. Local Health & Care Planning: Menu of preventative interventions
Public Health England (PHE) has published a refreshed Local Health & Care Planning: Menu of preventative interventions. This details sexual health interventions, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) and HIV testing, that are estimated to give a return on investment and can demonstrate cost-savings to the health and care system over a 5 year period. This document aims to support local planning processes and can be used to inform local commissioning strategies and plans.
 
  1. STP checklist for governance and engagement
This resource aims to support those delivering change within their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints to work through key governance and accountability challenges. The document sets out a series of questions that can be asked locally and within boards to support effective discussion and decision-making across a place. The questions cover: governance, scrutiny and accountability; system-wide control totals; public engagement; and partnerships and collaborative working.
 
  1. Meeting the need: what makes a 'good' joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) for mental health or dementia?
This research outlines how mental health needs assessments can prompt concerted action to improve wellbeing and life chances in local communities. It explores how five local councils across England went about understanding the mental health needs of their communities and taking action to meet them more effectively. It finds that JSNAs for mental health and dementia can help to direct investment, to improve services and to help local agencies work together more effectively.
 
  1. Good Grant Making
Grants for Good, the campaign to champion government grant making, has published a short guide setting out 10 principles of good grant making. These include setting clear objectives, using realistic timescales and ensuring that monitoring and reporting are proportionate.
 
  1. Information for people on their visiting rights in care homes
CQC has published information for people living in care homes, their family and friends clarifying their visiting rights and our expectations of providers who are responsible for ensuring people are supported to maintain relationships that are important to them.

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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
 
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector
 
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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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 theirPower 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. http://www.bernardsunley.org/
 
  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. Issues faced by the LGBT community in accessing end of life care – Lecture
London, 7th December, 2016
Six months on from the launch of the Marie Curie report ‘Hiding Who I am’ which explores the realities of end of life care for LGBT people, Marie Curie would like to invite you to hear firsthand from people who have experience of both delivering and receiving end of life care and attend our lecture ‘Issues faced by the LGBT community in accessing end of life care’.
For more information, visit: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/policy/campaigns/marie-curie-england-lecture-series
  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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