On Saturday 26th March, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland (THT Scotland) is inviting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living in Ayrshire to an event dedicated to helping them develop new local support networks. The overall aim is to tackle the issue of isolation that can be felt by many LGBT people in rural areas.
The event, ‘Talking Shop’ will take place at a location in Ayrshire between 1pm and 3:30pm. Following a similar event in 2007, THT Scotland set up a social support group and developed a news letter for the LGBT community locally. However, THT Scotland has since had requests for more local support, both from LGBT people and the organisations that support them.
Robert McKay, National Director for THT Scotland, said “We were delighted at the success of the previous ‘Talking Shop’ event and the support network which it produced. We have since received so many requests for more local support, we’ve decided to build on this success with a second ‘Talking Shop’ session.”
“We know LGBT people living in rural areas, such as Ayrshire, can feel isolated. This is a great opportunity to bring people together to share experiences and discuss the issues they may face. We want the Ayrshire LGBT community to lead on this and tell us what works best for them.”
The event is open to LGBT people from across the region. Friends are also welcome. Venue details will be provided on request. To book a place or for more information about this event and other support networks in Ayrshire and Arran contact David Bingham at THT Scotland on 0141 332 3838 / 07917 815 625, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.