Who we are and what we do
- Aims of the LGBT Network
Provide a safe and supportive space for LGBT+ staff
Raise awareness, knowledge and understanding
Improve policy and practice
Improve service delivery
Work in partnership
Membership of the Network is open to all Hampshire County Council employees who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus those with other gender and sexual identities (LGBT+), those who are exploring their sexual and/or gender identity and those who support LGBT+ equality.
The membership and database of the LGBT+ Network will remain confidential to the Network Chairs and Administrator. Non-identifiable data on the membership, for example number of members by directorate, may be shared with others within HCC to inform network planning and development.
- Structure of the Network
The network reports to HCC’s Corporate Equality & Diversity Lead.
Two Co-Chairs will be elected from the membership to lead and co-ordinate the network.
The Chairs will be elected for a term of 3 years.
The Chairs of the network will meet with the Chairs of other LGBT networks across Hampshire and the chairs of other HCC Equality & Diversity groups to share information on good policy and practice and to organise joint events.
An administrator will be appointed from within the organisers group if available.
An organisers group will be developed to plan and co-ordinate meetings and social events.
This organisers group will be flexible in it’s make up and any member of the network is welcome to be part of the organisers group.
Additional working groups will be formed to work on specific projects and initiatives (e.g. HCC LGBT Real Vision Group)
The Network will meet 3 - 4 times a year for two hours. The network chairs can call additional meetings at any time.
Network meetings will held in Winchester (2 per year) and other locations across the county (1-2 per year)
Members are permitted to attend meetings in work time. Meetings are scheduled in advance and it is the individual member’s responsibility to give sufficient notice and make the appropriate arrangements with their line manager to attend.
The network will maintain LGBT+ network webpages on the corporate website and communicate via Yammer and a private Facebook Group.
Brief notes of each meeting will be posted on the LGBT network webpages
Details of events will be posted on the LGBT network webpages, with some events being promoted on the Intranet homepage and on the plasma display screens in managed buildings
- Links with other networks
The LGBT+ network will work with the other LGBT Staff Networks of organisations in the Hampshire LGBT+ Alliance to organise for a joint annual staff conference, and to assist in planning Hampshire Pride.
- Network budget
An annual budget is currently being requested to meet the following anticipated costs
- Internal and external websites
- Hampshire Pride & LGBT History Month Publicity & Advertising
- Annual Conference
- Stonewall Workplace Index Related Training
- Internal LGBT Awareness Training