EN developed out of a training and development project, funded by Stonewall and led by DHIVERSE and the Cambridge Volunteer Centre in 2002. Following this, an informal LGBTQ+ network formed and met over a two-year period. To facilitate the development of the network as an independent umbrella body, DHIVERSE secured funding from Cambridge City Council on behalf of the steering group and EN was formally incorporated and registered as a charity in 2006.
Since then we have developed our role and built a recognised and respected presence in Cambridgeshire, and Cambridge City in particular. This has included coordinating the annual LBGTQ+ History Month events and undertaking and following up on needs assessments for the LGBTQ+ community, including a new 2021 needs assessment we are currently working on.
The context within which we work remain challenging and therefore, in preparing this strategy we have taken the opportunity to take stock and explore new ideas for how EN’s activities can develop and growth to make a bigger impact for LGBTQ+ communities in Cambridgeshire. The 2014 needs assessment had figured particularly strongly in this process.