LGBTQ+ support services

Need some support? Here are some local - and some national - LGBTQ+ organisations that may be able to help you out.

The list below isn't comprehensive - for more information on local groups and support, search on the Cheshire East LiveWell website

Support for children and young people

Mermaids has been helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families since 1995. They have a helpline, which provides information and advice - including parenting issues for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children, and support for children of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents.

 

Utopia is a LGBTQ+ youth group held in Crewe for fun, friendship, advice and support. It provides information for young people on a range of topics including: LGBTQ+ rights; legal issues surrounding gender transition; signposting for specialist support (e.g. counselling or Proud Trust) and supporting and mentoring others. Families/parents of LGBTQ+ young people are also given information on other partners who can offer them support such as Mermaids.

  • Contact Kelly Prince on 01270 686923/07794437294

Utopia is a youth group in Macclesfield for young LGBT people aged 13-19 years. Utopia offers a safe, non-judgemental and caring environment that offers youth activities such as art and crafts, indoor games and dance. The club is a closed club so contact will need to be arranged in advance.

  • Facebook: Macc Congleton Handforth YSS
  • Call Sue Bradshaw on 07794 437 234

Support for older people

Silver Rainbows is a social network for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Cheshire. It is being supported by Body Positive and they want to include as many people as possible. They hold regular social activities as well as maintaining an online social network (and they need your help to help them grow!). 

LGBTQ+ helplines

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer
people. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities
and to make mental health a community concern. They welcome all LGBTQ people and
those who may not identify as LGBTQ, including intersex people, people who previously
identified as trans and people who are questioning their sexual and/or gender identities.

Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had been active in the
struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act. They provide information and
support for LGBT communities and their allies. They are here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and
trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.

Information and links to services and guidance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
individuals. A safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender
identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. They support people to explore the right
options for themselves. They aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and
empowered.

 

An organisation that supports anyone who is trans, intersex, questioning and non-binary. They offer support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering a listening ear and tailored support.

  • Call or whatsapp 07527 524034

They offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email, and post. It is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse.

An emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone identifying as transgender, non-binary or genderfluid. They also support family members, friends, colleagues and carers.

Formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. A national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. They provide a wide range of support and services including: a national helpline; sexual health testing and support; free mental health and wellbeing services; the Village Angels volunteers; support groups and advice for tackling LGBT hate crime and discrimination.

Sexual health

A Cheshire based charity working for and with anyone who has had issues with, or wants to improve, their sexual health or has questions about their sexuality. Their aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to protect your sexual health and live your life to the fullest.

The UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using their services to achieve good sexual health. They are the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, running services out of local centres across the country.

Formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. A national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. They provide a wide range of support and services including: a national helpline; sexual health testing and support; free mental health and wellbeing services; the Village Angels volunteers; support groups and advice for tackling LGBT hate crime and discrimination.

 

Trans support

They are the largest and longest established transgender support group in the UK and have developed a support network which has been at the forefront of the transgender, transvestite, transsexual, and cross-dressing community since 1966.

Their aim has been to ‘Educate, Communicate and Inform since 1998’. Transgender Zone has been supporting those who feel they are confused about their gender, those who are looking for support for someone who is transgender, and health and social care professionals, broadcast media and lay people who want to learn more about the subject.

A comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. There is an easy to use, mobile friendly directory which connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues to share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people at all stages of their journey.

www.transunite.co.uk

Facebook page - TransForum Manchester - is a trans (gender) discussion forum and mutual peer support group for all Gender Diverse people and those in any way questioning their gender, together with their partners, family, friends, and allies. Monthly meetings in South Manchester.

 

 

A Facebook group to help others and answer any questions you might have. Their admin team consists of a post-op trans man with ten years’ experience; a partner of a transgender person; a parent of a transgender person; and FTM and MTF currently going through their journeys, who are all offering help and support.

A mutual support and discussion group based in Macclesfield for all transgender/gender variant people, their partners, families, allies and supporters. This includes TG- transgender, TS- transexual, IS- intersex, NB- non-binary, GQ- gender queer, TV/CD transvestite/cross dresser and any others. 

Gendered Intelligence, established in 2008, is a registered charity that exists to increase understanding of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life. They are a trans-led and trans-involving grassroots organisation with a wealth of lived experience, community connections of many kinds, and a depth and breadth of trans community knowledge that is second to none. They believe everyone can be intelligent about gender!

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