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Sexual Health needs to be prioritised during LGBT History Month

Posted on the 31st January 2017

During LGBT History Month, which is marked every year in February to tackle prejudices about the LGBT community, Lancashire Care’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CaSH) is reaffirming its commitment to equality and diversity.

The CaSH service was amongst the first batch of recipients to be awarded the Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark last year and commended for providing a service that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The Quality Mark is part of an assurance programme for service providers that assists in measuring how well the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service users, volunteers and staff are met. The programme inspected various areas of the service and in recognition of their LGBT-friendly work credited the team at the Lancashire LGBT awards.

Anji Stokes, Community Education Lead for the Contraception and Sexual Health team at Lancashire Care, said: “Last year, we were delighted to be awarded the LGBT Quality Mark, which is a testament to the commitment of our service in ensuring that the needs of all of our clients are met and health and wellbeing is promoted within all communities across Lancashire. No matter what your background, personal situation or sexual preference is, we encourage everyone to visit us and take their sexual health seriously. Our under 25s team provides a dedicated and professional service to all of our clients and LGBT clients can rest assured that they will be welcomed at all of our clinics.”

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. In the UK, the month is observed every year in February.

CaSH provides an all age sexual health service in Blackburn with Darwen and a under 25s’ service in the areas covered by Lancashire County Council in conjunction with Brook, the young people's sexual health and wellbeing charity. The service is also supported by a Community Education (CeSH) Team which provides sexual health promotion services in schools, colleges and universities and communities. The service, which began operating under a new specification, only last April, was rated ‘Good’ following a full CQC inspection in September 2016.

To contact your local CaSH team, book an appointment or find out about ‘drop-ins,’ call 01772 401140. There are clinics in various locations and different session times across Lancashire. To find out more about services in your area, visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/cash-lancashire.