LGBT Network Wolverhampton has announced the closure of its LGBT centre due to a lack of funding.
In a statement, the Network said it has done all it can in the city in order to ensure some support remains available for the LGBT community and Equality and Diversity groups supported through the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) at Network House.
The effects of Government cuts and the global recession has meant that organisations such as LGBT Network Wolverhampton have found it increasingly difficult to secure the funding required to meet the demands of service users.
The Chief Executive, Martha Bishop, who joined the Network six years ago has worked tirelessly in partnership with Wolverhampton Homes, the City Council and other local organisations to grow the support offered by the Network.
Martha said: “I feel very honoured to have been involved in creating LGBT services, supporting local LGBT groups and supporting Equality groups through the EDF.
“Despite having very limited funds, the Network has been able to support LGBT and equality groups using the centre to find alternative premises. None of this would have been achieved without the help and support of partners in the public, voluntary and private sectors and most of all the amazing volunteers we have had the pleasure to work with over the years. Gaining The Queens Award for Voluntary Services was a special highlight.
“Sadly, there is no longer enough funding to run the centre, despite a fantastic fundraising effort and a growing income from monthly donations, the charity shop income, the furniture shop and renting out meeting and training rooms.”
The Network’s core LGBT services have been drastically reduced from 6 days a week to counselling one afternoon per week.
At an AGM the Executive Board announced that they will endeavour to sustain these vital services, but will need to review regularly, as it is not a long term solution.
LGBT groups that were operating from the centre including Lads Café, L:Bow Room, Trans Matters and x2y youth group are running from alternative premises and can be contact by their Facebook Pages and websites.
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