About Us

What is the LGBT Community Safety Forum?  

The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum are an established independent LGBT forum of eight elected unpaid volunteers working with the LGBT Community to address and improve safety and access issues throughout Brighton & Hove.


We are also registered as a not for profit company limited by guarantee 09611553.


We undertake cultural, educational and social safety community activities and any type of LGBT community/inclusion and accessibility initiative.


The LGBT Community Safety Forum was formed to give the community a much needed voice on a wide range of safety issues in Brighton and Hove.


We are here to act as a bridge between the community and statutory services such as the city council and Sussex police and to enable there to be more accountability and transparency of the services provided.


It's very much a forum where members of the public can have their say and can ask direct questions to those in charge of community safety in the city.


We also exist to bring together the numerous other LGBT groups across the city under the one umbrella of Community Safety and Inclusion.


What does the LGBT Community Safety Forum do?


The Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum currently work on issues of Community Safety, Personal Safety, Homelessness, Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence, Disability Awareness/Access and LGBT History.


We are instrumental in the planning and delivery of Disability Pride Brighton, The B&H Anti Hate Crime Vigil, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia and disability access at Brighton Pride. 
We also support the delivery of The Brighton & Hove World AIDS Day Vigil and The Brighton Bear Weekend Picnic and organise the B Right On LGBT Community Festival.


Who are we? 
We are all volunteers with full time jobs in Service support, Education,  Domestic Abuse Outreach, Data Protection, Security, Event Management and the Medical Profession . Our outreach services are delivered in person, direct in the community, over the phone or online. We collectively volunteer approximately  120 hours per week to the forum although this can double over Brighton Pride. 
Our Quarterly Public Meetings take place in community spaces while our committee meetings usually take place at our new base at 93 St James Street, BN2 1TP.
All of the volunteers are passionate about their community and utilise their professional training and unique skills in  delivering  their roles.
How are donations and grants spent?
Grants and donations are ring-fenced to specific projects. This includes Accessibility Matters our project supporting the older, disabled and deaf LGBT Community, Project Protect, our project supporting those who are homeless or are in emotional crisis and The Next Step, supporting those affected by Hate Crime or Domestic Abuse to actively engage, safely, in Volunteering or supporting them back to work through CV support, travel training, interview skills and 121 support in the work place.
What are the Forum most looking forward to in the year ahead?
We are super excited about delivering our outreach services in the center of the LGBT Village. From here we will be able to run our new drop in sessions and support groups for those affected by Hate Crime and Domestic Abuse/Violence while continuing to deliver our other projects and volunteer programme.



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