Accessibility Matters at
Brighton Bear Weekend
The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) and its
Accessibility Matters volunteers are looking forward to attending their first Brighton Bear Weekend Bear B Q.
The volunteers will be onsite to provide access support to attendees with mobility
and emotional needs.
The LGBT CSF will be partnering with the Village MCC to provide its joint
listening ear service on the park during the event.
Billie Lewis, Volunteer Chair of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety
Forum said, “We enjoy attending public events and delivering outreach within the community. We get a real feel for public opinion and a sense of how we can
develop our services by going out and talking and listening to people about their experiences and concerns. We look forward to seeing you there!”
Accessibility Matters is the only dedicated LGBT project that delivers effective
front-line services to the Disabled LGBT Communities in Brighton & Hove.
Accessibility Matters was created by
the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum to address the needs of older disabled, and deaf members of the LGBT
Communities in the city, to encourage and empower them to take part in community and social life on a par with their non-disabled peers.
Accessibility Matters for the past 6 years have
provide a space at Brighton and Hove Pride for people with various disabilities so they can be part of the community.
During the last twelve months, Accessibility Matters has delivered self-awareness and self-defence workshops to empower individuals to feel safer and protect themselves. These workshops were also
delivered at the Forums' B. Right. On. Festival which celebrates LGBT History Month in February.
Accessibility Matters was
instrumental in enabling older, disabled and deaf people to take part in Pride 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 both in the Parade, where they were accommodated at the front of the parade, and at the main
event on Preston park where Accessibility Matters provided a safe space for disabled people and their carers. For many disabled people, it was
the first Pride at which they felt supported and welcomed as equals.
For more info on the
Brighton Bear Weekend click here