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