What we do | LGBT youth north west

Here is an exmaple of some of the ongoing projects we support:

Networking is important to us to broaden our impact and reach across the region and beyond. LGBT Youth North West works in partnership with other agencies including the National Union of Teachers, NASUWT, Rochdale Real Trust, the North West Regional Youth Work Unit, Greater Manchester Police, Young Lancashire, 42nd Street (mental health charity) and Albert Kennedy Trust (housing support).

Training – As an accreditation centre, we offer highly acclaimed training opportunities to young people and professionals as well as hosting students on placement with us for an in-depth training experience. We also support a range of consultancy and CPD opportunities. An integral part of our work is to advocate for the voice of LGBT young people which happens through forums, involvement in decision making processes and having representatives at local, national and international levels. We are particularly proud of our work with Schools Out and the International Lesbian and Gay Youth Organisation for helping us achieve these goals. See more here.

The core sessions (mixed sessions) are the central activity of Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester (LGYM) which is a service we host. We meet on a Tuesday 7.30-10pm, and Saturday 3-7pm, at the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre on Sidney St, off Oxford Road. We run a wider variety of activities to support and empower young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. These include sports, cooking, arts and crafts, and transferable life skills. One-to-one support is always available if someone wants to talk about any issues or problems they have. The group is confidential (so no one has to know that you come). It is a positive and safe space for all LGBT people.

Stockport Youth Group – Wednesdays is a weekly group session for LGBT Young people aged 13-19 living in Stockport. The group runs each Wednesday 7-9pm close to the town centre and is a safe space for young people to be themselves, do fun activities such as sport, cooking, discussion as well as access support. This is in partnership with SAVY and the Wellbeing Centre. Contact myrtle@lgbtynw.org.uk for more information.

The Young Women’s Group is a peer-led and peer governed project for young lesbian, bisexual and questioning women from across the North West. It is a partnership project between The Young Women’s Heath Project (also known as LIKT) and LGBT Youth North West. All of our work focusses on positive outcomes within our six areas of wellness. These are physical, occupational, emotional, social/community, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. We run a Summer Camp each year, and meet every other Tuesday in Manchester 6-7.30pm at the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre.

Out and About is an outreach and detached youth work project. On the second and fourth Tuesday of the month we deliver outreach in Manchester’s ‘Gay Village’ (around the Canal Street area). We also do detached work at Cathedral Gardens (near Victoria Station).  The project helps signpost people to agencies and services that can help them e.g. Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester (youth club), 42nd Street (mental health) and Albert Kennedy Trust (housing). The well trained staff and volunteers offer information, advice and guidance to the young people in the area on a variety of issues. They are trained in delivering C-Card (giving out free condoms and safe sex information). The project also carries out regular research projects on topical issues. Recent research themes have included Supporting BME Young People, Class and Coming Out and Emotional Wellbeing of Bisexual Young People. See more here

Peer Support and Mentoring provides one-to-one support for LGBT young people by trained mentors. For more information see here.

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