Leeds LGBT+  Mapping Project Update

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By Anne Marie Stewart LGBT+ Community Development Worker

WP 1: LGBT+ stakeholder and infrastructure mapping

Activity update:

Initial mapping

  • Identified over 70 LGBT+ groups and related activity through outreach and online research – identifying grassroots and community groups, and activity
  • Contacting groups and networks that have been identified so far about the project – gather information about the groups, their aims and purpose and history and request participants for further consultation ( over 40 so far)
  • Beginning to identify some emerging gaps in LGBT+ landscape, issues with sustainability and capacity – particularly related to social activity and support for young LGBT+ people in Leeds and BME LGBT+ groups, people with learning disabilities, older people
  • A number of LGBT+ groups and communities to consult with in 2017 have been identified – incl young LGBT+ people, Deaf LGBT people, LGBT+ people with experience of mental health issues

Next steps:

  • Further mapping – including focus on faith
  • Spatial mapping of LGBT+ activity in Leeds
  • Develop a typology of groups and activities, and developing themes
  • Identify relationships between activity and groups
  • Start identifying potential case studies/profiles for the project report
  • Look at how GIS mapping might contribute to the project – training on 6th December VAL

WP 2: Governance and stakeholder participation

Activity update:

Project Advisory Group development

  • Successfully recruited 15 people Project Advisory Group from Leeds’ LGBT+ community – with experience in mental health, community health and advocacy, education, activism, arts and culture, youth engagement and disability inclusion . The PAG group also has achieved a diverse spread of people regarding sexuality, age, gender and disability.
  • First Meeting (December 2016)- Mapping Stage
  • Second Meeting (January 2016)- Consultation Stage
  • Third Meeting (March 2016) – Findings and Implications

Project set up and updates

  • Update meeting with Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Foundation

Next steps:

  • PAG Meetings set for 12th December, 25 January, 15 March
  • Meeting format – ensuring it is accessible and engaging
  • Project updates with LCC and LFC

WP3: Outreach and consultation with LGBT+ community and stakeholders

Activity update:


  • Information about the project has been shared on LOPF, Tenfold, Volition, Gay Leeds, Through the Maze websites, mailing list for LGBT+ Hub and BME hub
  • Created a Facebook page for the Project https://www.facebook.com/MapLGBTLeeds/?fref=ts – promoted the project online, and on social media – generated interest leading to groups sharing information and interest in PAG, (137 likes)


  • Introduced the Leeds LGBT+ Mapping project via LGBT+ mailing lists, Four Forums networks and at LGBT+ Hub Meeting, TenFold meeting
  • Meetings with community members and professionals working with or on LGBT+ issues in Leeds – building relationships, recruiting to the PAG and participants for consultation
  • Set up meetings with bar managers on Gay scene
  • Set up meetings with Sauna managers
  • Set up meeting with Leeds GATE to discuss ABCD and Gypsy and Traveller LGBT engagement
  • Engaged with staff at Leeds City College re. recruiting LGBT+ young people for consultation

Online survey

  • Planning online survey to find out about LGBT+ community engagement in Leeds, relationship to the city, access etc

Next steps:

  • Ensure comprehensive promotion of Leeds LGBT+ Mapping project across Leeds – all city areas
  • Arrange consultation with different groups and LGBT+ communities for 2017
  • Develop and distribute online survey

WP 4: Market research

Activity update:

Learning from other LGBT+ infrastructure models

  • Set up visit to LGBT Foundation Manchester and LGBT Centre Leicester in January 2017
  • Reviewing other hub websites – LGBT Foundation, Centered in London – LGBT Community and Voluntary Sector Almanac

Learning from social research and methods

  • Gathering learning from community mapping, social impact assessment, community participation resources
  • Reading recent social research on LGBT+ communities in the UK

Next steps:

  • Visit and gather learning from LGBT+ models in other cities

WP 5: Website development

Activity update:

Information gathering

  • Building database of LGBT+ groups and community activity
  • Identifying different LGBT+ stakeholders through the mapping exercise – understanding website users and audience

WP 6: Business development and funding

Activity update

Beginning early March

WP 7:Gap analysis and write up

Beginning late February

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About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.