At LGBT Foundation we facilitate and support a number of groups. We aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment for people who may feel isolated, have recently or are thinking about coming out or are new to the area and are looking to make new friends.
Each group may include different activities but overall the groups include discussions such as coming out, coping with discrimination, confidence and dating, as well as activities such as crafts, 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!
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 (i.e. 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.
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 supporting the groups by volunteering as a facilitator, please email email@example.com or phone 0345 3 30 30 30.
Horizon (formally Carousel) is a relaxed social group for lesbian and bisexual women and for those who are questioning their sexual orientation.
It provides a valuable opportunity for women to come together, both in and away from the gay scene and take part in varied activities which are planned by the group themselves and range from quizzes and meals out to video evenings and discussions as well as a lot of laughs.
It takes place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm - 9pm.
New to Manchester? New to the group? Please contact us on 0345 330 30 30 to book a meet and greet with the Horizon volunteers from 7pm
Why not check out our events calendar to see what activities are planned for this group on the days you'd like to come? Pick the day or search 'Horizon'.
Bloomers is a friendly, informal group for women who identify as older (this means we would not turn anyone away of a certain age, but we generally would suggest over 40). It’s a social and supportive group for women who would like to meet new friends, talk about things that are relevant to them, and take part in fun social activities.
Bloomers’ is held on the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of the month, in the afternoon, 1pm to 3pm. The group is held in the group room on the second floor of LGBT Foundation. Information about the group sessions can be found on our events calendar.
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from May 2017, Bloomers will be organising day trips to various different places across the North West. Information about the trips can also be found on our events calendar. This will include information about where the group is meeting and any charges assosiated with the trip.
You can also find out more information about Bloomers on their Facebook page which can be found here
Older and Bolder is aimed at older men who identify gay, bisexual or questionning. The group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 7.30pm to 9pm here at the LGBT Foundation.
The group will provide a safe, encouraging and non judgemental space for men to take part in themed discussions and activities, and also to expand their social networks away from the village environment.
Our volunteers Andrew, Carl, Chris and Philip are really looking forward to being part of the group, and if you have any questions, or are nervous attending the group, please speak to them and they will try and put you at ease. They are also really keen to encourage group involvement and suggestions are welcome.
If you are nervous or unsure about coming to any of the groups or have any questions, we can always organise for someone to meet you before hand to reassure you. Please ring 0345 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT Foundation Group Agreement
1.Welcome all members to the group and help provide a friendly environment
2.We will be respectful of an individual’s choice to self-identify, whether that’s their sexual orientation or gender. We recognise that some may not choose to identify on any binary (for example, male or female, gay or straight), and we will not assume or place labels on our fellow group members.
3.We will use gender neutral language and be mindful and respectful of people’s choice of pronoun – we fully welcome trans individuals to all our services and will endeavour to be inclusive
4.We have the right to speak and also to remain silent
5.Anything discussed in the group should stay confidential, be tactful if you see other members of the group outside
6.Try not to talk over each other, especially when people are presenting
7.Try not to dominate discussion, other people may have an opinion
8.Treat all members of the group with respect, even if you disagree with them. Challenge the issue not the person
9.Aggressive behaviour towards other service users, volunteers or staff is not acceptable and you will be asked to leave the group
10.Do not access the group if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be asked to leave the group and come back when not under the influence
11.Mobile phones should be on silent, please step outside the room to use
12.The group room in everyone’s responsibility, please help to keep the area clean and tidy
13.Remember this is a social space. If you feel like you need additional support, please talk to a member of the Wellbeing Team