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

IDAHOBIT 2016

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What a lovely afternoon to be at Derby City Council for the annual IDAHOBIT flag raising yesterday. The event arranged by Anne Webster, Lead on Equality and Diversity at Derby City Council, enabled Councillor Paul Pegg, Mayor of Derby to raise the flag to show that Derby City Council had an awareness of Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and showed their support in reducing the hate crime some people in our community experience every day. The commitment to supporting the LGBT+ community was reiterated by Gordon Stirling, the Chair of the Derby City Council LGBT Network and City Champion. Also in attendance was Hardyal Dhindsa, the new Police and Crime Commissioner, who highlighted his Pledge and Charter for the LGBT community, (see the Charter here, http://www.eastmidslabour.org.uk/labour_backs_lgbt_police_and_crime_charter). The event was attended by the Derbyshire LGBT+ team and many members of council staff and the tea and cakes were very nice!

The Thin Blue Line turns rainbow!

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This afternoon we led a training course in LGBT awareness for officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary, creating a greater awareness of our LGBT+ communities. We will be training a total of 20 officers in LGBT+ issues, who plan on visiting our centre once a month to engage with the LGBT+ communities in Derbyshire.

Topics covered included LGBT+ awareness of gender identity and sexual orientation, allowing someone to self-define their own identity rather than defining it for them. We held a discussion on hate crime, and raised awareness of long-term LGBT+ hate crime that consists of multiple minor incidents.  We also discussed why people from the LGBT+ communities who are the victims of hate crime often don’t report it to the police.

If you see these lovely folks out and about, give them a wave! (We can see you hiding behind the Bi flag PC Luke Scribbens!) We will be training more officers with LGBT+ awareness in the near future.

For all the lovely mums on Mother’s Day

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

You’re awesome

We salute you 🙂