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					West London LGBT Development
           Project

    West London LGBT Forum

          Peter Vittles
          27 April 2009



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      What we have achieved so far


•   Two community radio shows
•   Online forum
•   Computer/ IT training
•   Funding and Capacity building training
•   LGBT Volunteer Leaflet
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         Aim of the Project


To give LGBT people greater voice and
 representation, with access to services
   that are responsive and appropriate



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         Objectives of the project

1. Involving LGBT people:
Reaching out, removing the barriers
2. Capacity building support:
‘Nuts and bolts’ for groups
3. Achieving a ‘cultural shift’:
Build on equality legislation to influence change

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     Values underpinning project
Four overriding values:
• Diversity: take positive action to reach all
   LGBT people across diversity strands
• Community safety: appropriate support to deal
   with effects of homophobia
• LGBT voice: involvement of LGBT people
• Access to service: remove barriers to quality
   services
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         Activities of the project
•   Community radio        •   Training for service
    shows                      providers
•   Community safety       •   Training for LGBT
    projects                   people
•   Online directory       •   Volunteer program
•   Online forum           •   Youth engagement
•   Survey of mainstream   •   West London LGBT
    services                   forum

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                   Activities
Community radio shows:
• Two shows – Community safety show and LGBT
   Communities show on Westside Radio 89.6fm
• In future – a regular LGBT radio slot
Community safety projects:
• Address low levels of LGBT hate crime reporting
• Developing an engagement model with Ealing Police


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                   Activities
Online Directory:
• First produced in 2007 with 42 entries for
    organisations and LGBT groups
• 2009 edition will be available from the Summer
Online Forum
• First LGBT pilot in West London
• Members consulted by mainstream service providers
• Service providers invited to respond
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                   Activities
Survey of mainstream services
• Carried out in 2006, next due in summer 2009
• Identify policy and LGBT engagement by mainstream
    services
Training on LGBT issues
• Specific training for mainstream service providers
• Currently planned: West London Mental Health Team,
    Ealing Youth and Connexions, Youth2Youth
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                  Activities
Training for LGBT people
• Funding and capacity building, IT, Online Forum
• Other courses in future
Volunteer Program
• Remove the barriers to volunteer opportunities
• Working with organisations to promote LGBT
  volunteering and create opportunities
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                  Activities
Youth Program
• A program of activities for LGBT young people
• Provide opportunities for youth engagement
West London LGBT Forum
• Coordinate work of the forum
• Increase forum membership – currently 146 at
  Jan ‘09
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       What we hope to achieve
1.   Improved services for LGBT people
2.   LGBT forums in all boroughs
3.   LGBT voice in policy
4.   More grass roots LGBT groups
5.   Safer LGBT communities



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                 To sum up
• An ambitious project in scope and program.
• Relies for its success on the input from many
  different people working together
• Is 'greater than the sum of its parts'
• Has a vision of thriving LGBT communities in
  West London


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To get involved or find out more
         please contact:
Peter Vittles
Ealing CVS
The Lido Centre
63 Mattock Lane
London, W13 9LA
t: 020 8280 2236
e: peter@ealingcvs.org.uk
www.ealingcvs.org.uk/lgbt
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