Golden Rainbows Project

Derbyshire LGBT+ are pleased to announce the launch of their new project ‘Golden Rainbows’. The project is funded by Lloyds Bank and aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by older LGBT+ individuals who live and/or work in rural Derbyshire.  The Project is being led by Connor, who would love to talk to anyone who self-identifies as LGBT+, is over the age of 50 and lives or works in rural Derbyshire about their needs, their experiences and what support they would like. 

Research from Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire LGBT+ has shown that older LGBT+ people experience higher levels of isolation and loneliness in relation to their heterosexual counterparts. This isolation and loneliness is doubled if an older LGBT+ person lives in a rural area of the county.  We hope that this year long project will help overcome some of the barriers that people have found in accessing appropriate LGBT+ 50+ support. 

If you, or anyone you know would be interested in the Golden Rainbows Project, please contact Connor directly on connorgoldenrainbows@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or phone us on 01332 207704.

Bidentity launch!

Brilliant Bi’s!  For all those who self-identify under the Bi- umberella, our new Bi- social and support group, Bidentity, launches on 19th July 6-8pm.  Come join us for a cuppa, chill and chat for our launch night.
If you’ve not been to us before, we’re on Bramble Street, Derby with a rainbow flag over the main door.  If you are arriving by car, we have a secure car park directly opposite the centre, just ask if you’d like to park your car there whilst you visit us.

 

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Fathers Day 2016

This is for all the fathers
Fathers who identify themselves as GBT+
Fathers of LGBT+ children
Fathers who deal with an ill child at four in the morning
And say ‘It’s ok, I’m here.’
Fathers who help make school play costumes
Fathers who run netball practice
Fathers who work on finding a cure for cancer
Fathers who look after aging relatives
Fathers who design buildings, and fly planes
And are there for their children no matter what.
Fathers who love, fathers who help keep children safe,
Fathers who are equal voices in their family,
Fathers who adopt, fathers who foster,
Fathers who cry just a little bit when they graduate University.
Fathers who look after disabled children, fathers who are disabled
For first-time dads, and second-time dads, and third, fourth and fifth-time dads,
In deep respect of all you accomplish and all that you do
We just wanted you to know

You’re awesome

We salute you 😀

Orlando memorial evening

In response to recent events in Orlando, we are holding a memorial evening on June 21st 7-9pm at our centre in Bramble Street.

Open Discussion

 

We have opened a Book of Condolence, if you would like to leave messages of support and solidarity for Orlando, please come into our centre on Bramble Street.  We will be sending the book to Orlando in a few weeks time, after our event on 2nd July.

Street Party 2nd July

You may already know that we’re holding a street party on Saturday 2nd July to celebrate our first year in our new centre on Bramble Street.  It’s been a big year for us, and we’d like to celebrate with the whole LGBT+ community, friends, family and allies with a traditional street party outside the centre, 12 – 6pm.

The afternoon programme has now been set, with live music sets, a DJ Karaoke competition, an auction of promises and a cabaret show from two Derbyshire Drag Queens.  There will also be lots of traditional side shows with tombola, white elephant, hook a duck, splat a rat, chase the lady and giant Jenga planned. Get your game faces on!

We will also be holding a Grand Raffle, with prizes including a Derby County Football Stadium Tour and a full day outdoor adventuring for up to 10 people.  Our centre will be open for you to come and look round, and we’ll also be serving traditional afternoon teas.

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us, we look forward to welcoming you all on the day 😀

Volunteering Week 2016

Volunteering Week is upon us, hurrah!  And to celebrate the work of our awesome volunteers, we’ll be hosting a few events.

The celebrations are the 1-12th June this year, and the eagle-eyed among you will notice that that’s a tad longer than a normal week.  2016 is a little bit special, as it’s the Queen’s 90th Birthday on 12th June, so the week has been extended to end on the celebration of her birthday.  So, for a mighty twelve days, we will be celebrating the work of our current volunteer team and inviting those thinking about volunteering with us to some drop in taster sessions to see what it’s like.

First up is a volunteering fair being held at the INTU centre in Derby, on Wednesday 1st June, 10-2pm.  Come along and have a chat about what our volunteers get up to.

Friday 3rd June sees the first of our volunteering drop in taster sessions, our volunteer co-ordinator will be available for a chat 11-12noon, so come in to our centre on Bramble Street for a cuppa and find out what it’s like volunteering for us.

Tuesday 7th June sees our second drop in taster session, from 5.30 – 6.30pm to have a chat with our volunteer co-ordinator at Bramble Street.

On Wednesday 8th June something special is happening, we’re hosting a Big Thank You event in the evening for our current volunteer team to thank them in person for all the work that they do for us.

The last of the drop in taster sessions will be on Friday 10th between 3-4pm at Bramble Street.  Our volunteer co-ordinator will be on hand to have an informal chat about volunteering with us.

So if you see us out and about in the next few days, give us a wave! If you’d like to find out what our volunteers get up to, and can’t make any of the drop in taster sessions, don’t worry just get in touch and we can arrange a chat.

‘Our Rainbow, Our Identity’ mental health workshop – last few spaces available!

Not content with observing IDAHOBIT yesterday, we’re not resting on our laurels for the rest of this week, oh no!  We will be running an ‘Our Rainbow, Our Identity’ workshop on mental health and LGBT+ tomorrow afternoon at our centre on Bramble Street. We currently have the four places remaining for this engaging workshop.  The workshop will start promptly at 1pm and includes afternoon tea.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please book one of the four available spaces by contacting Connor today on mailto:counselor@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or by calling 01332 207704

LGBT+BME? We need you!

Derbyshire LGBT+ is in the process of setting up an LGBT+ BME(Black & Minority Ethnic) social and support group, as part of that process we would like to recruit a sessional worker to develop and run the group. Salary will be £8 an hour for 5 hours a month.  We are looking for someone with skills to network, facilitate and support the group.  For more information and an application form please contact andy.brown@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk