Today (15th December) is Local Charities Day in the UK and we’re highlighting some of the great charities in Scotland doing amazing work with LGBT+ people.

Highland LGBT Forum (SC039528) – the forum have been working hard to improve representation and services for LGBT+ people living in more rural areas of the Highlands and Islands. The charity hold monthly open meetings and most recently held a Winter Disco in the Beaufort Hotel, Inverness. They can also be seen raising awareness of LGBT services at freshers fayre’s for UHI and in 2016 partnered with LEAP Sports to develop an active lifestyle programme for LGBT people in the Highlands.

For more info: www.facebook.com/highland.lgbt

Four Pillars (SC046667) – founded by local health campaigner and LGBT activist, Deejay Bullock, the charity have a health and community focus, working to ensure LGBT+ people have improved access to wellbeing services in the North East of Scotland. They hold regular social events and have been busy supporting students in Aberdeen at each of the freshers events over the Autumn. The charity was formed after the demise of Gay Men’s Health in the city and offer peer support groups to improve mental, emotional and sexual health. They are also key members of the North East LGBT+ Community Development Group. Deejay is also Co-Chair of the new Grampian Pride, coming to Aberdeen in May 2018.

For more info: www.facebook.com/4pillarsuk

Scottish Borders LGBT Equality (SC044539) – offering a voice to LGBT+ people living in more rural communities is an essential part of the work of this local charity. Chaired by Susan Hart, they recently held the Trans Borders conference to improve understanding and support for trans equality in the borders, supported by the Scottish Trans Alliance. They also hold regular social events to bring the community together and took part in Diversity Week alongside other local partners earlier in the year.

For more info: www.facebook.com/scottishborderslgbt

LEAP Sports (SC043210) – improving representation and provision of services for LGBT+ in sport in Scotland is the aim of LEAP Sports, based in Glasgow. The charity have been behind a number of high profile successful ‘Pride House’ ventures in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the Homeless World Cup in 2016 and will play a key role in the provision of an LGBT sports hub at the European Championships in the city next year. They provide community development support to sports organisations who want to be more inclusive and released a short film about experiences of LGBT people in sport in 2016.

For more info: www.facebook.com/LEAPSports.org

Scene Radio CIC (SC545720) – a community radio station with LGBT+ people at its heart, Scene Radio was formed in 2016 and is owned and operated by LGBT people, based on the outskirts of Glasgow. They aim to improve the representation of LGBT+ people in the media and offer volunteering opportunities as presenters or producers throughout Scotland. The station has been developing a range of content and presenters and is now planning an expansion into training for people interested in multi-media production. They have broadcast live from a number of LGBT events, including the first Fife Pride, the 2017 Icon Awards and West Lothian Pride in Livingston.

For more info: www.facebook.com/sceneradio

CSREC (SC010373) – covering the 3 local authority areas in Forth Valley (Falkirk, Clacks and Stirling), the charity are one of the key agencies behind the Forth Valley LGBT Development Group and have been working to improve representation of LGBT people, and other protected characteristics, in the region. They have developed a network of local ‘People’s Rights & Equality’ groups across the 3 local areas, which focus on better understanding the equalities needs of communities and supporting local provision to tackle discrimination. The charity supported the Forth Valley LGBT Heritage Day during LGBT History Month 2017 and were also active at the first Alloa Pride in 2016.

For more info: www.facebook.com/CSREC01

Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus (SC045377) – giving voice to LGBT+ people across Dumfries and Galloway region, this charity have a very successful partnership with D&G Council and the NHS. They organise monthly drop-in sessions in various locations across the region with an emphasis on making connections to help reduce isolation of LGBT+ people in this rural community. The group also hold information stalls at a number of community events throughout the year to raise awareness of services and organised a Pride event in Dumfries earlier in 2017. Enjoying the rich environment of the region is also a focus for the group, who have hosted walks and treks through the Dumfriesshire hills and woodlands.

For more info: www.facebook.com/DGLGBTplus

Loud Proud Choir (SC038303) – using music to bring people together in Edinburgh, this charity are one of Scotland’s best known LGBT community choirs. They hold twice-yearly intakes for new members and also regular concerts throughout the year, which have included a Spring concert and Festive spectacular this year. The charity also support other groups and performed recently at Waverley Care’s World AIDS Day gathering and the LGBT Health Winter Concert.

For more info: www.facebook.com/LoudandProudChoir

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