New LGBTQ+ Community Steering Group

Switchboard is excited to launch a brand new LGBTQ+ Community Steering Group to help guide our work and place the voice of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer lived experience at the heart of all we do as a charity.

Together the members will act as a ‘critical friend’ to Switchboard, providing input to help guide our services and make sure they are inclusive and relevant to the needs of different groups within LGBTQ+ communities.

One of the aims of the group is to highlight the voices of LGBTQ+ people from groups that are often under-represented in the mainstream LGBTQ+ community sector.

One of the aims of the group is to highlight the voices of  people from groups that are often under-represented in the mainstream LGBTQ+ community sector. This includes people of colour/ people from BAME backgrounds, people from the trans* and non-binary communities and disabled LGBTQ+ people. To make sure these voices are heard, we will be saving a minimum number of spaces in the group for people from these and other backgrounds that are not currently well-represented.

You don’t need any particular qualifications or experience to apply – we value your lived experience above all else.

You don’t need any particular qualifications or experience to apply – we value your lived experience above all else. Anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ and lives, studies, works or socialises in Brighton & Hove is invited to apply, and we particularly invite applications from people from BAME/PoC, trans*/ non-binary and disabled communities.

Information Session

We are holding an information session where anyone can come along and find out more about the project, how to get involved and ask any questions.

The information session is on:
Tuesday 5th March
6:00pm-7:30pm
at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton

To register for the information session, click ‘attending’ on the Facebook event
or contact sophie.barnes@switchboard.org.uk / 01273 234009

There will be a short presentation, application packs to take away and plenty of opportunities to have your questions answered and give your input. You’ll have a chance to chat with the CEO, trustee representative, and Switchboard staff from the Health and Inclusion and Trans Engagement Projects.

 Refreshments will be provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and gender neutral toilets are available. Please let us know if you have any particular access requirements.

If you’d like to more information about the Steering Group but can’t make it to the information session, please get in touch at sophie.barnes@switchboard.org.uk or call 01273 234009

 

How to apply

To apply to be a member of Switchboard’s Steering Group, please read and complete the Steering Group Terms of Reference and Application Pack  along with an Equalities Monitoring Form and send them to sophie.barnes@switchboard.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Friday 29th March 2019. However, applications will remain open until the minimum of Reserved Posts for members of under-represented communities are filled (see section 5 of the information pack for more information on Reserved Posts).

You are welcome to fill in this form using a computer, writing by hand, or verbally (either on the phone, or in person). We can provide an interpreter if required.

You can email the form to sophie.barnes@switchboard.org.uk or hand it in to Reception at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG.

If you would like to talk to someone about applying or to ask for support to write your application, you are welcome to contact the LGBTQ Engagement Worker at the same details above.

 

Thank you for your interest in the Steering Group! We look forward to hearing from you!