North Somerset LGBT+ Forum open new venue

PUBLISHED: 12:59 15 February 2018

The North Somerset LGBT Forum has opened its new venue.

The North Somerset LGBT Forum has opened its new venue.

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A charity has a new hub which will help it to broaden its services to the community.

North Somerset LGBT+ Forum have moved into its new base on the Boulevard thanks to the help of Quartet Community Foundation.

The new venue is set up above Saxons Estate Agents and will create a site for the charity to work on its charitable objectives and ensure a more complete delivery around North Somerset.

Chairman Nigel Briers has structured a package of drop-ins which will be accessible to all.

He said: “These are in various locations throughout Weston and we hope to nurture these in a manner which supports the LGBT+ community, their friends and family.

“Our vision is to duplicate this model throughout North Somerset in the months and years ahead so no-one feels isolated of unable to connect with like-minded people, regardless of age, sexuality or gender.

“We are keen to address all needs and ensure the Equality Act 2010 is at the forefront of our agenda in our community projects.”

The hub will also feature a creative space which will allow individuals and groups to explore ways of expressing themselves through arts and crafts, creative writing and LGBT+ poetry.

Nigel added: “Our trustees are here for you whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and those which identify within the plus.

“We will do what we can to empower the community which we are proud to represent.”

The forum already host drop-in sessions at the YMCA, in High Street, for the youth and at the Multicultural Friendship Association base at St John’s Church Hall, in Boulevard, for the black and ethnic minority groups.

It aims to provide a voice for the LGBT+ community and to ensure North Somerset is a friendly and inviting place for everyone.

The forum is made up of nine trustees and has engaged with more than 100 people in the community since its formation in February 2014.

Its most notable event is Weston Pride which takes place each summer in the town’s Grove Park.

This year will see the event celebrate its fifth anniversary and will run across two days from July 28-29 with headline acts The Fizz and local group The Lipinski Brothers.

For more information, visit www.nslgbtforum.com

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