Publish Date: 10/09/2013
Kate*, 54, only came out a few years ago. She had no family or social circle in the UK, and felt isolated and alone. She accessed our befriending scheme to help her feel more confident in making friends.
“I had heard of The LGF before I accessed the service. I think I got the weekly bulletin and saw some information on the befriending scheme. I thought – this could work for me!
“My befriender really understood me, she was non-judgemental and I felt I could tell her my whole story. She helped introduce me to the ‘lesbian’ scene away from the bars. I didn’t feel confident enough to do this on my own. I was starting my new life and it was scary!
“Before starting the befrienders scheme I was in crisis. I was suffering from depression and felt very isolated. I had no support network. I was in crisis. I had contemplated suicide.
“I believe the befriending programme saved me. It gave me the kind of life I wanted. There is no way I would be as stable and happy as I am without it.
“Some of us don’t have a family because of who we are, so friendships become so much more important. I’ve been embraced by my ‘gay family’ and they have made me feel like I belong.
* Name changed.
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