Over the last few years, whenever we consult our community, one of the items on our collective wish list is some kind of dedicated communal space. To make a start towards that goal, we are pleased to have teamed up with Jane Evans, the Director of the John Scurr Centre in Limehouse to create Rainbow Wednesdays.
Weekly drop in…
Every Wednesday we will offer a drop in service on hate crime, domestic abuse and — by teaming up with Stonewall Housing — housing advice. We will have capacity to offer advice and support, take reports, and sign post you where LGBT appropriate mainstream or pan London services offer further assistance. We will also be able to take on cases to act as your advocate, when required, with the police, housing providers or any other organisation.
We are bidding to add in capacity to assist on some health matters, such as stopping smoking, and in relation to drugs and alcohol. We are also talking to Barts Health, who want to offer a friendlier face to LGBT people in Tower Hamlets.
…and meeting space
Rainbow Wednesdays are not just for people with questions or challenges, they are for everyone. We will also be utilising a meeting space and kitchen, suitable of a myriad activities.
We have been commissioned by AgeUK to establish a Tower Hamlets older LGBT social network that will include people whether they are active or housebound, and feed LGBT participation in the Older People’s Reference Group. We are looking for people who wish to get involved to help plan or come along to monthly get togethers. And of course, we want suggestions for a really good name!
Working with Safra (the lesbian and bisexual Muslim women’s organisation), we will be hosting a monthly social for lesbian/bisexual Muslim women.
And there will be community wide events.
On 27 January, we launch Rainbow Wednesdays with a very special Holocaust Memorial Day event. It’s open to everyone, whether LGBT or not, whether Tower Hamlets or not, and all our partners across communities.
Events on matters that concern us all
In February, we will host the Borough Commander to answer your questions and concerns on any aspect of community safety and policing. And we will be participating in a pan London consultation for the Mayor of London to help provide our unique Tower Hamlets perspective on hate crime against our communities.
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