Last month, we delivered some training to the Village Angels.
They are a team of LGBT Foundation volunteers, who do shifts in Manchester’s Gay Village to support people who may need someone to talk to about issues they may be facing.
These shifts are usually late at night and early into the mornings at weekends, or at other big events throughout the year. They’re easily recognisable for their pink hi-vis vests and are a friendly, non-judgemental ear for anyone that needs it.
Because mental health can be one such issue people approach them about (amongst a range of other things from experiences of homophobic bullying at work to domestic abuse), we were able to deliver some training to help equip the Angels for the mental health side of things.
This training was well-received, as you can see from this tweet.
The LGBT Foundation delivered some training to us in May too, allowing our volunteers and staff to talk and learn more about LGBTQ+ issues. This allowed us to benefit from such knowledge which will be useful in our work. You can read more on that here. As well as this training, the Foundation also offered our volunteers the chance to shadow at their office, which has already taken up by one person.
We’re looking to further strengthen our links with the LGBTQ+ community in the Greater Manchester area, and as part of this, we’re going to be at Stockport Pride on Sunday 30th July. We will have an information stand and tombola, and look forward to seeing people there.