As part of LGBT History Month, Relationships Scotland are hosting a learning exchange aimed at relationship and family support professionals working across Scotland. Alongside LGBT Youth Scotland will be exploring a range of key issues - you'll hear from three speakers and have the chance to take part in our roundtable discussion.
This event is suitable for both managers and frontline staff commited to making their services more LGBT-friendly.
- Better understanding of how counselling, mediation and child contact centre services can reach the LGBT community across Scotland.
- Increase LGBT organisations' knowledge of the range of relationship and family support services available to their clients across the country.
- A structure for the development of new LGBT guidance for use by Relationships Scotland local services.
10am - Refreshments & networking
10.30am - Anne Chilton, Head of Professional Practice (Counselling) at Relationships Scotland | How do we ensure relationship and family support services are suitable for everyone?
Drawing on her years of experience as a counsellor, Anne Chilton explores how realtionship counselling, family mediation and other family support organisations can make their services more LGBT friendly. Anne look at the principles and practice of running a truly inclusive service.
10.45am - Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Policy and Research Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland | LGBT People’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse
This session will focuses on the learning of the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project through research and work with LGBT young people. It will cover information and resources on LGBT domestic abuse and discuss the ways that the organisation can help you support LGBT people.
11.00am - Stephen McCabe, Helpline Coordinator at LGBT Health and Wellbeing | The big relationship issues facing the LGBT community
LGBT Helpline Scotland opened in May 2013 to provide information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as their families, friends, supporters and professionals across Scotland. The most common issue recorded on the helpline since opening is consistently "romantic and sexual relationships". The helplines coordinator, Stephen McCabe, will look at how LGBT people are using the helpline to discuss their relationships, what their barriers to seeking support are, how the helpline volunteers address this very common topic and how frontline relationship and family support servives can help.
11.15am Roundtable discussion facilitated by Heather Lickley, Head of Professional Practice at Relationships Scotland and Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Policy and Research Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland
An open discussion bringing together LGBT, counselling, mediation and family support specialists to look at how services can best meet the needs of the LGBT community across Scotland. We will also discuss the structure for the development of new LGBT guidance for use by Relationships Scotland local services.