Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Centre
Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Centre is a voluntary organisation established to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicester LGBT Centre recognises that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people face many forms of discrimination and prejudice which can affect the opportunities to be involved, included and valued in society as equals.
The Centre exists to provide a safe social and support space for local LGBT groups to meet in.
The Centre delivers a variety of high quality professional services, from training to organisations on LGBT issues to acting as advocates.
The Centre exists to promote a positive environment that empowers those who are LGBT and educate those who are not.
We provide information on a wide range of subjects that affect LGBT people’s lives, including signposting and referrals to other agencies.
The Centre also houses a telephone helpline on Thursday evenings.
Leicester Community Music Project (LCMP) is a social enterprise formed in 2009 by a group of like-minded individuals with a passion for music and urban arts who wanted to pro-actively tackle many modern problems in Leicestershire communities, especially deprived Leicester City neighbourhoods.
LCMP is a not-for-profit organisation based at our City Centre creative hub ‘HQ’, managed by enthusiastic, skilled volunteers at this time.
LCMP successfully delivers music technology based workshops containing personalized training and mentoring programmes that have helped to engage and re-motivate local NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) individuals.
Many of our target beneficiaries are classified as vulnerable adults, some with mental health issues.
Our unique projects assist them back into work and/or education through instilling strengthened practical and social skills to lead more productive, fulfilling and community-minded lives.
In today’s Britain no one should ever feel under threat of verbal abuse or physical violence just because of their disability, transgender (gender identity), race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
The risk of being attacked or abused on the street, at work or in their own home just because of who they are remains an everyday reality for many people.
If hate incidents go unreported this fear will increase and affects people’s ability to live open and happy lives.
Stamp It Out! is a community led partnership bringing together different groups and organisations all committed to challenging, tackling and stamping out hate within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Leicester based Citizens Eye’s community news agency has a mental health news agency called How Are You Today?
The meetings take place the first Sunday of every month at the Phoenix Square Film 7 Digital Media Centre in Leicester.
The informal meetings begin at 2.00 pm and last for about an hour in the relaxing cafe surroundings.
For those who are interested in attending, the purpose of the group is really to discuss mental health and its plethora of issues, provide what personal support we can and try to address some of the discrimination and stigma that accompanies this whole area.
The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in mental health. There is no compulsion or pressure to talk and people can be as open or ‘closed’ as they wish. It is very informal.
You can find out more on our facebook page ‘How Are You Today?’ or on the Citizens Eye site
SISO grows and co-ordinate’s the delivery of recovery focused information, projects and services relating to mental health.
The rethinkyourmind project was born out of the Community Interest Company SISO.
SISO originally formed to empower mental health service users to become valued and active members of their respective communities, ensuring that people feel safe within themselves and their wider community, helping make the recovery journey a reality.
SISO works to reduce stigma and inequalities associated with mental health, promote control, self management, hope and optimism incorporating a ‘whatever works for you philosophy’ in tandem with personalisation and self directed support.
SISO focuses on what people can do and not what they can’t do, taking a panoramic view of a person’s life and not just a life governed by a mental health diagnoses.
Advance have supported SISO in their journey to become a Community Interest Company, and continue to do so as they grow and build capacity as a service provider.
SISO have also received generous support from the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE is SISO’s Patron.
Visit the SISO Website to find out more about its work and vision for the future:
Advance is a national support provider and registered Housing Association, providing services to more than 4000 people across many parts of England, including more than 2000 people with mental health problems.
We provide places to live for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems.
We also provide support for people so they can live their lives the way they want.
We give employment advice for people with disabilities who want to get into work.
We have been closely involved with SISO since 2009 when Advance staff and customers brought it into being, have provided funding and guidance ever since, and are delighted that this exciting project has come so far.
We continue to be linked with SISO as a Community Interest Company, with several staff representing Advance at Board level; and we promote its activities on our website and at local and national events.