Looking After Your Body, Mind and Spirit During the Pandemic

Monday 1 March, 5-6.15pm

Facilitated by Newham’s Mental Health Champion Councillor Neil Wilson this workshop will be delivered by Yannis Munro, Senior Psychotherapist and LGBTQ+ Network Lead for East London NHS Foundation Trust and Fiona Lord, Employment Specialist for CRT North and LGBTQ+ Network lead for East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Join the Zoom call and discuss the issues that you are experiencing during lockdown as a member of the LGBT+ community and listen to coping strategies to build your resilience from experts, Yannis and Fiona.

We will finish the session with a Q&A hosted by Councillor Neil Wilson.

Fiona Lord has worked for the NHS Trust for 14 years and during this time has had continuous involvement with the Trust staff network. The Trust staff LGBTQ+ network has been through changing phases with different champions and reorganisations to become what it is currently.

She work as an Employment Specialist in Newham for CRT North. The role of the post focuses on assisting adults with severe and enduring mental health issues into employment using the IPS model. Before joining the trust, she had over 13 years’ experience as a teacher and facilitator working with offenders, community groups, young people and schools. She managed a multimedia project targeted at young people who are not engaged in education employment and training and facilitated the design of a website, posters and a magazine on young people’s issues.

Fiona was the LGBTQ network lead for Newham, where she organised a photography exhibition as part of LGBTQ history month in Newham. This was a series of images and text about people from ethnic minorities coming out. She organised an evening film show, showcasing the film Moonlight to service users at Newham Centre for Mental Health. Her wife is Indian and she is very passionate about diversity.

Fiona attended the Stonewall LGBTQ Leadership Development Programme and is also part of the  Stonewall Alumni Programme.

Since lockdown Fiona has started Coffee Connection – a random process to encourage the LGBTQ Network to get to know each other in pairs and share stories and challenges.

She  was also instrumental in organising a webinar with Dr Michael Brady, National Advisor for LGBT Health at NHS England, to discuss the issues relating to LGBT communities and the impact of Covid.

See link below to ELFT Allies Programme for a flavour of the work that it does.

https://www.elft.nhs.uk/Professionals/Information-for-ELFT-Staff/People–Culture/ELFT-Allies-Resources

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Newham LGBT+ History Month has lots more to offer, take a look at the full line-up of events