The London LGBT Forums Network have teamed up with LGBT Consortium to launch the ‘Forums Toolkit’

The London LGBT Forums Network have teamed up with LGBT Consortium to create a new resource to support London’s LGBT+ Community Forums.

Over the summer members of Forum+, Merton, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark,  Sutton and Wandsworth Forums worked had several workshops with the LGBT Consortium to discuss what the different challenges Forums have and how, from their experience, that can be better supported. 

Together they came up with the ‘Forums Toolkits’ a resource designed specifically for the needs of emerging and established Forums. 

This is a project that hasn’t been done before and the Network feel it’s a vital piece of work for this often-overlooked part of the LGBT sector. 

The toolkits are full of all sorts of useful information, advice and support on how to run a Forum. They are in no way a definitive of how a forum should be run but they offer a good start. 

“Being able to contribute to the development of the toolkit as newly emerging Forum, allowed me to feed in what I think is most helpful to other organisations at this stage of maturity. 

Even though I was part of the working group, I’ll still be referring to the toolkit in the progression of Lambeth Links and I’m reassured to know that there is also the established toolkit to refer to as we progress even further.” 

Christopher French (Lambeth Links)

“If you are looking to set up a local forum or network of LGBTQ people, whatever type of group you want it to be, whether you do it with or without funds have a look at this toolkit first. 

Lewisham LGBT Forum has largely existed thanks to good will, good partnership contacts and an awful lot of time invested.  We are an example of doing things without regular or large funding, but each borough will be different and so much will rely on who is involved with the process along the way. 

We wanted to be involved in making this toolkit as we would have benefited from something similar when we were started out 5 years ago. I wanted to make the process less scary and more plannable and predictable for creators who may also feel they don’t want to follow the CiC/Charity route.

Susan Hailes (Lewisham LGBT Forum)

To request your copy please visit the links below.

Emerging – https://www.consortium.lgbt/toolkit-forum-start-ups/

Established – https://www.consortium.lgbt/toolkit-forums/


New Service for the older LGBTQ+ Community

Age UK Wandsworth has launched a new service aimed at the older LGBT community called ‘Active Chats’  

“Our specially trained LGBTQ+ volunteers can call at a convenient time to have a friendly chat and talk you through some gentle exercises to promote mobility. All exercises have been designed by a professional trainer and are designed to be fun and accessible, not telephone bootcamp!”

For more information email Rebecca on rebeccal@ageukwandsworth.org.uk or 020 8877 8940


Veterans walk London Pride route to celebrate 50th anniversary

Twelve of the surviving activists from the Gay Liberation Front (GLF)  marched through London on Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The march, and their supporters, later joined with the Black Trans Matter protest to stand in solidarity. 

Read more on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53205320

Wandsworth Council showed their support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ Community by flying the Pride flag for the 3rd Year running. 


Wandsworth unveils its first Rainbow crossing

Wandsworth Council has unveiled its first Rainbow crossing to show its support for the borough’s LGBTQ+ community.

The new Rainbow crossing was installed in Lavender Hill, close to Battersea Arts Centre to kick off Pride Month.

The location has been chosen because of its high profile. It is one of the borough’s busiest crossing points and is situated next to a major local landmark.

The crossing will feature the colours of the internationally recognised Pride Flag which has come to symbolise diversity and pride of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.

The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Here in Wandsworth we are hugely proud to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community.

“Our borough has a long history of supporting diversity and equality so I’m delighted to be able to announce our first rainbow crossing in Lavender Hill.

“We want all our residents and communities to know that we are here with them, we support them, and we are working hard to make sure our borough is a place where people feel safe, free from discrimination and proud to be themselves.”

David Robson, Chair of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum added: “Over the last 12 months Pride crossings have been popping up in boroughs across London as a way to celebrate Pride Month but not all are permanent.

“I’m pleased to see that Wandsworth have shown such a visible celebration of its LGBTQ+ Community by installing this as a permanent crossing at an iconic location.

“It’s a brilliant way to celebrate the borough’s LGBTQ+ Community and in the absence of Pride in London 2020, it will mean a lot to people.”

Watch a video of the launch here https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/may-2020/wandsworth-unveils-its-first-rainbow-crossing/


Healthwatch Wandsworth launch new COVID-19 Survey

In response to COVID-19, health and social care services have had to drastically change the support they offer the public. It is therefore important that we understand how these changes are working
for people.

This survey is for people who live in Wandsworth, or use Wandsworth-based services, to share their views on how local services are working during this time.

People’s responses will be kept completely anonymous and will help local health and care services understand what needs there are locally, how their services are working, what is working well and where things can be made better.

We will also be feeding back findings to Healthwatch England to help them understand what is happening across the country so that they can help central government departments understand and learn from what is happening from the perspective of local people.

Take the Survey here – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/hww-covid19-2020/


COVID-19 Support

Wandsworth Council have set up a Community Hub to co-ordinate the support being offered by the Council and Wandsworth’s many voluntary organisations.

A new helpline was launched as a first response for residents, particularly those elderly and/or vulnerable without support networks, who need support to access medical/care services and food supplies. AgeUK respond to all the requests and visit peoples doorsteps with supplies.

Call this number for support tel: 0208 8716555

There’s also a useful list here of local support in Battersea and across Wandsworth from various organisations.   

As well as an update here from Professor Rusi Jaspal, the Councils special advisor on Social Isolation.

Visit the Wandsworth Council for the most up to date information on how the borough is tackling the Coronavirus pandemic.