Police make donation to personal safety workshops for LGBT people

Besi Besemar February 6, 2014

Sussex Police donates £300 to MindOut, the LGBT mental health project to help fund personal safety workshops.

Sussex Police

MindOut will be running two half-day workshops that will equip people with the skills they need to feel assured whether in public or at home. The personal safety trainers specialise in working for groups with differing needs. A good sense of personal safety is an important aspect of someone’s wellbeing and can make a real difference for participation in city life.

Jason Saw
Jason Saw

Jason Saw, Team Leader at MindOut said: “Many of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people who use our services talk to us about personal safety. Some worry about or have found themselves in situations where they feel unsafe, while others have been threatened or have experienced violence.

“The workshops aim to explore personal safety issues and concerns experienced by LGBT individuals and communities and will help participants improve self-confidence, assert personal boundaries, stay safe and manage threatening situations”

Rory Smith
Rory Smith

Rory Smith, LGBT Liaison for Brighton Police, said: “I’m thrilled that Sussex Police can help support community initiatives like this. I hope this will go some way to help many LGBT people in the city to feel more confident in their daily lives.”

The first session will be held on Friday March 21 in central Brighton.

The workshops are free to participants, with a £10 deposit refundable on completion of the workshop.

Places are limited. If you would like to book a place or talk to MindOut about the workshops, or if you have any other concerns about your personal safety, telephone Jason on 01273 234 839 or EMAIL:

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which redistributes funds raised from the sale of lost and confiscated property to the communities of Sussex.