It is always good to catch up with friends

CIMG0006 CIMG0008 CIMG0009 CIMG0011Yesterday the first Lewisham LGBT+ drop-in/social event took place at 170 Community Project, 170 New Cross Road.

It was a small turn out as we did not advertise the event as much as we should have but it gave us a good chance to catch up and plan for the April Acts of Remembrance and our future monthly events.

April Acts of Remembrance

Brixton – Wed 17th April – meeting from 6pm onwards outside the Iceland store to light candles, hold a moments silence, pass out information and talk to people about 17-24-30.

Brick Lane – Wed 24th April – meeting from 6pm onwards outside the Sweet and Spicy Resturant opposite the Police Station. Again lighting candles, holding a moments silence, passing out information and talking to people about 17-24-30. Afterwards we are planning to have a meal at the Sweet and Spicy Resturant as this has been really successful the last couple of years.

Soho – Tuesday 30th April – meeting at The Admiral Duncan by 6pm, before the procession at 6.15 round to St Anne’s gardens for a short service lead by the new priest from St Anne’s Church. This year Diversity are joining us to sing a song after the 2 minutes silence at 6.37pm. We’ve been in contact with the council, the police, the church and some of the survivors, friends and families who regularly attend each year. Newcomers are always welcome to come along.

We need volunteers to help steward and organise these events so get in touch if you fancy helping out!

17-24-30 LGBT+ drop in/social events at 170 Community Project

The plan is to run eight sessions, starting yesterday with a discussion about what we want from these events and how we are going to organise them.

The sessions will run between 2pm to 5pm. Volunteers turn up at Mark’s flat (just round the corner) at 1.30pm to help transport resources and then it takes about half an hour to set up the hall – moving a few tables, putting out chairs, making sure the kettle is on and so on.

We want to create a safe space for people who are coming out, who want to make new friends, who want to be involved in a community-lead campaign which wants to do what it can to make the LGBT+ scene and community a nicer place. It is important that people are free to get involved at whatever level they feel comfortable with.

Each month we’re going to invite  speakers and have fairly informal discussions about issues that people want to discuss. So far the plan is:

  • May 11 – Involving LGBT+ families and dealing with bullying.
  • June 8 – Involving Women, looking forward to Dyke March London 2013.
  • July 6 – Involving BME communities.
  • Aug 10 – Involving Trans people.
  • Sept 7 – Involving LGBT+ Students and young people.
  • Oct 5 – Final preparations for our Hate Crime Awareness Week and Vigil 2013.
  • Nov 2 – The afterparty – celebrating our successes of 2013

Volunteering Opportunities

We are looking for new people to join our team and need volunteers to help us organise and facilitate the events we are hosting this year. If you interested please complete this on-line form:

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About mhealey

Founder of 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign
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