FFLAG is a well-known and respected charity across the UK and yet people are usually surprised when they learn how small an organization we actually are in terms of people and resources. Not many realize that we rely entirely on voluntary contributions to enable us to provide our services to anyone who needs them.
Sometimes the task seems daunting.
So we would like to take this opportunity to heartily thank our friends at the LGBT Consortium for being there for us and so many others as well, because they host the largest network of LGBT groups, projects and organizations in the UK.
Over the years they have been there for us in terms of advice, training, information, linking in with others and yes, sometimes a friendly shoulder to lean on.
The Consortium’s Annual Conference and AGM was held on January 23rd and 24th and Bruce and Janet Kent were able to attend on behalf of FFLAG this year.
Paul Roberts, the LGBT Consortium’s CEO, was recently awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List for his outstanding services to the sector. He is pictured here (on the left) with Greg Ussher, The Consortium’s President congratulating him during the conference for his work.
Paul has personally been a great friend to FFLAG and has supported us in countless ways over the years. Specifically recently, as FFLAG has begun a major reorganization and review of its activities, Paul has been meeting with the Trustees with encouragement and wise counsel.
The Annual Conference was a weekend of Bitesize Workshops each led by different members of the Consortium themselves who were willing to share some of their experiences and expertise with others. There was advice and information about such topics as getting the best out of social media, helping LGBT+ people living in rural areas, finances, reaching younger people, project management, grassroots campaigning, LGBT and asylum issues and many others including getting the most of what the Consortium has to offer small charities like our own.
Many new contacts and friendships were made and FFLAG is all the stronger for this association.