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Dear all,

Welcome to our April newsletter.
As always, have a wide and varied selection of information, opportunities, and resources for you. Again this month we have provided a little more information about how specific resources might be useful to you.
In particular this month we have identified a significant number of funding opportunities across the sector.
We are very busy working on updates to our website and finalising a number of resources, so in the May and June newsletters, there will be lots of new things from the Partnership; make sure to follow us on Twitter, and invite your colleagues to sign up to our newsletter, to keep up to date.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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NCF publishes second paper focusing on supporting LGBT people with dementia

The UK is home to an estimated 1.2 million older lesbian and gay people, yet they are an invisible population and rarely acknowledged by service providers and commissioners. Whilst the existence of a National Dementia Strategy has helped to ensure that dementia is at the top of the national agenda and the Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there will be an estimated 1 million people with dementia in the UK by 2025, there is no specific reference to LGBT issues in the strategy.
This new paper, which NCF in partnership with The National LGB&T Partnership and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group has produced, focuses on the needs of LGBT communities, exploring how care professionals can provide more appropriate support.

Implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programs with transgender people

A new UN publication was launched this month to enable governments, public-health officials, programme managers, voluntary and community organisations and health workers to create and improve HIV prevention programmes for transgender people.

The new publication, Implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programmes with transgender people captures issues such as the need to empower communities of transgender people; address the stigma, discrimination and violence that they face; provide comprehensive health-care services that are accessible and acceptable to transgender people; and manage programmes.

Known informally as the TRANSIT (transgender implementation tool), the publication was developed over a period of 18 months with over 90 experts from around the world, including many transgender people who helped draft and revise the publication.

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  1. NICE Guidelines on Community Engagement

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidelines on community engagement. The guidance includes a set of principles of good practice. Although it does not mention any single model of engagement it does say in 1.2.1 that directors of public health and other strategic leads should 'use local networks'. In the 'Committee's discussion' section it also says they recognise there are costs associated with this work, they also stress that unpaid roles are not free.  They recognise 'the difficulties that small community and voluntary organisations face in getting funding from local government' and that they 'need other help to get involved'.

These guidelines can be used by LGBT groups to help inform their offer when talking to local health partners about supporting community engagement, and should be taken into account by local health and care decision makers considering community engagement.
  1. The impact of NHS financial pressures on patient care
Over the next few months the Kings Fund will be examining the impact of financial pressures on the NHS by looking in detail at four services which are commissioned through different routes.  Genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics commissioned by local authorities will be one of the services explored to assess whether the slowdown in funding has affected patients’ access to high quality care. The research will include review of relevant literature, data analysis (where it is available) and interviews with patients, NHS staff and other key stakeholders. Click here for more information on the project and to see how you can contribute.
  1. How can we improve support for carers?
A new government consultation is open to help develop a new strategy for carers setting out how more can be done. One which reflects their lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend. Closing date 30 June.

For a number of reasons, including the various different ways in which LGBT people may have different family structures to other groups, LGBT people may have different needs around caring to other groups so it is important that the voice of LGBT carers and those who care for LGBT people is heard in consultations.

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  1. Six Principles for Engaging People and Communities
National Voices has produced a briefing for their members on the six principles for engaging people and communities set the basis for good, person centred, community-focussed health and care. These principles were agreed by the Five Year Forward View Board, which means they should be used across the whole health and care system to frame how care is organised and provided. National Voices are happy for this briefing and its contents to be re-used. 
  1. Involving the public in primary care commissioning
NHS England have developed new guidance for commissioners on how to involve patients and the public in the development of primary care services. They have also produced information for patients and the public on how to get involved in primary care commissioning.
  1. Who’s Who?
Regional Voices has updated its Who's Who Guides. Their guides are produced by their regional VCS network organisations and are a convenient way to find information and contacts in one place. Information is included on organisations including NHS clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, Healthwatch, commissioning support and CQC in each area.
The aim of the Who’s Who guides is to help voluntary and community sector organisations identify and make contact with people in health and care structures in each region. 
  1. New resilience resource from AYPH
The Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) has published a new resource on public health approaches to supporting young people’s resilience. The guide, funded by Public Health England (PHE) and developed with input from the Early Intervention Foundation, builds on PHE's 2015 framework for young people's health. The resource can be downloaded here.
Young people face a wide range of challenges in their lives from moving schools to family breakdown and bullying. Some of these challenges may be specific to being LGBT, but others will not. Building resilience can support better outcomes for young people at difficult times.  
  1. Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM)
These multi-agency guidelines on FGM are aimed at those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. It supersedes the previous guidance issued in 2014, 'Female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect women and children'.
These resources may be particularly useful to those working with young people or in health and sexual health services. 
  1. Helping healthcare staff spot the signs of child sexual exploitation
A video aimed at helping health and social care professionals to spot possible signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) has been launched. Supported by Health Education England, in association with the Department of Health and NHS England, the video presents a series of scenarios involving a young person potentially at risk of CSE and uses the voice of a real-life victim who talks about her experiences at the hands of a CSE gang. The video provides practical advice on what to do if healthcare professionals and others suspect a patient or person in their care is at risk and makes it clear that there is a responsibility to report any activity that they think is suspicious. 
  1. Responding to domestic violence and abuse in sexual health settings
Patients experiencing domestic abuse (DA) commonly present in sexual health services and NICE guideline PH50 recommends routine enquiry to identify DA within these services.  The British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) has produced a document to support sexual health services which want to introduce DA enquiry. NICE has also recently published a quality standard on domestic abuse and violence. 
  1. Housing, Health and Care
As part of a joint learning network on integrated housing, care and health, The King's Fund and the National Housing Federation have produced a set of slides illustrating the connections between housing, social care, health and wellbeing.
These resources may help voluntary and community sector organisations to make the case for more integrated work around housing, health and care, and for prevention work. 
  1. The stolen years: the mental health and smoking action report
This report by ASH, endorsed by 27 health and mental health organisations, sets out recommendations for how smoking rates for people with a mental health condition could be reduced.  These include improved training of healthcare staff, better access to stop smoking medication and a move towards smokefree mental health settings.
Statistics show that both mental health issues and smoking are more common amongst LGB&T communities. Check out our smoking cessation resources for practical support in working with LGB&T communities for better outcomes. 
  1. A new approach to measuring drinking cultures in Britain
This study by Alcohol Research UK aimed to develop a typology of drinking culture in Britain. The study identified that drinking occurs at increasing and high risk levels in a diverse range of occasions including drinking in the home and at other people’s houses, and extends well beyond caricatures of youth binge drinking in urban centres. High risk occasions are found across all age, sex and socioeconomic groups but the majority occur within those aged over 35 and of high socioeconomic status.
LGBT people are known to drink more and more often than the general population. This new typology of drinking culture may help support those investigating this issue or making the case for support programs. 
  1. New guidance and professional standards for doctors providing cosmetic surgery
This guidance from the General Medical Council accompanies the newly updated Royal College of Surgeons guidance on professional standards for cosmetic surgeons. The guidance makes clear the ethical obligations that doctors have towards patients and the standards of care that they need to provide during cosmetic procedures.

These documents may be a useful point of reference for those supporting trans people through cosmetic surgical interventions.
  1. Guide to recruiting volunteers online
Technology Trust has published How to find the best volunteers online - An introductory guide to online recruitment for the voluntary sector.

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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
While few paid roles are currently being advertised, there are a very significant number of voluntary roles available.
Voluntary roles
These are 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:

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  1. Power to Change
On 26 April Power to Change began accepting applications for a £10 million Community Business Fund. Through the fund they will award grants between £50,000- £300,000 to community businesses in England. There will be two further funding rounds in July and October.
  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. 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. Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust is inviting applications on the theme of Children and Youth. Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects taking place within the UK. Priority will be given to projects focussing on homelessness, domestic abuse, prisoners/offenders, training and education, counselling and support, and activities for those with limited access or opportunities. The next deadline for applications is 1 June. 
  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. Queer Futures Expertise Exchange Conference
Friday 6th May 2016, Lancaster.
At this conference, researchers will be presenting findings from the research studywhich has investigated LGBTQ youth self-harm, suicide and help-seeking for the past two years. We will then ask those attending the conference to discuss these findings with us to develop policy, practice and research recommendations which aim to reduce LGBTQ youth suicide and self-harm. These recommendations will inform the Queer Futures report to the Department of Health.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
  1. Responding to FGM: training for professionals and frontline staff
Thursday 26th May 2016, London.
FORWARD is organising a one day accredited training course to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding for professionals on the practise of FGM.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
  1. Working with Gender Dysphoric Children, Adolescents and their Parents
Friday, 17th June 2016, London.
This day will help participants develop a greater understanding of how to work with gender dysphoric individuals, including children, adolescents and families where a parent has transitioned.  It will provide a framework of how to work with other agencies including education and child and adolescent mental health services and will help participants understand the developmental trajectories and   associated difficulties that can be present in young people with gender dysphoria.
For more details on this event and to book your place, please click here.
  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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