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Recruiting young people for our Voices Unheard project

LGBT Youth Scotland is recruiting LGBT young people aged 13-25 from across Scotland to join our Voices Unheard Project to support our work on LGBT Healthy Relationships and Domestic abuse.

Are you an LGBT young person aged 13-25 and currently live in Scotland?

Are you passionate about ensuring that LGBT young people have access to relevant information about healthy relationships or domestic abuse?

Want to use your voice to influence positive change and improve services for LGBT young people?

If you answered YES – we want to work with you!

Content warning: references to different forms of abuse, violence and harassment.
Domestic abuse and LGBT people
1 in 4 LGBT people experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and can face challenges when accessing support. When people think about domestic abuse, they often only think about physical violence, but domestic abuse includes a range of controlling behaviours carried out by a partner or ex-partner to cause physical, emotional or mental harm. 

This can include physical violence; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; stalking or monitoring you; threats; isolation or financial abuse.

Sometimes homophobia, biphobia or transphobia are used as tools of abuse, including; name-calling; enforcing stereotypes; undermining your gender identity or gender expression or threatening to out you.

Domestic abuse often happens over a period of time, and has a profound impact upon a person's physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

LGBT young people report that they do not receive enough information about healthy LGBT relationships or how to recognise abuse in LGBT relationships, and many feel unable to access specialist support services due to fear of being outed or because they are concerned about prejudice, discrimination or not being taken seriously.

We want to change that!
Voices Unheard Project – what’s involved?

The Voices Unheard Project will bring together LGBT young people from across Scotland to support our work on healthy relationships and domestic abuse.

The group will also act as a voice for LGBT young people across Scotland who are affected by these issues.

You don't need to have experience of domestic abuse or have been in an unhealthy relationship to participate; you just need care about these issues and be willing to work with us to create change.

The project will involve both digital and face-to-face participation, so you will need to have access to the internet and a device that allows you to access Microsoft Teams, Discord, Zoom, or an equivalent platform. LGBT Youth Scotland will cover travel costs and expenses for face-to-face events.

The group will meet at regular intervals through the year (approx. once every 6 – 10 weeks) to work together to shape the direction of the project and to learn and develop the skills needed to be effective youth activists.

There will be other opportunities, events and activities out with group meeting times also, and some of the key opportunities you could be involved in include:

• Awareness Raising work, such as developing workshops, and running a campaign
• Developing peer research to learn more about LGBT young people’s experiences
• Taking part in consultations or research
• Engaging with professionals and decision makers
• Creating new resources and information for LGBT young people
• Supporting staff to develop professional training

If you are interested in getting involved, please complete our online form. Recruitment will close on 25th February 2022 and we will be in touch soon after to let you know if your application has been accepted.

Please note: When applying you will need to supply contact details for a reference from a youth worker, teacher, employer or equivalent. We may contact these people in advance of you joining the project. We recognise that young people might not be 'out' or may not be able to get a reference easily. If you are unable to provide a reference, please let us know and we will contact you to discuss.

If you want to know more about this project or have any questions, please contact Janice.Stevenson@lgbtyouth.org.uk.

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