Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender carers needed

By on 21/07/2009 in News

There could be as many as 10,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) carers in the city of Birmingham and there are currently no specific services or support groups to meet their needs.

Birmingham City Council is keen to address this and is appealing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who either are themselves carers, or who need care, to express their views.

LGBT carers and carers of LGBT people have the same needs for support as anyone else yet they are often marginalised by services and fear discrimination and homophobia from providers. The council are keen to gather the right knowledge to respond to these needs, and have commissioned the West Midlands branch of the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations to conduct research into this issue.

Sueb Jabbar, Carers Commissioner, comments:

“As a diverse city with a significant population of LGBT people, we need to know how we can support them. This research and the views of the LGBT community is vital to help us plan for their needs.”

To get involved with the research, or to talk to the team, email carers@lgbtconsortium.org.uk or call 0121 773 6225 before 31st October 2009. All responses will be taken in confidence.

ENDS
For further information contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007 hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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