George House Trust Wins Queen’s Award

Congratulations to George House Trust for winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. GHT has been a Levenshulme Pride partner and participant since our first year and will be familiar to many people from their work across Manchester and the North West.

George House Trust provides services to people living with, and affected by, HIV and has been providing HIV support, advice and advocacy services to improve health outcomes since 1985. GHT is a service user centred organisation, with a diverse team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. You can find out more about George House Trust HERE

George House Trust’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachel Purvis says: 

“We are thrilled and honoured that the hard work and commitment of George House Trust’s volunteers has been recognised at this level. We could not deliver our wide variety of support services to people living with HIV in Greater Manchester and the wider North West without the dedication and hard work of our amazing volunteer team. Everything each and every one of our volunteers does contributes to our vision – for people living with HIV to live healthy lives free from stigma and discrimination. We could not be prouder of them all.”

George House Trust 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 George House Trust will receive the award from Sir Warren Smith, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, later this summer. Two GHT volunteers will also 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

Happy IDAHOBIT Day 2020

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Restrictions on Blood Plasma Trial for Gay and Bisexual Men

The blood donation service is looking for donors for a clinical trial on blood plasma from recovered covid19 people. Be aware the existing restrictions are still in place so gay and bisexual men are banned from taking part unless they have not had sex with another man for at least three months. This is the existing rule that applies to blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

See the ITV report HERE

Blood service website HERE

  • You are working as a sex worker. You may be accepted for donation if it is longer than 3 months since you last received money or drugs for sex
  • You are a man who has had oral or anal sex with a man or men, with or without protection, in the last 3 months
  • You are a person who in the past 3 months has had sex with a man or men who have had oral or anal sex with a man or men, with or without protection

So that’s it for now.

Well, that’s it for now. Levenshulme Pride 2018 has come to an end. Three days of wonderfulness made possible by the people who took part, performers, sponsors, businesses, people who came up with such amazing ideas and made them happen, all the various LGBT groups and community groups involved, the people of Levenshulme and the people who visited to be part of our People’s Pride.

Doing Levenshulme Pride for the second year is a bit like that difficult second album. Will it live up to the success of the first? Will people still be interested? It turns out yes, absolutely, definitely and categorically people have embraced Levenshulme Pride and (with a Rocky Horror reference) want more, more, more.

We are a Pride in Levenshulme, a Pride by Levenshulme and a Pride for Levenshulme. Above all we are proud of Levenshulme.

We’ll all be having a well earned rest and tidying things up but don’t go away… we’ll be back in 2019 and also to bring some more loveliness to Levenshulme well before then.

Thank you.

PS If you want to tell us what you thought what you liked or how we can do things better then please do. All feedback is welcome.