Manchester Parents’ Group receives Queen’s Award

We are thrilled and delighted that Manchester Parents Group has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. MPG has been a Levenshulme Pride partner and participant since our first year and will be familiar to many people from their work across Manchester, the North West and beyond over many years.

Founded in 1986, the group is one of the longest established parent support groups in the UK. Offering advice and support to parents, carers, family and friends of children (of all ages) who have come out as LGBT+ to enable them to accept and move forward together. The group also support the LGBT+ community in continuing the fight for equality, both in the UK and across Europe, and provide a safe haven for youngsters who are struggling to come out to family and friends or have been rejected by them. You can find out more about Manchester Parents Group HERE

Manchester Parents Group’s Chair, Barbara Spence says:

“We are delighted that this culmination of many years’ work has been recognised, we would particularly like to pay tribute to Catherine Johnson, the late Joyce Leyland and the late Brenda Oakes all of who led Manchester Parents Group from its inception. We would also like to thank the group of volunteers for their commitment, over the years, in supporting the work of the group.”

Manchester Parents Group is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. 

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. 

Representatives of Manchester Parents Group will receive the award from Sir Warren Smith, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from Manchester Parents Group will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

This year there were 230 recipients of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across the UK. More information on the recipients and the Award can be found HERE

LGBT Teaching In Schools Event 3rd April 2019

This is a public meeting. Everyone is welcome. An opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification and find out what is really happening with LGBT teaching in schools (primary or secondary).

The event is hosted by Jeremy Hoad, Levenshulme Pride.

FORMAT

The format is an open conversation with contributions from various people and representatives to enable an informed and inclusive discussion.

PARTICIPANTS

Everyone is welcome to attend. Contributors to the discussion include:

  • Carl Austin-Behan (LGBT Adviser to the Mayor of Greater Manchester)
  • Paul Martin (CEO, LGBT Foundation)
  • Chloe Cousins (The Proud Trust)
  • Jay Lanyon (National Education Union Teachers’ Union)
  • NASUWT Teachers’ Union
  • Paul Fairweather (LGBT Historian, campaigner & former Councillor)
  • Manchester Parents Group
  • Councillor Bev Craig (Burnage Ward, LGBT Women Lead)
  • Councillor Julie Reid (Gorton and Abbey Hey Ward)
  • Peter Cookson (Former Councillor, Gorton South and LGBT Men Lead)
  • EVENT DETAILS

    DATE & TIME

    Wednesday 3rd April, 19.00 start

    VENUE

    Levenshulme Old Library

    Cromwell Gove

    Levenshulme

    Manchester

    M19 3QE

    Organised by Levenshulme Pride

    Levenshulme Pride LGBT Teaching Meeting MEN Coverage

    Levenshulme Pride has been consulting with local schools, Manchester City Council councillors with responsibility for LGBT matters (Bev Craig and Chris Wills) and schools (Luthfur Rahman), Schools Out, The Proud Trust, Manchester Parents Group, the National Education Union and Carl Austin-Behan (LGBT Adviser to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham).

    We will confirm a date and time for the public meeting on LGBT teaching in schools very soon. In the meantime our initiative is receiving attention in the press as a positive way to address concerns. This is about opening up dialogue and providing clear and accurate information.

    Read the Manchester Evening News article HERE