For Individuals

Services in Lancashire

Asylum & Immigration

Red Cross Preston asylum seeker drop-in –
10:00am-13:30pm every Thursday (arrive before 10am):
St Cuthbert Church Centre (Douglas Hall)
Lytham Road, Fulwood, Preston  PR2 3AR.

Rainbow Migration (National LGBTQ+ migrant and refugee charity)   
https://www.rainbowmigration.org.uk/

Micro Rainbow (National housing charity for LGBTQ+ refugees) https://microrainbow.org/

Lesbian Immigration Support Group (in Manchester)
https://lisg.uk/

African Rainbow Family (supports LGBTQ+ refugees and asylums seekers)
http://africanrainbowfamily.org  

Watson Ramsbottom solicitors in Blackburn  (experienced in working with LGBT clients)
http://watsonramsbottom.com

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care
http://www.cruse.org.uk/

Bisexuality

BiPhoria social and support group (based in Manchester)
http://www.biphoria.org.uk/

Disability

Disability Equality North-West
http://www.disability-equality.org.uk/

Regard – the national organisation for disabled lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people
facebook.com/groups/131451632773/?fref=ts

Domestic Violence

Lancashire Victim Services– Tel: 0300 323 0085 , E-mail info@lancashirevictimservices.org
Website: www.lancashirevictimservices.org.   Secure E-mail: vcu.lancashire@victimsupport.cjsm.net

Be Free – PAC (Positive Action in the Community)– A domestic abuse service which supports victims or witnesses of domestic abuse in the Pendle and Rossendale area. Also, in Pendle,  a children’s services team which provides the same support as above to children and young people aged 4-18. Helpline 01282 726000 Email:  info@p-a-c.org.uk Website   https://www.p-a-c.org.uk/be-free-adults/

GALOP – LGBT Domestic Violence national helpline 0800 999 5428       www.galop.org.uk For further information, please contact info@galop.org.uk

Loving Me – Support for Trans and Non-Binary victims of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence Helpline number: 07902 478958
Website https://www.lovingme.uk/

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Project– This project aims to improve the infrastructure and support for reporting of LGBT+ domestic abuse as well as making it easier for LGBT+ people to seek help when they need it.
The project has an extensive website at https://www.consortium.lgbt/2020/02/19/national-lgbt-domestic-abuse-project/

The Birchall Trust– The Birchall Trust offers counselling and support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexualised violence. They offer counselling to ages 4 years and above (children, young people and adults). They also offer pre-trial counselling too. Their website is www.birchalltrust.org.uk

Education

LGBT+ History Month
www.lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk

Schools Out
http://www.schools-out.org.uk/

End of Life:

Compassion in Dying www.compassionindying.org.uk

Advance Decisions: www.mydecisions.org.uk

Faith:

Liberty Church (LGBTQ+ inclusive chruch) www.libertychurchblackpool.org.uk

Hidayah (LGBT+ Muslims) https://www.hidayahlgbt.co.uk

Purple Souls (Lancashire based charity that supports LGBTQ+ Muslims) https://www.purplesouls.co.uk/ email: purplesouls2023@gmail.com

Imaan (LGBTQI Muslim Support) www.imaan.org.uk

Jewish LGBT+ Group www.jglg.org.uk

OneBodyOneFaith (formerly Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement)
www.onebodyonefaith.org.uk

Forced Marriage:

Lancashire Constabulary web page:
https://www.lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/personal-safety/forced-marriage-honour-based-violence-and-fgm/

Hate Crime

True Vision – Police’s National Hate Crime Reporting website
True Vision 

Lancashire Police – Hate Crime Reporting
https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/PEDisclaimer/Create

UK LGBT Hate Crime Helpline
People across England, Scotland and Wales who have experienced, witnessed or know someone who is experiencing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Hate Crime can contact the LGB&T Hate Crime helpline on 0808 801 0661, or visit the websitewww.stophateuk.org for support and information. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; calls are free from landlines and most mobiles but they can always call you back if you want.

Housing and Homelessness

Albert Kennedy Trust is a LGBTQ+ charity that supports young people 16-25 who are struggling with housing and homelessness. You can contact them via this page https://www.akt.org.uk/contact

Foxton Centre Foxton Centre runs a homeless day centre which is located on Fox Street, Preston (in the basement of the Central Methodist Church in the City Centre). This is open 09:00-17:00. Here you can find help with finding temporary and permanent accommodation. To contact the Foxton Centre call 01772 555925, or email info@foxtoncentre.co.uk

Lancashire Mind run housing support and independent living advice https://www.lancashiremind.org.uk/pages/26-housing

Stonewall Housing run a free housing-related advice helpline for all LGBTQ+ people, this is open everyday 10:00-13:00. Call 0800 6404 404.

Shelter are a national housing charity that run several one to one services in Lancashire, from their centre in Blackburn. https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help Shelter also have a resource page for those wanting to find other LGBTQ+ people to privately rent with. You can access here: How to find an LGBTQ+ friendly home – Shelter England

Intersex

Intersex UK
www.intersexuk.org

Stephensons law firm – head office in Wigan – advice to individuals and employees on matters of discrimination, nationally.
https://www.stephensons.co.uk/

Harrison Drury solicitors – branches in Preston, Garstang, Clitheroe, Lancaster and Kendal

Probate guide and things to do when someone passes away:
Probate guide

LGBT Media:

Diva www.divamag.co.uk

Gay Times www.gaytimes.co.uk

Pink News www.pinknews.co.uk

Attitude www.attitude.co.uk

LGBTQ+ Parenting, Adoption & Fostering

Proud 2B Parents (LGBT Parents’ group)
www.proud2BParents.co.uk
and www.facebook.com/Proud2bParents

Lancashire County Council – Fostering
www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering

Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool

www.adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk 

Parallel Parents (fostering organisation)
www.StartFostering.com

Two Daddies  (support re surrogacy for Intended Parents)
www.twodaddies.co.uk

Rainbow Families is a support group for LGBTQ+ parents and parents of LGBTQ+ people in Lancashire. Email is rainbowfamiliesbwd@gmail.com

LGBTQ+ Sport

Pride Sports / Pride Games (Manchester)
www.pridesports.org.uk

Typhoons inclusive Rugby Union Football Club (Preston)

https://www.facebook.com/TyphoonsRUFC/

Mental Health

Rainbow Mind: A mental health and well-being service run by mind. https://linktr.ee/rainbowmind They run Queer Connect a new bi-monthly drop-in group run by young, queer folk (18-25)

Lancashire Care Mental Health Access Line
Tel 111 – North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) will triage and transfer relevant calls.

Steph Cole counsellor Steph works with young people as well as adults. https://welldoing.org/counsellors/steph-cole-person-centredhumanistic-counsellor-online

Chi Ko Psychosexual Therapist https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/counselling/chi-ko-psychosexual-therapist-manchester-eng/469494

Child Action North West
http://www.canw.org.uk. Can provide counselling for children and young people up to age 19 with sexual orientation or gender identity issues, provided the child is resident in, or goes to a school in, the Lancashire County Council area (i.e. excluding the unitary authorities of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen).

Minds Matter talking therapies
https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/services/psychological-therapies/mindsmatter

NHS Tips for coping with depression
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/dealing-with-depression.aspx

Mind OUT – LGBTQ+ project based in Brighton and Hove
www.mindout.org.uk

Older People support

Rainbow Call Companions
A national charity called Reengage offers this telephone befriending service to LGBTQ+ people aged 75+.

Age UK Lancashire national charity with local branches in Lancashire. Provides several services which are inclusive to LGBTQ+ people. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lancashire/ . They also provide one to one digital support and lessons on how to get online, email Email: helptogetonline@ageuklancs.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 303 1234

Proud Trust is a charity supporting young LGBTQ+ people and their families. The proud trust runs several support groups, including an online group for parents needing support. https://www.theproudtrust.org/trusted-adults/groups/groups-for-parents-and-carers/

Manchester Parents’ Group Helpline: 0845 652 2674
Email: manchesterparentsgroup@gmail.com
Website: www.manpg.co.uk

Rainbow Families is a support group for LGBTQ+ parents and parents of LGBTQ+ people in Lancashire. Email is rainbowfamiliesbwd@gmail.com

Trust House is a Lancashire based charity that provides person centred support to those affected by any kind of sexual violence or abuse. 01772 825288 https://trusthouselancs.org/

Galop is a UK-based anti-LGBTQ+ abuse charity. They operate a helpline for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The number is 0800 999 5428

Sexual Health and HIV / AIDS services

Renaissance UK
Healthier Living project – a free & confidential service providing support for those living with and affected by HIV in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
https://www.ren-uk.com/lgbt-health-and-wellbeing/

M2M Sexual Health Clinic – for men who have sex with men.  Tuesdays 5.30 – 8.00pm at Horizon in Blackpool.

Horizon is a LGBTQ+ alcohol, drugs and sexual health support organisation based in Blackpool which runs sexual health clinics for LGBTQ+ people and offer free sexual health kits. To contact them call 01253 311431

Blackpool and Lancashire Sexual Health Services
https://lancashiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/

Terrence Higgins Trust:
www.tht.org.uk

AVERT – Facts about Sexual Health and HIV
www.avert.org

Living Well with HIV
www.myhiv.org.uk

Substance and Alcohol Use

We Are With You – provides free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs and mental health from local services or online
https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/

Red Rose Recovery run a new support group for LGBTQ+ people with lived experience of alcohol and drug misuse. This group runs every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm from their office in Preston on Lune Street. If you would like more information please contact Tay Lloyd on Taylor.Lloyd@redroserecovery.org.uk. Their general advice phone line is 01772 821440

Support after Suicide

AMPARO – provides emotional and practical support for anyone affected by suicide. 
https://listening-ear.co.uk/amparo/

Trans services

Mermaids – support for families with trans or non-binary children
www.mermaidsuk.org.uk

Renaissance Trans Support Group at The Gynway Guesthouse, Blackpool.   2 meetings/socials a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.  https://www.facebook.com/Blackpool-Renaissance-Trans-Support-Group-194379587311631/  and http://www.gynwayblackpool.com/renaissance_transgender_forum.htm.

Gendered Intelligence
www.genderedintelligence.co.uk

GIRES – Gender Identity Research & Education Society
http://www.gires.org.uk/

Sparkle
www.sparkle.org.uk

Trans* masculine support and advice
https://www.facebook.com/TMSAUK

The Beaumont Society
www.beaumontsociety.org.uk

Depend – support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK
www.depend.org.uk

Transgender – NHS Gender Dysphoria Clinics
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Transhealth/Pages/Transhealthhome.aspx

Trans Media Watch – a charity dedicated to improving media coverage of trans and intersex issues
www.transmediawatch.org

Trans Health Intel- a resource for trans people looking for trans-friendly gp surgeries in the UK, https://www.transhealthcareintel.com/

TransActual- a resource for trans people on trans related healthcare, and for those providing care in the health service to trans people. https://www.transactual.org.uk/

Curves Photography Studios (for photoshoots) 1 Craven Court, Altrincham WA14 5DY, Tel. 0161 274 9084   Email: info@curvesstudios.co.uk
Website:  curvesphotographystudios.co.uk   

LGBT-inclusive Barber’s Shop Roy’s, 129 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool FY2 9HZ.
Tel. 01253 356621.   See Facebook link.

RCNQ hair salon, Manchester Located in Manchester’s  Northern Quarter, specialising in gender-neutral hair services, trans and non binary services. An LGBTQIA+ owned space. Also featuring Barber Below, their gender neutral barbering space.  rcnq.co.uk and barberbelow.com.

Laser Hair Removal service (Bispham, Blackpool)
www.oasiswellbeingclinic.com/laserhairremoval

Laser Hair Removal service (Southport) Mrs Gail Rodgers, Salon address 195, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1PF. Telephone n.o  07548523343. Book via gailcreed121@hotmail.co.uk 

Makeover Girl – Reinvent Yourself: An Image Consultancy specialising in Transgender Image & Style. Studio in Eccleston near Chorley.   https://www.makeovergirl.co.uk/    Also on Facebook.

Makeup Lessons: Private Makeup Lessons for Trans Individuals, from Nicola Jane
www.nicolajane-makeupartist.com/makeup-lessons/

Makeup/Makeover service (Preston area) – Kate Worthington Private service for cross-dressers (male to female) and anyone who is either going through transition or transgender (male to female).
Email: makeupbyworthers@hotmail.com Telephone: 07528767185 Instagram: @makeupbyworthers Facebook: @makeupbyworthers

Young LGBTQ+ People

Kooth Digital Health service for 11-18 year olds Kooth is a trusted NHS partner that provides free mental health support for 11-18 year olds at Kooth.com There is no GP or school referral needed, or waiting list

Lancashire County Council Children & Family Wellbeing Service
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/things-to-do/groups/lgbt/ contact pout@lancashire.gov.uk.

  • Burnley LGBT+ Young People’s group (POUT)
    LGBT youth group for young people aged 12-19. run by Lancashire County Council’s Children & Family Wellbeing Service. Email POUTburnley@lancashire.gov.uk.
  • Chorley LGBT+ Young People’s group (POUT)
    LGBT youth group for young people aged 11 (at high school) – 17 years.  Held at Inspire Youth Zone, Chorley and it is by invitation only, on a Sunday evening.  Any young people visiting would have to be signed up members of the youth zone.  Contact:  email jennifer.mcgillivray@inspireyouthzone.org.
  • Pendle LGBT+ Young People’s group (POUT)
    LGBT youth group for young people aged 12-19. Run by Lancashire County Council’s Children & Family Wellbeing Service in Nelson. Email POUTpendle@lancashire gov.uk
  • Preston’s LGBTQ+ Young People’s group (BREAD)
    Meets on Tuesday evenings. For further information please email PrestonTYS@lancashire.gov.uk.
  • South Ribble LGBT+ Young people’s group (POUT)
    LGBT youth group for young people aged 12-19. Run by Lancashire County Council’s Children & Family Wellbeing Service in Leyland. Email pout@lancashire.gov.uk

Work It Out LGBTQ+ youth group (Blackburn,  Burnley and Hyndburn)
Email Jessica Knapman for information.  (Jessica.Knapman@brook.org.uk)

AKT – Digital Mentoring with “inter-AKT”
A safe and non-judgemental space for young people 16-25 years old who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation to access support.
https://www.akt.org.uk/

The Proud Trust – Based in Manchester but runs young peoples groups: Fusion youth group (13-19), Brolly squad (trans and non binary, 13-19) and Proud young adults (18-25) www.theproudtrust.org

PAPYRUS UK (Prevention of Young Suicide)
www.papyrus-uk.org

Pace Yourself UK – information for young LGBT people and their families and friends
www.paceyourselfuk.weebly.com