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  • identify need,
  • routinely explore the suicide prevention needs of all young people accessing the service,
  • improve services,
  • prove success of interventions,
  • show how well services meet LGBT young people's needs,
  • influence local strategies,
  • influence mainstream and specialist service provision,
  • help access funding, and
  • help gather evidence to influence national strategy.


Reducing Vulnerability
Data, from both the NAT and the IMP shows that the process of using the NATnIMP to identify and develop individual action plans, alongside access to the LGBT youth group and various activities (click here to see old GALYIC activities) helped to reduce levels of:

  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Suicide attempts
  • Homelessness
  • Isolation

and improve the self-esteem of members.

Developing programme of activities
The accumulated findings can be used to develop a programme of activities for the youth group.  For example, in response to high levels of substance misuse on one of the annual residentials, alongside an outddoor programme of team building exercises, we held a series of workshops looking at on-going minority stress: how LGBTs cope with this, in particular alcohol use; completed the AUDIT questionnaire again; shared our journeys of using/misusing alcohol; then identified safer ways of coping with stress; members then agreed what an ideal substance misuse service would look like. 

Improving services and making them inclusive
The NATnIMP section on use of other services helps to identify gaps in mainstream services and can be used to make local strategies, e.g. anti-bullying, homelessness, suicide prevention, parenting, substance misuse, more inclusive.

Meeting requirements of Equality Act
The findings can also be incorporated within local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and help public bodies meet their legal requirements under the Public Sector Equality Duty (2011).

Accessing Funding
GALYIC used the findings to successfully acquire funding from BBC Children in Need to recruit a Crisis Intervention and Support Worker, whose role was to conduct the NATnIMP and work alongside the young person, to develop their individual action plan and supporting them to implement it.

Evidencing Successful Interventions
Most funders want evidence of how outcomes are achieved.  The Impact Accessment Tool provides just this.




Although the NAT is targeted at LGBT youth groups, other services could also benefit from using it to provide a holistic support package.
Anyone who works with young people and is ikely to come into contact with LGBT young people will benefit from the NAT

In 2005, the Needs Assessment Tool (NAT) was developed.  It is an holistic approach and includes questions about:
coming out, school, hate incidents, homelessness, mental health, alcohol, drugs and smoking, sexual health, isolation and support.