LISTEN: Matt Wester explains how local people can have their say on a new LGBT hub
LGBT charity Pink Saltire has announced a series of free workshops as part of a study for a possible community hub in Perth & Kinross.
Taking place across the region throughout October, the workshops will be an opportunity for the LGBT+ community to share what should be included in a hub, such as the facilities and services.
Those attending will also have a chance to be as creative as they wish in their approach. Each session will run for up to 90 minutes where thoughts and ideas can be shared.
The charity previously carried out a scoping study between November 2020 and February 2021 to gather views from community organisations and individuals – with COVID restrictions now easing, the study continues with in-person engagement.
The charity also hosted a ‘Community Conversation’ stand at this year’s Perthshire Pride, which kickstarting this exciting next stage of the study.
Matt Wester, the co-ordinator of the research, said: “We are keen to gather as many community views as we can – the LGBT+ community of Perth & Kinross frequently face isolation and it’s felt there are very limited venues and services in the region. A community hub can bring this to people’s doorstep, but we are also wary that this space will need to be accessible and welcoming to the whole community.
“These workshops are open to anyone who identifies as LGBT+, as well as family, friends and carers who are supporting them. This is your chance to share your thoughts and experiences.”
The entire study has been funded by Perth & Kinross Council Equalities Team. The outcomes from the study will feed into a wider discussion on community facilities and better representation for marginalised communities.
For anyone that wishes to sign up to a workshop, you can sign up on Eventbrite. Matt can also be emailed for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org.