The Collaborative Network Launches

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A pioneering community support and signposting service tailored for the LGBT+ community, which was established following the death of MWOTY friend and supporter Drew Cockton, has officially launched, supported by National Lottery Funding.

Founded by Josef Hollywood, a radio presenter at Capital FM and the founder of the successful media agency Ocular Media, along with Mike Skeggs, co-founder of Owen Drew, the Dragons Den winning business, The Collaborative Network is a subscription-based service designed to enhance connections within the business community, while supporting the wellbeing and mental health of LGBT+ people in the region.

The financial boost from the The National Lottery Community Fund will enable the rollout of their’ LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention in the City’ initiative; a holistic approach to wellbeing focusing on mental health training, community groups, and support services across Liverpool City Region and The North West of England, marking a monumental step forward in tackling the mental health pandemic affecting the LGBT+ community.

This initiative brings together businesses, leaders, employees, and professional services in a concerted effort to support LGBTQ+ matters in the workplace.

Josef Hollywood and Mike Skeggs said: “We are beyond excited to partner with The National Lottery to extend our much-needed services across the region. This funding validates the importance of our mission and empowers  us to make a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in our community.

“Our journey to create a more inclusive, understanding and supportive workplace environment for everyone is now set on a path filled with greater possibilities and impact.”

The Collaborative Network’s mission is to ensure that every business and employee has access to the necessary resources and support to handle LGBT+ matters with sensitivity, knowledge, and confidence.

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