Together we can bring those families together, preventing family disharmony and, worse case, breakup, so that long term support for their children will continue to flourish.
It's been great over the past week to meet up with such great people who are so committed to help and support people in our County of Lincolnshire.
Claire Darbyshire has so much vitality and drive and as the NHS Lincolnshire West Quality and Engagement Manager has the ability to link us in with so many different agencies as well as the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across the county. The lack of data on how many people would benefit from the work to support the LGBT community is a particular concern. The Office of National Statistics, together with their Data, Advice and Relations Team (DART), may be providing more data to help us support more people in a more effective manner. There's a Patient Engagement Group where many support agencies come together to meet up and find a common way forward. Clare is someone who is getting the situation moving!
Today we met up with Wesley Sherbourne from Just Lincolnshire, the 'single equality' organisation for the county. He, as well, is so passionate for the people in Lincolnshire, that everyone can accept equality. He was keen to discuss the possibility of a meeting of LGBT individuals where, in a safe environment, could hear personal stories which would relate strongly to their own journeys and then be able to ask questions of other agencies. To allow people to release that tension where they have not been able to talk of their issues for so long, to find that they are not alone on this journey and that others are prepared to willingly help and support them will be excellent. Furthermore, Wesley is keen to bring together many groups so that we provide integrated support: there may be many LGBT groups which cater for the those directly within the LGBT community, but we wish to help those parents and carers who also need that support. Together we can bring those families together, preventing family disharmony and, worse case, breakup, so that long term support for their children will continue to flourish.
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