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Do you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning Carer? Or are you caring for someone that is part of the LGBTQ community?

Getting Your Needs Met 

One of our aims as a caring organisation is to ensure that LGBTQ Carers are treated with the same respect and dignity afforded to other Carers.  We understand that as a LGBTQ Carer you may feel additional reservations about seeking support, on top of the usual worries other Carers may have. Sometimes previous bad experiences may even stop you from coming forward at all-until you reach a point you can no longer cope and have no choice. 
Common concerns are: 

  • Will I feel pushed to ‘come out’ to service providers?
  • Will I be respected and treated with dignity if I wish to disclose my own or the person I care for’s sexual orientation?
  • Will specific issues I am facing be listened to and understood?
  • Will I be offered services that are appropriate to me?

Our organisation wants to create a safe and welcoming environment that supports and encourages LGBTQ Carers to ask for the help they are so often missing out on. Our support staff will provide opportunities to talk about your sexual orientation, should you wish to. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to! We will talk to you about confidentiality and how we protect information you share with us. We understand you may want to talk about specific issues you are facing as an LGBTQ Carer.
 

Whatever your caring situation, if you would like to speak to someone about your caring role, we will listen to you and respond to you in an empathetic and respectful way and help you to look at solutions that may help to improve your situation and your own wellbeing. Allsorts Youth have now delivered 4 LGBTQ Awareness Training sessions to Carers Support West Sussex staff, including Well-Being Support Workers, Managers and Trustees. Staff training forms part of our commitment to understand issues and discrimination faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people helping us to assess how inclusive and accessible our services are to LGBTQ Carers.