Healthy Respect awarded LGBT Charter Mark

Healthy Respect has been awarded the LGBT Charter Mark from LGBT Youth Scotland, in recognition of its high standard of support for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. 

Healthy Respect has a long history of work that supports and includes LGBT young people and was first awarded the LGBT Charter Mark in 2008. Over the last year they have undertaken a review of the progress they have made with LGBT Youth Scotland. In order to be eligible for the Charter Mark award, organisations and groups must demonstrate they have met a list of criteria outlined in the LGBT Charter of Rights, to develop more inclusive service for LGBT people. The necessary measures outlined in the checklist include staff training about LGBT inclusion, the provision of a facility for LGBT individuals to leave feedback, the specific mention of LGBT people in organisational policies, and the continuous assessment and monitoring of LGBT work.

LGBT Youth Scotland made the presentation to staff from Healthy Respect at their Network Event on Monday 7th October.  The award was accepted on behalf of the Healthy Respect network by Ronnie Willetts and Adele Irvine, who provide a drop-in service for young people in Craigroyston.

Commenting on the award, Ronnie  said,  “It is a privilege to receive this award on behalf of all the Healthy respect networks. Thank you to my colleagues Adele and Katie, who help and deliver this important service. Thank you to Healthy Respect for their support and guidance over the years. We all understand all drop-ins deliver an important part of the community regarding raising awareness for LGBT young people"


Sarah Rowlinson from LGBT Youth Scotland said: “We are delighted to award the Charter Mark to Healthy Respect in demonstration of their continuing commitment to including and supporting LGBT people.  We look forward to working with them in the future, and supporting them to build on the great work they have done”. 

Healthy Respect is a network of organisations and services dedicated to young people living in Lothian. The network is co-ordinated by a small team based at Chalmers Sexual Health Centre in Edinburgh. Healthy Respect works to improve young people's sexual health and wellbeing, and supports them to enjoy healthy and respectful relationships. 

To find out more about the LGBT Charter of Rights click here.