Aims and Values

Regard is a national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) who self-identify as disabled. We follow the Social Model of Disability. This is a way of thinking about disability that says it is society that needs to change by removing the barriers that deny us inclusion and equal rights.

Regard has the following aims:

  • To provide information, advice and support to LGBT disabled people;
  • To raise awareness and campaign on issues affecting disabled LGBT people;
  • And to combat social isolation among LGBT disabled people.

Regard works

Like 90% of LGBT voluntary organisations, Regard is run by its members for its members and has no paid staff.

Day to day control is in the hands of the Executive Committee (EC), which is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.

Each member of the EC takes responsibility for developing Regard's work in a particular role. Wherever possible we would ask that the EC member ‘identifies’ with the respective community for his/her position (so an older person should fill the role of developing our work with Older people's organisations, etc).

Finally, we fully recognise that members are volunteers and are doing this in their spare time and after allowing for their respective impairments. Where it can assist Regard's work, job shares are permitted.

For 2016/17 the members of the EC are:

Officers

  • Female Co-chair: Ju Gosling
  • Male Co-chair: Clive Streeter and Phil Gosling
  • Secretary: Phil Gosling
  • Treasurer: Julie Newman

Work-stream leaders

  • Blind and visually-impaired people's organisations: vacant
  • BME people's organisations: Margaret Spence
  • Deaf people's organisations: vacant
  • Disabled people's organisations: Phil Reynolds
  • Hate Crime: Julie Newman
  • HIV organisations: vacant
  • Learning Difficulties rep: Clive Streeter
  • LGBTQ people's organisations: Ju Gosling
  • Newsletter and Media Communications: Karen Shook
  • Older people's organisations: vacant
  • Policy and Procedures: Daniel Holt
  • Pride organisations: Clive Streeter
  • Scotland: Robert Softley (looking for job share)
  • Social Care: Ju Gosling
  • Students and Young people's organisations: Daniel Holt and Julia Griffin
  • Transgender people's organisations: Robin Brooks (looking for job share)
  • Wales: Clive Streeter
  • Website: Phil Gosling