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LGBT+ Representation – Join the Arcus forum

Be Represented! Join the Arcus Forum

Arcus forum is a regular meeting made up members of the LGBT+ community, Arcus and a representative from Darlington Borough Council.

We meet regularly to discuss issues facing the LGBT+ community with the aim of building community resilience and opening up conversations with local services and amenities to address inequalities and problems faced by the LGBT+ Community in and around Darlington.

Arcus forum is open to anyone who is LGBT+ and lives in and around Darlington. If you would like to join the forum and come to the next meeting please sign up to our mailing list.

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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

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Inner Being Therapy

Inner Being Therapy is one of the Counsellors who make up part of our Co-operative; you can read about them here:

Welcome to Inner Being Therapy! My name is Bridget and I am a qualified and professional counsellor. I have experience in working with adults and young people with a variety of issues.

– Are you feeling depressed?
– Are you feeling anxious?
– Are you feeling stressed?

“ Let’s get talking and end the stigma of mental health! “

I offer a safe, confidential and comfortable environment, to support you to get through this difficult time. I will help you to develop coping strategies and tools to move forward. We will work together with you to build self-esteem and confidence

To find out more about my service you can visit http://www.innerbeing.info/

If you’d like to refer yourself directly through Arcus you can do so by completing a referral form

BRIDGET CHAPMAN,

FdA, CounsellingMBACP

07902 618400 – innerbeingtherapy3@gmail.com

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Waterfall Wellbeing

Waterfall Wellbeing is one of the members of our Counselling Co-Operative; you can read about them here:

Sarah Henderson – Waterfall Wellbeing

Hello and welcome.  I am Sarah a fully qualified Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I uphold its Ethical Framework.  I have substantial experience of working with both Adults and young people, especially within the LGBT+ community. 

I offer confidential, genuine and non-judgemental face to face personal therapy and my work is predominately Person-Centred, meaning the emphasis is on you as an individual and you wholly.  We shall work together to build upon a therapeutic relationship which will help to develop your own understanding of self.   

My role as a counsellor is not to offer advice but to assist people gain an insight into their feelings and behaviours.  I help people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety and stress.  There may be times within my practice whereby I integrate other therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), but this depends on the individual client’s needs. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients and look forward to helping you. 

If you want to make a referral you can do this by completing the Arucs referral form and marking it for my attention. You can access the form by clicking here.

SARAH HENDERSON,

FdA in Counselling, MBACP

07593431740 – waterfallwellbeing@gmail.com

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CALL TO ACTION: Urgent re Liz Truss Proposals

Please see the following very important message from the LGBT Consortium:

Urgent and important call to action

As many of you will have seen, the Sunday Times reported that the UK Government Ministers for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, is planning a series of policy changes that could make many LGBT+ people’s live much harder. We understand that much of this leak holds some truth.

A final decision has not yet been made so now is the time to act. Liz Truss is due to speak in Parliament about equalities this Wednesday morning (tomorrow!). Our Prime Minister is likely being asked to agree to the proposals now. If Boris doesn’t sign off on them, Liz Truss cannot go forward with them. We need every LGBT+ organisation, local ally organisations, and other supporter to do their part and engage with this call to action.

What might happen?

·                     Trans people could have their rights to access single-sex services curtailed, including trying to introduce a ban on trans women using women’s toilets

·                     Gender Recognition Act reform could be dropped

·                     It could become harder for trans young people to access healthcare

Why does this matter?

We know from looking at similar attempts at “Bathroom Bills” in North Carolina and Texas that exclusion of trans people from toilets is unworkable. Instead when these laws are passed, we all suffer. Who can do something as simple as using the toilet in a shopping centre comes down to whether you fit society’s gender norms. Whether you “look like a woman” or “look like a man”.

Gender non-conforming women, lesbians, trans people –all could be harmed. This will be worse for members of those groups who are Black or people of colour, or who are disabled. Gender norms so often imagine “real women” and “real men” as White, able-bodied, straight and cisgender (not trans).

We cannot let the UK Government make so many people’s lives harder. Anyone and everyone who doesn’t fit rigid gender norms should be safe and free to live their life in peace.

What should I do?

  1. URGENTLY call on Boris Johnson not to take forward any of Liz Truss’ proposals by tweeting @BorisJohnson @10DowningStreet and emailing via this web-form: https://email.number10.gov.uk/
  2. Write to your MP (even if you have done already!) and call on them to challenge the proposals
  3. Write to your employer asking for them to write to Boris to challenge these proposals and asserting their commitment to trans inclusion
  4. If you have children, write to your child’s school asking for them to write to their MP/Boris Johnson to challenge these proposals and asserting their commitment to trans inclusion
  5. Share and share again (copy and paste into your own post) and encourage your family members to step up too

Please take 10 minutes to engage with one or all of the above and help make enough noise to ensure these proposals do not materialise.

We’ve not got long to let him know how strongly we all feel. Please act now!

Thank you.

Paul Roberts OBE (he/him)

LGBT CONSORTIUM

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Sign Up to Our Mailing List

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Start Counselling Now

Counselling is a confidential helping activity whereby through the use of active listening you are empowered to help yourself, face your issues and develop strategies for coping with them.

Who can access Counselling?

The short answer, is anyone and everyone.  We currently take clients from any age or  gender, or indeed any background at all.

What type of Counselling do we offer?

Currently we offer a mixture of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, as well as some Psychodynamic and Gestalt Therapies.

Is there an initial assessment?

Yes, all of our clients are fully assessed before counselling commences.  This is to make sure that counselling is the right choice for you and also to ensure that your therapeutic journey with us is as safe and effective as it can be.  The initial assessment is done as part of the first appointment and usually consists of paperwork and you getting to know your therapist.

Getting started is easy; simply click here to complete the referral form and you will be contacted to book your first session.

Personal Therapy For Students:

We are pleased to now offer Personal Therapy to Counselling Students, which some training establishments mandate as part of their courses.

If you would like to book personal therapy with Arcus; please complete and submit a referral form.

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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

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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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Pride Season Hate Crime Info

PRIDE is here and we hope everyone has a safe time, however they partake. You’ll no doubt have seen in the media some concerns about LGBT + people being targeted with hate crime over pride.  We’re not going to give the details of that any airtime.  However, if during pride, or indeed at any time, you experience a hate crime, here’s what you can do:

REPORT THE HATE CRIME.  You can report a hate crime by calling 101, or if you are in imminent danger or the crime is ongoing 999.  You can also report anonymously online at https://www.met.police.uk/true-vision-report-hate-crime/.  Always make a report even if you’re not sure, it might be helpful to the police as it may help them with other cases.

GET SUPPORT.  We can help you with reporting the crime, before during and after.  You can contact us on 07434 794 059 or contact@arcuslgbt.com

Here are some other sources of support: https://www.report-it.org.uk/#transgender

🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈STAY SAFE AND ENJOY PRIDE 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈