Groups at LGBT Foundation
As part of our Wellbeing Services, we have a number of groups covering a wide section of the LGBT community who meet at our Community Resource Centre on Richmond Street in Manchester.
We provide a safe and comfortable environment for people who may feel isolated, coming out or are new to the area, and some groups offer a social environment for people who want to avoid bars and clubs. Our group room is comfy and is equipped with a PC, Wii, pull down screens for films and a Hi fi, as well as lots of board games! The building is also a ‘dry’ building, which means no alcohol is allowed.
Each group has a different aim, and they may include different activities, but overall, groups can include discussions such as coming out, hate crime, confidence and dating, as well as activities such as crafts, Wii, board games, photography and workshops. In the summer months, some groups may go for walks or do activities outdoors.
We realise it can be challenging to access a group on your own, and it can definitely be difficult to walk into a room full of strangers, but many people soon adapt and discover an environment where they can make new friends, feel safe, and not be judged.
The groups are usually run by either volunteers or staff, so if you feel like you need some assurance or more information, please talk to them, they are here to help you!
Being shy can sometimes be really restrictive, and you may be asked to speak briefly, like say your name, or talk to others depending on the activity – this is sometimes quite scary, but if you give it a go it may improve your confidence and it will make the group work experience more enjoyable for you.
All groups try and deliver a number of activities and discussions which are diverse and cater for everyone, however, if a particular session isn’t what you want or need (ie, a photography workshop when you have no interest in photography!) then that’s ok too, most groups are designed so you don’t have to attend every session and you can ‘dip in and out’!
Although most of our groups are for a specific gender (ie, The Younger Mens’ Group), we regard gender as something people identify with and not necessarily what they were born into (ie, trans people are welcome at all of our mens groups). We aim to be fully bi and trans inclusive and we will endeavour to plan discussions and activities that encompass LGBT experience free from prejudice or bias. Our groups welcome anyone who identifies as LGBT, but we also recognise that people may choose not to identify themselves this way, or in another way, and that’s fine! People who don’t identify within the binary are welcome to choose what group is appropriate to them.
Even though our groups are led by volunteers and staff, we still really like it when Groupwork service users contribute, so if you have any suggestions on what to do, or have a skill you can teach the group, please tell us…
If you are thinking about attending a group, it may be a good idea if you call 0345 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if the group is running that evening. Most of the time it will be, but some groups are subject to change.
If you are interested in volunteering for the group work programme or have any questions, please email email@example.com or phone 0345 3 30 30 30.
A project of the Manchester Reducing Social Isolation & Loneliness in Older People programme 2014-16. Grant funding from North, Central & South Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester. Managed by Macc.
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Our building is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and we also have a hearing loop in the group room. We can also provide a BSL signer for group members, but please do tell us in advance so we can sort this out for you!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0345 3 30 30 30 for questions or requests.
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