Coffee social is cancelled

Sorry, today’s coffee social has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen and unfortunate family circumstances which means I will be unable to attend.

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Green Man drop in

This month’s LGBT drop in at The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, London from 6pm until 8pm will be attended by a representative from Opening Doors London. If you are an older LGBT resident in the borough (or care for one) and you would like to meet others, get support or be a befriender to others then come along! Any age welcome to our drop-ins.

Wednesday 13th April 2016 at the Green Man Community Hub, 6pm until 8pm. 

London health survey

The NHS are specifically asking for LGBT+ identified people to fill in their London Sexual Health Transformation programme survey. Please consider giving your feedback on your experiences and requirements: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T3QSC9N
I know at the recent Green Man drop in we spoke about a lot of issues and I passed all these along to the CCG meeting and to Rosemarie Ramsay, one of the consultants (many were actually horrified at some of the experiences we’d had) and yesterday I’ve been contacted by Ruth Hutt, consultant in public health in Lewisham, for follow-ups around some of the points we raised, particularly around cervical smear tests, who wanted to help improve the training for GP practices and access to information for women around smears etc. 

If you have any comments you can contact me directly via one of the socials or drop-ins and I’m happy to either take your comments of your own experiences as being LGBT and accessing health matters and pass them along, or I can provide contact details on how you can speak to the consultants.

Have a lovely holiday season

The next LGBT meet-up will be Thursday 7th January 2016 at Costa Coffee in Rushey Green from 2pm until 5pm. Hope to see you all in the new year! 

If you are struggling over the Christmas/festive period the Certitude peer support network have a out of hours support service. 

On Christmas Eve (24th December) the lines are open 6pm until 12am

On Christmas Day (25th December) the lines are open 6pm until 12am

On Boxing Day (26th December) the lines are open 12pm until 12am

On New Years Day (1st January) the lines are open 6pm to 12am

Freephone: 0300 123 1922

You can also text them on 07889756087 or 07889756083

Or email: outofhours-solidarity@certitude.org.uk

The Samaritans are also available on 116123 which is free to call.

The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation have also launched a 24 hour free telephone line to support anyone in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon experiencing mental distress, or those who care for them. The number is 0800 731 2864.