Socialising and feeling connected to others is an important factor in improving your wellbeing. Our Befriending Service offers community support to LGBT people across Greater Manchester.

Sometimes we can have all the will in the world to get up and try new things and meet different people, but it’s often our confidence that holds us back…

Experiences of isolation and loneliness can be due to a number of reasons. Having mental health issues, coming out of a relationship, feeling like you don’t have any social networks, being new to the area or just coming out can all be challenging barriers to being the person you want to be. This is where the Befriending Service comes in.

Regular one to one contact with a supportive Befriender can help with confidence, self-esteem and motivation, and can also support you to seek social networks through other groups and organisations. Whether it’s just meeting up for a brew and a chat, attending a group together, or encouraging you to go it alone, our Befrienders can help you to be the person you want to be, and challenge those negative thoughts we all have from time to time.

Who is Befriending aimed at?

The Befriending Service is aimed at those who;

  • Live in Greater Manchester
  • Aged over 25
  • Identify as LGBT

We can offer between 4 and 8 sessions with a volunteer Befriender, who can support you and guide you through difficult times.

How to access the service

To access the Befriending Service, all you need to do is fill in a referral form. Please click here for our self referral form

We also accept service to service referrals for professionals who wish to refer an individual into our Befriending Service. Please click here for our service to service referral form

If you need some help but aren’t sure which service is best to use, our initial assessment provides information and support to help you get access to the services you need, as well as giving you the space to talk and receive some emotional support and guidance.

If you have any questions, please email or phone 0345 3 30 30 30. You will be contacted shortly after and invited to come in for an assessment.

Volunteer as a Befriender

Do you want to make a difference to reducing social isolation for LGBT people in Greater Manchester? Do you have a couple of hours per week to give? If so, you may just be what of Befriending Service is looking for.

The Befriending Service can be a highly satisfying volunteering opportunity, and you will be given the opportunity to support someone during a difficult period of their lives.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here for the role profile or fill in our volunteering form online.

Immediate Support

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feel concerned that you may harm yourself please contact the following services:

SAMARITANS (24 hours, 7 days a week)

116 123 (free call) / 0161 236 8000 (local charges apply)

THE SANCTUARY (8 pm-6 pm)

0300 003 7029

If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - phone 999. If it is not an emergency but you require urgent advice, call 101. Visit your local Accident & Emergency department if necessary.