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Foyer attend LGBT conference

January 23, 2017

A GROUP of young people from our Foyer Project in Grimsby attended the Albert Kennedy Trust’s National LGBT Youth Conference in London on 27 and 28 October 2016.

The trip to the two-day conference was organised by Andrew Hornsby, Accommodation Manager, through contacts at the trust.

Our young people were given the chance to meet other LGBT young people and the conference also gave them the opportunity to develop new skills, participate in activities and shape the future of services provided specifically for LGBT young people.

During the conference young people were able to express their concerns about the future to the panel.

A lot of the issues raised surrounded discrimination and a disproportionately large amount of homelessness within the LGBT community.

Research by the Albert Kennedy Trust discovered that LGBT people make up 24 per cent of the homeless youth population in the country and the conference also highlighted the continuing high statistics for self-harm and suicide due to young people feeling they are trapped, unloved and unwanted due to their sexual orientation.

Speaking of his experience at the event George, a resident at our Foyer project said: “It was a very inspirational conference, it opened my eyes to issues I’ve never had to deal with in my own life.

“I met a lot of people with a lot of different stories who shared with me and others of their oppression.

“The LGBT conference meant a lot of things to the people, it and was a fantastic experience for all”.

For more information on the Albert Kennedy Trust, please visit their website – http://www.akt.org.uk/ – or follow them on Twitter.

Picture: Young people from our Foyer project attended the Albert Kennedy Trust’s LGBT Conference in London.