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Open Allies programme

Our flagship Open Allies Programme is back.

We are excited to announce the return of our Open Allies Programmes for this year! This full-day programme will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to be an active and vocal ally in the workplace for LGBTQ+ people. 

This is a great opportunity to join other allies in improving your understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and to gain the practical skills needed to support your organisation's LGBTQ+ inclusion work. 

The Programme

We have two open programmes available to support your LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion efforts: 

Open LGBTQ+ Allies Programme

By the end of this programme, you will have:

  • Greater knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities and a nuanced understanding of people's experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as how power and privilege shapes those experiences
  • Developed understanding of what it means to be an ally and the opportunities and challenges involved in advocating for an identity that is not your own
  • Increased confidence in engaging and educating others on LGBTQ+ inclusion and a practical action plan relevant to your role  

Open Trans Allies Programme

By the end of this programme, you will have: 

  • Greater knowledge of trans identities and a nuanced understanding of trans people's experiences, as well as how power and privilege shapes those experiences
  • Developed understanding of what it means to be an ally and the opportunities involved in advocating for trans people in the workplace
  • Increased confidence in engaging and educating others on trans inclusion and a practical action plan relevant to your role

Who is this programme for? 

Our Open Allies Programme is designed for all staff who wish to improve their understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and what meaningful allyship in the workplace looks like. While the programme is primarily for non-LGBTQ+ delegates, those who identify as LGBTQ+ are still welcome to attend and learn more about how they can be effecive allies to others within the LGBTQ+ community. 

Our Open Trans Allies Programme is a greater opportunity for non-trans people to build their understanding of trans inclusion in the workplace. It is suitable for all staff who are looking to build their knowledge of trans inclusion. 

We actively seek a diverse range of participants for this programme to reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage attendance from people of colour, people of faith, women, trans people, individuals of different abilities, those who identify as working class or from a lower socio-economic background, as well as people at the intersections of these identities. 

Upcoming Programmes 

We will be running a number of open programmes this year:

17th May 2022: Open Digital LGBTQ+ Allies Programme

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19th October 2022: Open Digital LGBTQ+ Allies Programme 

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30th March 2023: Open Digital Trans Allies Programme 

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Each programme will run from 10am - 3pm.

These programmes will run via Zoom with up to 50 delegates in each. To maximise interactivity, there will be smaller breakout rooms for delegates to complete optional discussion-based activities. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the event, please contact empowerment@stonewall.org.uk 

Programme Rates

Digital Programmes:

Standard Ticket: £180 + VAT

Private Sector Diversity Champions Member: £150 + VAT

Public and Third Sector Diversity Champions Member: £120 + VAT

Student/Unwaged: £30 + VAT

We can also deliver this programme in-house for up to 50 delegates at your organisation. Please contact empowerment@stonewall.org.uk to find out more.

In-Person Programmes

Standard Ticket: £210 + VAT

Private Sector Diversity Champions Member: £180 + VAT

Public and Third Sector Diversity Champions Member: £150 + VAT

Student/Unwaged: £30 + VAT

We can also deliver this programme in-house for up to 36 delegates at your organisation. Please contact empowerment@stonewall.org.uk to find out more.

Feedback from past participants

94% of participants 'strongly agreed' or 'agreed' that the programme gave them an understanding of what it means to be a workplace ally

91% of participants 'strongly agreed' or 'agreed' that the programme helped them identify achievable ways to step up as a workplace ally

Accessibility 

We want our events to be accessible to everyone. All delegates should expect to feel safe, welcome and included at our events. 

Here is a link to the accessibility features Zoom offers. We will have members of the team in tech support throughout the session. There will also be a British Sign Language interpreter for both sessions and automated captions will be available. For more information please read our access statement. 

If you have any access needs, please email empowerment@stonewall.org.uk or call us on 020 7593 1850 and we will do our best to accommodate these. 

Cancellation policy 

Cancellations made up to and including 20 working days or more before the event will be charged at 50% of the booking cost. 

Cancellations made less than 20 working days of the event will be charged 100% of the booking cost. 

Cancellations must be made by email to Nish Vasco-Knight: nish.vasco-knight@stonewall.org.uk 

In the event of a named delegate being unable to attend, we will accept substitution of another delegate up to three working days ahead of the event date. 

If you have any queries about our cancellation policy, contact empowerment@stonewall.org.uk or call 020 7593 1850.