LGBTQ+ health inclusion project launches

LGBT+ health inclusion project launches

Advonet, in partnership with CHANGE and Yorkshire MESMAC, have been awarded funding by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) for an innovative new LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project in Leeds. The funding goes towards setting up a new project that will show how access to health services for LGBT people who also have learning disabilities, mental health and/or autism can be improved.

The project starts this month and aims:

  • To improve the understanding of health professionals in working with people who identify as LGBTQ+ and are either autistic, have a learning disability or mental health difficulties, through co-designed and co-delivered training
  • To enable people in the target groups to develop self-advocacy skills to understand their rights, put forward their needs and to put their needs and wishes forward around their health needs more effectively so that these can be better met
  • To develop a peer support model in partnership with people with relevant lived experience
  • To demonstrate increased access to health services/increased positive experiences of health and social care for people in the target group through this support
  • To increase inclusion of people into the LGBTQ+  community and enable them and our own partner services to better support referrals with these additional needs

Steering group

We are looking for volunteers to join a steering group to guide the development of the new project. We are looking for people who are:

  • Enthusiastic about improving access to health services for LGBTQ+ people who are also autistic, have mental health difficulties and/or a learning disability
  • Positive about the work done by Advonet, CHANGE and Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Committed to inclusion of the people the project will support

By volunteering as a steering group member, you will receive an induction and access to training from the organisations involved plus support. You will also gain skills for employment in the charity sector. Click on the link below to download a full description of what a steering group member does:

LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project Volunteer Steering Group Member

If you are interested in being involved or want to find out more, please contact Clare by email at

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