Who we are and what we do

Membership

Membership of the Network is open to all Hampshire County Council employees who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus those with other gender and sexual identities (LGBT+), those who are exploring their sexual and/or gender identity and those who support LGBT+ equality.

Confidentiality

The membership and database of the LGBT+ Network will remain confidential to the Network Chairs and Administrator. Non-identifiable data on the membership, for example number of members by directorate, may be shared with others within Hampshire County Council to inform network planning and development.

Structure of the Network

The network reports to Hampshire County Council’s Corporate Equality and Diversity Lead.

Two Co-Chairs will be elected from the membership to lead and co-ordinate the network.

The Chairs will be elected for a term of 3 years.

The Chairs of the network will meet with the Chairs of other LGBT networks across Hampshire and the chairs of other Hampshire County Council Equality and Diversity groups to share information on good policy and practice and to organise joint events.

An administrator will be appointed from within the organisers group if available.

An organisers group will be developed to plan and co-ordinate meetings and social events.

This organisers group will be flexible in it’s make up and any member of the network is welcome to be part of the organisers group.

Additional working groups will be formed to work on specific projects and initiatives (such as Hampshire County Council's LGBT Real Vision Group).

Meetings

The Network will meet 3 to 4 times a year for two hours. The network chairs can call additional meetings at any time.

Network meetings will held in Winchester (2 per year) and other locations across the county (1 to 2 per year).

Members are permitted to attend meetings in work time. Meetings are scheduled in advance and it is the individual member’s responsibility to give sufficient notice and make the appropriate arrangements with their line manager to attend.

Communications

The network will maintain LGBT+ network web pages on the corporate website and communicate via Yammer and a private Facebook Group.

Brief notes of each meeting will be posted on the LGBT network web pages.

Details of events will be posted on the LGBT network web pages, with some events being promoted on the plasma display screens in Hampshire County Council managed buildings.

Links with other networks

The LGBT+ network will work with the other LGBT Staff Networks of organisations in the Hampshire LGBT+ Alliance to organise for a joint annual staff conference, and to assist in planning Hampshire Pride.

Network budget

An annual budget is currently being requested to meet the following anticipated costs: 

  • Internal and external websites
  • Hampshire Pride and LGBT History Month publicity and advertising
  • Annual conference
  • Stonewall Workplace Index Related Training
  • Internal LGBT awareness training
Contact the LGBT+ Network

Email: lgbtnetwork@hants.gov.uk