York LGBT Forum Develops LGBT Awareness Training

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 13:00

The Older Persons Group of the York LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Forum, have developed Free to be Me LGBT awareness training to deliver to the staff of Care and Residential homes and they need your support.

When older LGBT people need care, they often fear (and may experience) discrimination from carers and other older people. LGBT people in care often retreat back into the closet for self-protection, becoming frightened and lonely, feeling unable to share a fundamental and deeply felt human need for intimacy and companionship with anyone. For an older person to come out in a care and residential setting can take enormous courage and is not without risk.

carehome.co.uk reported in Nov 2012 that a woman tried to commit suicide because she experienced discrimination in a care home because she was gay. "The other residents wouldn’t eat with her and they wouldn’t let her join in with any of the activities. The care home staff ... didn’t do anything about it and she found they reduced the care they gave her."

To help develop their Free to be Me training and to adapt it for other audiences, such as schools and council employees, York LGBT Forum have applied to the Aviva Community Fund for £1,000.

They need YOUR support please. The bid for funding has been accepted by Aviva, but they need lots of votes, so that it can proceed to the judging stage where the final projects are selected to receive funding.

The link below will take you to their project entry on the Aviva Community Fund website. There you can see the description of their projects, photographs and a short video.


To vote you will be asked to register, which is a simple procedure.
Each person has ten votes, which you can spread among several projects, or give as many as you like (all ten if you wish) to the Free to be Me project.

They need as much support as they can muster, so please vote for the project and help them to deliver their equality and diversity training to the widest possible audience.

Please visit the below website for more information on the training.




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