LGBT+ Consortium is the UK’s largest network of LGBT+ groups, projects and organisations, with a membership of more than 450 organisations. The Consortium offers training, online resources and practical support for people who run LGBT+ groups, projects and networks, as well as facilitating collaboration and building networks across the LGBT+ sector.
The Consortium is using NET Coronavirus Appeal funding to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has distributed 61 grants across the £350,000 open Fund. Last year 85% of LGBT+ groups reported an increase in the amount of people seeking support and 18% of members reported a decreased income meaning cutbacks to services they provide.
One of the groups that received NET Coronavirus Appeal funds through the Consortium was House of Rainbow CIC who have seen a significant rise in demand on their services, up by 150% throughout the pandemic. House of Rainbow supports and creates a safer community for BAME and LGBT+ individuals by providing counselling and pastoral support, HIV mentoring and training, support to Asylum seekers and much more. They have used NET Coronavirus Appeal funds through the Consortium to provide essential food parcels to 16 vulnerable members shielding and have supported 73 people with counselling and therapy services. The funds also contributed to a new wellbeing project, comprising a series of nine weekly webinars focussing on topics like selfcare, confidence building, meditation and pleasure and protection for men living with HIV. CEO of House of Rainbow and pastor, Jide Macaulay, said ‘The funding has made an immense difference to the community as it has enabled people to access emergency support, and has ensured that we can remain open as a charity to continue helping those most in need.’