Relationships Scotland have become the first national counselling and mediation organisation to receive the prestigious Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Charter Mark Award this week.


Stuart Valentine, Chief Executive of Relationships Scotland, and Heather Lickley, Head of Network Services, received the award from Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Assistant Policy Director of LGBT Youth Scotland.


Inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the LGBT Charter describes fundamental rights, such as the right to be yourself, the right to privacy, be kept safe from harm and the right to an education. Created by a group of LGBT Young People and wider stakeholders, the LGBT Charter is a positive step towards challenging discrimination while promoting a more inclusive society.


Relationships Scotland received recognition of best practice in a range of areas, including their training delivery, policies which their members adhere to, service delivery, building links with LGBT partner organisations, using inclusive language across their website and consulting with LGBT people to assess their needs.


Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Assistant Policy Director of LGBT Youth Scotland, had this to say about Relationships Scotland receiving the LGTB Charter Mark:


“You have demonstrated to staff, service users and external stakeholders that you have taken LGBT equality seriously, and have made significant progress in ensuring discrimination will be challenged and diversity will be welcomed”.


To find out more about the LGBT Chartermark visit:


To find out more about Relationships Scotland’s range of counselling, mediation and child contact centre services visit:



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