LGBT Youth Scotland started working across Ayrshire in Partnership with the Ayrshire Equality Partnership and the Equality network in 2011.
This work has included the signing of a Partnership Agreement with the Ayrshire Equality Partnership, the Press Release can be found here
Subsequently there has been lots of activity, with the Equality Network and LGBT Youth hosting a SpeakOut residential to support LGBT Community Members to develop LGBT groups in each area, as well as support by LGBT Youth to develop the LGBT Youth Groups in East and North Ayrshire.
An overview of the work can be found in this presentation
The LGBT Development Group is Co-Chaired by Marla Baird, from Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and David Bingham from Terrence Higgins Trust David.Bingham@tht.org.uk
The group meets every two months and is an open network of Practitioners who wish to share best practice, develop opportunities to foster good relations with the LGBT Community, and to problem solve any concerns that arise.
PLEASE NOTE The next meeting planned for - Monday 25th November is being rescheduled
The Development Group was key in supporting the Civic Reception which took place at the Auld Kirk in Ayr as part of the National Gathering.
The Civic Reception was hosted by Provost Moonie and South Ayrshire Council, with support and representation from Provost Jim Todd, East Ayrshire Council and Councillor Maguire, The Youth Champion from North Ayrshire Council.
Over 80 guests met to hear from key speakers, and to demonstrate their commitment to continued LGBT inclusion by signing up to a set of agreed outcomes for the next two years. The guests then joined the celebrations at the award ceremony.
Below are a few of the pictures from the Civic Reception and Signing of Outcomes from the Group.
Lorraine Glass - RespectMe
Fergus McMillan - Chief Executive, LGBT Youth Scotland
Provost Moonie - South Ayrshire Council
Provost Todd - East Ayrshire Council
David Corr - LGBT Youth (Member of the Steering Group for the National Gathering)
Councillor Ruth Maguire - North Ayrshire Council
Ann Marriott-Community Capacity Building Officer
Members of the Ayrshire LGBT Development Group sign up to the Time for T.E.A Campaign
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We have recently published results of research we undertook with young people in the East Ayrshire area and this is available by clicking on 'Reports' in the Resources section here. To order a hard copy please contact Louisa.McEvoy@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
The youth group also created a series of films under the 'Inspiring Change' heading - theses films can be seen on YouTube below:
A selection of workshops will be available shortly for use in youth groups, classes and meetings.
LGBT Youth Scotland works in partnership with East Ayrshire Youth Services to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have a positive experience in East Ayrshire.