Healthy Ramadan Cookery Book by Ellen Rabia & Lena Meryem

Asalamu Alaikum everyone. I’ve compiled a few recipes and ideas for Ramadan to raise awareness about eating dishes that are healthy, ethical, wholesome, vegetarian, very tasty and also that can be made from seasonal and local sources with an added benefit of zero waste. It’s often thought that vegetarian food is not tasty and fulfilling, but the use of spices and herbs changes that idea. A very basic food like

2021-04-14T11:31:29+01:0014th April 2021|Blog|

*Potentially triggering blog* Raising awareness of maternal health disparities amongst Black Mothers

Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17 2021, was established in the United States to raise awareness about the alarming rate at which Black mothers face life-threatening experiences while pregnant. In November 2020, the Joint Committee on Human Rights released a report titled Black People, Racism and Human Rights. At the time, it found black women were five times more likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth and up to six weeks post-partum, than white women. Between 2020 and

2021-04-12T15:06:33+01:0012th April 2021|Blog, Mental Health Awareness Week|

Trans Day of Visibility – Quenby Harley

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, and as a trans person I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand I love to see trans experiences being shared, trans representation in my favourite shows, and more people seeing this and realising they're not alone. But in some ways we have too much visibility. Newspapers write about us every day. There's article after article based on vicious transphobia which frames

2021-03-31T17:09:14+01:0031st March 2021|Blog, Trans Day of Visibility|

Trans Day of Visibility – Anne Mansfield (Your Space)

Transgender Day of Visibility was created by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a day of positivity for the trans community.[1]  It aims to build resilience, uplift and inspire people through showcasing trans joy and celebrating gender non-confirming goodness.  It also helps raise awareness of trans issues and reminds us that trans lives should not have to be half-lived[2] or ended by violence.[3] It is a day to

2021-03-31T11:57:57+01:0031st March 2021|Blog, Trans Day of Visibility|

Trans Day of Visibility – Finn Dobson

My name is Finn, my pronouns are they/them, and I’m a Peer Support Worker with Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS) and the Community Pain Service. I also happen to be transgender and non-binary (meaning my gender identity doesn’t fit within the binary categories of man and woman). When I came into this role in 2019 I had decided that – despite my fear of what it might entail – I

2021-03-31T11:56:57+01:0031st March 2021|Blog, Trans Day of Visibility|

This is me – LGBT+ History Month Poem

The tears run down my cheek. Another night I cry myself to sleep. Who am I? Why me? Here I go again. The wetness on my cheek. What is wrong with me? Am I male? Am I female? I really don’t know what to make of me. Wow she is petty. No that’s not right. I shouldn’t think that way. The big book, the man in the sky. They say

2021-02-05T13:51:21+00:005th February 2021|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

The Power of Small by Alison Lowe

As a child I experienced trauma which affects my mental health today. I did not acknowledge the impact this trauma had had on my life and I tried to ignore the feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and occasional panic attacks I sometimes experienced.  As I got older, the anxiety and panic attacks increased and eventually, I had to face my demons and deal with the things that were affecting my mental

2021-02-02T12:59:37+00:004th February 2021|Blog, Time to Talk|

LGBT+ History Month Blog by Debbie Roe

The LGBT+ history month commences on 1st February. It is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. As a CBT Therapist I offer an in reach clinic to the LGBT+ community in Leeds for people with low mood and anxiety problems. The

2021-02-04T16:40:26+00:001st February 2021|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

Lee’s Story

My name is Lee I am 28 years old I have cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. I have done a work placement at National Express Leeds bus station. I got this from Leeds Technology college. They kept me on the placement for a year because I was doing well. I also did a food course there and a work skills course learning about money and home life skills. I enjoyed

2021-01-11T13:17:58+00:0011th January 2021|Blog|

An Interview with What Can We Do founder Malaika Ibreck for Trans Day of Remembrance 2020

What does Trans Day of Remembrance mean to you? I think primarily Trans Day of Remembrance means care for myself, and care for my community. We remember those we have lost and we meditate on how we can remain here without them. It means coming together to share and to grieve, to love and to forbear. I personally feel the dichotomy of being excited to share a space with other

2020-11-20T13:40:43+00:0020th November 2020|Blog, LGBT*|