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Introspective Event, 14th Feb

On Feb 14th Derbyshire LGBT will be hosting a very special event looking back and sharing memories of the work of Derbyshire Friend.

Over the last 34 years, our focus has evolved; we have helped thousands of Derbyshire folk, by helping people come out, providing information and support on LGBT+ sexual health, raising LGBT awareness, advocating on behalf of, and celebrating the many and varied ways that LGBT+ people self-identify.

On Sunday 14th February 2016, we will be hosting a trip down memory lane and looking back at the events, activism, Prides and awareness raising that we did as Derbyshire Friend.

Come and join us for a very special drop-in afternoon, and bring your photographs and memories of Derbyshire Friend to share between 12-5pm.

We hope to see you there for a cuppa and a chat, and a trip down memory lane.

On: Sunday 14th Feb 2016
At: 12-5pm drop in
Where: Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby DE1 1HU

You can find the poster for the event, here: Introspective

New LGBT Mental Health Drop-in

DF is hosting a monthly LGBT Mental Health drop-in.

Would you like support for feelings such as loneliness, low mood, stress, anxiety or self harm? Derbyshire Friend working in partnership with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust will be hosting a monthly Mental Health drop-in for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans.

A mental healthcare professional will be here for you to talk to about any concerns you may have about your Mental Health and Well-being.

Drop-in at: Derbyshire Friend, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF on
12th December 4-6pm
9th January 4-6pm
13th February 4-6pm

The drop-in offers an opportunity to have an informal chat with a qualified mental health worker about any aspects of your emotional well-being in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. For more information call 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk


LGBT Health & Wellbeing Survey

Health and Wellbeing Survey for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Communities in Derby City and Derbyshire County

Derbyshire Friend has been commissioned by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County to carry out a survey of LGBT health and well-being. The aim of the survey is to gather reliable information about the health needs and experiences of LGBT people in Derby City and Derbyshire County to shape future healthcare provision and planning. For too long services have relied on assumptions and national data to try and guess the needs of local LGBT people, so now is your opportunity to say what it is you need and your thoughts and feelings in relation to healthcare services. This is the first time this has been done on this scale locally and is your key opportunity to effect change.

Please forward this message to your networks, groups, friends, family and colleagues as we hope to get as many responses as possible from a diverse range of people.

To complete the survey click on the link here

 By completing the survey you are eligible to enter the prize draw for an Asus Nexus 7 tablet PC!


DF Olympic Drop-Ins

Starting Monday 30th July 2012, DF will be screening live Olympic events from 9:30am to 1:30pm every weekday in our drop-in areas!

So why not pop in to our friendly Pavilion Centre on Friary St for a brew, a chat and to watch all the latest action from the Olympics?

And while you’re here, you’ll have the chance to chat to our knowledgable and friendly staff and volunteer team. So whether you’re looking for some health and well-being advice, finding out about our volunteer opportunities or just looking for a friendly, supportive ear, it’s all here waiting for you!

Derbyshire Pride is postponed!

Unfortunately, we regret to announce that this Saturday’s Derbyshire Pride celebrations have been postponed due to adverse weather conditions and subsequent flooding at Bass Recreation Ground.

We do not yet know the rescheduled date for Derbyshire Pride. But as soon as we know, we’ll let you know!

DF Conference 2012 – In Pictures

On Tuesday 28th February 2012, Derbyshire Friend hosted its 2nd Annual Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Conference at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre.

This year’s conference, titled ‘Creating Safer Futures’, was focussed on raising awareness of Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Exploitation and featured a number of local and national speakers who delivered a series of engaging and informative workshops. The event was very well attended and we received a great deal of very positive feedback (particularly about the hospitality provided by the Enterprise Centre. It truly was a fantastic lunch buffet!)

Scroll down to see our exclusive photospread of the day’s events. And let us take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in delivering this fantastic event – particularly Dr. Catherine Donovan (University of Sunderland), Rita Hirani (Broken Rainbow), Phil Mitchell (The BLAST Project), Nicola Dalby (Safe & Sound Derby), Mandy MacDonald (Child Protection Manager), Peter Kelley (GALOP London) and all of our trusty volunteers who helped out on the day.

Before the delegates descend upon us, Andy Cave and Julie Mehigan prepare for the welcome speech.


Some of our themed display boards in one of the workshop areas


Our lovely colour-coded name delegate name badges!


Ready and raring to go! Beth, Dan and Jasmine prepare to welcome the arrival of the many delegates!


Prior to the opening speeches, some of the delegates relax with a coffee in the Enterprise Centre’s gorgeous networking area!


Our CEO, Andy Cave, welcomes the delegates to the conference. Looks like he’s trying to explain the colour-coded badges!


As our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Catherine Donovan of University of Sunderland reveals the findings of her research into same-sex relationships.


Peter Kelley of GALOP London delivers his engaging workshop and encourages the delegates to think about Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime and the potential barriers to reporting.


Meanwhile, Rita Hirani of Broken Rainbow delivers her excellent workshop on Same Sex Domestic Abuse to a room of rapt delegates!


Mandy MacDonald talks to the delegates about the sexual exploitation of young people and explains her role as Child Protection Manager.


The panel of the Sexual Exploitation Workshop (Phil Mitchell, Nicola Dalby & Mandy MacDonald) begin their session with a presentation from The BLAST Project.


As Peter Kelley of GALOP London continues his workshop, Travis runs our new-fangled live Twitter feed of the day’s events and developments!


It wasn’t just the delegates that learned new things on the day! As Mandy MacDonald delivers her talk on Sexual Exploitation, our CEO, Andy Cave, studiously makes notes!


See! We told you it was fabulous! The lucky delegates at the front of the queue for the mouthwatering buffet!


Towards the end of the day, delegates are asked to reflect on what they have learned throughout the day and to consider what changes they can start to implement within their organisations.


With all the delegates gone home, a tired but happy DF team pack up their things and head back to the office with Julie pushing the trolley!