Did you know that LGBTQ+ people experience barriers to accessing services?
This can be due to:
- perceptions among service users that service providers may not be friendly or understanding towards LGBTQ+ people
- lack of knowledge of the needs of LGBTQ+ people by service providers
- fear of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination.
Lancashire LGBT can help you to create a positive and productive environment for your employees and reduce barriers for your LGBTQ+ service users.
The Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark is a quality assurance programme for service providers.
First introduced in 2015, the Quality Mark was developed as an updated version of the former Navajo LGBT Charter Mark.
The programme is designed to assist service providers to help measure how well the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual trans and queer or questioning service users, volunteers and staff are being met.
Listen to Lancashire LGBT CEO, Lewis Turner, talk about the LGBT Quality Mark in a podcast episode with Advocacy Focus. Listen here
Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark holders can benefit in a variety of ways including:
- A named contact at Lancashire LGBT for ongoing support or queries
- Updates on changes to legislation and best practice guidelines
- Access to resources and practical support
- A reduction in barriers that LGBTQ+ people experience when accessing your service
- The right to display the Quality Mark logo on your e-mail signatures, website and other publicity materials
For more information about the Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark, please give us a call on our office number 07788 295521.
NOTE: The Quality Mark scheme is currently under review.
The Quality Mark underpins all our work be that with clients their families or our staff team. It has changed our policies and procedures and our staff induction. This also supported our Investors In People award. This is a very prestigious Quality Mark that we are proud to be the recipients of.
We have had positive feedback from patients. And having the quality mark on our paperwork and website this shows to any potentially new patients that we are accredited to having this mark and this will make us more approachable to the LGBT community.
Quality Mark FAQs
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE LANCASHIRE LGBT QUALITY MARK?
The Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark helps service providers demonstrate to service users and also to staff and volunteers that the organisation has taken steps to improve their services for LGBTQ+ people. This helps to reduce the barriers which LGBTQ+ people often experience when accessing services.
WHAT KIND OF ORGANISATIONS CAN APPLY?
The Quality Mark is open to voluntary and community sector and public sector organisations including GP surgeries in Lancashire (this includes Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen), and potentially some private sector organisations such as solicitors, private care homes, counsellors and funeral directors
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE QUALITY MARK AWARD?
This varies according to the size of the organisation and the influence/seniority of the employee leading on the process. For example, an organisation may need to make changes to key policies in order to satisfy the criteria for being awarded the Quality Mark, which in some large organisations, can take some time to be ratified.
WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR ORGANISATION DOES NOT PASS THE ASSESSMENT?
The assessment is not a test or an exam and organisations do not simply ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. If an organisation does not meet the essential criteria for the Quality Mark award, Lancashire LGBT will award the organisation “Working Towards” status and create a bespoke action plan to assist it in making the changes required to achieve the full award.
HOW LONG IS THE QUALITY MARK VALID FOR?
If an organisation has submitted an assessment and is in the process of making changes agreed as part of the action plan, it will be awarded ‘Working Towards’ status which is valid for up to two years.
The Quality Mark award once achieved will be valid for three years. After three years, the organisation will be invited to renew its Quality Mark status. This may involve a small renewal fee and a short assessment review to ensure that the organisation has kept to up to date with any changes to legislation or best practice in relation to LGBT people.
Current Quality Mark Award Holders:
Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is a local independent charity with over 30 staff members and over 100 volunteers. They help over 1500 local older people every year, offering activities, events, befriending and information.
Blackpool and the Fylde College is one of the UK’s leading further education colleges, having been been ranked in the top 3% of further education colleges in England for six years running. It gained the Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark in September 2021.
Blackpool Sixth is an outstanding co-educational sixth form college serving the Fylde coast of Lancashire, delivering outstanding teaching, learning and support as well as providing extensive opportunities for personal development and growth. The college gained the Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark in July 2021.
Empowerment is a Blackpool-based charity which is committed to empowering its service users in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to have their voices heard, “especially those who are never listened to”.
This is one of the largest and well established GP surgeries in Blackpool, serving over 11,000 patients from the Adelaide Street (Central Blackpool) and Kentmere Drive (Mereside) surgeries. The team includes four full-time GPs, a paramedic practitioner, practice pharmacist, four senior nurses and three health care assistants. It is a member of Blackpool Central West Primary Care Network.
The South King Street practice dates its history back to at least 1886. It is now a member of Blackpool Central West Primary Care Network.
Elizabeth Street Surgery (“Working Towards” status)
Elizabeth Street Surgery is another member of the Blackpool Central West Primary Care Network.
Spring Into Action CIC (“Working Towards” status)
Spring Into Action is a Community Interest Company whose vision is of an inclusive society where people with learning disabilities can fully participate. It does this by providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in activities, volunteer within services and find employment. It provides quality, inclusive services such as Meet’N’Match, and works in partnership with other service providers to run regular sessions that allow service users opportunities to flourish and achieve their potential.
Child Action North West (“Working Towards” status)
Child Action North West (CANW) offers a comprehemsive range of services with the aim of improving the lives of children and young people, families and communities so that they can lead positive, healthy and meaningful lives. Services are based entirely on individual needs.
CANW has been in existence for over 130 years since the founding of Blackburn Orphanage in 1886. Many of the issues that caused children to be placed there still exist today, and this is why CANW continues to evolve to meet the needs of children and young people, families and communities.
The Birchwood Centre in Skelmersdale works with vulnerable Young People aged from 13 to 25 to prevent homelessness and improve well-being. Birchwood also provides supported accommodation, delivers mediation, training, and support in moving on. The charity last year won a national GSK IMPACT Award for excellence in improving people’s health and well-being.
HARV stands for Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, and this organisation provides individuals, families and communities in those areas with support and knowledge about domestic abuse. HARV provides professional and high quality support and services to people experiencing domestic violence.
Inspire provides all aspects of drug and alcohol treatment, including open access, structured treatment and referral to Tier 4 rehabilitation. Inspire’s aim is to promote recovery from addiction and dependence and to support people to make positive changes to their lives.
We Are With You Lancashire (formerly Young Addaction)
We Are With You Lancashire is a substance misuse service for young people under 25 years . The work involves supporting individuals one to one with face to face appointments or remotely using video link or by telephone, encouraging and increasing health and well being. they offer face to face appointments in the community and/or can provide support via telephone, Whatsapp, Skype, Google Meet or through Zoom.
Community Futures aims to promote and develop social, economic, cultural and community activity in Lancashire, working through voluntary groups and in partnership with public authorities. Based in Fulwood, Preston but working across the whole county, the organisations supports, develops and empowers local communities in a number of way such as helping to secure grant aid and statutory funding for communities to improve their physical and social environment , providing the right information to community groups that need to know how to maintain or develop services , and delivering a broad range of training to give community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals the confidence to make changes for themselves or the people they help.
Active Lancashire is the County Sports Partnership for Lancashire. It aims to bring partners together to create healthy lifestyles through Sport and Physical Activity. Active Lancashire partners include local government, sport governing bodies, police, education, the health sector, and volunteering and media partners. Partners are committed to working together to increase the number of people participating in sport and physical activity across Lancashire.
Pendleside Hospice in Reedley, near Burnley, exists to promote and enhance quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers; by delivering specialist and holistic palliative care, which addresses their individually assessed physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
Pendleside’s services include the Inpatient Unit, Day Services, Outpatients, Hospice at Home, Dementia Support, Complementary Therapies, Family & Carers’ Support, and Bereavement Support.
Carers Link Lancashire is an independent registered charity whose aim is to support unpaid carers across the boroughs of East Lancashire. According to the 2011 census, there are over 42,000 carers in East Lancashire. The purpose of the organisation is to provide person-centred and holistic
support and services to unpaid carers and indirectly to the people they care for, across East Lancashire, by provision of information, training and support; and to raise public awareness in all aspects relating to carers and caring.
The Liberty Centre in West Lancashire works in the field of domestic violence/abuse.The Liberty Centre’s current services include support for both female and male victims of domestic abuse and children & young people aged 8-25 in domestic abuse situations; a refuge offering temporary emergency accommodation; a drop-in from a town centre base in Ormskirk; confidential counselling; group recovery programmes; training courses; and a 24 hour emergency telephone helpline.
The Bay 6 project in Leyland is a safe, friendly and appropriate environment in which young people are supported, enabled and empowered to prepare for independent living. Staff at Bay 6 support young people to find appropriate accommodation for moving into outside of the project. Project workers work with the young people individually to identify their support needs, and, based on this, develop support plans to ensure they are meeting their individual goals and working towards moving them on from the project into accommodation suitable for their needs.
This service supports Young Carers under the age of 18 who are significantly affected by caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health problem or/and drug and alcohol problem. The Young Carers have a named worker who is there to support them and provide information and advice.
They offer one to one work: being sensitive, listening, caring, respecting the young carers and offering support around their caring role. Young carers are supported to visit services and to take control of their decisions , meeting them where they feel comfortable to talk. The sessions may cover topics such as self-esteem, confidence, relationships, decision making, education, employment, training, health and personal safety.
Include Me 2 provides family support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. The project operate after school and evening groups, weekend activities, school holiday play schemes and residential weekends away. The three services offered are Lancashire Break Time, the Participation Service and the Independent Support Service.
Barnardo’s Moving On service offers a range of services to young people in housing need. These include supported housing sites in preston, Lancaster and Morecambe; supported lodgings in Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde; Preston Nightstop emergency accommodation; and homelessness prevention and advocacy work.
West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Services is is the key infrastructure organisation for voluntary and community groups in West Lancashire.
Its main activities are:
- Providing information and support to voluntary organisations
- Helping local people to set up and develop voluntary and community groups, and network with other organisations
- Representing voluntary and community groups to statutory and other organisations, and partnerships
Renaissance is a leader in the delivery of substance misuse and sexual health services. The service offers a range of substance misuse and sexual health activities for adults, young people and their families in Lancashire. Services offered include:
- Non clinical, coordinated and specialist support for individuals who are living with and/or are affected by HIV and Hepatitis C, individuals affected by sexual violence including sex workers and male victims, the LGBTQ+ community, populations at high risk of poor sexual health e.g. sex workers and men who have sex with men, aiming to contribute to the reduction of undiagnosed HIV/BBV and STIs and to provide harm minimisation and education to identified risk groups.
- 60 second rapid HIV testing service and supports events such as National HIV Testing Week.
- Harm reduction initiatives such as dry blood spot testing, chlamydia screening, condoms and needle exchange facilities are provided for service users, both sexual health and substance misuse.
- One to one and group support for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Counselling service.
Glenroyd Medical is a PMS (Personal Medical Services) innovative family practice established since 1951, which serves over 15,500 patients. They have a main and branch surgery, located in central and the north of Blackpool. The Practice is a “training practice” and is accredited to ensure that the highest standards are maintained in the training of junior doctors and students. The training doctors spend 4-12 months with the practice to gain experience and training.
They have an established Patient Participation Group, which includes a selection of patients, and practice staff who meets at regular intervals to discuss service improvement.
UR Potential is a Community Interest Company which was launched in 2010 with a key aim to develop the capacity of local communities with particular emphasis on improving outcomes for children, young people and families, through volunteering and development opportunities. They work with communities to support them to achieve their full potential along with their families and have healthy, safe, happy and prosperous lives through opportunities within their communities through volunteering and capacity building approaches. They recognise that supporting communities, parents, carers and families is key to achieving this. Their areas of work are: Volunteering, Training, Research and Consultancy, Direct Delivery of Youth-work. They have a number of youth groups – LGBT, LGBT Family support group, Girls, Art, Gardening, Blackpool Youth Voice, Young Ambassadors & Youth Action Teams. They work in partnership with many third sector organisations, the private sector & statutory services. They are an accredited Centre for AQA, ABC, Open Awards and Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.
They provide LGBT young people across the Fylde Coast with one to one support, group support and family support. They worked in partnership with Lancashire LGBT to research health provision for the LGBT community across Fylde & Wyre.
UR Potential is quite unique in that their LGBT provision is needs-led by the young people. It is co-designed by young people for young people. They are the only organisation across the Fylde Coast that delivers LGBT provision for 13 to 25 year olds & the only organisation that offers family support.
They offer offer the same provision for LGBT young people across Fylde & Wyre as well as Blackpool.