Archive for October, 2007

Poster – SEWLGB Forum

October 27, 2007


…and I have finally worked out how to display a poster!


South East Wales Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Forum

October 26, 2007

sewlgb-health.jpgsewlgb-health.jpgThe following information has been received from the SEWLGB Forum with the request that SpeakEast helps inform people about this important health event- and hope that it will be well supported.

 On behalf of the South East Wales Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Forum, I’d like to invite you to attend our Health Matters event on Monday 29th October, from 7pm at Thru the Arch Club, 33a Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 1JH.  LGBT people often express concerns about health services. We worry that prejudice might affect service provider’s attitudes to our health and sometimes we miss out on services to which we’re entitled as a result.   Come and express your views on accessing health services at this meeting. The Forum wants to know if you’ve had bad or good experiences. We want to find out how things could be improved.  Topics include the Inside/Out Report on LGB people’s experiences of accessing health services, cervical screening, breast screening, testicular and prostrate cancer.  Representatives from THT Cymru will also be present.  This will be an enjoyable, relaxed evening. Refreshments will be provided and the bar will be open! The SEW LGB Forum works to empower LGB people living in South East Wales by enabling them to voice their needs and concerns in relation to service provision.  The Forum aims to secure appropriate and accountable services for LGB people by encouraging networking and creating a point of communication between the LGB community, local authorities and mainstream service providers.For more information, contact Mair Rigby on 029 20666 465 or email   

Monmouthshire Mental Health Network and Forum

October 16, 2007

The next meeting of the Network and Forum will take place, as usual, at the The Sessions House, 43 Maryport Street,Usk on Wednesday 24th October, and will be held in the mental health resource room.   To find this room, leave the main entrance hall by the corridor on the right, and go through the double doors and then the first room on the right. 

The Forum, which runs from 1pm to 2.15 pm (please note the start time) will hear an update on mental health issues inMonmouthshire from Bernard Boniface, Joint Commissioner Mental Health and Substance Misuse, and then Jen Pearce will lead a presentation and discussion on  two main aspects on the Welsh Assembly Government’s ‘Stronger in Partnership 2’.   These are ‘Reimbursement and Remuneration’ and the ‘Charter for Participation and Involvement’ – both of which should have interest for everyone.    There will also be a brief introduction to the Consultation on Protection of Vulnerable Adults Supplement document, around financial abuse.  If you are interested in this, copies can be printed for you on request and given out later.   This Consultation will be part of the Forum meeting planned for November 28th. 

The Network meeting, which will start at 2.30 after a break,   will be able to watch and discuss the dvd ‘Pillar to Post’ – which deals wih Dual Diagnosis and the difficulties faced by both services and service users.   It is produced by Mind in Croydon, and only lasts 23 minutes, so there will be time for discussion.    This will be of interest to users and carers who have experience of mental health and substance misuse difficulties.   The meeting will end at 3.45pm.

Please come along if you can, and if you have not been before, don’t be shy, you will be very welcome, and you can sit comfortably in a corner if you prefer that.