Gender identity conference for education professionals, school support workers etc. in Devon
Bicton College, Friday 8 July
Intercom has held two immensely well-received and informative conferences called "Lost In Transition" in Cornwall, raising awareness for professionals around the needs and experiences of young people who find they may be growing up Trans (including transgender, gender variant, gender fluid, and non-binary).
The third such conference will take place in East Devon, in partnership with our colleagues at Bicton College, on Friday 8 July. To download our flier, and to book a place, have a look at www.intercomtrust.org.uk/conference_Bicton.
We warmly welcome enquiries from all who have responsibility for supporting children and young people, their families, school staff, and all other such services.
Local Sustainability Fund
Intercom expresses our deepest thanks for an innovative project grant of £66,500 from the Cabinet Office's Local Sustainability Fund. This is the first time that Intercom has received development funding on this scale. The purpose of the award is to enable the Trust to analyse our operations, draw up and implement a strategic plan to make our income-sources more robust and more varied, and work with our stakeholders to make the Trust's critical community-led work more sustainable into the future.
Tuesday 1 March. Intercom is launching our new grassroots-based campaign to to draw attention to:
the challenges faced by LGBT+ people using NHS mental healthcare services, and
the challenges faced by NHS practitioners who are looking for the skills they need to become fully inclusive.
Our campaign is intended to encourage the NHS, across the South West, to sign up to our "Aiming for Excellence" Charter, so that we can see improvement across the board in the mental healthcare services that the NHS is providing for LGB Trans and non-Binary people.
We are delighted and very grateful to be able to say that the Big Lottery Fund have announced that they are supporting Intercom's Help Support and Advocacy Service in the South West with a grant of £469,483 over three years, beginning 1 March 2016. To read our press-statement about this immensely helpful and welcome development, click here.
Our latest community news...
... about Intercom and about the LGBT+ initatives across the South West, can be found as alwayson Intercom's community website, www.lgbtcollective.org.uk.
Untrue allegations by a local sex-offender
If you have recently received an offensive e-mail from a Cornwall sex-offender called Malcolm Lidbury, you may like to look at our response, which is at www.lgbtcollective.org.uk.
All change for the future!
(Intercom plays Musical Chairs...)
We've got some really terrific developments at Intercom.
Bye-bye Andy, Hello Andy! Andy has... moved across the corridor! He is no longer taking on casework, though he will continue to supervise the Help Support and Advocacy team. His main role is now strategic working across the entire South West, delivering:
our Strategic Mental Health Project (taking Miranda's work forward)
and also our new Phobic Crime Reporting project with local LGB and Trans communities, working in partnership with police, local government, the CPS etc. (See below for more about the Phobic Crime project.)
Bye-bye Lizzie, Hello Lizzie! Lizzie is now moving on too! From being our Helpline Listener and Administrator Lizzie is moving into direct Devon casework, providing face-to-face help for LGB and Trans people. In other words, she's more or less doing Andy's old job!
And welcome... (guess who)! We've recruited a new member of the team who will be arriving at the end of the month to run the Helpline, now that Lizzie is moving on. Watch this space!
But don't worry — normal service continues as usual! During March the Helpline service will continue to be answered, either by Jacqui or Lizzie or Steve. Just ring the usual number, 0800 612 3010.
Phobic crime reporting project
Monday 16 February. We are delighted to be able to announce today that Intercom is one of the lead agencies in a new national LGBT project funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The new project is aimed at improving LGB and Trans people's access to help against homophobic, transphobic and biphobic crime, and making it easier for us all to report phobic crime when we meet it.
The lead agency is the national LGBT Consortium. The other agencies on the National Framework Group, with the Consortium and Intercom, are GALOP and Metro in London, the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Yorkshire MESMAC, Unity Group Wales, Leicester LGBT Centre, Stonewall Housing, Regard, Trans MediaWatch, and Bi UK. We look forward to working with them all. We send our special congratulations and thanks to Paul at the Consortium and Nik at Galop for their immensely hard work setting up this national partnership and developing the project proposal last year.
Andy will be heading this project up for Intercom, working closely with Michael, and we will be working closely with our local LGBT partners in the South West.
It's a new project, so... watch this space!
Support for Victims of Phobic Crime
Our integrated phobic crime support service is now live across the whole of Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire. If you want information or support around harassment, bullying, assault, verbal abuse etc., just get in touch!