Friday, 18 March 2016

FW: LfA Events and Training



March 2016

Events, Workshops and Health Survey


Supporting LGBT Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Monday 21st March 10am-1pm (arrivals from 9.30am), Room 6, Canada Water Culture Space (Canada Water Library), 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR 

More than 80 countries worldwide criminalise same-sex relations, 7 with the death penalty. This makes LGBT+ people some of the most persecuted individuals worldwide. Asylum provides legal protection for people who are persecuted specifically because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

But how do we support LGBT+ asylum seekers when they get here? What does all the terminology mean? Is the asylum system sensitive to their complex identities? Can they just 'come out' now that they are living in a safe country? Why is it important that we address people's sexual orientation or gender identity in providing them good care?


This training is geared for anybody that may work with or support asylum seekers or refugees. Learn, in a supportive and open learning environment, how to provide safe spaces for vulnerable people with complex needs.


Jess MacIntyre is the founder of ReachOUT, an LGBT+ asylum & refugee charity, and has a wealth of experience in delivering expert, experienced training in a supportive learning environment.


To book a free place please email the HEAR Coordinator Christine Goodall stating your name, organisation name, organisation postcode, and whether or not you have any access or dietary requirements


Hillingdon – West London Borough Surgery
Tuesday 22nd March, 9.30am - 2.00pm 

This exciting event will equip your organisation with knowledge on commissioning, give you the opportunity to network with other organisations in London and provide you with information on building partnerships.  Open to organisations working to support those affected by sexual and domestic violence in London, with a focus on Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Pat Scott, Chair of Hillingdon Women's Centre
  • Sarah Crowther, Director of REAP (Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership)
  • Emma Scott, Director at Rights of Women – "The Equality Act 2010 and how to make the case for  women only services"

New models of Care: working for a healthy London

23rd March, 10am- 4pm,  London Met

The last few years have seen dramatic changes to the way health and social care services are structured and funded. The health needs of the population are changing and goring more complex but there and there are increasing scientific and technological opportunities to support patients and their carers.  The NHS's  Five Year Forward View has a key focus on prevention and patient centred interventions but what are the opportunities for the VCS, policy makers and commissioners in terms of co-producing and commissioning new models of care interventions?

LVSC (through is constituent membership of Regional Voices) and London for All  are holding a free all day conference to consider some of the challenges and opportunities for VCSE and Statutory bodies to work together to design and deliver services to improve the health of Londoners

You can also contact: for further information (Mon-Wed).


LfA Health Support Needs Survey March 2016

This brief survey seeks to evidence current support needs for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) active in the field of Health & Social Care (H&SC) There is a threefold focus - local, regional and national. Questions seek to understand how active and effective current support is, with a view to recommendations for policy change and investment This research is supported by the London for All programme which is a London Councils funded project designed to capacity build London's voluntary and community sector

An Introduction to Human Rights legislation
30th March, 10am - 1pm, Canada Water Culture Space (Canada Water Library)

London for All is delighted to invite you to participate in this FREE introductory workshop on Human Rights legislation. The workshop will be delivered by the British Institute of Human Rights who have over 10 years' experience of working with voluntary and community groups to harness the power of human rights in everyday practice to strengthen policy, campaigns and advocacy Who is it for? Voluntary Community Organisations looking to get an introduction on our human rights law here in the UK.

What is it about? 


Human rights are backed up by duties to respect, protect and fulfil, providing powerful tools to help drive change and strengthen advocacy and outcomes.


This workshop will give you an introduction to our human rights law here in the UK (the Human Rights Act) and how it can be used as a practical tool for change by those working in VCSE organisations. 


During the workshop we will: 

• Give an introduction to human rights: the principles, history and context 

• Give an introduction to the Human Rights Act: the rights it contains,  how the Act has been used by VCSE organisations and their clients

• The Human Rights Act in practice: case studies 



Voluntary-private sector partnership seminar The impact of welfare reform on young people
31st March, 12-2pm

Hosted by City law firm, Weil Gotshal and Manges, this event is the next in the LVSC's cross-sector partnerships series, run through the London for All programme. We are bringing together a mixed private and voluntary sector audience to hear a range of expert speakers talk about action required to support young people facing significant challenges in their lives.

The Chancellor last year announced Government plans to make welfare budget reforms of £12bn over the next four years. Several of these reforms will affect welfare assistance offered to young people, particular in the areas of housing and employment. What do these changes mean for young people who rely on welfare services when facing difficult life circumstances?


Speakers will highlight some of the key ways in which welfare changes are affecting young disadvantaged people, providing insights to inform attendees' future strategies and partnerships. Following the talks will be a unique opportunity for facilitated cross-sector discussion to stimulate joint thinking around how partnerships can respond to these challenges. It promises to be an informative, practical and inspiring event.



20 April - Webinar: WordPress for charities - live Q&A session

Got a WordPress question? Stop by our live Q&A webinar and ask our resident WordPress expert Jason King, who will be here answering questions in real-time from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 



12 May - Webinar: Data Protection - what charities need to know about EU changes to the law

Major changes our coming to data protection law. Paul Ticher, our data protection expert will be here from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on 12 May to answer your questions.

In this webinar we'll cover:

• Key changes to the law and what it means for charities

• What you can do to remain compliant 


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Our vision is of a society where no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health.

Mental health problems are extremely common across society, with one in four of us experiencing them in any year. Despite being so common, people from all communities will still experience discriminatory attitudes and behaviours that can prevent people from speaking out, seeking support and playing full and active roles in our communities. The impact of mental health stigma and discrimination will vary between communities as mental health has a cultural context that affects the way communities talk about the subject and engage with people who have mental health problems. In some cultures depression, for example, doesn't exist and in others an experience of a mental health problem can be attached to a sense of shame.

For the African and Caribbean communities a key issue is the overrepresentation of young African and Caribbean men in mental health services. Misconceptions and stereotypes have led to a perception that this group is more likely to pose a risk of violent behaviour and, as a result, they are more likely to be treated as inpatients and sectioned when compared to other groups. It is well documented that this has led to a fear of talking about mental health issues more openly and a fear of using mental health services. Research by the Race Equality Foundation (2011) also highlighted fears that discrimination against Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and migrant service users will increase in the austerity climate and whilst commissioning arrangements change.

Our Services

· Provide information, advice, advocacy

· Represent diversity communities in Health Care services, policies and strategies

· Organise training in health and social care in collaboration with local colleges

· Provide human resources ( including interpreters) who are suitable to the diversity communities especially to break language and cultural barriers

· Provides domiciliary care and support

· Provide services such specialised support for people with mental health needs, including people who suffer from short-term memory problems, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

· Provide visits to elderly people and help them with outings and home services

· Participate in local authority and NHS consultations , research events and programmes to voice the needs of diversity communities.

· Increase access to services and rights for disadvantaged people and the most vulnerable of our society

· Help and support unemployed people to look for work, including training and job preparation

· Provide legal advice in a range of issues from on Immigration and Asylum , welfare benefits, housing, health, education, community care, and training, employment, etc.

· Provide advice and guidance, information and practical help so that our service users can access opportunities they are entitled to

· Organise training and other community learning opportunities that provide new skills, increase confidence and motivation

· Support our service users to overcome barriers to learning, employment and training

· Provide support for young people with their education, training, confidence building, employment and social needs.

Objectives of our Diversity Living Programme:

· To promote the inclusion and participation of diversity communities* in integrated care.

· To inform policy, locally and nationally, and assisting in the formulation of effective policies, strategies and good practices in integrated care in order to contribute to improved health outcomes for the people from the diversity communities (e.g. Black and minority ethnic communities) and to ensure health services are able to meet their specific needs.

· To improve the quality of life for diversity people with disability, mental health problems and their families and carers through integrated care by providing inclusive advocacy and information.

· To provide service that enable diversity groups and individuals with disability /elderly and their carers to make the right choice for themselves and have an influence on decisions made about their future.

· To promote the rights of diversity people with disability, their families and carers and make sure their rights are safe and protected.

· To promoting access to information regarding healthcare issues and to raise awareness of the needs of diversity disabled children, young people, older people and their families.

· To promote the rights of older and disabled diversity people, helping them overcome and enable them to participate in decisions about their future

· To provide support and information to those suffering the isolation and loneliness that can be associated with disability and old age

· To fight against mental health stigma in refugee, black and minority ethnic communities and ensure no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health or disability.

*Diversity communities are older people, disabled people, Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities.