Lewisham LGBT Forum meeting

The next Lewisham LGBT Forum meeting will be on 13th December 2016 at 7pm at the Civic Suite in Catford. We will be discussing ideas for events and activities we could put on for LGBT History Month in February. The Clinical Commisioning Group would also like some feedback on a survey they are doing. 

Everyone welcome.

Please remember we are a community group organising ideas for the LGBT History Month, and as such will have no funding – so creativity, contacts and volunteering will be needed! 

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Run down of regular events

In case you are not already aware, Lewisham has some regular events/groups that meet. Here is a run down: 

* Social drop-ins – for any LGBTQ people in Lewisham:

Coffee Afternoon social drop in – at Costa Coffee, 99-105 Rushey Green, Catford SE6 4AF – meets monthly on the first Thursday of every month. Next meeting Thursday 1st September 2016 from 1400 hours to 1700 hours.

Green Man drop-in – at The Green Man (Phoenix Community Housing building), 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP on the second Wednesday of every month – next meeting 14th September 2016 between 1800 to 2000 hours. More info about these events is being put out on these websites: http://bit.ly/1LWPyRd (Facebook) or https://lgbtqlewisham.wordpress.com

 

* Lewisham LGBT Forum – a community meeting where partners from agencies also attend so information on local LGBT events can be shared and jointly organised and feedback given to and from partnership agencies such as the police, NHS, Metro Centre on incidents which impact on LGBT residents. Next public meeting is on Friday 26th 2016 at 6pm until 8pm at the Civic Suite in Catford Twitter: @LGBTLewisham or email: LGBT.Lewisham@gmail.com

 

* Queer Caff – Information, films and performances at a vegan café monthly on first Sunday of the month – next Sunday 4th September 2016 at 1800 hours to 2230 hours at The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD

 

* TAGS – London Transgender and Gender non-conforming swimming group – meet every Friday at 8pm at the Glassmill Leisure Centre in the café area (Glassmill is opposite Lewisham DLR/Train station). Cost is £3.65 to swim. http://on.fb.me/1QFo6cs

 

* Body Positive Yoga – Yoga in a supportive, spiritual environment for all – Transgender and queer inclusive. Mondays at 8pm – 9pm at Greenwich West Community and Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA. £5 to £10 depending on your circumstances. http://on.fb.me/1KfB3rd

 

* Many Voices – LGBT non-performing singing group – a ‘sing for fun’ group for LGBTQ+ people. Any ability or experience. Songs are learnt by ear so no music reading ability needed. Last Saturday of every month. Next meeting Saturday 27th August 2016 – 6.30pm – 8pm at St Hilda’s Church Undercroft, Crofton Park, SE23 1PL. £5 entry. Contact sing@many-voices.co.uk http://many-voices.co.uk

 

* Jacky’s Jukebox – Mixed gay/straight varied dance night – ballroom/line dancing, salsa, Latin, Country (no lessons) first Saturday of every month 7.30pm to midnight at the Rivoli Balltoom, 350 Brockley Road, SE4. http://www.jackysjukebox.co.uk

 

* Live – free and confidential group and service for LGBTQ young people aged 16-25 in Lewisham. Meet weekly – for more information please contact youth@metrocentreonline.org or T02083055004. Youth counselling also available.

 

* Zest – LGBTQ youth group for under 16s from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich or Lewisham – meet weekly in Greenwich from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Social, activities and trips. Contact youth@metrocentreonline.org or T02083055004 Youth counselling also available.

 

* Fifty Plus – social and support group on the last Tuesday of every month for LGBT people over the age of fifty. Email Norman on Norman@metrocentreonline.org or 07912514465 – usually meet from 2pm-4pm at The Metro.

 

* South London Lesbian Mum’s Group – Social group for lesbian headed families and their children meeting monthly in East Dulwich – https://www.facebook.com/sllmg/

 

* Remnants Women’s Hockey Club – gay/bi women’s hockey club. Training on Wednesday evenings at Sedgehill School, Bellingham and play in Kent Women’s league on Saturdays from Sept to March, 7.30pm-9pm and training/friendly games the rest of the year. 

Twitter: remnantshockey Facebook: remnantshockey http://www.remnantshockey.org.uk

 

* Blackheath Women’s Rugby Club – gay-friendly women’s rugby club. Train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1930 to 2130 at Well Hall, Kidbrooke Lane, Eltham for any women (18+) regardless of experience or ability. http://www.blackheathrugby.co.uk/womens/ email: blackheathwomen@gmail.com Twitter: @BWRFC Facebook: BlackheathWRFC

 

* Metro Juice – Youth alcohol information and counselling – Drugs and alcohol information and counselling for young people aged 11-25 who are LGBTQ in the south east. Contact Fred on T02083055000 ext 101 or email juice@metrocentreonline.org
* Greenwich Lesbian Group – meet regularly via Meetup app – often includes Lewisham locations.

Green Man drop-in

It’s the Green Man drop-in for all LGBTQ+ people in Lewisham (or surrounding!) who would like to come along. This month: tabletop ping pong! Get in the Olympic spirit by showing us your paddle skills (no spanking!). 

All welcome. This is also a Opening Doors London meeting so people of all ages welcome! Coffee and tea available.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Next meeting: Wednesday 10th August 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at The Green Man Community Hub (knock on the window if the security don’t see you!), 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP

There is a bus stop right outside the Green Man if you are travelling from Lewisham/Catford direction. The 208, 136, 321 all serve. The nearest train station is Beckenham Hill (but it’s about a 10-15 min walk).

Singing group launching

A new LGBTQ singing group (no previous experience required – any ability!) is launching in Crofton Park on the 27th February called Many Voices. 1830-2000 hours. £5 on the door at the Undercroft at St Hilda’s Church. http://many-voices.co.uk

Next coffee social

Come along to the next coffee shop social (tea also available!) on Thursday 5th November 2015 from 2pm to 5pm at the Costa Coffee shop on Rushey Green (next to Kaspa’s ice cream bar). I’ll bring a rainbow flag this time so we are easier to spot!  

 

Welcome

I’m starting this to gather as much information about what is currently on offer in Lewisham for people who identify as any of the following: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender non-conforming, questioning (of gender or sexuality), intersex or asexual, or any other non-majority identification relating to gender or sexuality (pansexuals, demi-persons, agender) and their allies, supporters and anyone who provides a service of interest.

Whenever I search for what is on in Lewisham the only results seem to relate to what is no longer here, and not focussing on all the things that are on offer for current residents, visitors and workers in the area.

So no more dwelling on the past, let’s start a social action movement and get some stuff we want set up!