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Dear all,

Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers.
This month is all about getting involved: it’s this month’s biggest section. There are 9 different research projects and engagement opportunities to check out, as well as new jobs and volunteering opportunities. And don’t forget about LBT Women’s Health Week! #LBTWomensHealth19 runs from March 11th to 15th, and the first section below should tell you everything you need to know about how to get involved in raising the visibility of the needs of, and health inequalities facing, the women in our communities.
Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to share with our readers, and please pass on this newsletter to colleagues who may be interested, and let them know they can sign up here.

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LBT Womens' Health Week 2019

LBT Women’s Health Week 2019 takes place from the 11th to the 15th of March. It is a mainly online campaign, using the hashtag #LBTWomensHealth19 and including Webinars, a Twitter Q&A, Sharing data and research, Social media takeovers, Information and views from our Ambassadors, Events and discussions, Targeted clinics and support groups and the Launch of the LGBT+ Sector Women’s Network.
A full briefing on the week can be found and downloaded on our website.
The aim of LBT Women’s Health Week is to raise awareness about health inequalities affecting the women in our communities, to make it easier for service providers to empower service users and for communities to support LBT women.
The week is also an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans women.
The main focus of LBT Women’s Health Week 2019 is visibility. We are using ‘visiBiLiTy’ to highlight the B, L and T – representing the diverse women in our communities.
We’re organising, leading and supporting events and activities across the country and in social and print media, and on the radio. We are also providing you with facts and information to help explain why LBT Women’s health and wellbeing needs to be made a priority, infographics to spread the word and a good practice guide to support your action. We’re particularly excited to be launching a network for women working in the LGBT+ sector, and releasing the results of some interesting new research on LGBT women’s health.
We’re calling on individuals and organisations to commit to making at least one practical change to better include, support and empower LBT women. You can make a pledge in each of these areas on our website:

You can read more about how to take action in our Good Practice Guide.
The easiest thing you can do to support LBT Women’s Health Week is to retweet our tweets in the run up to, and during, the week. To see our content, please follow @LGBTPartnership. Our tweets will raise awareness of the week, provide key data about LBT Women’s Health, and signpost to our events, partners’ events and reports and resources being launched during the week. If you’d like to tweet or comment on retweets, please use the hashtag: #LBTWomensHealth19, as well as the ‘posters’ and infographics available to download from our website.

More News

  1. LGBT+ Futures Fund
Partnership member Consortium is excited to announce a new programme of activity for LGBT+ organisations working across England.
The Government Equalities Office has contracted Consortium to deliver a small grants programme and accompanying Skills Development and Training Programme for LGBT+ organisations. The deadline to apply for the first round of grants is March 6th
  1. Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HWA)
The National LGB&T Partnership is a member of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. We encourage you and the VCSE organisations you work with to sign up to the monthly edition of the Department of Health’s voluntary sector team’s newsletter. They can be added by clicking here. The newsletter includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the DH, NHS England and Public Health England.

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  1. VCSE Consultation Survey on Health & Work
The UKHF in partnership with the Race Equality Foundation, National LGB&T Partnership and the Mental Health Consortium is conducting a scoping and consensus building exercise to:
  • Recognise what Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) health focused organisations are already doing as employers to support disabled employees and employees with long-term conditions to stay in work;
  • Recognise what VCSE health focused organisations are already doing as advocates to support disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work;
  • Highlight the key points which health focused organisations are in agreement on in relation to health and work for disabled people and those with long-term conditions;
  • And identify principles for continued action.
This project is being developed through a consultative process with project partners, expert advisers, HWA members, and the wider VCSE sector.
We are conducting a short survey of VCSE health focused organisations. The survey remains open and should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.
  1. Survey of LGBT+ services’ smoking cessation work
LGBT Foundation and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are working in partnership to gather information on how to best support quit attempts among LGBT smokers. We are looking for LGBT organisations in England to answer a short survey to help us build a picture of what is currently being done to support LGBT smokers:
  1. LGBT+ Giving Survey
As part of Consortium's project looking into income for the LGBT+ sector, they are inviting UK-based LGBT+ people to complete a survey about their support for charities and other good causes.
The survey will help Consortium understand the motivations of LGBT+ donors and volunteers and to develop guidance to help LGBT+ organisations and groups to secure support.
  1. The mental health of men and boys
On November 16, the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee launched a new inquiry into the mental health of men and boys.
The Committee is inviting written submissions to the inquiry by Monday 18 March 2019..
We are supporting Men’s Health Forum in their response, which they want to ensure reflects the experience and thinking of as many men and practitioners who support men and boys as possible.
If you have points you'd like Men’s Health Forum to make or support, please send an email to or fill out their survey.
  1. Can you support GEO-funded research into LGBT+ Homelessness?
The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) has been commissioned by the Government Equalities Office and MHCLG to conduct research exploring experiences of homelessness amongst LGBT+ people. The research is underpinned by government commitments made in the 2018 LGBT Action Plan and the 2018 Rough Sleeper strategy to better understand and respond to the needs of homeless LGBT+ people.
As part of the research, researchers are looking to interview homeless LGBT+ people. It would be really helpful if you could let us know if you have anyone involved with your organisation you think might be interested in participating.
People can take part if they are over the age of 16, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) or as another gender or sexual minority AND have been homeless in England in the past 5 years. This includes staying temporarily with friends, in hostels, sleeping rough, squatting, and other temporary housing situations.
To say thank you for taking part, there is a £20 gift voucher. The discussion would take place somewhere where they feel comfortable and would last around an hour.
To get involved, please contact Elaine Batty:
  1. Brighton and Hove LGBTQ Switchboard launch Community Steering Group
Switchboard is excited to launch a new Community Steering Group, which will put the voice of local LGBTQ lived experience at the heart of our work.
They are on the lookout for LGBTQ+ volunteers who care about equality to take part. The group will meet four times a year to guide our work and make sure our services are meeting the needs of all groups within the LGBTQ+ communities.
Switchboard are holding an information session where you can find out more about the project, provide input into how you think it should be run, and find out how you can get involved, on Tuesday 5th March, 6:00pm-7:30pm, at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton
To register for the session, please click 'attending' on the Facebook event, here, or contact: / 01273 234009
  1. Inequalities in chronic disease and healthy ageing
Sheffield University are carrying out a short survey on researching social group inequalities, and the challenges and priorities in this.If you have conducted research on health inequalities before, or this topic is relevant to your role and the type of work you do they would be very grateful if you could complete the survey.
If your role mainly involves research, please click the following link:
If your role is based around policy or practice, or is otherwise not mainly research focused, please complete this version of the survey:
  1. National study looking for participants to improve communication between health and social care professionals and LGBT+ patients with serious illness
The ACCESSCare team at King’s College London has launched a major piece of research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, to understand and improve health and social care professionals’ communication with LGBT+ people with serious illness.
Good communication with health and social care professionals is particularly important for people who are living with or affected by serious illnesses, and for their significant others. In previous work, the ACCESSCare team found that LGBT people described experiences of discrimination, and lacking sensitivity from health and social care professionals.
The study is currently looking for LGBT+ people who are living with or affected by a serious illness (such as cancer, organ failure, neurological conditions or other conditions that impact significantly on quality of life), as well as their partners, friends and relatives, for participation in a brief interview. The “+” (in LGBT+) is used to be inclusive of anyone who considers themselves to have a minority sexual orientation, gender identity/history, or biological sex.
The study findings will be used to develop evidence-based guidance for health and social care professionals to improve their communication with LGBT+ patients and their significant others.
If you are interested in participating in the ACCESSCare C project, email  
or visit for more information. 
  1. Future midwife consultation
The Nursing & Midwifery Council has launched a consultation that proposes to overhaul midwifery education to make the UK the best and safest place to have a baby. This UK-wide consultation sets out the draft skills and knowledge the next generation of midwives will need in order to deliver great care in the years to come. The consultation closes on 9 May 2019.

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  1. The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool
Have you tried the tool yet?
We have worked with colleagues across the Health & Wellbeing Alliance to launch the VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool. This online tool will help your organisation to audit its engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK.
The tool consists of five sections and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the audit tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your organisation to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. Access the tool here.
  1. Relationships and sexuality in adult social care services
This guidance sets out how care providers should consider people's relationship and sexuality needs. (In endeavouring to be inclusive, some discussion of gender identity is included in this resource).
  1. NICEimpact: sexual health
This report considers how NICE’s evidence-based guidance contributes to improvements in sexual health. It examines the uptake of this guidance and how it improves outcomes in priority areas.
  1. Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health
The Health Foundation’s new briefing presents the findings from research carried out by FrameWorks Institute, comparing public understanding, expert opinion and media narrative about what makes us healthy.
Despite the evidence, public debate and policy action is limited in acknowledging the role factors such as housing, education, welfare and work play in shaping people's health.  
The research identifies four challenges communicators must tackle to increase public understanding of these factors, and in turn build support for the policies needed to reduce health inequalities and bring about better health for people living in the UK.
  1. Juggling work and unpaid care
New research by Carers UK reveals that 2.6 million have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone - more than 600 people a day.
This is a 12 per cent increase since Carers UK and YouGov polled the public in 2013.
The findings also show that more people are caring than previously thought, with almost 5 million workers now juggling their paid job with caring – a dramatic rise compared with Census 2011 figures of 3 million.
The research emphasises the need for UK employers to support the rapidly increasing number of staff with caring responsibilities to stay in the workforce.

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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. They are particularly recruiting for a member of the Looked after children and young people guideline committee, currently.
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’s Pride in Practice Team has two new London-based job vacancies. The Pride in Practice Manager and Pride in Practice Co-ordinator will be a core part of the Pride in Practice London pilot. For more information see:
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector
Expressions of interest are now being taken for membership of the NHS Assembly.
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email:

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  1. *Closing soon* Mayor Of London’s Citizen-Led Engagement Programme
Applications from BAME LGBT Groups are particularly welcomed
The Mayor’s Community Engagement team launched the Citizen-Led Engagement Programme in 2017/18 to begin to address inequalities. The programme commissioned six community-based projects and delivered a tailored learning programme.
The Mayor is committed to making the capital a city for all Londoners, where every community can thrive. He is committed to making London fairer and more inclusive, and to encouraging active citizenship.
This will only be possible in collaboration with London’s communities. We know there are some communities in London that have not historically engaged with City Hall and this has led to a gap in the GLA’s insight and relationships with these communities.
More information can be found here. The deadline is Monday 4th March.
  1. Centre for Ageing Better Volunteering Fund
The Centre for Ageing Better has launched its Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund to support initiatives that put the principles of age-friendly and inclusive volunteering set out in their recent review into practice.
You can find all the information at:
  1. The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund
Under 'The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund', small grants will be provided to support those activists and their organisations working across the world to improve the lives of trans people. Read more here.
  1. Enterprise Development Fund
Access – the foundation for social investment – has recently launched its Enterprise Development Programme, a five-year programme which will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England. The programme is designed to help VCSE organisations to make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.
  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.

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  1. Mental Health and Prevention
28th February, London
With the support of Public Health England and the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers will be hosting an engagement event with workshops on Mental Health and Prevention. The event seeks to engage with key stakeholders including VCSE providers, Commissioners, Local Public Health Teams, Elected Local Authority Mental Health Champions, and will have presentations from Public Health England on the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health on Suicide Prevention, and two examples of VCSE engagement at the local level looking at prevention planning and health equalities/ inequalities. The presentations will be followed by workshop sessions to discuss the voluntary sector’s role in mental health prevention to reduce health inequalities, considering barriers and disadvantages faced by protected communities.
Register for London here
  1. Primary Care networks - regional events
Late Feb to Late March, National.
NHS England is hosting a series of regional primary care networks events looking at how PCNs can change the way services are delivered at local level to benefit people and communities. The events will provide an update on the national programme, the Long Term Plan and the latest planning guidance, and provide an opportunity to discuss progress locally, including hearing from examples from across the area.The events are aimed at general practice providers, primary care providers and commissioners, the voluntary sector, local government, mental health services, social care, secondary care and the wider NHS.
Please click here to register.
  1. Get Yourself Active - Disabled people’s health and wellbeing event
25th March, London
Disability Rights UK have been running a flagship programme called Get Yourself Active funded by Sport England for four years now and will be launching all of their learning and resources at an event in London on 25 March. The event will have speakers from NHS England, Sport England as well as individual experiences and a panel of experts including  DPO partners. See below for the link to the Eventbrite page:

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