During National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health week, Birmingham LGBT will be hosting a Health and Wellbeing Fair for LGBT women to highlight all the different services available at Birmingham LGBT for women. They’ll also be heading out to the pub, and offering sexual health testing while they’re there!
Blogs & a night out with a difference
Andréa Willinger and other women from the BLGBT team will be writing short blogs focusing on health and wellbeing to be put up throughout #LBWomensHealthWeek17 on their website and will be ending the week at The Fox, an LGBT women’s pub, holding an information stall and asking women to have selfies for twitter taken with our poster – they have also secured a testing van so can offer women STI screening and HIV testing.
The Health and Wellbeing Fair
On Tuesday 14th, Andréa will be at the Cakes and Ladders Cafe next door to Birmingham LGBT talking to women about her role as a sexual health outreach worker for lesbian and bisexual women and how she can support them to access the existing sexual health services on offer from Birmingham LGBT. She will also be talking about the opening of the West Midlands first dedicated sexual health monthly clinic just for Lesbian, WSW and Bisexual women.
This exciting initiative will see a dedicated space for women who identify as lesbian, WSW or bisexual to access all aspects of sexual health support, treatment, advice and referral. Women will be offered STI screening as well as HPV screening, free safer sex supplies and cervical cytology. The clinic will have an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) to offer practical and emotional support and direct referral into appropriate counselling.
Andréa says: I am proud to say that women have helped to shape what will be offered at the clinic through consultation and feedback – I will also be consulting with women attending the health fair for their opinions, thoughts and feedback on sexual health services for them.
At the fair there will also be:
- Staff from BLGBT’s wellbeing support service who can help women to improve their wellbeing and reduce isolation.
- Representatives from Activate – a Sport England-funded project, designed to encourage LGBT people in the area to try new sports, and challenge homophobia in sport.
- The Ageing Better LGBT Hub, which can provide practical support, access to finance and promotion of LGBT groups and activities to 50+ LGBT people.
- BLGBT’s Peer Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator who can explain how to get involved with peer to peer mentoring either as a mentee of mentor, or volunteering opportunities throughout Birmingham LGBT.
The whole event is aimed at bringing together women from the community to let them know about all that is on offer at Birmingham LGBT for LGBT women to get involved in to help improve their health and wellbeing.