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 info@lgbt.foundation 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 volunteer@lgbt.foundation or phone 0345 3 30 30 30.

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 charlotte.goldsbrough@lgbt.foundation

Bloomers - 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 1-3PM

A social group for ‘older’ women (50+ ish) who are lesbian, bisexual, WLW or questioning their sexuality

Free Bees - 4th Tuesday, 5-7PM

A safe space for self-identified LGBT women affected by substance misuse. Acupuncture and meditation available

Horizon - 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 7.30-9PM

A social group for women (18+) who are lesbian, bisexual, WLW or questioning their sexuality

Lesbian Immigration Support Group

Support group for lesbian / bisexual female asylum seekers and refugees.

Women of Colour Shine - 3rd Thursday, 6.30-8PM

A social group for LGBTQ BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) / women of colour + a monthly meet-out

Women’s Reading Group - 1st Tuesday, 6.30-7.30PM

A book group for LGBT or questioning women

Butterflies - 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 3-6.30PM

A support and social group for trans / non-binary people, those questioning their gender or with a trans history

Connect - 1st Monday & 3rd Friday, 6-8PM

A social group for trans / non-binary people, those questioning their gender identity or with a trans history

Mxer - 1st Friday, 6-8PM

Relaxed and friendly social space for non-binary individuals (18+)

They / Them / Us - 4th Friday, 6-8PM

A social group for those who identify as gender fluid / non-binary / questioning + a monthly meet-out

For Us By Us - 1st Tuesday, 6.30-8.30PM

A group for LGBT BAME gay, bi, trans men and men who have sex with men focusing on men’s issues

House of Rainbow - 1st Tuesday, 6.30-8.30PM

LGBT / BAME inclusive church organisation

The OUTlet - 3rd Wednesday, 6.30-8.30PM

A group for Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) that aims to create a safe space where QTIPOC can voice concerns and inform services

Women of Colour Shine - 3rd Thursday, 6.30-8PM

A social group for LGBTQ BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) / women of colour + a monthly meet-out

W.O.K.E - 4th Thursday, 6.30-8.30PM

A social gathering for social, emotional, mental health (SEHM) support by encouraging healthy socialisation among LGBT BAME / QTIPOC

Biphoria - 1st Tuesday, 7.30-9.30PM

A social and support group for over 18s who identify as bisexual or questioning

First Wednesday Group - 1st Wednesday, 3.30-6PM

Support & advice for LGBT people around immigration or asylum issues

Hidayah - 1st Saturday, 2-4PM

A social & support group for those who identify as LGBTQ+ who are Muslim

Out with Prostate Cancer - 1st Saturday, 2-4PM

A social and support group for any LGBT person affected by prostate cancer.

Taekwondo - Mondays, 8-9PM

Taekwondo training for everyone aged 18+. £5 pay as you go classes, first class free

United Pride Friends

A group for LGBT people with Autism and learning difficulties, giving members a safe place to meet new people and make friends.

8 November, 5-6pm

22 November, 5-6pm

13 December, 5-6pm

Bloomers - 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 1-3PM

A social group for ‘older’ women (50+ ish) who are lesbian, bisexual, WLW or questioning their sexuality

Older & Bolder - 2nd & 4th Thursday, 7.30-9PM

A social and support group for men over 40+ who are gay, bisexual, MSM or questioning their sexuality

Round 2! - 2nd Tuesday, 5-7PM

LGBT 50+ group focusing on self-perception, body image, sex, healthcare, family and relationships later in life.

For Us By Us - 1st Tuesday, 6.30-8.30PM

A group for LGBT BAME gay, bi, trans men and men who have sex with men focusing on men’s issues

Icebreakers - Wednesdays, 8-9.30PM

A social and support group for gay/bisexual men, especially if isolated, new to Manchester or coming out

Older & Bolder - 2nd & 4th Thursday, 7.30-9PM

A social and support group for men over 40+ who are gay, bisexual, MSM or questioning their sexuality

Alcoholics Anonymous - Wednesdays, 7-8PM

A mutual aid group where members meet to support each other to achieve abstinence from alcohol

Chemsafe- Wednesdays, 6-7.30PM

A peer support group for any LGBT person affected by chemsex

Co-Dependents Anonymous - Mondays, 6-7.30PM

A self-help support group to work through issues of co-dependency and work toward having healthy relationships

Free Bees - 4th Tuesday, 5-7PM

A safe space for self-identified LGBT women affected by substance misuse. Acupuncture and meditation available

Here and Now - Tuesdays, 6-7.30PM

A safe space for LGBT people affected by substance misuse to support each other. Acupuncture and meditation available

LGBT Substance Misuse Drop-In - Thursdays, 5-7PM

Concerned about drugs, alcohol or chemsex? Come along for a chat and find out how we can help

Narcotics Anonymous - Fridays, 2-3.30PM

A mutual aid group where members meet to support each other to achieve abstinence from substances

SMART Recovery - Thursdays, 6-7.30PM

A CBT-based programme that supports people to manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour

SMART Recovery - Friends, Family and Concerned Others- 1st Wednesday, 6-7.30PM

A support group for people who affected by a loved one’s addiction. Acupuncture and meditation available

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