Category Archives: Various

Condom Postal Service

Dear Friends,
You may have noticed some big changes happening at Derbyshire Friend in the last few months, not least of which was the move to our new centre in June of this year. We have new members of staff, new offices, a new focus to develop further services, support groups and links with organisations such as the NHS, Local Authority, OutDerby, Well For Life, and many more, we hope that in the future we will continue to develop and consolidate our services to benefit more LGBT people and their families and allies across the county.
However, from 1st October 2015 we will no longer be able to offer our free condom postal service. This decision has not been an easy one for us to make. We understand how valuable the postal service is to many, unfortunately our major funders do not. Although we did post out with no cost to the recipient, there was a cost to Derbyshire Friend of postage and pack contents, which we can now no longer sustain. You will still be able to get safe sex packs and condoms, together with advice at our centre at Bramble Street and your local GUM clinic.
Despite this, we continue to support our community in everything we do, with regular outreach and events, attending PRIDEs, supporting, informing and working alongside other organisations and individuals to help relieve emotional distress, social isolation and help those questioning their gender or sexual identities by offering a safe, welcoming and confidential environment.
Please support us as we continue to support everyone in our community, and stand with us as we help others.
The reality being that we cannot function without funds, times have been hard and we have watched as many wonderful charities have disappeared over the last few years, leaving a gap in support for so many people. We are Derbyshire’s only LGBT support service, and without your help it is a real possibility we could disappear too. So please donate, get involved with our fundraising, talk about us, use our centre, and use our services. We know how valuable and important the work we do is, let’s make it clear to everyone.

Thank you

All at DF

Outrageous!

Outrageous – a safe haven for gay, lesbian, bi and trans women.

Outrageous is a monthly friendly social and support group.  We meet every second Monday of the month, 7.30pm to 9.00pm, at Derbyshire LGBT+.

The group enables women (18 years and over) to meet up, make friends and have a great time in a friendly, relaxed and safe space with like-minded people.

If you feel confident, all you have to do is turn up on the night. Or why not come early (7-7.30pm) and have a chat with the workers or volunteers?  It’s a great opportunity to meet and find out a bit more about the group before the night starts at 7.30pm.  We try to finish by 9.00pm.

The group is run by the members and they decide its activities, which have previously included:

  • Party and Social Nights
  • Guest Speakers and Workshops
  • Bring-and-Share Buffets and BBQs

 

Meeting dates 2016

11th January – chill out session with tasters in head massage, meditation and drumming.
8th February –
14th March –
11th April –
9th May –
13th June –
11th July –
8th August –
12th September –
10th October –
14th November –
12th December –

 

 


Outrageous Guidelines

Our guidelines for members and visitors, to make you feel comfortable and welcome.

  • Always make people feel welcome.
  • This is a no-pressure space, and we are here to make and be friends in a relaxed, safe and friendly environment.
  • Have the freedom to be yourself and be respected.
  • Refrain from using excessive bad language or engaging in any inappropriate behaviour.
  • Everything that is said in the group stays within the group, and remains confidential.
  • Everyone in the group, including visitors, should be treated fairly and equally, irrespective of race, ethnicity, faith, disability, gender identity, age, HIV status, economic status, marital status and sexual orientation.
  • Talk to individuals about their culture and respect it, as we are all different.
  • Any disagreements need to be talked about, supportively challenged and resolved by the end of the evening, so that nobody feels unable to attend the group again.
  • Remember your privacy is important, and will be respected.  Remember to give your personal details, email and phone numbers to others ONLY when you are ready.
  • If the group needs to make a decision, a majority of two-thirds of the group is required.
  • Smoking is not permitted on Derbyshire LGBT+ premises, other than in the garden/patio area.

DF Needs you! Volunteering at Derbyshire Friend

At Derbyshire Friend, volunteers are involved in all parts of our service, from planning and running events, to representing us at PRIDE’s, meetings and conferences, PSE outreach work, answering the helpline, administration, research and IT support, and being involved in our LGBT support and social groups. Being a volunteer here means that you complete awareness training, have regular support from the Volunteer Co-ordinator, and on-going development and training at our monthly volunteer meetings.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator will work with you to help you achieve your goals through volunteering, whether it’s to learn new skills, build confidence, meet new people, gain life experience, or to help Derbyshire Friend support others. There are a variety of short and long term opportunities currently available for people with enthusiasm and time to volunteer for us, please find our current volunteering opportunities below:

Please note all of these opportunities are available at our centre in Derby, unless otherwise stated.

 

We would like you to:
Be passionate about supporting the local and wider LGBT community and allies.
Be an excellent communicator.
Be able to constructively challenge prejudice and ignorance.
Be reliable and trustworthy.
Have had experience of an LGBT journey, know someone who has, or be aware of some of the issues that LGBT people can face.

In return we can offer:
Specialist role training, including on-going awareness training for potential issues.
Personal safety training dependent on role.
One-to-one support from our Volunteer Co-ordinator, support from our volunteer team and monthly volunteer meetings.
An opportunity to build confidence, gain experience, give time and life experience to your LGBT community, meet new friends and volunteer in a supportive environment.

Click here to see current Volunteering opportunities

 

Tuesday 15th July 2014 – Centre Closed

Please note that the centre will be closed Tuesday 15th July 2014.

We will be open again, as normal, the day after (Wednesday 16th July) at 10am.

For reference, current normal centre opening/drop-in hours continue to be as follows-

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 10am to 1pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 1pm / 3pm to 6pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 1pm
  • Friday: Dependent on staff availability (please call 01332 207704 to check)