The Connect Service- can help you by finding info about local services, activities & opportunities. If needed, Connect staff can work with you around money issues, housing problems, health management & other things. This short-term support will be tailored to your needs & will focus on achieving what you want in a way that suits you.
If after exploring these options you feel you may need more support, then you might need to have a Care & Support Assessment. This will allow you to explain the things you are finding hard to achieve & we will discuss with you how we might be able to help you.
The aim of the assessment will always be to help you regain or maintain a level of independence. We will carry out the assessment in the most proportionate way depending on your needs, this could be over the telephone or at one of our clinics.
Please contact us on 0300 500 80 80, an advisor can help you with your options and may complete a referral for a care and support assessment.
We are an information and support network for the LGBT+ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and other similar minority sexual or romantic orientations and gender identities). Whatever your age or relationship status, it can sometimes be difficult to talk to friends, family or partners about your feelings or concerns. Contact us and have a confidential chat with one of our trained volunteers.
Worries and concerns about gender and sexual orientation
Just a chat when you're lonely or down
Information about groups, venues and social events in the local area
Information about employee LGBT+ networks
Sex, sexual health, safer sex, HIV/AIDS, STDs
Legal issues such as asylum, child custody, hate crime (we can't give legal advice but can signpost you to support)
We provide a phone helpline, email, text and live chat service for support and information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or using our messaging service by texting LGBT+ talk to 07538318462.
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!
Worksop pride is a small group of volunteers who work throughout the year to organise an event to show solidarity with the LGBT+ community. 2018 saw the 3rd annual event attract over five thousand people.
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.
Our Belper based Golden Rainbows group is a friendship and social support group for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans and are over 50, facilitated by members of Derbyshire LGBT+ staff team.
he Golden Rainbows Research Project conducted by Derbyshire LGBT+ looked at the experiences of LGBT+ people over 50 years old in Derbyshire, particularly those in rural areas. The results of this project told us that there were many LGBT+ people over 50 who would benefit with a social support group for them, which would reduce isolation and loneliness.
We meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 1pm to 3pm. Our meetings may consist of an activity, we could have a guest speaker, a film, do a quiz or enjoy a games afternoon. The group decides its own programme, and Derbyshire LGBT+ will facilitate a programme that is of interest to the entire group.
If you would like to know more about the group, would like to come to a meeting, or want to know the programme details for the next few meetings, please get in touch with Derbyshire LGBT+.
We also have a number of other Golden Rainbows groups around the county- check out their pages for more information.
If you would like more information on this, or any of Golden Rainbows groups, please contact John Yate-Haroldemail@example.com
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.