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FREE Counselling with Immediate Starts Available!

Exciting news, we are now in a position to offer some counselling sessions for FREE….and with NO WAITING LISTS.

We believe in making therapy accessible for those who need it, and also making it affordable. We have a very fair means tested pricing structure that means you only pay what you can afford, and this is always agreed up-front with you.

All of the members of our co-operative have now agreed that we can now offer some FREE sessions!

Usually this would mean that you would be on a limited income perhaps on means tested benefits or even on a zero income, we’d love the opportunity to discuss this with you.

If you would like to access counselling and to discuss whether you qualify for FREE sessions, click here or contact us on contact@arcuslgbt.com or phone 07434 794 059 (8am to 8pm)

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Arcus Flyer

Check out our new flyer….

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Support Line 01325 978 007 open from 6pm to 10pm Mon to Friday

Our support line is open daily Monday to Friday 6pm till 10pm, 01325 978 007 you can call us about anything. Our counsellors are waiting for your call….

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Support Line 01325 978 007 open from 6pm to 10pm Mon to Friday

Our support line is open daily Monday to Friday 6pm till 10pm, 01325 978 007 you can call us about anything. Our counsellors are waiting for your call….

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LGBT+ Awareness Training (FREE PLACES AVAILABLE)

Our fab training is running via a zoom session on 29th October 2020, starting at 10.30am until about 4.30pm. On this occasion, as it is being recorded for assessment and feedback, places are FREE, but are limited. If you would like to come along, email us contact@arcuslgbt.com and we will book you on. If you want to read more about our training, you can do so here https://arcuslgbt.com/lgbttraining/

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Support Line 01325 978 007 open from 6pm to 10pm Mon to Friday

Our support line is open daily Monday to Friday 6pm till 10pm, 01325 978 007 you can call us about anything. Our counsellors are waiting for your call….

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International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

Read more about this here: https://pronounsday.org/

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CPS North East – Hate Crime Uplifts – August 2020

Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences either demonstrate or have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexuality. Below are examples of hate crime cases recently prosecuted by CPS North East, each of which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence.

The Defendant was convicted of a series of shop thefts and of assaulting a member of shop staff whilst using homophobic insults. She was sentenced to a total of 38 weeks’ imprisonment which was suspended for twelve months and the court announced the length of imprisonment for the assault had been uplifted by 60% to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendants were convicted of breaching a community protection notice by acting in a disorderly manner, causing a nuisance to residents and retailers then being homophobically abusive and threatening when challenged. They were sentenced to twelve months’ conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 compensation. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted by 50% to reflect the homophobic nature of the offending.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated assault by beating following a road rage incident where he assaulted and racially abused another driver. He was sentenced by Magistrates to eight weeks’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months with rehabilitation activities. The court announced they had uplifted this sentence from a community order to custody to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of sending grossly offensive communications via Facebook postings racially insulting takeaway employees. He was sentenced to 18 months’ Community Order and ordered to do unpaid work and pay compensation to the employees. The Judge announced that the sentence had been uplifted from a fine to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and causing racially aggravated intentional alarm and distress after she threw and damaged office equipment at West Park Hospital and racially abused staff. She was ordered to pay £250 compensation to the hospital and a fine of £120 which had been increased by the court to reflect the racially aggravated nature of the offending.

The Defendant, a youth, was convicted of causing intentional harassment/alarm/distress when he used insulting and derogatory transphobic language towards security staff. He was sentenced to a four-month referral order and a restraining order of twelve months. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the transphobic nature of the offending.

The Defendant was convicted at the Crown Court of sending malicious communications after he sent a series of abusive text messages some of which were racially insulting. He was sentenced to 24 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months and the court announced it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards a door supervisor for using a tirade of racial abuse whilst throwing punches towards him. He was sentenced to a high-level community order for 18 months with rehabilitation activities and the thinking skills programme, fined £400 and ordered to pay compensation of £100. The court announced both the fine and the order had been increased due to the racist behaviour.

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Covid Restrictions/Service Update

In light of the current covid restrictions and as a result of the current situation in our area of operation; we’ll be making some minor changes to our service. The health and safety of our clients and volunteers is paramount. Therefore until the pandemic has passed the following is in place:

  • Our free counselling will continue but will now be done via telephone, Skype or Zoom.
  • Our helpline remains open every Monday to Friday, 6pm until 10pm 01325 978007
  • Our social support will remain online through Facebook and Twitter.
  • The forum will continue to run via Zoom.
  • Our LGBT champions training remains unaffected.
  • You can continue to contact us via phone at 07434 794059 or email us at contact@arcuslgbt.com

Hopefully the pandemic will subside or pass soon and we can return to normal as swiftly as possible.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Qe will continue to keep you up to date.

Arcus

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Did you know….

…. you can contact us by phone. You can call us between 10am and 10pm on 07434 794059. Happy to help with any questions you may have about our services.

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LGBT+ Awareness Training

Arcus recognises the importance of LGBT+ education and awareness in everything that we do.  We also want to roll this out to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it.  By working together with organisations it is our aim to encourage them to become an LGBT+ Champion. 

The benefits to the organisation:

  • Assistance to produce and maintain inclusive policies & procedures
  • Organisation will demonstrate inclusive involvement within the staff team
  • Organisation will  demonstrate successful engagement of Allies/LGBT+ Support Networks
  • Organisation will demonstrate effective managerial Support of LGBT+ People
  • Organisation will achieve better LGBT+ Public Engagement
  • Organisation will receive free publicity about their achievement
  • Organisation will receive free advertising through our social media
  • Organisation will receive updated and realistic training in LGBT+ awareness
  • Organisation will gain recognition as being an LGBT+ Champion
  • Organisation will be able to work competently, sensitively and effectively with LGBT + people

What is the process:

To begin with the LGBT+ Awareness Education is booked and delivered –  4 hour course, content of which includes:

  • What is LGBT+
  • Defining Equality and Diversity
  • Sex, Gender Spectrum and Identities
  • Challenges to the equality and diversity of LGBT people
  • Discrimination
  • Mental Health & Self Harm
  • Hate Crime & LGBT+ Wellbeing
  • Legal Landmarks
  • Importance of Allies
  • Putting Theory into Practice
  • Then, the Evidence based agreement paperwork is completed

What happens after the training:

  • Presentation of award takes place
  • LGBT+ Champions logo is made freely available for promotional purposes
  • The organisation receives publicity across Arcus social media
  • Press release is drafted for local press
  • All participants in the training receive an individual certificate of achievement
  • Copies of presentation & glossary are circulated
  • An increased public profile with relation to the organisations Equality and Diversity

What is the cost and how do we book?

The cost is negotiable depending on the organisations budget and whether or not they are a charity, etc.

Getting started is easy; simply contact us and we will discuss how we can help you.

(The training is also available on an individual one to one basis)

Current Award Holders Roll of Honour:

Listed below are the organisations that have successfully completed our LGBT Champions Scheme and are the proud holders of their very own LGBT Champion Award