Lewisham LGBT Forum meeting

The next meeting of the Lewisham LGBT Forum is at the Civic Suite in Catford on January 10th 2017 at 1900 hours (7pm). This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome! Agenda items will include updated plans for LGBT History Month as well as Rise Partnership introduction around sexual health support/testing on borough. 
The Civic Suite is on Catford Road in Catford SE6 4RU next to the theatre.


Lewisham LGBT+ Forum

The date for the next Lewisham LGBT Forum is Friday 26th August 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at the Civic Suite in Catford, SE6 4RU

The meeting will discuss ideas for the official launch of the Lewisham LGBT Forum in October and events for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The Lewisham LGBT Forum is a way for local organisations and the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer community in Lewisham to link in with each other, network, cross refer and find out about events/services and what is on offer for the LGBTQ community. We also aim to help each other organise events and publicity around important dates in the LGBTQ calendar, such as LGBT History Month, Transgender Day Of Remembrance, Pride events and National Hate Crime Awareness Week etc. The forum is open to the community and organisations and members of the public are welcome to attend as participate.

Lewisham LGBT Forum

Today we had a preliminary meeting for the creation of the new Lewisham LGBT Forum. The next public meeting will be on Tuesday 26th July 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Catford Civic Suite. We would like all members of the community who are interested in future events, issues they need to feed back to organisations, ideas on campaigning, discussions that they feel need to be raised etc to come along. 

The aims of the Lewisham LGBT Forum is to be able to come together to plan activities around LGBT issues, provide a forum for residents to talk directly with statutory services and for collaboration on joint LGBT initiatives. The forum aims to bring people together who are interested in local LGBT issues so things can be planned in advance, so people can network, raise the profile of LGBT issues in Lewisham, have a coordinated voice on local equalities policy, training, work with statutory organisations etc and to promote LGBT inclusion and community building. 

If you are interested in attending a meeting or being involved but can’t make the next meeting please contact Peter Vittles from The Metro Charity so we can add you to a mailing list! Email peterv@metrocharity.org.uk

Older LGBT in Greenwich

For those who are the North end of the borough, or happy to travel into Greenwich, a new Opening Doors London group has started for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people who are over 50 years old. 

They meet on the third Wednesday of every month at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub, 1 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER from 7pm

If you would like more information please contact Opening Doors London via their website: http://openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Happy new (qw)year

The first #LGBT Green Man drop-in of 2016 will be on Wednesday 13th January 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at the Green Man Community Hub​,

The Green Man 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP
I would be interested in discussing #LewishamPeoplesDay and #LGBTHistoryMonth with people so we can organise some things for the community.
Currently we are looking into a tent for all things LGBT on the borough of #Lewisham for Lewisham People’s Day 2016. I’d be particularly interested in hearing from you if you have a specific LGBT service in Lewisham and would be potentially interested in a stall/table/place in the tent to advertise a group, club or organisation. The provisional and unconfirmed date for LPD2016 is currently Saturday 9th July.
It really is vital people make use of the LGBT spaces we have left and I know some struggle to get the word out about what’s on offer. 
Please come along to the meeting or get in touch with me LGBT-PL@met.police.uk or Trevor Pybus of Community Connections SouthEast Cluster.

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.