The next phase of a community consultation has launched looking at the options of launching an LGBT+ hub in Perth & Kinross.
Pink Saltire are steering a new aspect of the study, prioritising face-to-face activities to help build conversations and the options of how a hub could be brought to the region. Hosting a ‘Community Conversation’ questionnaire during Perthshire Pride weekend (28th – 29th August), this saw the first steps towards a series of workshops.
Those taking part on the day were invited to have their say on a range of matters, including why there is a need for a hub, what they feel should be in the space, where it could be located in the region and offering feedback on some draft models produced during the first part of the consultation, which took place in November 2020 – February 2021.
Following from Perthshire Pride, a series of workshops are being planned to take place in September and October, which will be open for all to take part in. These are expected to take place across the region. To help guide these sessions and provide the community with the chance to provide ongoing feedback, a short questionnaire will be available online. This is similar to the stall displayed at Pride, and gives those the chance that were unable to make it on the day to also have a say.
The more feedback and ideas help to build the case and desires for a community hub, whilst all responses will remain anonymous. Those responding will also be able to sign up with their interest to attend a future workshop.
The workshops will then provide a chance to be creative alongside others to design a hub, suggesting how the services, support and facilities could be joined together. These will be free to attend and hosted in various locations across Perth & Kinross. More details and the opportunity to book a space will be available soon.
Speaking as the coordinator of the research, Matt Wester said:
“We are keen to hear from people of all walks of life. The multiple lockdowns and effects of COVID has led to the LGBT+ community feeling very isolated, and the idea of this hub is to help tackle loneliness, provide a range of support and to bring people back together on an permanent basis.”
“The strong turnout at Perthshire Pride in August shows how resilient we are, and having a physical space can help the community have a sense of belonging in an accessible environment.”
“It’s important that we first recognise the gaps, challenges and impacts on people across the region when pulling together plans for a community hub – we want to make it accessible, widely available and bringing services into the region that are otherwise difficult to access.”
If you wish to take part in the short questionnaire, your feedback would be greatly appreciated – please visit this page.
Any questions are also very welcome – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.