Welcome to our latest e-newsletter. In October 2017 we became a Community Interest Company known as a CIC. CIC’s are companies with a social purpose and distribute any profits back into the communities they work with. In our case this 
is our work with equalities communities and groups across the South West
 and West of England. You can read more about us becoming a CIC, and about our social impact, in our future e-newsletters.

In this issue we’re focusing on mental health and wellbeing, as well as increasing inclusion through activities and exercise.

We’re continuing our work with South Gloucestershire Council and Merlin Housing to develop our Alphabets LGBTQ+ youth project and the South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ Equality Network both in South Gloucestershire. The next event for the network will celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in February with a focus on working with schools and the importance of LGBTQ+ role models.

Dave, our newsletter writer and editor, shares top tips on how to use LinkedIn I did a free course run by Cosmic which is a social enterprise working in the region about increasing digital inclusion. It was a really valuable course and I gained a lot of learning on the many applications available to support businesses and organisations like ours. Explore and book one of Cosmic’s courses for you and your staff.

You can read more about the new Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Services which launched at City Hall Bristol in November. We’ve heard many high pro le hate crime cases, including the case of Bijan Ebrahimi, which made the national news.
This highlights the need for services such as Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Services led by our partner organisation SARI

We’re really excited about the support developing for LGBTQ+ refugee and asylum seekers, as well as Kiki, a new social space for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) LGBTQ+ people, in Bristol.

Our partners at Curo tell us about their social prescribing service by including a
new case study for our newsletter.

Our newsletter also covers the benefits of physical activities and sport. We have a case study about Steve Morley’s inclusive coaching work at Ifnotme Inclusive Coaching

I made the 2017 Happy City List which highlights 26 people who are making a really positive difference to their community. You can read more in the Bristol Post Happy City List 2017

Get ready for our collective and inclusive social impact in 2018!

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