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Published 19th Sep 2011

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Hope North East (HNE) CIC is celebrating after becoming the first Middlesbrough drug and alcohol recovery support service to achieve the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Inclusion Award, in recognition of their work to promote the inclusion of the LGBT community throughout their drug and alcohol recovery services.

The LGBT Inclusion Award has been devised to mark the successful attainment of standards of inclusive practice throughout an organisation. It is accredited to those who have undertaken training through Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) and is endorsed by the Middlesbrough Cohesion Partnership.

Matt Fowler, Business Manager said, “We are delighted to be receiving this award which is a real credit to our team of staff and volunteers who pride themselves on creating a warm, welcoming environment for everyone. We are fully committed to ensuring improved recovery focused outcomes for a diverse range of substance misusers, leading by example and ensuring that the needs of our Service Users are fully met”.

Award presentation event

Representatives from Hope North East will be presented with their award at the ‘Living My Life’ seminar on 20 September. ‘Living My Life’ is a touring exhibition of inspirational portraits celebrating the lives of transgender people. Middlesbrough is the first North East venue for the exhibition. The exhibition has been produced by The Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The aim of the exhibition is to build confidence so that people feel more comfortable about their gender identity and public services are more aware and inclusive of their needs. It includes portraits and printed resources, offering information and advice for anyone who identifies as transgender or is questioning their gender identity, along with information for those working to provide services to this community.

We Are Open - Living My Life exhibition


We are very proud that Middlesbrough will be the first location in the North East to host Living My Life - An exhibition of inspirational portraits celebrating the lives of Trans people at We Are Open Gallery, 148 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough from the 16th until the 23rd of September 2011. Open daily 10am-5pm (except Sundays).

You are invited on Tuesday 20th of September from 2pm for an informal networking event to discuss gender diversity and view the exhibition with Dr Helen Greener, Consultant Psychiatrist, Ady Davis, Psychosexual Therapist, Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, NTW NHS Trust, Emma Roebuck, Criminal Justice Worker, Gay Advice Darlington and Durham and Lesley Duggan, LGBT Inclusion Officer, Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency.

Download the Living My Life exhibition poster

Useful links

Hope North East

Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA)

Middlesbrough Partnership

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