Volunteer Consultation 2019 #YouMakeSarbat
Sep 30th, 2019 by sarbat

Seva or selfless service is one of our core foundation and this consultation is meant to take feedback from all existing and potential Sarbat Volunteers.

We want you to direct Sarbat’s future by responding on three DRAFT items that came out of our strategy meeting recently and one project specific question. You may choose to volunteer individually or in a team. Responses from the Sarbat Survey in 2018 may help you with the following.

  1. As a Sarbat volunteer, how far do you agree with the consultation mission statement on our About us page? Is there anything that you would like to add, remove or change (max 20 words)?
  2. As a Sarbat volunteer, how far do you agree with the consultation purpose on our About us page? Is there anything that you would like to add, remove or change (max 40 words)?
  3. As a Sarbat volunteer, how far do you agree with the consultation core ethics on our About us page? Is there anything that you would like to add, remove or change (max 40 words)?
  4. As a Sarbat volunteer, please provide a description of a project that you would like to undertake/assist on and what skills will you bring to carrying that out (max 50 words)?

The consultation is now open and will close for entries on the 31st of October 2019. Your collated responses will form the basis for what Sarbat stands for and does in the future.

Entry is simple – Please email your submissions to info @ sarbat . net with the subject line: Consultation 2019 – <YOUR NAME>. For consistency and fairness, responses on the comment sections of social media pages will not be taken into account. 


Dharam Singh

On behalf of Sarbat


Remember #YouMakeSarbat

Sarbat Survey 2018 – Findings
Oct 23rd, 2018 by sarbat
Sarbat carried out an online survey inviting responses from it’s immediate membership as well as the wider Sikh community. We had over 120 responses which have been condensed to form this note. The findings discussed in this note will direct the way Sarbat, as a Sikh LGBT support group, will serve the community it represents moving forward.



Q1 – Is there a need for a LGBT group aimed at supporting Sikhs?
Your responses
  • 92% of you said YES
  • 5% stated they were UNSURE.
  • Less than 2% responded NO.
Sarbat’s response – Sarbat will continue to operate as a support group aimed at LGBT Sikhs as there is definitely a need.


Q2 – Who should attend Sarbat’s events and meetings?
Your responses
  • 50% said Anyone supportive of LGBT issues
  • 21% said Sikhs only (LGBT and non-LGBT)
  • 11% said LGBT Sikhs only
  • 10% said LGBT people of any faith or non faith
  • 8% specified a response (detailed below)
Sarbat’s response  – This issue has been raised by a few attendees in the past since they (rightfully) see Sarbat as a platform for discussing LGBT issues with other Sikhs. Many however wish to widen the events to include LGBT individuals regardless of their faith. This does offer its share of challenges and the best way forward would be to respect that although the focus of our group is on the Sikh LGBT sphere, organisers could clarify who is it they wish to address and help as part of their event. Volunteers could continue to organise a mix of events to cater to as diverse a range of individuals as possible. We do acknowledge that we wouldn’t be able to please everyone.


Q3 – What do you want to gain by attending Sarbat events? Multiple responses
Your top responses
  • 72% wanted to meet other Sikh LGBT people
  • 56% wanted to gain support around LGBT issues affecting them
  • 48% wanted to connect with the Sikh faith
  • 28% wanted to meet other people (not necessarily Sikhs)
Sarbat’s response – Again this echos some pointers from the previous question. Sarbat’s raison d’etre is to support LGBT issues affecting Sikhs. It is up to volunteers adhering to the principles of selfless service (seva) to ensure this continues by assessing the suitability of events . Some of you also wanted to meet supportive family members and partners.


Q4 –  What types of meetings would you like Sarbat to organise? (Multiple responses).
Your top responses
  • 80% said social meet-ups
  • 75% Educational/Cultural events around LGBT issues
  • 67% Educational/Cultural events around faith
  • 65% Support group sessions
  • 54% Gurudwara visits
  • 53% Outdoor activities
Sarbat’s response – Many of you mentioned that you wanted to meet other LGBT Sikh individuals. You said that this was for a multitude of things including sharing experience, building a better understanding of the Sikh faith and to form lasting friendships. You wanted Sarbat volunteers to facilitate dialogue by organising a variety of events.


Q5 –  Who should be responsible for organising Sarbat’s meetings?
Your responses
  • 50% Sarbat volunteers (from the area where the event take place)
  • 29% Members on a rotational basis
  • 15% Any member with personal experience of LGBT issues
Sarbat’s response – Sarbat will continue to rely on local volunteers to run events. Any geographic location will require local support specific to the region i.e volunteers who are able to gauge the level of interest in the local Sikh community and organise relevant events. Majority of people want events which are organised ‘for’ them rather than ‘by’ them which inherently means that Sarbat’s role will be directly limited by the availability/schedule of people who identify themselves as volunteers


Q6-  How often should Sarbat’s meetings be held?
Your responses
  • 48% Monthly
  • 29% every 2-3 months
  • 8% a couple of times a year
  • 7% 6 weekly
  • 7% weekly
Sarbat’s response – Sarbat events require local volunteers and event frequency is dependent on their ability to plan and organise effectively. A monthly frequency is not reasonable or even feasible.


Q7  – Would you be willing to donate a small amount of money e.g. £10 (or equivalent) once a year in order to fund the activities of Sarbat?
  • 74% Yes
  • 26% Not sure or No
Sarbat’s response – Great to hear that people are willing to donate money, probably need to consider how to take that forward. We are open for your suggestions although one way would be to request voluntary contributions at the end of each meetup in case a venue has required funding.


Q8 – Are you aware of Sarbat’s web and social media presence (e.g. Website, facebook, twitter and newsletter)?
  • 60% Yes
  • 40% No
Sarbat’s response – Sarbat realises that respondents are probably inherently biased positively here. The people who don’t know about Sarbat probably wouldn’t have responded to the survey in the first place as they wouldn’t have heard about it.


Q9   Do you have any comments or suggestion for Sarbat? 
Some pertinent points
  • Please open locations worldwide – requires local volunteers
  • Provide service to Indian lgbt individuals to ‘help them migrate to more accepting countries’ – For the record Sarbat provides no such service and since the recent ruling in India Re: Sec 377, we anticipate tremendous strides to be made there
  • Engage with Sikh leaders, Gurudwaras and scholarly debates – please provide suggestions
  • Raise awareness and improve visibility – please get in touch
  • Requesting transparency in terms of a committee/board style – unrealistic given the number of people involved
  • Clear unused profiles on your Sarbat social media page – Please tell us how


Note produced by Dharam Singh on behalf of Sarbat.

ANNOUNCEMENT – All future events will be publicised on Eventbrite
May 20th, 2017 by sarbat

From April 2017, All future events taking place in the UK will be advertised on Eventbrite. This platform offers tremendous ease of use and clarity in organising and managing all sorts of events.

Future and past events can now be accessed from using the link below. Hope to see you at one in the future.


Additionally, our past newsletter editions can be found here.


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