The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are currently recruiting, training and empowering a group of volunteers to ensure that the health and care needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are recognised through facilitating interaction between seldom heard LGB voices and NHS organisations.
- What are the issues that affect you most as an LGB person?
- What can you do to support other LGB people?
- What would you like to do to encourage NHS organisations to better reflect real people’s needs and experiences to encourage better service provision?
Whether we only need access to health and social care services when we are sick or need support, or if we depend on regular support to improve the quality of our lives and sometimes even save our lives, we can and should feel able to make a real difference to the way our health services are run.
This is especially important if we think we haven’t been listened to, our needs as lesbian, gay and bisexual people haven’t been taken into consideration in the past, or our voices are not currently being heard.
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That’s why The Lesbian & Gay Foundation has been funded for the next three years by The Department of Health to empower and support at least 40 LGB Community Leaders across Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan ).
These Community Leaders will work on behalf of our community to help to ensure that health and social care services are designed and commissioned around the real needs of LGB people. This new project is a fantastic opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual people from all parts of Greater Manchester to make sure an authentic LGB voice is heard to ensure that service providers have the information they need to better cater for the needs of LGB people.
We know that many LGB people may worry about accessing services for fear of experiencing discrimination or even hostility on the grounds of their sexual orientation and it is imperative that we overcome this to enable health providers to become more aware of the needs of lesbian,gay and bisexual communities and how to best address them.
We want more LGB people to be more engaged with the decisions that affect their health and social care and to have greater access to services so that we can all help to improve health services and make them more relevant to lesbian,gay and bisexual people to ensure that health issues are recognised and acted upon earlier rather than later, when serious problems can occur.
It’s important for us to highlight the particular health inequalities that we know lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience such as issues around sexual health, drug and alcohol use, mental health, cancers and smoking and we also want to hear from people who have an interest in helping to develop service provision around all health and social care issues that affect LGB people.
To get involved of for more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.