Southwark LGBT Network aims to build and strengthen LGBTQ+ communities in the borough to improve the quality of life of those who live, work, study or socialise here and reduce vulnerability to hate crime, harassment and discrimination.
Last year Southwark LGBT Network partnered with Healthwatch Southwark to undertake a new survey for the LGBTQ+ community in the borough, building on previous surveys the Network has undertaken since 2002. The process enabled us to reach out to local residents and seldom-heard communities in order to develop a better understanding of local health and social care needs.
On 27th June 2019 at LSBU we launched the resulting report, the Southwark LGBTQ+ Community Consultation 2018-19. The report and summary findings are attached here for all to consult and use, so please take a look. We are also extremely grateful to all the panellists who took part in the launch event, including representatives from Southwark Council, Pride in Practice, METRO Charity, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, BlackOut UK, ParaPride, Rewrite, and NAZ Project London.
Southwark LGBT Network and Healthwatch Southwark will be launching their new report this month, ‘Strong In Southwark: The Experience of Southwark’s LGBTQ+ Communities‘.
We are inviting local residents, local government, health professionals, and influencers to look into how health and social care services and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) can work together to provide a stronger, more inclusive landscape for the LGBTQ+ community in Southwark.
To attend the launch event on 27th June please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strong-in-southwark-the-experiences-of-southwarks-lgbtq-communities-tickets-62838711277
The findings from this social action LGBTQ+ survey, which has been led by local residents from its inception running from July – November 2018, showed a mixed outlook on life experiences in Southwark. Some key statistics include:
- Over 70% felt that mainstream services weren’t inclusive of LGBTQ+ clients;
- 58 % of respondents believe that there is no sense of LGBTQ+ community in Southwark, leading to concerns surrounding safety; and
- 42% of respondents had had a mental health illness within the past two years.
Change is crucial.
This launch event will give you the unique opportunity to:
- Delve into the rich data on LGBTQ+ needs in Southwark;
- Network with organisations that support LGBTQ+ needs;
- Help us identity gaps in our research;
- Have real open conversations with change makers; and
- Be part of a solution-focused approach to issues of concern that are raised.
Guest Speakers and Panellists include:
- Clllr Victor Chamberlain – Borough and Bankside
- Jess Leach- Southwark Council
- Dr David Hambrook- South London and Maudsley Trust
- Rob Berkeley – Blackout UK
- Susan Hailes- The Metro Charity
- Carlos Corredor- The NAZ Project London
- Daniel Lul- ParaPride
- Jacob Bayliss – Pride in Practice
This event is being supported by Southwark Council, the VCS and a number of health charities and other organisations across the borough.
We need as many Southwark LGBTQ+ residents and Allies, to share their thoughts, experiences and feedback on the work we’ve been doing. This will help us to gain further intelligence to help make Southwark a better place to live in.
We especially want to hear from other groups supporting:
- Faith Groups
- BAME communities
Please do share details of this event with others who you think may be interested in attending.
Please forward any queries about the event to Nathan@communitysouthwark.org .
This weekend the Southwark LGBTQ Youth Summit will bring young LGBTQ people (aged 13-25) together to learn about local opportunities and services, socialise and have fun. There will be workshops, trans space, stalls, silent disco, photo booth and much more. Please see the flyer attached for details.
Saturday 23rd Feb, 2-6pm at the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey, 43 Old Jamaica Rd, London SE16 4TE. Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
This LGBT History Month there is lots going on in Southwark. The Chateau, our beautiful new queer venue in Camberwell is growing from strength to strength, and a number of events are taking place across the borough throughout February. Jay Jay Revlon is curating a programme of activities at the Prince of Peckham, including a queer exercise/yoga session on 27th, and Philippa Punchard is organising the brilliant Southwark Queer Arts Week for the second year running, which launches on 22nd at Arts Academy Walworth Road. Southwark Events also have a number of activities taking place including a reading by Darryl Telles on 27th Feb, and on 24th Southwark Playhouse are putting on a new LGBTQ+ Writing Night.
The network will be holding a members meeting soon in early March which will be communicated to members by email. If you need to be added to the mailing list please use the form on the Newsletter page. There will also be a newsletter sent out during February so if you have any updates to share please send them through.