Resources to help promote equality

Patrick Price, senior manager and trust equality and diversity lead, Coun Val Tyler, Coun Robert Arkless, and Irene Fisher, policy officer for adult services.

Patrick Price, senior manager and trust equality and diversity lead, Coun Val Tyler, Coun Robert Arkless, and Irene Fisher, policy officer for adult services.

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A display of books and resources about the life and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has opened.

Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are part of a joint LGBT staff network group, working together to improve equality for all sections of the community.

As part of this work, the group has sourced a number of books and resources which are to be included in the display and are available from all Northumberland libraries.

These resources include various pieces of information on adoption and fostering, support services and how to arrange a civil partnership ceremony.

The displays provide a platform for the council to let people know the work the group is doing to promote LGBT equality and hope to encourage staff and the wider community to make use of these resources.

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture said: “Taking part in this initiative shows our commitment to promoting equality and reinforces the point that libraries are an open space for everyone in our community and a vital source to gain advice and information.”

There is evidence that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can encounter barriers to inclusion and acceptance which can have a significant impact on many areas of their lives.

Coun Susan Dungworth, who is responsible for equality and diversity, said: “The staff network group is an invaluable resource that we have here at the council, whose work continues to benefit the community and has allowed us to identify this fantastic source of information.”

The council and the trust are promoting this initiative as both are diversity champions of Stonewall, one of the leading charities dedicated to promoting LGBT equality.