Holiday support for LGBTQ+ young people

Now that the end of the school year is in sight, a reminder of the services elop provides for young LGBTQ+ people. These will continue to run during the summer holidays, a time that is often difficult and isolating for young LGBTQ+ people. Please find posters for the services for you to display in your practices. 

They are hosting New Members Events at the end of July in all of the youth groups. These are open events so new members can try out their groups and ask questions about theirservices, while meeting the rest of the group with some fun games and icebreakers. 

Below are the free services that are currently provide for young LGBTQ+ people: 

Youth Out East ~ Youth Groups for young LGBTQ+ people aged 12-18. elop’s youth groups provide a safe, inclusive, and affirmative space to make friends, take part in fun activities and share experiences with other Young LGBTQ+ people. They run every Tuesday evening on Zoom at the following times:

  • 12-15s 5:00-6:30PM
  • 15-18s 7:00-8:30PM 

A New Members Event for 12-15 and 15-18 year olds will be on Tuesday 26 July at the times above. 

LGBTQ+ 18-25s Young Adults Group ~ This group likewise provides a safe and inclusive space for young LGBTQ+ people aged 18-25 to meet other members of the community, share experiences, take part in fun activities, and talk all things LGBTQ+. They run every 2ND and 4TH Monday of the month on Zoom, from 7-8.30PM. 

A New Members Event for 18-25 year olds will be on Monday 25th July from 7-8.30PM. 

Youth Out East ~ Mentoring This service provides individual one-to-one sessions to support young LGBTQ+ people aged 12-18 with issues and concerns relevant to their lived experiences. This could include a space and opportunity to: 

  • explore their LGBTQ+ identities
  • develop strategies to build and sustain confidence and self-acceptance
  • develop coping mechanisms for future coming out, or dealing with anti-LGBTQ+ hate
  • gain increased knowledge and information on sexual orientation and gender identities and / or LGBTQ+ rights. 

The LGBTQ+ youth mentoring is not therapy or a clinical intervention and should not be used as an alternative should either be needed. The mentoring service is free and can be held via phone or online until they fully return to a physical face-to-face service. Sessions are usually weekly, for 6 weeks and last for up to one hour per session.   

A young person can refer themselves to our youth service, or you can refer on their behalf. To make a referral email or call 07908 553744 Mon-Fri during office hours.