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Community support

Community support

Manchester Pride is a charity with LGBTQ+ communities at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice, and our mission is to work with LGBTQ+ people helping them to live free from discrimination and to feel safe in their own environment.

We recognise that statistically, LGBTQ+ people are at much higher risk of experiencing poor mental health, and are often faced with difficulties accessing mental health services and support. Thankfully there are many incredible organisations operating to ensure the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people. We’ve listed of some of these organisations working to assist all LGBTQ+ communities, all year round.

LGBT Foundation provides a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bi and trans + people. Its team has temporarily shifted to become a remote service delivery charity due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The helpline remains open on 0345 3 30 30 30 weekdays 9am-9pm, and weekends 10am-6pm.

Switchboard provides information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. Switchboard LGBT listens to LGBT+ people, providing a lifeline and calm words to those who need them. They have also put together a helpful Emotional Wellbeing Support pack that you can download. You can get in touch with Swichboard on the phone, by email or through Instant Messaging. The helpline number is 0300 330 0630.

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. It does this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks. The Proud Trust has developed an online tool to find your local youth group. You can search for trans-specific, BAME-specific and LGBT+-specific groups.

Micro Rainbow runs safe houses dedicated solely to LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. 1,500 LGBTI refugees from those countries come to the UK every year. There are several ways to get in touch with Micro Rainbow, and its services such as its helpline is open for those in need of assistance.

Regard is a national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) who self-identify as disabled, and has created guides for disabled and older people. These guidelines feature helpful advice for food shopping and how to cope with extended isolation.

George House Trust provides services to people living with, and affected by, HIV. Its staff will be working from home and will be able to provide one to one support by phone. If you are in need of support, advice or information and would like to speak to someone you can email and include your telephone number in your message and its team will call you back.

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the uk who are experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile or abusive environment. akt can help you to stay safe, provide support and advocacy to find emergency accommodation, access specialist support and develop skills.

Rainbow Mind is a new service aiming to tackle mental health issues for individuals within the LGBTQI+ community. They are currently taking on clients for their new 1-to-1 counselling service, specifically for individuals within the LGBTQI+ community across Greater Manchester. Sessions are focussed around improving mental health and for those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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