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!