Face to face, online and over the phone support is available for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) people, schools and youth services in Tameside.
Weekly LGBT+ support groups run by Tameside Council for young and older people take place on Tuesday evenings 6-7.30pm for people aged 11+ and Wednesday evenings 6-7.30pm for those aged 7-10 years.
Young people can choose to take part over the phone or face to face adhering to strict Government socially distanced guidelines to keep them safe from contracting coronavirus. They will also be asked to wear a mask.
Anyone who has booked a session then feels unwell, should not attend a session and should notify the team so that the place can be offered to someone else.
This month the Proud Trust, who are committed to improving the lives of LGBT+ young people through positive education, are offering in conjunction with Schools OUT UK, a LGBT+ History Month Resource and Education Pack free to schools and youth services. The theme this year is Body, Mind and Spirit providing more opportunity to explore the complexities of who we are and what we can aspire to be. To find out more visit https://www.theproudtrust.org/
They have also launched 'The Classroom' on their sister Rainbow Flag Award website https://www.rainbowflagaward.co.uk/ where people can find the 2021 LGBT+ History Month activity pack already prepared for classroom use, with PowerPoints and lesson plans. There is a chance for young people to design the LGBT+ History Month logo and badge for 2022.
Councillor Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, Equalities, Culture and Heritage, said: "The council are accredited by the Manchester Pride Charity as being a 'Good Practice' organisation for being a welcoming, inclusive and accessible organisation for LGBT+ people and we are keen to show people the support on offer and encourage them to find out more and to access all available support."
Councillor Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council Executive Member (Neighbourhoods, Community Safety and Environment) said: "It's great to see so much happening in Tameside to celebrate and provide support to the LGBT+ community while educating the wider community and promoting an inclusive and modern society."
To find out about other available services visit https://www.tameside.gov.uk/sid/lgbt
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