LGBT Foundation Coronavirus Update: We Will Get Through This Together

Dear friends,

We take our mission of being ‘here if you need us’ very seriously, and we will continue to be there to support every single LGBT person who needs us during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last two weeks, we have continued to offer many of our vital services remotely, and I am pleased to say it has been an incredible success. Our helpline, now being delivered from our team's bedrooms, has continued to provide a listening ear to LGBT people in this distressing time, and our online intake assessments and video counselling sessions are running smoothly. You can find out more about our remote services here.

This week, we are proud to announce three exciting new initiatives to ensure that our communities have the support you need. Rainbow Brew Buddies is our new scheme to ensure those who are feeling particularly isolated at this time know that there is always someone just a phone call away for a cup of tea, a check-in and a chat. Our message with Rainbow Brew Buddies is simple – no LGBT person should feel that they are alone.

Our new Condoms and Lube to Your Doorservice, which launches today, will empower our communities to continue to manage your sexual health at this unique and challenging time by ensuring you have access to free condoms and lube, delivered to your door. You can find out more about the service here.

Finally, we want to ensure that everyone in Team LGBT Foundation has the support that they need in these uncertain times.Thanks to the generous support of the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, we’ve been able to launch a Volunteer Hardship Fund. Through this fund, we are able to offer a number of small grants to support LGBT Foundation volunteers who find themselves in financial hardship due to the impact of the coronavirus.

We are also launching a new wellbeing campaign this week, providing daily tips on ways for you to stay happy, healthy and connected. These will be shared across our social media channels, and we encourage you to share your own tips using #LGBTWellbeing. You can see this week's tips below in the new wellbeing section of OUTspoken.

We are living in a time of uncertainty, but there if one thing I am sure of – we will get through this together.

With all our love and support,

Paul Martin OBE
Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation

The most up to date information and guidance on COVID-19 can be found on this webpage which is updated at 2pm each day. For any queries or concerns regarding coronavirus and LGBT Foundation services, groups and events, please call our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30.

This page was last updated 5pm 8 April 2020