Trinity has a good relationship with the LGBT community but this hasn’t always been the case. It has been recognised that the LGBT community are wary of accessing healthcare  services due to fear of disclosure and discrimination, so over the past 2 years Trinity has been working to develop stronger links with our local LGBT community to fulfil our vision in which everyone has access to skilled, compassionate end of life care.

Central to forging this link was the launch of Trinity’s LGBT Friends Group in September 2014. The group meets regularly to explore issues surrounding death and dying and to discuss how Trinity’s services and communications can better support and engage the LGBT community. The group has been fortunate to welcome to notable speakers, including Poppy Mardall from Poppy’s Funerals and James Taylor, Policy Director at Stonewall, at these meetings. Our LGBT Friends group has now grown to over 50 people and more meetings are planned throughout 2016. 

Other milestones in Trinity’s journey to build stronger links with the LGBT community include:

  • being awarded Stonewall Diversity Champion status
  • becoming the first hospice to ever walk in the London Pride Parade in 2014, a now annual event for Trinity
  • taking part in the ACCESSCare research project to better understand the end of life care needs of the LGBT community, in partnership with Marie Curie and King’s College Hospital
  • contributing to the Workplace Equality Index
  • establishing closer ties with local LGBT forums – the Wandsworth LGBT Forum will be holding their next public meeting here on December 8th at 6.30pm
  • welcoming Trans Awareness campaigner Ayla Holdom to talk to staff and volunteers at the hospice

 

Trinity is committed to building on this success over the next year, beginning with the next meeting of Trinity’s LGBT Friends on Thursday 21st January 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about Trinity’s work with the LGBT community, please contact jglover@royaltrinityhospice.london.