YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.
Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers emotional support, a gateway to the parents and teens forums, information about current legislation and protections under the law, plus signposting to training and resources. The helpline is manned by volunteers, so we do not have a definitive schedule of when we can answer your call but aim to answer your calls between 9am and 8pm, Monday to Friday. Any voicemails will be responded to as soon as we can once received. If there is no-one available to talk to and your situation is urgent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist one to one and group support for young people who identify as LGBT+ aged 11- 25 and their parents or carers. The one-to-one and group sessions offer a safe and supportive space for young people to explore their sexual orientation and/ or gender identity, access support and information and meet other young people.
11- 16 LGBT+ Group (Wednesdays 4:30pm- 6:30pm), 16- 25 LGBT+ Group (Wednesdays 7pm- 9pm), Trans* Group (1st Thursday of every month 6pm- 8pm), Parents and Carers group (3rd Thursday of every month 6pm- 8pm). Individual appointments for all services are also available outside of these times.
We have been the only professional service within Bassetlaw providing specialist LGBT+ support for over 7 years. Our activism and campaigning challenging oppression and discrimination, combined with our direct LGBT+ community work, partnerships with regional and national LGBT+ services and involvement within Department of Education and Government Equalities Office projects has led to our organisation being viewed as a centre of expertise and excellence.
Our work has been championed by others and has received numerous awards and commendations; the most recent of which is being included within the Stonewall (national LGBT rights charity) 2017 Best Practice Guide establishing LGBT+ youth provision.
What we have learned from our work and through feedback from beneficiaries accessing our service, external providers and local community surveys has evidenced that there are huge gaps within the current support and provision available for under 16’s, trans specific support and support for families not only within Bassetlaw but within the wider area of Nottinghamshire, excluding the city.
There has been a 70% increase in the number of young trans people accessing our current LGBT+ service over the last 3 years; 80% of these stated that they felt isolated within an LGBT+ group and would benefit from a specific trans group.
We have supported a total of 180 young LGBT+ people during the last 7 years, 98% of these have experienced isolation and exclusion from family/peers, and 76% of these felt this may have been avoided if family support had been available.
A total of 287 members of the LGBT+ community were consulted as part of the research and development for this service. The result of this evidenced that 97% felt under 16's LGBT+ support was a local need and 69% felt they would access/benefit from family support.
It is as a result of these findings that the LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire was established to offer a range of professional specialist services for young people aged 11-25 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT+) or maybe questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Referrals to our service can be made by professionals working with young LGBT+ people or their families. Self-referrals can be made by families and young people over the age of 13.
Group sessions run on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6pm- 8pm. One to one sessions are available by appointment only each week on Tuesdays from 4-6pm.
The one-to-one and group sessions offer a safe and supportive space to for young trans people to explore their gender identity, access support and information and meet other young trans people.
This service can provide a range of support and information to young trans people including:
Counselling one-one or with family
Referrals to the Tavistock and Portman gender identity clinic (GIC) in London. The only GIC to take patients under the age of 18.
Information on binders, packing and breast formers
Deed poll and name changes
Medical procedures and surgery
Transphobia and hate crimes/incidents
Trans rights and legislation
Accessing health services
Support within schools, colleges or employers
Parents and Carers Support
Run on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6-8pm. This group provides a safe space for parents/carers whose children identify as LGBT+ or maybe questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The group enables parents/carers to meet other parents/carers and access a range of information or support and from trained staff.
The group is open to all parents/carers regardless of the age of their child or children. For more information or to arrange a meeting with a member of staff before attending the group please contact us.
LGBT+ Support for young people aged 11-16 & 16-25
We offer confidential one-to-one and group support providing specialist services to young people on a weekly basis.
Weekly group session opening times:
11-16 LGBT+ Group- Wednesdays 4:30pm- 6:30pm
16-25 LGBT+ Group -Worksop Out on Wednesday (WOW), Wednesdays 7-9pm
Additional one-to-one appointments are available outside of these session times.
This service provides a safe and non-judgmental place where young LGBT+ people can be themselves, meet new friends, take part in activities and access specialist support from trained staff on a range of issues including:
Sexual health advice,
Hate crime reporting,
Information on LGBT rights and legislation,
Accessing LGBT+ health services,
Support with issues in school
One to one or family counselling.
LGBT+ Counselling Services
Providing professional one-to-one and family counselling services for young people aged 11-25 identifying as LGBT+ or who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Our qualified counsellors will work with young people individually or as part of a family unit, giving them the opportunity to express feelings, explore and understand difficulties as well as help and support to try and find ways of managing these more.
Counselling appointments are available at different venues within the Bassetlaw area, however we do not offer counselling sessions within the home. Appointments can be offered at different times and days during the week and limited appointments are available on Saturdays.
Referrals to this service can be made by professionals working with young people or families of young people. Self-referrals can be made by young people over the age of 13. Referrals can be made over the phone on 01909 479191 via email at email@example.com or using our messaging service by texting LGBT+ talk to 07538318462.
Talkzone can offer counselling sessions at different places within the Bassetlaw area, however we do not offer counselling sessions at home. Appointments can be offered at different times and days during the week, including some limited Saturdays.
You can be referred to Talkzone by your Doctor, Support Worker, Social Worker or any agency or person who is offering you support or you can refer yourself. All referrals are treated in the strictest confidence. To make a referral, please call Talkzone or The Centre Place on 01909 479191. You can also text your details to 07538318462 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org & we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Once a referral has been made to Talkzone, the young person will be offered an initial assessment appointment within approx 6 weeks, depending on availability. The young person may have to wait to start counselling depending on the waiting list. Full details of the waiting times will be given at the assessment appointment. Counselling sessions will be on a one to one basis, and will take place once a week & last for approximately 50 mins each time. Young person will be offered sessions for 6-12 weeks to start with, this will then be reviewed, and additional sessions can be offered if needed.
Outburst is a safe space for young people aged 11-19 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning, to be themselves, meet friends, get involved in activities such as the crafts, music making, watch movies, get some help but most of all just have fun!
Trained listeners identify as Trans, non-binary or gender fluid, they are understanding and will Listen and Offer Support
Mindline Trans+ is a confidential helpline for people who identify as Trans, non-binary or gender fluid that provides a safe place to talk about feelings confidentially and receive signposting to appropriate services and support.
Co-run by mental health charities Bristol Mind and Mind in Taunton and West Somerset it was first made available to local people in South West England from February 2017. Following its success, and with the support of Mind’s Equality Improvement team, the helpline is now being made available across the country.
Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don't suffer in silence.
We welcome all transgender people and their partners, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed or colour and all varieties from the nervous newcomers to those who are experienced and confident in their preferred gender.
Together with our sister organisations, since 1966, we’ve been at the forefront of supporting the transgender community, together with their partners and families, as well as advising and training on transgender issues.
Chesterfield Golden Rainbows is a confidential social support group for those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or Transgender, and are over the age of 50. At our meetings we could have an activity, listen to a guest speaker, have a quiz or enjoy a games afternoon.
The group decides what they would like to do, with the emphasis on friendship. We may also go out as a group or attend an event as a group.
The group meets in Meeting Room 2, next to the cafe, Chesterfield Library, Beetwell Street, Chesterfield S40 1QN.