New report on LGBTQ+ experiences in Southwark

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:

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
  • Disability

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 .


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