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Unable to take new referrals at the moment

By editor | 05/07/2021

Unfortunately due to staff shortages we are still unable to pick up any new requests for advocacy support at the moment.  We will review this temporary measure on Monday 19th  July, with a view to opening up the service the following week. In the meantime, we have prepared a list of other services that provide … Read more

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MindOut staff and volunteers fly their rainbow flags online

By editor | 29/06/2021

This Pride month we asked staff and volunteers to take selfies and share their favourite rainbow flag designs online. Some grabbed pens or paintbrushes and others went beautifully off brief. What a wonderful creative bunch we are! It’s a small yet colourful way to celebrate in the light of so many Pride events being cancelled … Read more

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Ex-service user, John Stephenson, talks to us on our 10 year anniversary of independence

By editor | 29/06/2021

Hi John. You were a service user back in 2011 and you have quite a story as to how you got here? Thanks for talking with me on this significant anniversary for MindOut. I am beyond grateful for your existence and the continued support of the people in Brighton & Hove and beyond! Back in … Read more

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Our 50+ self-advocacy workshops are here for you

By editor | 29/06/2021

We are running a series of bite sized Self Advocacy Workshops for people who are 50+. Self-advocacy is organising and speaking up for yourself to help you get what you want and need. Sometimes this isn’t always easy, especially for minority groups such as LGBTQ folk, who can be silenced and excluded due to prejudice … Read more

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Our trustee, Chris Clark, explains legacy gifts

By editor | 24/06/2021

I took the decision to write my will recently and chose to use an online service called FreeWill. Freewill provides an online guided template to help you to complete a legally-appropriate will, whilst avoiding high solicitor fees. As part of writing my will I included a wish to make a donation to a number of registered … Read more

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Vacancy: LGBTQ People of Colour Development Manager

By editor | 23/06/2021

LGBTQ People of Colour Development Manager 35 hours per week Salary: £27,306 pa Join our dynamic, growing LGBTQ mental health service. You will lead our work to become an anti-racist organisation, promote mental health within LGBTQ PoC communities and identify the gaps. You will need: experience of mental health, strategic planning, community consultation and partnership … Read more

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Catching up with Colin: a MindOut Peer Mentoring volunteer

By editor | 26/05/2021

What is your volunteer role at MindOut? I am a Peer Mentor, which means I support and listen to someone who may be struggling with their day to day life for various reasons. I have also helped out with the Befriending service which aims to combat loneliness and provide a lifeline over the telephone which … Read more

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Chats with Charlie: a MindOut Online Support volunteer

By editor | 26/05/2021

What is your volunteer role? Online Support Volunteer When did you start volunteering? June 2020 What inspired you to volunteer for MindOut? I’ve always wanted to volunteer for an LGBTQ charity, although due to work commitments I could never find the time to commit to the training. Then, in 2020 I found myself in the … Read more

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MindOut’s CEO shortlisted for award

By editor | 21/04/2021

We are delighted to announce that Helen Jones has been named as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Contributors to LGBT+ Life 2021. ‘I am so honoured to have been nominated and so honoured to be on such an amazing list of people, all of whom are incredible!  I would like to thank the brilliant … Read more

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By editor | 08/04/2021

Join MindOut’s #MentalHealthMatters fundraiser and help us raise £3000! Prizes to be won! The Covid19 pandemic has thrown the UK into a mental health crisis. This March a national Mental Health Matters Crowdfunder has been launched to raise funds and draw attention to the mental health challenges people are facing today. 40% of LGBTQ people … Read more

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MindOut’s Advocacy Service has recieved the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM)

We’re really proud that our Advocacy service has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy.  This award recognises and promotes good policy and practice with the aim of enabling all people to ... Read more
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LGBTQ Over-50s Advocacy Workshops

Facilitators: Karen Dresback, 50+ Project Advocacy Worker and Dawn Hayes, 50+Project Leader We’re excited to be offering a series of Advocacy workshops for LGBTQ people aged over 50, starting on January 28th. These workshops will cover a range of topics and are available to any LGBTQ people who identify as LGBTQ, as well as any ... Read more
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Chatting with Karen Dresback, LGBTQ Advocacy Worker

What is your role at MindOut? I am an advocate and the member of the team who leads and takes on the majority of housing and over-50s cases. I help to link people in with housing services and make housing applications and transfer requests. I also put people in touch with other support services. For ... Read more
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Meet Yasmin, our LGBTQ PoC group worker

Yasmin Kapadia has facilitated a number of peer support groups for MindOut including one for BAME service users. We are very happy that she will be facilitating our LGBTQ PoC peer support group starting in February. She also runs a private practice as an Integrative Transpersonal counsellor and works as a mental health mentor at ... Read more
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Online and Telephone Counselling Works!

When we first went into lockdown in March, MindOut moved quickly to offer online and telephone sessions to our existing clients, so that they could complete their counselling. This soon led to us offering remote sessions to new clients. Uptake was slow in the beginning, both clients and counsellors alike had concerns about the effectiveness ... Read more
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MindOut’s 12 Days of Winter Wellbeing

The festive season can be a difficult time of year for LGBTQ individuals and this Christmas is likely to be particularly isolating due to the pandemic.  You might be feeling lonely or you may be enduring an uncomfortable Christmas bubble with family. Here are MindOut’s top tips for staying mentally well this winter. Day 1. ... Read more
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LGBTQ Over-50s Self-Advocacy Workshop

17th December 2020 1-3pm, via Zoom Facilitators: Karen Dresback, 50+ Project Advocacy Worker and Dawn Hayes, 50+Project Leader Self-advocacy is the skill of making your voice heard where it is otherwise silenced. This is particularly difficult for those of us who are often silenced in society through prejudice and discrimination. Self-advocating involves taking control of your ... Read more
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LGBTQ POC Peer Support Group

We are very excited to announce our new Peer Support Group for LGBTQ People of Colour will be starting in February 2021. The group will be facilitated by Yasmin Kapadia and will run via Zoom. The group will run for 90 minutes on Wednesday afternoons from February for 18 weeks. This will be online via ... Read more
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MindOut Celebration Event 2020

Our Annual Celebration Event 2020 looks a little different this year! Check out the video as we reflect on the last year of MindOut’s achievements. We are also thrilled to present you with our Annual Report 2019-2020. Have a look and see what we’ve been up to.
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