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MESMAC North East

DISC New Services In Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough LGBT DISCDISC have been delivering a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans  (LGB+T) Health and Wellbeing Services since 2002 and have now been given the opportunity to expand this service across Middlesbrough and its surrounding areas. The service provides a range of support for young LGB+T people aged between 15 and 25 including; 1-2-1 support, Family Support, Outreach work, Peer Group work, Creative Workshops and many more. Referrals can be made by contacting Mark Blyth on: 01325 731 160 or 07825 362463 or email: Website:

Express STI Testing in Newcastle

Express Clinic NewNew Croft Centre for Sexual Health in Newcastle and MESMAC North East are working together to provide Express Clinics in venues offering a dignified non invasive testing service. The next session will take place on Wednesday 16th of September 1-3pm at H2O Sauna. Future dates are: Wed 14th Oct 1-4pm at Number 52 Sauna. The sessions will offer testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B and C. MESMAC continue to offer 1 hour HIV testing from the MESMAC office by drop in on Tuesdays (5-6.30pm) and by appointment Monday to Friday. If you would like more information on HIV testing or the Express Clinics, please contact MESMAC on: 0191 233 1333.

Northern Proud Voices

northern proud voices greyNORTHERN PROUD VOICES are the North East’s largest and longest running LGBT & friends’ choir. NPV is an inclusive and diverse choir with a genuine community spirit. They welcome new members of all singing abilities at any rehearsal, to join singing a range of material, guided by their long standing professional Musical Director and accompanist. Membership of NPV also gives the opportunity to attend a variety of social events organised in addition to the singing! NPV meet to rehearse each Thursday from 7pm – 9.15pm at the Mining Institute,, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE (by Central Station). Find more information at: Email:  Facebook: Website:

Hate Crime – Recognise It, Report It!

Hate CrimeHidden ‘scandal’ of LGB and T hate crime exposed. Fear of how they will be treated is leading to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB and T) not reporting hate crimes. As a result perpetrators are evading justice, a new report reveals. Evidence nationally suggests around 35,000 cases of hate crime committed against people because of their sexual orientation go unreported every year. The work is supported by GB governments and produced for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The LGBT Fed is in partnership with 31 other LGBT Organisations in a major new campaign to raise awareness of LGB and T hate crime. The Fed will be delivering training on dealing with hate crime for individuals and for groups. Please let them have your details if you or your group would like to be part of this initiative. Contact The Fed:  The Press Release can be viewed HERE! The Hate Crime Report can be viewed HERE! For more information on Hate Crime and how to report it, please visit our Hate Crime page.

THrIVe – A New HIV+ Support Group.

THrIVeThrIVe is to be a new social/support group for anyone living with HIV the North East of England. This independent group needs your help to guide it’s shape! Please help by completing a quick survey (only ten questions). It is only by gathering your feedback that we can offer the support/social space that you would prefer for the THrIVe group. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. To access the short survey, please visit this survey monkey link:

Newcastle Pride 2015 Survey

Newcastle Pride 2015 was an amazing 3 day event that yet again increased in the number of visitors attending, the police gave an estimated figure of 71,000! The Northern Frontrunners had over 550 participants for the 5k fun run on the Friday and B*Witched & Belinda Carlisle closed the Saturday and Sunday festivities. The Steve Paske Health Zone attrackted record visitors with over 300 people tested for STI’s. Did Newcastle Pride live up to your expectations? The Northern Pride team are already planning for 2016 and would really appreciate your feedback, this will help shape next years event. Please fill in this very short survey: NPRIDE2015. Check the Northern Pride website for year round events:

Cheer Up! 18th of September.

Cheer Up ArtistsFriday the 18th of September, from 8pm to 4am the ‘Cheer Up’ love train will be pulling into Newcastle and heading to SR44 to bring you the very best of Stock Aitken Waterman / PWL / Love This. Taking you on a musical journey through the 80s and 90s Pop and Dance scene with artists like Kylie, Jason, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Sonia, Sybil, Lonnie Gordon, Steps, Scooch, Hazell Dean, Brother Beyond and many, many more. There will also be a couple of very special personal appearances from SPECIAL GUESTS SYBIL & SONIA!!! Tickets are priced at £12.50 each (inc booking fee) and money raised on the night will be donated to Pride Radio North East & Northern Pride. Tickets are on sale now: Check out the Cheer Up Facebook page:

MESMAC North East Annual Report

Annual Report CoverMESMAC North East are proud to present our latest Annual Report, covering the year from April 2014 through to March 2015. The report showcases the work MESMAC does over the course of a year with facts, figures and with contributions from the people who use our service ‘YOU!’. Please have a look and share with us our accomplishments ranging from the Steve Paske Health Zone at last years Newcastle Pride, our 1 Hour HIV testing service, our work with young people through to the outreach work and condom distribution that we do on the Newcastle gay scene. Please either go to our Downloads Library or click on this LINK!

NHS North Tyneside – Engaging for Results

QuestionnaireNHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently running a project called “Engaging for Results.” The aim of the project is to help the CCG to build more effective, on-going relationships and dialogues with local people, groups, communities and other partners. The CCG recognises that it is important to talk to local people and involve them in its work to make sure that the health services it plans, develops and buys meet the needs of the people that will use them. It would like to know how you think it could build better relationships and dialogues, and how you think people could be more involved in the planning and development of local health services. The CCG will use this information to develop a plan to make this happen. The plan will be published later this year. There is an online questionnaire where you can give feedback. This can be found here:

STAY Drop In Project

The ‘STAY drop in project’ aims to offer practical support, advice and signposting to individuals living with HIV and Aids. The monthly drop in sessions (last Tuesday of the month) will provide an opportunity to access 1 to 1 support and/or participate in a variety of talks. The sessions will offer opportunities for service users to access advice appropriate to their needs. They will work in partnership to deliver a range of sessions/talks concerned with independent living skills and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Support and advice covered includes benefit advice, housing applications, health and sexual health signposting, advice around managing a tenancy, employability skills, positive mental health and coping strategies etc. For more information and locations/times of sessions, please contact Vicky Allsopp, call: 07801400199 Email: