We've already raised the £10,000 we needed to upgrade our website. Many, many thanks to the organisations who've agreed to help - the responses were overwhelmingly prompt and generous.
We'll be pressing ahead with the new site in September, so keep an eye on this blog for progress updates.
Once a year, IP Inclusive seeks funding for its key projects. The rest of the time, we're just happy to hear from anyone who can offer help, hospitality or anything else to keep the initiative thriving...
Our key project for 2018 is an upgrade of the IP Inclusive website. We want to build a new site with a more professional feel, a more navigable structure, improved functionality and easier editing. This will allow us to communicate more efficiently and effectively with both existing and potential stakeholders.
We're seeking offers of sponsorship to help us raise the £10,000 we need. We're looking for donations of between about £500 and £2,000. Unlike with our last major project, we now have our own bank account so can process donations ourselves.
Sponsors will of course be named on the new site, so this is a great PR opportunity. It's also a way of demonstrating your support for IP Inclusive and all the fabulous volunteers who help keep it going.
You can download the formal project proposal below. Let's make it happen! Please email me as soon as possible if you or your organisation can help.
Andrea Brewster OBE
IP Inclusive Leader
Today's blog article has kindly been provided by Isobel Barry, Senior Associate at Carpmaels & Ransford, and is a report on the recent IP Out event. Carpmaels & Ransford is one of our Charter signatories.
Isobel writes: "In keeping with the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Week by not putting interested parties under pressure to attend multiple events in the same week, IP Out held its event about mental health about two months later at the end of July. It was titled In or Out: LGBT+ people and mental health.
Why hold a separate event addressing mental health issues for LGBT+ people? If you are thinking this, you are in company with about half of mental health workers, counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists, who say they do not consider sexual orientation to be relevant to one's health needs [Unhealthy Attitudes, Stonewall (2015)]. However, LGB people are more likely to experience poor mental health than the population in general, leading to problems such as attempted suicide, self-harm, anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorders [Inequality among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the UK: a review of evidence, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, July 2016]. One study found gay men to be three times more likely to suffer from a limiting mental health condition than heterosexual men, rising to nearly five times more likely for bisexual men2. Statistics for trans* people make grim reading: nearly half (48 per cent) of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide [The RaRE Research Report (2015)].
Less surprising is the evidence that discrimination in society is a major contributor to the higher incidence of mental health problems among LGB people. Even in the absence of any overt homophobia, not being open in the workplace about one’s life can have a detrimental effect on a wide range of factors including satisfaction in one’s achievements and feelings of job security.
IP Inclusive Management (IPIM) is the committee which oversees everything done under the IP Inclusive banner. The minutes of its latest meeting (July) can be downloaded below.
An additional strategy meeting was also held in July. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss where IP Inclusive should be heading and how we’re going to achieve that. With input from our founding organisations (CIPA, CITMA, FICPI-UK and IP Federation), from the IPO and from any of our supporters who want to contribute, we’ll now be drawing up a blueprint for the evolution of the initiative over the next two years. Our thanks to all five organisations for their continued commitment to the cause.
IP Inclusive Leader
Chair, IP Inclusive Management