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Safe Spaces

What is a safe space?

A safe space is a place where LGBT+ people can feel safe, welcome and supported. If you visit a place which displays the safe spaces sticker, it means that people of all genders and sexualities can feel relaxed and protected in that place.

Safe spaces are vital as being out in public can often be dangerous and debilitating for LGBT+ people. Being a Safe Space means that companies are committed to implementing policies that meet the needs that LGBT+ people have when visiting their establishments.

What safe spaces are there nearby?

Have a look at our interactive map to find safe spaces near you

This sounds like a great scheme for my company. How do we get involved?

We run two similar schemes. One for small businesses and retail spaces and the other for larger businesses.

Small businesses and retail spaces

 For smaller companies, we come along to your offices or retail space and give training to all your staff (typically 1-2 hours) on the issues facing the LGBT+ community, how you can be more inclusive and also we provide training on Hate Crimes (how to spot them and how to deal with them).

Larger Organisations

For large businesses we offer to work with your HR department to review you HR policies and procedures to ensure they are inclusive and we can also offer templated policies which you can use (such as a policy for people who whish to transition within your organisation).

We then can provide “Train the trainer” facilities to assist you to roll out an awareness program to all your staff to ensure they understand how to be welcoming and inclusive to LGBT+ people. Helpful “dos and Don’ts” for staff and managers and also an awareness of Hate Crimes (how to spot them and how to deal with them within the workplace).

Our current partners for Safer Spaces are:

Partner 

Address 

Phone number 

 

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse 

38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR 

08719 025720 

Website 

Cambridge City Council 

The Guildhall, Market Hill, Cambridge CB2 3QJ 

01223 457000 

Website 

Emmanuel United Reformed Church 

Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RR 

01223 351174 

Website 

Hot Numbers Coffee 

5/6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ and 4 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QA 

01223 300730 

Website 

Museum of Cambridge 

2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ 

01223 355159 

Website 

To the Moon and Back Fostering 

Future Business Centre, King’s Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2HY 

01223 800420 

Website 

Woodfines Solicitors 

Lockton House, Clarendon Rd, Cambridge CB2 8FH 

01223 411421 

Website 

Cambridge Gin Laboratory  

10 Green Street, Cambridge, CB2 3JU 

01223 751146 

Website 

Scissors and Comb, Barbers at Home 

35 Kinross Road, Cambridge, CB4 1QU 

01223 520427 

Website 

Safer Spaces is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. We are grateful to this support!
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Interested?

Get in touch through info@encompassnetwork.org.uk