Launch of LGBTQ Partnership for Young People at Elsie Whiteley Centre

Barnardo’s Calderdale Positive Identities Service invites you to join our launch event on Friday 14 September 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre.

The Project increases awareness of challenges LGBTQ young people may face, such as bullying and discrimination in schools, organisations, groups and communities across the authority. Positive Identities would like to explore the duty of care professionals have towards LGBTQ young people to increase levels of understanding, and make services accessible in a sustainable way by:

  • Working with young people in the community and in primary schools.
  • Supporting services and organisations to understand the importance of ensuring accessibility.
  • Training community members and multi-agency professionals.
  • Improve the quality of service.

Barnardo’s Positive Identities aims to create a CALDERDALE LGBTQ PARTNERSHIP GROUP, making Calderdale the best borough in the North for LGBTQ young people, their families and communities.

This is to:

  • Look at the work Barnardo’s and partners have done
    in Calderdale to support LGBTQ communities
  • Look at the LGBTQ Action Plan released by the
    Government Equalities Office in July 2018
  • Invite Clinical Commissioning Group EDI Lead, Kate
    Bell, to discuss the EDI equality objectives
  • Discuss our vision to make Calderdale the best borough in the North for LGBTQ young people, their families and communities.

You should attend to:

  • Take part in creating and shaping together the
    Calderdale LGBTQ Partnership Group
  • Network with other organisations and share learning
  • Improve accessibility of services for young people
    who identify as LGBTQ by accessing free training
  • Plan co-delivery of diversity days in your local area
  • Share the commitment to making Calderdale the
    best borough in the North for LGBTQ young people,
    their families and communities.

Please book your space on Eventbrite at

Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Refreshments will be provided.

Barnardo’s Positive Identities: Celebration Event

Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service are holding an event to celebrate the achievements of our service and service users in Calderdale.

As part of the experience the young people will guide you through a journey, showcasing our work, celebrating our partnerships, and providing further information about our service.

The experience will include:

  • Visual and audio art by young people
  • Performances by young people
  • Carousel resource sharing
  • A marketplace for partnership organisations
  • Discussion panel with our young people
  • Discussions, in small groups, with key figures in local LGBTQ work

Join Barnardo’s to celebrate the achievements of young people, volunteers and services in Calderdale at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Wednesday 8 February, 12:00-4pm. Tickets are FREE but please register with Eventbrite.

Lunch will be provided – please advise of any dietary requirements.

LGBTQ History Month: Healthy Identities Training

On Tuesday February 13 as part of LGBTQ history month, Barnardo’s Healthy Identities is hosting training around LGBTQ awareness for health and voluntary professionals across Calderdale.

This half day training course will introduce participants to key themes around sexual and gender identity, and will explore:

– Ideas and assumptions around gender and sexuality

– Key terms and concepts

– The Equality Act and discrimination

– Experiences of young LGBTQ people, particularly relating to health

– Ways to support and care for young LGBTQ people

This will also be an opportunity to learn more about the work of Healthy Identities with a possibility of exploring partnership opportunities.

The event is free but you are asked to register at Eventbrite. The course is being held at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane on Tuesday February 13, 1pm-4pm.

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Positive Identities Celebration Event

You have been invited to attend an annual celebration event for Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service to celebrate the work done by the service over the last 12 months.

Thursday 14 April – 1pm to 5pm
At The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

Lunch and refreshments provided and workshops include:

  • Learning from the Calderdale Hate Crime Project
  • Exploring layers of Identity
  • LGBTQ young people – the importance of faith and culture

Please RSVP by Thursday 24 March 2016by email to:

Or for further information call 01422 371993

Positive Identities