COVID-19 UPDATES

Information for LGBT+ victims/survivors and services providers during the COVID-19 disruption and shutdowns [Last updated: 11/06/20]

SAYiT welcomes appointment of new CEO

A message from our departing CEO, Steve Slack…. Dear colleague, friend or supporter of SAYiT, sadly I will be leaving SAYiT on Wednesday July 22nd. The position of CEO will be taken over by Heather Paterson. I am delighted with Heather’s appointment and I know that...

Mental Health Awareness Week: 18 -24th May 2020

A Blog from SAYiT CEO Steve Slack for Mental Health Awareness week. On May 17th many of us celebrated IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia). The date commemorates the day thirty years ago when the World Health...

IDAHoBIT 2020

Every year SAYiT marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT) on the 17th May, the day same sex attraction was de-classified as a mental illness by the World Health Organisaton (WHO). We mark this day to speak out about...

LGBT domestic abuse victims staying with perpetrators in lockdown because they can’t secure refuge space, charity warns

From inews 01/05/20: https://inews.co.uk/news/lgbt-victims-perpetrators-refuge-space-domestic-violence-2664487 There are currently no LGBT-specific refuge services in England LGBT victims of domestic abuse are staying with perpetrators because they can't find a refuge...

CALL IT OUT May Newsletter

CALL IT OUT is a South Yorkshire LGBT+ Domestic Abuse project run by SAYiT. It aims to address the barriers preventing LGBT+ people from accessing mainstream domestic abuse support services. Call It Out is proud to be a signatory of this joint statement on the current...

Joint Statement about LGBT+ Domestic Violence and Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Call It Out is proud to be a signatory of this joint statement on the current needs of LGBT+ victim/survivors. The new resources created through this consortium will support domestic abuse professionals, as well as, families, friends, and community members who are...

The British Psychological Society – The psychological impact of social distancing on Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diverse populations

https://www.bps.org.uk/blogs/guest/psychological-impact-social-distancing-gender-sexuality-and-relationship-diverse In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Dr Adam Jowett, Chair of the Psychology of Sexualities Section, raises some of the ways social distancing measures...

LGBT Foundation – 10 Ways to Safely Affirm Your LGBT Identity During Lockdown

http://www.lgbt.foundation/domesticabuse/10ways Domestic abuse within LGBT communities is often overlooked within mainstream services. Abuse or hostile behaviour can come from a partner, family member or housemate. Differences between LGBT relationships and...

South Yorkshire Police: Launch of online reporting tool for domestic abuse

https://www.southyorks.police.uk/find-out/news-and-appeals/2020/april-2020/launch-of-online-reporting-tool-for-domestic-abuse/ Victims of domestic abuse in South Yorkshire will now be able to report incidents to South Yorkshire Police via a dedicated online portal....

LGBT Foundation – Why LGBT People are Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus

From LGBT Foundation: http://www.lgbt.foundation/coronavirus/impact The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the daily lives of everyone in the UK. The impact of the virus is widespread, however individuals from marginalised or...

Information for LGBT+ victims / survivors

Galop: Trans Resilience in Isolation
Safe Lives: Staying safe during COVID-19A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse
AKT: CoronaVirus Advice and Support for LGBTQ+ People Age 16-25
LGBT Foundation: The Essential Guide to LGBT Rights and Covid-19
LGBT Foundation: 10 Ways to Safely Affirm Your LGBT Identity During Lockdown

Information for service providers

Sheffield Domestic Abuse Coordination Team: Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Covid-19
LGBT Consortium: Coronavirus Updates
LGBT Consortium: Covid-19 Insight Report - An insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the LGBT+ sector in the UK
LGBT Consortium: Covid-19 Insight Report - The Impact of Covid-19 on LGBT+ Service Delivery April 2020
LGBT Foundation: Hidden Figures: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBT Communities

South Yorkshire Domestic and Sexual Abuse and LGBT+ Service Provision Updates

If you have information you would like to share about the current services you are offering that you would like to add here, please email heather.paterson@sayit.org.uk

Please note that the vast majority of services ARE still operating and have adjusted to remote working.

If you require support during this time please call/email services as usual.

Specific details of organisations current service provision that we are aware of is listed below.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services

Barnsley

IDAS

Delivering support via:

  • Online video support sessions
  • WhatsApp messaging
  • Telephone calls
  • Online live chat on website
  • Email⠀⠀

Extra live chat service launched www.idas.org.uk/extra-live-chat-services

10am-12pm Live Chat for professionals

3pm-6pm Live Chat for anyone who is worried about their relationship or for someone they know.

Target hardening (scheme aiming to improve security by replacing locks, installing window locks and alarms and putting in measures to reduce the risk of fires) still in operation

Updates at: www.facebook.com/IDASfor100

Doncaster

Rotherham

Apna Haq

Continuing to provide advocacy work to current service users & any new women referred, through telephone support service.

Housing

Continuing to offer a telephone service. Will complete a homelessness assessment and make appropriate arrangements for temporary accommodation placement/ refuge alternative.

Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) service

Working from home with full RMBC IT support telephone contact with all new referrals and continued support for current victims.

No face to face work is taking place, in line with government guidance to reduce all but essential contact.

IDVA service working 7 day week.

Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVA) service

Working from home , telephone support only at present.

Inspire to Change

Cases and any new referrals are being processed and, where possible, booking in telephone assessments.

YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcSw2CzfFWpy0slG5ad9N4A This will be updated weekly with new skills and messages of support, and directing service users to this along with using the skills books and electronic workbooks.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

Being held via Skype

Rothacs

Remote working ,open to referrals and zoom drop in meetings, social media platforms updated to share postive mindfulness, website to be updated.

Training been completed for telephone and zoom counselling all infustructure documents updated to include home working.

Rotherham Rise

Face to face support suspended

Refuge running but currently fully occupied

Rise web chat is also now available Mon – Wed 7 -9pm and Saturday 12 – 2pm in addition to Mon – Fri 9AM – 12PM

Continuing to provide one to one support for survivors of domestic abuse via the telephone (0330 202 0571) which has included the following:

  • Safety planning
  • Immediate support needs
  • Bespoke domestic abuse support around the impact upon the survivor, children and other family members and friends
  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Emotional health and well-being
  • Coping strategies
  • Specialist BME service that speak varying languages, support around immigration, leave to remain, additional barriers to leaving and working with clients who have no recourse to public funds
  • Housing support – liaising with housing officers, support around rents, debts and moving properties
  • Legal support around non molestation orders, legal aid, solicitors
  • Support around clients mental health, liaising with GPs and mental health services

Updates at:  www.rotherhamrise.org.uk/rotherham-rise-statement-on-covid-19

Sheffield

IDAS

Delivering support via:

  • Online video support sessions
  • WhatsApp messaging
  • Telephone calls
  • Online live chat on website
  • Email⠀⠀

Extra live chat service launched www.idas.org.uk/extra-live-chat-services

10am-12pm Live Chat for professionals

3pm-6pm Live Chat for anyone who is worried about their relationship or for someone they know.

Target hardening (scheme aiming to improve security by replacing locks, installing window locks and alarms and putting in measures to reduce the risk of fires) still in operation

Updates at: www.facebook.com/IDASfor100

Mums in Need
Face to face services suspended

Still contactable by phone 0800 852 7414 and email enquiries@mumsinneed.com

Updates at: www.facebook.com/MumsInNeed13

Roshni Sheffield
Centre closed but contactable by phone for urgent support

07588 512 509

07876 632 347

Monday and Wednesday 9:30am-1:00pm

Updates at: www.facebook.com/roshni.sheffield

Sheffield Domestic Abuse Coordination Team
Sheffield NSPCC
Centre closed

Helplines running:

Help for adults concerned about a child

Call 0808 800 5000

Help for children and young people

Call Childline 0800 1111

Updates at: www.facebook.com/nspcc

Sheffield Womens Aid
Operating as normal but with reduced staffing

Two additional temporary emargency bed spaces created accessible via Sheffield City Council Housing Pathway on 0114  273 6306

Updates at: www.sheffieldwomensaid.org.uk

Shelter
Face-to-face services replaced by remote telephone / online support

Sheffield hub Sheffield_hub@shelter.org.uk or call 0344 515 1515 (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Updates at: england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus

SRASAC Sheffield Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre
Face to face support suspended – working on alternative arrangements

Contactable by phone 0114 241 2766 and email info@srasac.org.uk

Updates at: www.srasac.org.uk

South Yorkshire

LASS
Operating remotely

Group meetings running via Zoom

Updates at: www.facebook.com/LASSheffield

South Yorkshire Police

Police enquiry desks (front desks at police stations) are open but with reduced staff: The desks are open as follows:Snig Hill – Monday to Sunday – 8am – 8pmMoss Way – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8am – 4pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12 – 8pm and Sunday ClosedEcclesfield – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 12 – 8pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8 – 4pm and Sunday Closed

Victims of domestic abuse in South Yorkshire are able to report incidents to South Yorkshire Police via a dedicated online portal. The portal, is available to victims of domestic abuse who may be finding it difficult to report incidents over the phone. The online reporting tool can be accessed here: https://www.reportingcrime.uk/SYPDA/

Updates at: www.southyorks.police.uk/find-out/how-you-can-help/covid-19-information-and-guidance

National

Changing Lives
Operating remotely

Updates at: www.changing-lives.org.uk/news/coronavirus

Galop
Offering reduced service until further notice: All face-to-face work and events stopped but continuing to offer client-based services remotely

Still accepting referrals for all services

The National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline continues to be open the usual hours of :

Monday to Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday to Thursday: 10:00 – 8:00pm

0800 999 5428

help@galop.org.uk

Updates at: www.galop.org.uk

Karma Nirvana
Face to face support suspended

Helpline remains open Mon-Fri

08005999247 or support@karmanirvana.org.uk

Helpline service has been extended to support ALL victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse until further notice, not just those experiencing Honour Based Abuse.

Updates at: www.karmanirvana.org.uk and www.facebook.com/karmanirvanauk

Mens Advice Line

Helpline operating as usual 0808 801 0327

Updates at: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Respect
Helpline operating as usual 0808 802 4040

Updates at: www.facebook.com/UKRespect

Survivors UK
Operating remotely

Online www.survivorsuk.org
Text 020 3322 1860
WhatsApp 074 9181 6064
Email help@survivorsuk.org
Helpline web chat www.survivorsuk.org Mon-Sun,12:00 – 20:00

Updates at: www.facebook.com/SurvivorsUK

LGBT+ Groups and Services

Barnsley

+me
Offices closed – staying in touch with clients by phone

Contact: 01226 448782 or info@plusme.org.uk

Updates at: www.plusme.org

Barnsley LGBTQ+ Community Forum
Pride Barnsley cancelled

Social events cancelled and venues closed

Updates at: www.facebook.com/groups/BarnsleyLGBTForum

TADS Pride
Centre closed

Working remotely and running online workshops

Contactable via email and social media

Updates at: www.tadsbarnsley.co.uk

Doncaster

Trans Mission Doncaster
Group closed until April, advocacy appointments suspended but online 1-1s and group chat still running

Contactable via phone, facebook and website

Updates at: www.facebook.com/UKTransMission

Rotherham

Rainbow Project
Rotherham Pride cancelled

Running online socials

Updates at: www.facebook.com/RotherhamRainbowProject

Sheffield

+me
Offices closed – staying in touch with clients by phone

Contact: 0114 253 6370 or info@plusme.org.uk

Updates at: www.plusme.org

Andro & Eve
Public events cancelled, running online events

Updates at: www.facebook.com/androandeve

E.D.E.N Film Productions
Current projects suspended

Updates at: www.facebook.com/edenfilmproductions

Hallam LGBT+ Staff Network
All buildings closed / staff remote working

Updates at: www.twitter.com/hallamlgbtstaff

Out Aloud
Public performances cancelled

Group rehearsals taking place online via Zoom

Updates at: www.facebook.com/OutAloud

Sexual Health Sheffield
Restricted (no non-essential face-to-face) appointments

Call 0114 226 8888 for access to emergency contraception

STI self testing kits available online

Updates at: www.twitter.com/SHSheffield

Sheffield Vulcans
Trainings and fixtures currently suspended

Updates at: www.sheffieldvulcans.com

Trans Active
All events curently cancelled

Updates at: www.facebook.com/TransActive

University of Sheffield LGBT+ Committee
Socials suspended

AGM, webchats and discussion groups taking place online

Updates at: www.facebook.com/SHEFLGBT

South Yorkshire

LASS
Operating remotely

Group meetings running via Zoom

Updates at: www.facebook.com/LASSheffield

National

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