Health and the Kirklees LGBT community

Understanding the Health needs of the Kirklees LGBT community better

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Kirklees Council LGBT Employee Network and local charity Healthwatch Kirklees are working in partnership to understand the specific health experiences of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender) community in Kirklees.
We think that for many parts of health and care services in Kirklees, our sexuality doesn’t impact the service we receive. It does not affect our ability to see our GP, to get picked up by an ambulance, to visit a dentist or recover from the flu. There are other areas however, where evidence suggests that sexuality does impact on our health and care needs.

Our starting point for the survey is some research that has been done by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) on health issues that they feel specifically affect the LGBT community. Our survey repeats the points that the LGF makes in its study and asks you for a local Kirklees perspective. You can read more about this here: http://www.lgf.org.uk/policy-research/JSNA/ We’ve also added in some conclusions that Kirklees Council came to in 2006 as part of its CLIK (Current Living in Kirklees) survey, to see if the points raised then are still relevant.

There is space for you to add your stories on any aspect of health and social care services not just what the LGF/CLIK have suggested. Once it is done we’ll feed your opinions back to the people who commission and manage services.

In this partnership the Kirklees Council LGBT Employee Network will take the lead in getting the message out to as many members of the community as is possible. Healthwatch Kirklees will record in an open and transparent way what people are saying. Together, we’ll put people’s opinions and stories to the Council’s Public Health Team around Easter 2014.

You can fill in the survey here onlinehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/88G23TH

You can download a copy  from our website and send it back to us at our Freepost address

Freepost RTEY-JSBE-ZUGU

Healthwatch Kirklees

Units 11-12 Empire House

Wakefield Road

DEWSBURY

WF12 8DJ

Or you can ring us on 01924 450379 to ask for a copy to be sent out to you.

All information you send in will be anonymous. The survey will close on 31st March 2014.