Pink Saltire’s ‘Rainbow Voices’ training and volunteering program has been extended to cover LGBT people in Perth & Kinross.
In a new partnership with the local authority, Pink Saltire will deliver technical training in digital publishing, journalism, radio and soft skills for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in the region. They will also benefit from having their work published on the national LGBT news hub at pinksaltire.com, on air with Scene Radio, or in print with charity partners Scene Alba Magazine.
Scottish Government research published in January 2017 identified that 11% of LGBT are unemployed, three times the national average unemployment rate. Many LGBT people also face anxiety and fear of stigma and discrimination in seeking support into work or further education.
William Watters, Chairperson of the charity said:
“It’s fantastic news that we have the opportunity to expand our new Rainbow Voices training into new territories and its we’re very grateful to be working with Perth & Kinross Council on this program. They have demonstrated a firm commitment to equality for all residents in Perthshire and it’s very encouraging to see a local council in Scotland taking such a positive step towards improved opportunities for the LGBT community.”
The training program will begin with technical support in a number of areas and continue with coaching and mentoring from the 3 agencies involved. Rainbow Voices will be rolling out soon in the Perthshire area.
The program is co-funded by Big Lottery Fund Scotland ‘Awards for All’ and Perth & Kinross Council.