LGBT+ support in the borough

About Leicester LGBT Centre and its services

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Leicester LGBT Centre is a voluntary organisation established to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (LLR). The centre recognises that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people face many forms of discrimination and prejudice which can affect the opportunities to be involved, included and valued in society as equals. The centre works with all age groups offering a wide range of services.

Services include the following: 

  • One-five-well counselling service 
  • The Adult Trans Project (due to finish in autumn with services continuing under our ‘adult services’ umbrella)
  • A comprehensive LGBT+ youth service extended to include one-to-one support 
  • Free to Fly – a supported social space for refugees and asylum seekers identifying as LGBT+ 
  • Strong Ties – a supported space for family members of LGBT+ communities
  • REACH – a supported space for members of LGBT+ communities across all intersections. This project offers both one-to-one support and group space and activities
  • Silver Sippers – a supported social space for independent age LGBT+ adults. 
  • Telefriending service for members of LGBT+ Communities aged 50 and over

In addition to our supported social groups, we also offer a programme of activities to engage and connect people beyond singular intersections. These have a wellbeing focus and are aimed not only at improving mental health outcomes but also those for physical wellbeing as LGBT+ communities have low participation rates in physical activity and active wellbeing. 

New project offers services to the local community

We are working with True Colours to deliver outreach services throughout the borough.

The Project aims to:

  • Engage, recruit, train and support ambassadors and volunteers to support the development of sustainable LGBT+ services in the Hinckley and Bosworth area
  • Plan a series of pop up events which will enable members of LGBT+ communities to access support, information, advice and guidance as well as to connect and engage with other members of LGBT+ communities – an aspect critical to the mental and physical wellbeing of an otherwise isolated and vulnerable group
  • Raise the profile of available services such as the Inclusion Award and Rainbow Flag Award. These will also engage public, private and voluntary sector organisations in raising awareness of the barriers members of LGBT+ communities face and provide information enabling signposting to relevant and timely support and services for those that need it, thus creating a more engaged community

Keep Safe Places scheme

Last updated: 31/05/2023 09:14