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Reducing isolation within the LGB community
The aim of the project is to provide services to reduce the feelings of isolation within the LGB community. This can be for older LGB people who are statistically less likely to have children or live with a significant other but also for younger LBG people moving home for work or after a break-up.
Charity information: The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF)
3 in 5 LGB people are not confident that support services would be able to understand their needs. 1 in 4 older LGB people have experienced discrimination, hostility or poor treatment from service providers due to their sexual orientation. This can be due to not having the same support networks in place as heterosexual people such as children or living with a significant other.
We will develop & run a befriending scheme in the North West to enable older LGB people to have regular contact with someone who they can chat about their worries & a person who will assist them if they experience negative attitudes or hostility from others. This will include trips out & about & support to attend social groups they may not have the confidence to attend alone. For the younger end this would be someone to attend social events and visit pubs/clubs for introduction to a new crowd
To provide a 1:1 befriending scheme to reduce isolation, increase social activity & grow self esteem
Activities» 1:1 Befriending over a 10 week period to introduce the person to new social activities, useful services and support networks appropriate to them.
What success will look like
Success will be people will become more active in the LGB community establishing social groups and support networks.
Long term success will be an improvement in the health and well-being of their lives, this allowing them further contribution to society and making them less reliant on statutory services and mainstream support.
The main concern would be the safeguarding of the people using the service as many of them would be seen as being vulnerable. Ensuring all staff and volunteers are not only adequately trained but also CRB checked and following reporting rules would ensure we do not miss being able to action anything urgent and being able to bring in other agencies for anything out of our specialism.
We report to donors via a monthly e-bulletin which can be posted if preferred. We also have a bi-monthly magazine and our annual report which give more details and inspiring case studies for donors to be able to see the difference their donations have made.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £30,000 Salaries Salaries £3,000 Expenses Volunteer expenses £3,000 Training Volunteer and staff training £4,000 Admin CRB checks & admin costs / marketing
The befriending scheme would mainly cover Manchester but could easily be rolled out across Greater Manchester with the funding in place to recruit and train new volunteers to expand our reach.
Older isolated LGB people
Some younger LGB people who are new to the area or just out of a long term relationship and finding they feel isolated
Friends and Family of the people who can't, due to circumstance, give the support needed due to distance
Our local knowledge and the existing confidence in our services within the LGB community in the North West. Also due to the length of time we have been in communication with the LGB community in Manchester in one form or another means we are well known to those who may need our services.
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All Project Staff And Volunteers On The Befriending Scheme
Staff and Volunteers either administering the service or those working 1:1 with those in need.