One of the added benefits of the Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) merger is the chance for more LGBT+ residents to get involved in our forum and discuss the issues that matter to them.
The meetings are held at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday of alternate months. It runs for a couple of hours, with the first welcoming a guest speaker from NHG to outline our approach to issues such as anti-social behaviour, hate crime, digital inclusion and more, while the second hour is a safe space for members to speak about any issues they wish.
Refreshments are provided, and forum members will also have a chance to decide what to cover in Connections, our brand new newsletter for residents.
We're showing our commitment to supporting and improving the lives of our LGBT+ residents by helping develop the HouseProud residents pledge card.
Residents will have a say on the pledges that should be made by housing providers during a series of workshops being run by HouseProud, the network for LGBT+ people working in social housing, alongside the Greater London Authority and University of Surrey.
Four NHG tenants attended the first of these events, at City Hall.
The pledge card is the result of research published earlier this year by HouseProud and University of Surrey. The report, No Place Like Home, details residents’ experiences of living in social housing. The card may be a list of pledges for providers to implement, or a set of commitments based around key themes, but this will be decided by the residents themselves.
The research revealed worrying truths about how people feel in their homes and communities, such as that a fifth of gay men modify their home if being visited for a repair, while six out of 10 trans residents say their neighbourhood isn’t a safe place for them to live. A third of LGBT+ residents say their landlord didn’t handle issues such as harassment well and fewer than half feel a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood.
The pledge card is due to be launched in February 2019.
We have been asked to provide a list of useful contacts for LGBT+ residents and those looking for advice.
- GALOP – advocacy and support service, specialising in hate crime. Their national LGBT+ domestic violence helpline offering confidential and non-judgemental advice is on 0800 999 5428, while their London switchboard, open 10am-10pm, is on 0300 330 0630.
- All About Trans – website pulling together many trans support groups and contacts
- IMAAN – Peer support group for LGBT+ Muslims, helping to reconcile faith with sexuality and gender identity
- HouseProud – group set up by social housing workers (including from Notting Hill Genesis). The site has links and housing-specific resources
- Notting Hill Genesis LGBT+ residents forum.