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Our Strategy

Our strategy and vision

The Strategy has been developed by Hart Gables through funding from the Community Pool Investments and Development in consultation with our local LGB and/or T community and key partners.

The Strategy aims to address the barriers faced by the LGB and/or T community living in the Tees Valley and set the direction and scope of Hart Gables, the only LGB and/or T voluntary sector organisation operating in the Tees Valley.

Progressive legislation over the past 10 years (1,2,3,4,5) has included unique and un-matched rights under the law for LGB and/or T people. However, whilst some public attitudes have changed, unfortunately, many have not.

In order to ensure that all LGB and /or T people are given equal life chances and have services that meet their needs, it is acknowledged that partner organisations need to work together to create a robust strategy and ensure its implementation. A co-ordinated approach will have the ability to effectively address priority needs, thus creating full equality for all LGB and/or T people in our local area.

The Vision
“To celebrate diversity ensuring the Tees Valley is a place where LGBT members of society feel valued, have equal rights and are empowered to reach their optimum potential.”

Within this strategy, the diversity of the LGB and/or T community will be considered throughout the key themes and actions will take account of distinctive characteristics.

Hart Gables is a specialist support service for those who identify as LGB and/or T across the Tees Valley area. LGB&T stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. The term LGB&T is intended to emphasise a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures and is sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. Hart Gables has been established since 1997 and was firstly launched as a community group named ‘The Rainbow Centre’ ran by dedicated volunteers. In May 2005 the recently rebranded service Hart Gables advanced to registered charity status and has been successfully developing ever since, emerging into an improved organisation year after year. The strategic aim is to develop a safer and more inclusive community that will enable LGB and/or T individuals to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.

Following consultation with service users, other local services and key strategic partners, 11 fundamental priorities aims were developed around 6 themes: hate crime, same sex domestic abuse, education, poverty & financial inclusion, community cohesion and health. A 5 year Action Plan will be implemented over the next 12 months to ensure resources are allocated appropriately and LGB and/or T issues are kept high on the agenda. 

You can find the strategy below:
LGBT Tees Valley Strategy

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