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  • Please give us your feedback on the London LGBT Almanac 2nd Edition

    Fri, 24/05/2013 - 10:24 -- ashlee

    Your feedback on the London LGBT Almanac 2nd Edition is greatly appreciated, so that we can improve future editions and make them more useful. You can tell us who you are to be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets for the London Eye, or you can provide feedback anonymously if you wish. If you would like any support supplying feedback please ring centred on 020 7437 6063.
    Please give feedback here 

  • Three Peaks One Amazing Act Fundraiser

    Thu, 16/05/2013 - 17:00 -- ashlee

     

    Jane from centred is off up a few hills this weekend (the Three Peaks in Yorkshire), on a 23 mile walk organised by Imaan, raising money for three great causes: Imaan (the LGBTQI Muslim Support Group), Inclusive Mosque and centred; you can watch a lovely video shot in Jane’s kitchen and read all about it here :-):

     

    or give in a way that increases donations to registered charities through Gift Aid here, if you would like to:

     

    Or you can donate by texting LGBT45 then the amount you would like to donate to 70070

    E.g. To donate £10 text LGBT45 £10 to 70070, up to a maximum of £10

     

    Any support you could offer, swift, small or significant would be very much appreciated...and if not, but you know somebody who might be interested, then please share, that would also be greatly appreciated too :-) 

     

    PS this is a good old fashioned sponsored walk, so please also feel free to email us if you intend to sponsor Jane, and we can work out a way to pay that most suits you - especially if you are not keen on putting personal details into websites.

     

  • centred’s BSL Level One and Cultural Days

    Thu, 16/05/2013 - 16:58 -- ashlee

    I just sat in on the third week of the centred BSL level one course - it's such a great experience - for a good while now centred has been on a journey to make our work accessible with deaf and hearing impaired people - and learn to be more aware of deaf culture and inclusion issues - starting the lgbtq BSL level one is an important milestone. There are sixteen students from London and beyond - learning signs for where people live work volunteer and study - tonight meant I know some students live as far afield as Aylesbury and Rochester - and work and volunteer with organisations like Imaan, Queer Resistence, Justice for Gay Africans and Rainbow Jews - reflecting back to my own level one, I appreciate how nerve racking the strict 'voice off' policy is that the teacher Barbara Flintham maintains - at first - then suddenly it can be liberating - at least if the nerves can be kept in check! I also reflect back on the environment of my course, compared to this queer space - it's not as though we have vocabulary yet to cover much on identity - but it is all to come - and I know for certain as we get there - with this type of space and these amazing and diverse, young and older people, the learning is going to be very rich indeed. And beyond the learning, in years to come, I am looking forward to seeing more queer deaf spaces and the collaborative projects that may be cultivated amongst the group in film, print and activism more widely.
    Last Saturday was our first D/deaf cultural day with deaf and hearing people; a morning of visual communication skills and confidence building, and an afternoon UK premiere of Hilari Scarl's 'See what I'm Saying' - and Sandra Alland's deaf, disabled and trans film project. Thank you to Awards for All for funding the course and everybody who has and is part of making it happen.
    By Jane

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  • London LGBTQ Almanac 3rd Edition survey now open

    Mon, 13/05/2013 - 15:29 -- ashlee
    centred, Consortium of LGBT VCOs, and TUC logos

     
    The London LGBTQ Almanac 3rd Edition survey is now open. You can complete the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/centredAlmanacsurvey
     
    The survey is for currently active, not-for-profit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) groups, organisations and projects based in and serving England and Wales. We intend for the term ‘LGBTQ’ to be inclusive of all diverse organising around sexuality and gender identity.
     
    We appreciate your valuable time in filling out this survey – the quality of the ultimate publications is a direct consequence of the personal efforts people make to include their organisations. The survey will take approximately 30min to complete.
     
    Grassroots and arts projects are particularly encouraged to complete this survey as well as larger service providers and sports and social groups.
     
    The information provided by organisations that are based in London will form the basis of the London LGBTQ Almanac 3rd Edition. London based organisations who complete the survey will receive a free copy of the Almanac, be entered into a prize draw and receive two free tickets to the LGBTQ tour of Soho. The Almanac provides a strategic information base for diverse London LGBTQ organisations to plan and develop and measures change to the London LGBTQ organising landscape year on year.
     
    The Almanac 1st Edition is available here
     
    The Almanac provides an opportunity to: 
    • Promote your work
    • Connect with other groups
    • Use information for planning and development
     
    This year centred is working with a larger national research project about the impact of austerity on the LGBT voluntary sector. The national project is funded by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), delivered in collaboration with centred and the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations and managed by the Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Diversity and HRM (CRDHRM) at London Metropolitan University. The national information will be used by CRDHRM to produce a report which identifies any changes taking place in the LGBTQ voluntary sector in a rapidly changing funding and policy climate. This collaboration has been established to save organisations time and to avoid duplication. Some of your information will be shared confidentially between these parties. We will not publish sensitive information about an individual organisation.
     
    The survey asks about your purpose, activities, the people involved and impacted, your funding context if applicable, and more.
     
    If applicable you might find it useful to have your management accounts up to 2013 to hand, as well as monitoring information about your participants or service users. If you do not record this information you can guesstimate.
     
    Please complete the survey here:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/centredAlmanacsurvey If you would prefer to answer in person with an interpreter, in hard copy or over the telephone please contact centred: contact@centred.org.uk or 020 7437 6063.
     
    A profile of your organisation based on your survey responses will be part of the London LGBT Almanac wiki: http://londonlgbtalmanac.wikispaces.com/
     

    Please give us your feedback about the Almanac 2nd Edition in this short survey here

  • centred present paper at first Queer London conference held by the University of Westminster

    Thu, 28/03/2013 - 16:51 -- Anonymous (not verified)
    Poster for Queer London conference

     
    Ric and Tim presented a paper as part of the University of Westminster's first Queer London conference on Saturday 23rd March. The conference was well attended with a waiting list of over 60. The paper was looking at our particular approach to heritage work with centred's LGBTQ history tour of Soho, and how this continues to be influenced by our values and broader communitty development work.
     
    Other papers being presented included research by Caroline Bressey and Gemma Romain into the experiences of black queer people in London in the inter-war period, and Anne Witchard who presented a paper focussing on lesbian nightlife on Gerrard Street in the 1920's. 

  • centred's first BSL Level 1 course gets under way

    Wed, 27/03/2013 - 13:02 -- tim

    16 LGBTQ volunteers, activists, trustees, artists and film makers took part in the first session of our new BSL Level 1 course last Wednesday. The course will be run weekly through until November. We'll additionally be running three all day Saturday sessions promoting deaf cultural awarenees and celebrating D/deaf LGBTQ artists. These will be open to D/deaf and hearing members of the LGBTQ community.
     
    This is part of our broader work around increasing access for D/deaf LGBTQ people to LGBTQ community spaces. We recently ran two of our LGBTQ history tours of Soho with BSL interpretation. These were accessed by 18 members of the D/deaf community, with both recieving positive feedback as well as plenty of learning for our tour development, so we hope to run some more again soon. 

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  • inclusion: Booking now open for the next Learning Network

    Fri, 15/03/2013 - 17:14 -- ashlee

    Please book by Friday 5 April 2013

    Aim: This event will stimulate engagement and thinking and increase understanding about D/deaf and disability access and inclusion in creative ways. We will explore the social model of disability, and the cultural model of deafness. A diverse range of presenters and facilitators will address access and inclusion issues, the current context for disabled people, and how LGBTQ organisers, activists and artists can remove barriers in their own day to day work – with or without budgets.
    More info 

  • Our name change makes headlines

    Mon, 25/02/2013 - 12:15 -- ashlee

    An article about our name change to centred has made the home page of Third Sector.  The Third Sector article can be accessed here
    Read the full Q&A with Third Sector below
     
     
    Why is Kairos changing its name to centred?
     
    We agreed that the name Kairos was problematic several years ago – for reasons that have gradually increased with increasing technology issues – people often cannot spell it when they hear it, and so enter it incorrectly into searches. We always liked the ancient Greek meaning of ‘perfect moment’, this was also complicated by the religious meaning, which linked us back to our early days, when we were indeed linked to the Methodist Church. centred is no longer a spiritual or religious organisation and changed its charitable objects a long time ago in this regard. Nevertheless, there was still confusion. It is also not great to share your charitable name with other organisations.
     
    Two years ago we went on a journey of enquiry with friends, family and participants and agreed upon centred as a truly classic name for all that we aspire to as a community organisation. This was a concentrated piece of work with the intention of a full re-brand indicating wider strategic change.
     
    centred sounds grounded and is emotive. We hope it embodies our equalities principles and our commitment to work across a wide diverse LGBTQ community, friends, family and allies. The process of exploring a new name was very enlightening, and people that took part reported that they appreciated the process. Their input gave us a lot in terms of look and feel for the future brand.
     
    Have you had any problems before with the name Kairos? What were the consequences?
     
    Just as described above – administrative and association issues.
     
    What does the name centred stand for?
     
    As our strap line says, it is about being different, equal, together – the name alludes to the need sometimes to centre oneself as an LGBTQ person, when various prejudices and oppressions throw you off; it is about coming together (all at the centre, rather than on the perceived margins) as a very diverse community of queer people, a community often perceived as quite homogenous; centred is about working together as deaf, disabled, Black, Asian, older, younger people, and people across lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities. And centred is about our purpose, to create aspirational spaces – where temporarily or permanently people come to share what is positive about the community, learn, challenge, feel affirmed, be creative, as organisers, activists and arts activists.
     
    What has been the cost and the process behind the name change?
     
    For a relatively small charity (5.1 FTE), it has been a long and highly creative process, which reached its pinnacle with the legal change in June 2012. Funding for any VCOs own infrastructure has become harder to achieve, and so processes such as these often cannot be given top priority. It has also been a positively challenging process – I recommend it. All of the discussions we have had to have moved our thinking and ideas on and brought people into discussion that we might not usually hear from. The name feels recognisable, and some how ‘well known’ – people have been saying ‘oh I have heard of you’ when we only announced the name quite recently.
     
    In terms of cost, we desperately needed a new website anyway – and have not been through this process for ten years, we have gone for a Drupal open source platform, with a Civi CRM CMS to follow shortly, so have kept the costs down there (design and build of the open source site, plus design work £5,500). As with many brilliant and creative smaller organisations, we have a talented designer in-house, though this is not his main role, and so design costs have been kept relatively low and the process has paralleled who we are, our values and what we do closely. Also, during the past few years we have really stepped up in terms of disability knowledge, access and inclusion, so going through these processes have encouraged us to improve our communications generally. We still have a way to go, but the re-brand process has really helped that work. We like to think we were quite creative (fingers crossed) by using guidance from Companies House and Charities Commission, we managed the processes with both very efficiently, and so no external legal costs were incurred; and funders have been very accommodating. Our small but significant family of donors (4% of income) have been very loyal in changing over their standing orders. Time would be very difficult to cost, but in total, over the two years, I would probably estimate at £10,000 in time. Almost all of these processes however, are processes that improve access, performance, and I would strongly argue, morale. The new name is a breath of fresh air – the team has very much pulled together behind it: board, staff, volunteers and stakeholders.
     
    centred has recently published its London LGBT Almanac 2nd Edition; we sell this publication to raise funds to distribute it free to the sector.
    www.centred.org.uk

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