This March edition of our newsletter is a special "Good News" edition. We have great news to share with you about the future of service and even better news about some of our volunteers.
It was announced in the middle of last month that we have been successful with our funding application to the Big Lottery Fund. D&G LGBT Plus has been awarded £120,000 over the next 3 years to help us develop and to ensure we are delivering the service and support our community require.
We have also had a request from a member of our community asking us to feature the release of a new music video from a young Scottish LGBT artist. We have done our research on them and think they are worth checking out. See our special feature further down, check out their new music video, and let them know what you think.
And remember, if you have anything you want included in our newsletter then please get in touch with your suggestions. Also we love to get feedback on our other services and support, so if you feel like commenting on anything you liked, or thought we could do better, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 16th of February, on a sunny Saturday in the bustling market town of Castle Douglas, we, LGBT Plus held our inaugural Celebration and Awards event at the Market Inn Hotel.
The event looked back over the successes of the past 3 years not just of the service, but also its members and service users. The venue was perfect and the company even better. A beautiful buffet lunch was provided and this gave our guests time to meet and chat with friends, and in many instances people meeting each other for the first time. It was a beautiful day and it was topped of with the main reason for the event, which was our Volunteer Awards.
This was the first year of our Volunteer Awards where we recognised and celebrated the special efforts and extra lengths that some of our volunteers and members have gone to, to support our service and the events LGBT Plus do throughout the year. The event highlighted just how important the volunteers and members are to our community and just how many positive LGBTQ ambassadors and role models we have out there helping us support other people living in our community.
We said it on the day, but we want to say it again...... Thank you. Thank to all our volunteers and supporters. You are the ones who give us the passion and encourage us to do better ourselves.
Check below for the list of winners and what they won and for some photographs from the day.
List of Winners & Their Awards
Regional Volunteer of the Year Alistair Lings
Host of the Year Kevin Dean
Pride Partner of the Year LGBT Youth Scotland
Pride Awards Robbie Phillips
Young Volunteer of the Year CL
Community Volunteer of the Year Myra Smith ( Morrisons)
New Volunteer of the Year Robbie Phillips
Volunteer of the Year Gillian Campbell
Exceptional Volunteer of the Year Iain Campbell
New Satellite Office Out in Orbit!
Our Satellite Office pilot got off to a great start in Castle Douglas last month; so much so that the good news stories about it being told by people who attended the event were heard all the way out in the west of the region, and now they are wanting the LGBT Plus Satellite office to come to them. So we are! We are heading to Stranraer this month.
If you want to come along and join us either just for a friendly chat and a cuppa or if you have something specific you would like advice a guidance on; come along and see us. We can chat with you either in a group or on a 1:1 setting.
The Stranraer Satellite office will be @
Burns House on Thursday 21st March from 10am - 2pm
If you have any questions about this event or wish to book a support appointment for this day then please email: email@example.com
A new place to be on a Saturday!
We have a new monthly meet-up event starting this month. We have made new friends with a local bistro in our community who have happily offered us the use of their premises on Church Street in Dumfries for us to reintroduce a monthly meet up for our members and friends at the weekends.
These events will be hosted by our volunteers and the first event is being hosted by none other than our "Host of the Year 2019", Kevin Dean.
The first one will take place on :- Saturday 30th March,
at the Doonhamer Bistro,
Dumfries DG1 1DF
We hope to see you there!
This section is just a little reminder for our long time readers and supporters, but also in case there are any new readers out there who are not aware of the social lunch events we have around the region. These are in addition to our "Meet-Up Events" and take place at the weekends.
Check out our events page for details of these and all our other events.
Our "Special Feature" section is a brand new section of the newsletter, and will now be the place we publish our readers and members requests for us to feature various things you want us to advertise to our readers and the Dumfries & Galloway LGBTQ community.
For our first ever special feature we have been asked to feature an up and coming Scottish band "Amy Lou". They are a Scottish Indie Pop band who come from Dunfermline and the band released their new music video, "Fiat Five Hunner" on Thursday (28th February). We have even heard a whisper there may be a tour about to be announced, so you may get to hear "Amy Lou" live if you like their new track.
We managed to speak briefly with the band's lead singer, 19 year old Amy Rogers. We asked Amy what is the song about? Amy said, “Fiat Five Hunner is centred around violence and bullying against the LGBT community." "The music video centres around a drag queen, and shows her face various prejudices and discriminatory behaviours for how she chooses to express herself. The harassment and abuse continues to the point when she gets in the face of the bullies, and then she is rescued by a Fiat Five Hunner"....."It sounds mad right, but it’s cool."
We then asked Amy what was the inspiration or reason behind the writing of the song? Amy told us, "Growing up as a young person, I was completely aware of my sexuality from a very young age. I was extremely confident in myself, even when in the face of those who thought differently about me, my choices, and those of the other LGBTQ community." "We worked very closely with the director , Sean Defrancesco, to really create a moving piece that is a approachable and relatable to a large group of people but one that also asks the viewer the question of how they feel about the issue. And the little bit of humour at the end keeps it light-hearted."
If you want to check out "Amy Lou's " new music video then please follow this to check it out. Amy let us in on a little secret that there may be a "Amy Lou" tour being announced soon and that August may be a month you will want to keep a date in your diary free....... We do not know the date yet but we will ask Amy to keep us posted on any news on their tour when it is announced.