Housing association trains staff to support LGBT rough sleepers
Specialised training for staff so that they can understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rough sleepers in being launched by a national housing association.
Riverside is currently working with Stonewall Housing, who offer advice and support organisations helping LGBT homeless, and will be delivering training to address the needs and experiences that can lead to LGBT people becoming rough sleepers, reports 24dash.
Stonewall Housing launched the training called Finding Safe Spaces in February this year and Riverside is the first in the housing sector to commission it.
John Glenton is Riverside’s director of operations in care and support and chair of SPECTRUM, the LGBT staff group.
John said: “It’s really important that those working with rough sleepers are aware of the experiences of LGBT people and the impact that homophobia can have on finding a safe space, once they become homeless. We need to develop a greater understanding of the issues that can lead to homelessness, such as domestic abuse, or family rejection because of sexuality or gender identity, in order to fully meet the needs of the community. As a Stonewall top 100 employer we are committed to ensuring that staff can be themselves at work. We also extend this commitment so that we are fully equipped to support customers with a range of diverse needs and backgrounds.”
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