We ❤ you
LGBT Foundation aims to help lesbian and bisexual women* to lead healthy and happy lives. We provide a range of services to enhance mental health and wellbeing as well as offering opportunities for women to socialise, learn new skills and access support if they need it. We can also advise you of other social and support services for lesbian and bisexual women in and around Manchester.
Want to network with other women and find out what's on locally? Join our Meetup group for lesbian and bisexual women.
Our wellbeing services aim to help give you the support you need. Our services for women include:
Check out the video above for a look at how our wellbeing services work!
LGBT Foundation offers three groups for lesbian and bisexual women:
Bloomers - a social group for older women
Carousel - a relaxed social group
Stepping Stones - a support group which provides a safe and welcoming space for women who are new to the area, 'coming out', have just come out of a relationship or simply want other women to share experiences with.
LGBT Foundation also hosts a mixed LGBT Art Class.
We offer a range of FREE monthly skills workshops for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and their friends. Workshop topics vary widely - from cake decorating to circus skills, sign language to bike maintenance, we try to provide an interesting programme of activities.
Check out our video over there on the right which shows some of our recent workshops. Featuring LGBT Foundation staff and volunteers, this video is designed to give you a taster of some of the skills you can learn through our fantstic workshop programme.
At LGBT Foundation we benefit from the help of over 150 volunteers, many of them women. As we offer more services for women, we are increasingly looking for more female volunteers.
From taking calls on our helpline or supporting a group to going out to let others know about LGBT Foundation or acting as a befriender for a woman who is new to the area or just coming out – there is something for everyone.
Our short video about the different ways you can get involved, is really worth a watch!
If you're interested in volunteering with us, click here to find out more.
Below are some useful links to organisations, venues and events that may be of use to lesbian and bisexual women. If you know of a link that should appear here, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Support for women
Albert Kennedy Trust (supports young LGBT people who are homeless or at risk) - www.akt.org.uk
Breast Cancer Care – www.breastcancercare.org.uk
End The Fear (Domestic abuse support across Greater Manchester) - www.endthefear.co.uk
Lesbian Immigration Support Group – lesbianimmigrationsupportgroup.blogspot.co.uk
Manchester Rape Crisis – www.manchesterrapecrisis.co.uk
Manchester Women’s Aid – www.manchesterwomensaid.org
Transforum Manchester – www.transforum.org.uk
After Ellen - www.afterellen.com
Autostraddle - www.autostraddle.com
Bi Community News - www.bicommunitynews.co.uk
Bi Media - www.bimedia.org
DIVA Magazine – www.divamag.co.uk
g3 magazine – www.g3mag.co.uk
Gaydar Girls – www.gaydargirls.com
Ginger Beer – www.gingerbeer.co.uk
Lesbilicious – www.lesbilicious.co.uk
L Fest – www.lfest.co.uk
The Pink Sofa – www.thepinksofa.co.uk
The Well Connected Lesbian – www.wellconnectedlesbian.com
Venues, social and sports groups
Bisexual & Lesbian Women in Manchester Meetup group - www.meetup.com/Lesbian-bisexual-women-Manchester/
Bloomers (The LGF's social group for older lesbian & bisexual women) - lgbt.foundation/get-support/Groups-at-the-LGF/bloomers/
Carousel (The LGF's social group for bisexual, lesbian & questioning women) - lgbt.foundation/get-support/Groups-at-the-LGF/carousel/
Cornerhouse Film Group (women's social group who go to watch films at The Cornerhouse) - email email@example.com
Coyotes Bar Manchester (bar in Manchester’s gay village, popular with LB women) –www.coyotesbar.co.uk
Gay Women in Cheshire (social group for LB women) - www.meetup.com/Gay-Women-in-Cheshire
Let’s Do Lunch (bi-monthly LB women’s dining group) – www.lesbiandiners.co.uk
Lik:T (young women’s health & peer project) – www.likt.org.uk
Manchester Jessies (LB women’s walking group) – www.manchesterjessies.co.uk
Manchester Frontrunners (LGB running group with some women’s competitions) –www.manchesterfrontrunners.org
Manchester Sharks (LGBT waterpolo club with monthly women’s sessions) –www.manchestersharks.co.uk
Manchester Stingers (women’s football team) – www.manchesterstingers.co.uk
Manchester Walking Women (LB women’s walking group) – uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/manchester-ww
New Family Social (social group for LGBT adoptive or foster parents) –www.newfamilysocial.co.uk
Northern Aces (LGBT tennis club with occasional women’s sessions) –www.northernacestennis.com
Northern Wave (LGBT swimming club with weekly women-only sessions) –www.northernwave.org
Out in Cong (social group for lesbian & bisexual women in & around Congleton) - www.facebook.com/outincong
Out In The City (social group for older LGBT people) - – outinthecity05.webs.com
Peak Rufties (lesbian hiking group) – peakrufties.webs.com
Rainbow Families (social group for LB women who have or are thinking of having children) –www.rainbowfamilies-manchester.co.uk
Rapture (very popular monthly women’s club night) – www.raptureclubnight.co.uk
Slam Dunkin’ Divas (LBT women’s basketball club) – sites.google.com/site/slamdunkindivas/
SM Dykes (group for women into SM) – www.smdykes.org.uk
Stepping Stones (The LGF's support group for lesbian, bisexual & questioning women) - lgbt.foundation/get-support/Groups-at-the-LGF/stepping-stones/
The Nip & Tipple (bar in South Manchester, popular with LB women) – www.nipandtipple.com
The Labrys Trust (support for older lesbian and bisexual women in Calderdale) - www.thelabrystrust.com
Todmorden Women's Disco (long established women's disco held 2nd Sat of the month) - www.facebook.com/TodmordenLadiesDisco
Vanilla (women's bar in the Gay Village) - www.vanillagirls.co.uk/
Village Bakers (LGBT social group for folks who like to bake) - www.facebook.com/VillageBakers
Women's Table Tennis Playtime (table tennis group for LB women) - www.facebook.com/groups/681007205286854
*Our services for women are open to anyone who self-identifies as a woman some or all of the time and is lesbian, bisexual or questioning their sexual orientation. This includes non-binary or gender-fluid people who want to access a women's space. We try to make our services welcoming and accessible to all; if you have any specific access requirements please let us know and we'll try to help.