Well, I’d like to be able to say that spring has sprung for our newsletter – but at the moment it’s bucketing down outside! Still, it’s been another great few months at Galop, and spring seems like a good time to unveil our fresh new look. This issue we’re writing to you again to highlight some of our work, and let you know a bit more about some of the people we’ve helped at Galop. Look out below for details of our Eurovision sweepstake – your chance to support Galop’s work and potentially win a prize!
I was first put in contact with Galop after several years of homophobic and transphobic abuse by gangs of youths on my estate. Being a transgender person wasn't easy. I had to stop being who I wanted to be just to try fit in. I lost all my confidence. It got to the point were I was depressed, living in fear of my life, having to look over the balcony to see if anyone was outside or waiting until it got dark before going out. I found the council were not taking me seriously in my desperation to be re-housed.
Galop steps in
After speaking to my caseworker about what I was going through, they told me about what they could do to help me through. After a few conversations they contacted my housing provider and had the same bad response as I did. Knowing what I was going through and what little help I was getting, they helped me report what was happening to get action taken against the youths and built up a case of police reports and letters to present to my housing officer which helped to get them to understand how bad things were.
Before speaking to Galop I was unaware of any groups that could help people like me. Galop helped me immensely giving me hope and a bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Once contact was made by my housing provider, which felt like forever, Galop had managed to put my case forward to the right people and in result I was made a priority and given a managed transfer, thanks to all the hard work and time Galop put into my case.
My new start
I have now moved into a brand new home were I can finally live my life being me and not have to worry about who's outside or fear for my life. The area and people are really nice.
Thanks to Galop I have been given a brand new start in life. I’ve got my confidence back and going out isn't any trouble now. I’m getting involved in the community and also trying to get work helping people in my local area. Saying thank you just doesn’t seem enough for the help and support that I’ve been given by Galop.
It’s that time of year again when countries across Europe will be ‘Making Their Minds Up’ about whether their neighbours’ songs should meet their ‘Waterloo’…yes the Eurovision Song Contest is a-coming and this year you can add to the usual fun of dodgy vocals and frightening outfits by joining our fundraising sweepstake! It only costs £3 and you could win £20 – there’s no limit to how many entries you can have. Click here to take part, it only takes a minute – go on, you know you want to!
Victim Services Consultation
Here at Galop we get very excited about government consultations. Even if you don’t, it’s worth responding to this consultation by the Ministry of Justice if you have fifteen minutes. They want people’s opinions about how services for victims of crime should be funded, what victims of crime should be able to expect from the police and courts and how financial compensation for victims of crime should be decided. It closes this Sunday 22nd of April though so you need to get in fast.
Find out more here - http://bit.ly/xHN2sd
European LGBT Safety Survey
A major online survey has been launched to find out about LGBT experiences of safety and discrimination across Europe. Our caseworkers help people impacted by hate crime and domestic abuse every day, but the evidence of that need is still lacking. We would encourage you to take part to give us the tools to campaign for change. Its anonymous and takes about 20 minutes.
Make your experience count and take part - https://lgbtsurvey.eu/
We’re incredibly excited at Galop to be supporting cliniQ, the new holistic sexual health and well-being clinic for trans* people and their partners and friends. The idea for cliniQ came from trans people themselves, who often face difficulties in accessing informed, respectful and appropriate sexual health screening and testing from mainstream GUM clinics. The clinic offers an enormous range of services – you can find out more on our website: http://www.galop.org.uk/2012/cliniq/
We’re also delighted that we’ll be supported by the Retro Bar who are showing the final on Saturday 26 May. Come and join us there as we cheer on our favourites, and who knows there might be a special chance for you to win a little something extra! It’s always one of the Retro Bar’s popular nights so do make sure you turn up early if you want to get in!
We were beyond excited that our animated short film Paws For Women was shown at the LGBT Film Festival and that we had the chance to co-present the programme of trans shorts this year – a really thoughtful and eclectic set of films. It gave us the chance to reach a new audience and tell them about our work. Visit the Paws For Women website to view our film online.
Galop’s Great Austerity-Busting Quiz was a huge success – the room was completely packed out, and we made a whopping £1,000. if you missed out this time, look out for some of our other events over the year.
We’re always trying to spread the word and make sure that wherever you go for support, you get the service you deserve. We’ve had some great opportunities to reach more people this spring, including delivering training to: Tower Hamlets and Islington local authorities, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Victim Support and CAADA.
Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. We also support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
In addition to working with individual people, we work to improve the criminal justice system for us all, and to find ways to support victims of crime who do not want to go to the police.
We are a completely independent community-led group and we are not connected to the police.
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