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Derbyshire LGBT+, the county’s only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) support agency are pleased to announce the launch of their new project ‘Golden Rainbows’.

The project funded by Lloyds bank aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by older LGBT+ individuals who live and or work in rural Derbyshire.
This new innovative project is being run in partnership with Rural Action Derbyshire who in some research they conducted highlighted that older (50+) people who self identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) had no access to specific LGBT services in rural Derbyshire.

Previous research has shown that in an aging population, older people can experience social isolation and loneliness (Beaumont, 2013). We already know that loneliness is a significant issue for older LGBT people (Kuyper & Fokkema, 2010). We also know that older people are ‘Coming Out’ later in life (Clemmons, 2014).

Loneliness and social isolation is an area in which there has been little research completed, older LGBT people are a forgotten group. From working with this group in Derby City, we realise that because of the history of LGBT people, getting older can be much more complex than their heterosexual counterparts. Older LGBT people are more likely to face aging alone as they often have given up their relationships with their biological families to live LGBT lives, this means that it is likely they will not have that support from immediate or extended families.

Likewise, if they have had a same sex relationship they may have lost their partners through bereavement. Men over the age of seventy will have experienced their younger lives in an era when homosexuality was criminalised and in general other LGBT older people will have experienced in younger lives societal and familial prejudice and discrimination.

Further research indicates that social isolation and loneliness in older people has serious effects on health (Cattan et al, 2005, Luo et al, 2012) and self identifying as LGBT doubly impacts on health.

The ‘Golden Rainbows’ project has five main objectives;

1. Form a network of support agencies that will enable Derbyshire LGBT+ to identify the demographic group.
2. To research evidence on the needs and experiences of older people living in rural Derbyshire
3. Conduct a local needs assessment.
4. Make an application for Big Lottery funding to action the findings of the ‘Golden Rainbows’ project and set up specific LGBT support services throughout rural Derbyshire.
5. Feedback to partners, support agencies and the older LGBT community about the outcomes of the ‘Golden Rainbows’ project.
The project lead officer Connor Fittall said “Research from Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire LGBT+ has shown that older LGBT+ people experience high 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”.

Connor Fittall would like 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, experiences and what support they would like from Derbyshire LGBT+.

Please see the attached survey Derbyshire LGBT+ are running to establish what types of support this particular group in our community needs. Click here to download the Isolation and Loneliness Survey 2016

Contact details are:
Telephone: 01332 207704
Email: connorgoldenrainbows@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk
All correspondence will be kept in the strictest confidence


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Please join us at these FREE information update sessions and look at what actions your organisation needs to take to offer appropriate support.

  • Monday 18 May, 2.00pm – 4.30pm at Post Mill Centre, South Normanton
  • Thursday 21 May, 9.30am – 12.00pm at Masson Mills, Matlock Bath
  • Wednesday 27 May, 9.30am – 12.00pm at Oaklands Village, Swadlincote

Session content
• Update on joint Derbyshire County Council and South Derbyshire research project looking at current information available for LGBT Domestic Abuse
• Awareness of the differences of supporting LGBT Domestic Abuse
• Discussion about risk assessment and referral to MARAC
• Action planning for your organisation

Is this session for you?
• We will provide a basic awareness of Domestic Abuse and the Power & Control model
• We will discuss the LGBT Power & Control model
• We will provide an understanding of risk assessment & MARAC
• We will discuss the specific needs of LGBT individuals
• You will need to be aware of how your organisation supports LGBT individuals
• We will discuss signposting to appropriate support

Project Outcomes
This will be your opportunity to contribute to this research project and shape the future for supporting individuals experiencing Domestic Abuse within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans relationships in Derbyshire

For further information please contact Ms Chris Harris, Operations Director at South Derbyshire CVS on t: 01283 219761 or e: Chrish@sdcvs.org.uk.

To book a place at these free sessions please contact Chris Harris or Amanda Elliott at South Derbyshire CVS on e: training@sdcvs.org.uk or t: 01283 219761.

See the poster here: LGBT Poster

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News from Derbyshire Friend

Derbyshire Friend have got lots of exciting things coming up; their AGM, 30th Anniversary party and LGBT Community Outstanding Contribution Award!

Please see below for more information about their upcoming events.

Celebrate with Derbyshire Friend
Come along and help us celebrate at our 30th Birthday Party! We want as many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people from Derby and Derbyshire to celebrate with us to make this a night to remember. The evening will include a hot buffet, live music and a disco and it’s all completely FREE!
At The Spot, Derby, DE1 2JW
Friday 1st March

Contact us for your FREE Ticket:
Call: 01332 207704
Email: info@gayderbyshire.org.uk
Visit: http://www.gayderbyshire.org.uk

LGBT Community Outstanding Contribution Award
As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations we thought it would be good to pay recognition to someone who has made a difference to the LGBT Community over that 30 year period. To do this we have created the LGBT Community Outstanding Contribution award which will honour an individual chosen and voted by the LGBT Community who has really made a difference.

This award is a community award and as such we are asking that you make the nominations and vote.
To make a nomination please follow the link below and give us the name of the person and why you think they should receive the award.

Nominations will be closed on Monday 18th February at 12pm and then shortlisted (by the Derby LGBT Community Forum) followed by a community vote from Wednesday 20th until Wednesday 27th February 2013.

This event will also include our AGM, where we will elect our Trustee Board. Nominations are open until 15th February, If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for Derbyshire Friend contact us for more information.

Events and resources

LGBT People – Throughout the month we will be posting information on Facebook and Twitter about interesting, notable and esteemed LGBT people.
Short Films – Showing during our afternoon drop-ins Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:30-6:30pm every week
Memory Wall – We will be creating a memory wall as part of the preparations for Derbyshire Friends 30th Anniversary celebrations pop in and share your stories or memories of DF or the community. Contact us on 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk if you would like to contribute, events, stories or pictures for the wall.
26th Feb – Stall at Age UK’s Health & Wellbeing day at the Eagle Centre
26th Feb – The ‘L’ Word womens night at Derbyshire Friend. We will be showing episodes of the popular TV Series for your enjoyment!

Rainbow routes

23rd Feb- LGBTQ Older Women’s Network Bring & Share Lunch 12-3pm
24th Feb – LGBT Family Group 3-6pm
28th Feb- Documentary screenings 6-8pm at the QUAD

For more information about LGBT History month or to get ideas and resources for an event of your own, visit http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk

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LGBT History month 2013

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.
Derbyshire Friend
To celebrate, Derybshire Friend will be posting information on Facebook and Twitter about interesting, notable and esteemed LGBT people throughout the month.
Short Films – Showing during their afternoon drop-ins on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:30-6:30pm every week
Memory Wall – Derbyshire Friend will be creating a memory wall as part of the preparations for Derbyshire Friends 30th Anniversary celebrations , so pop in and share your stories or memories of DF or the community. Contact us on 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk if you would like to contribute, events, stories or pictures for the wall.

For more information about LGBT History month or to get ideas and resources for an event of your own, visit http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk

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Rainbow Vision training

As part of the final phase of the Rainbow Vision project Derbyshire Friend are offering free training sessions in a variety of areas affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community. As these sessions are free they will be offered on a first come first served basis however we may need to limit the number of individuals from one organisation as there are limited places.

The sessions will contribute towards your Continued Professional Development (CPD) and certificates will be provided.

Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime – 29th November 10am – 1pm at The Royal School for the Deaf Derby

This session will look at definitions, prevalence, impact, barriers to reporting, removing barriers, gaining support and improving working practice.

Bullying and Harassment – 6th December 10am – 1pm at YMCA

The session will cover Bullying and Harassment in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and will discuss definitions, impact, legal responsibilities, action planning to challenge, tackle and reduce bullying and harassment.

Please contact Derbyshire Friend on 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk  for a booking form for any of the sessions.

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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 will be hosting a monthly LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender) Mental Health drop-in. A mental healthcare professional will be there 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

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. Alternatively you can just drop by for a cuppa, to access information or to talk about what services you’d like Derbyshire Friend to develop.

The next drop-in will be:

9th January – 4pm-6pm

13th February – 4pm – 6pm

Derbyshire Friend Website: http://www.gayderbyshire.org.uk/

For more information call 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk

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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.  By completing the survey you are eligible to enter a prize draw for an Asus Nexus 7 tablet PC.  Deadline for responses: 25 Sept 2012.

Click here to find out more and complete the survey

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