London LGBT support services

Help and support is available. Here you can find details of LGBT-specific services in London offering support, information and advice on a broad range of issues from drugs and alcohol to finance and housing.

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Support services in London

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Drug and alcohol support

Narcotics Anonymous UK

NAUK is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.

www.ukna.org

Helpline: 0300 999 1212

Antidote @ Friend

Antidote is the UK’s only LGBT run and targeted drug and alcohol support service.

www.londonfriend.org.uk/get-support/drugsandalcohol/

Helpline: 020 7833 1674

UK Smart Recovery

Covers all types of addictive behaviours, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.

www.smartrecovery.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Helpline: 0800 9177 650

Email: help@aamail.org 

Cocaine Anonymous UK

CAUK is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

www.cauk.org.uk

Helpline: 0800 612 0225

Crystal Meth Anonymous

A fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth.

www.crystalmeth.org

Mental health support

Mind

Support and advice for those suffering with mental health issues. See also ‘Islington Mind’.

www.mind.org.uk 

Helpline: 0300 123 3393

TEXT: 86463

Email: info@mind.org.uk 

Islington Mind

‘Outcome’ is a LGBT service, which offers therapies to improve mental health, learn new skills and acquire knowledge to improve quality of life.

www.islingtonmind.org.uk 

B-Eat

A charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

www.b-eat.co.uk 

Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Over Eaters Anonymous

Offers a program of recovery for eating issues / disorders including compulsive eating, over eating, under eating, obesity, anorexia and bulimia.

www.oagb.org.uk 

South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust (SLAM)

24 hour line for patients with mental health crises:

0800 731 2864

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous

ABA uses the Twelve-Step Program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of the disorders of anorexia and bulimia. Find meetings in the UK.

www.aba12steps.org

Money, debt and housing support

Co-Dependents Anonymous

CoDA is a set of informal self-help groups made up of men and women with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives.

www.coda-uk.org 

Stonewall Housing

Stonewall Housing is the specialist LGBT+ housing advice and support provider in England.

www.stonewallhousing.org 

Helpline: 020 7359 5767

Albert Kennedy Trust

AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

www.akt.org.uk 

LGBTQ Outside

LGBT community shelter and centre with direct access to homeless/crisis advice and support services.

www.lgbtiqoutside.org 

Gamblers Anonymous UK

GAUK is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same.

www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk 

Email: info@gamblersanonymous.org.uk 

Debtors Anonymous UK

DAUK is a twelve-step programme for anyone who wants to stop incurring unsecured debt.

www.debtorsanonymous.org.uk 

Trans and gender identity support

FTM London

Support for female to male transgender or transsexual people.

www.ftmlondon.org.uk 

The Beaumont Society

National self-help body run by and for the transgender community.

www.beaumontsociety.org.uk 

The Beaumont Trust

A charitable educational resource for medical, voluntary and lay people looking to learn more about Gender Dysphoria, Transgender issues and related matters. Also offers support to those affected by the issues they raise.

www.beaumont-trust.org.uk 

The Gender Trust

Support and information for Trans People and all those affected by gender identity issues.

www.gendertrust.org.uk 

Disability support

Regard

National organisation aims to provide information, advice and support to LGBTQ disabled people.

www.regard.org.uk 

Sexual health support

Sex Addicts Anonymous in the UK

SAA is a group of men and women who share their experience; strength and hope with each other for the purpose of finding freedom from addictive sexual behaviour and helping others recover from sex addiction.

www.saauk.info 

Helpline: 07599 917686 or 07842 108302

For a woman who would like to speak to a woman call 07375341682

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous UK

SLAA is open to anyone who knows or thinks they have a problem with sex addiction, love addiction, romantic obsession, co-dependent relationships, fantasy addiction and/or sexual, social and emotional anorexia.

www.slaauk.org 

Axis Clinic

Chemsex support & sexual health clinic which also offers safer sex advice, mental health support & advice around PrEP & PEP.

https://londonfriend.org.uk/dev/axis/?doing_wp_cron=1559640807.0530829429626464843750 

Central London Action on Sexual Health

The CLASH team provides sexual health services for sex workers both on and off the street, homeless people, young people, drug users and men who have sex with men.

www.cnwl.nhs.uk/service/clash-central-london-action-on-sexual-health/ 

Dean Street

A NHS sexual health clinic which also offers safer sex advice, counselling and chem-sex advice.

www.dean.st 

Tel: 020 3315 5656

Gay Mens Health Charity

Improving gay men's health by increasing the control they have over their own lives.

www.gmfa.org.uk 

GMI Partnership

The GMI Partnership is made up of Positive East, METRO and West London Gay Men's Project, and provides outreach and testing services to gay and bisexual men living, working or socialising in London.

www.gmipartnership.org.uk 

Living Well

Offers a wide range of high-quality health related services aimed at providing people with the skills they need to get the most out of life. Services include HIV, youth, young people and community support.

www.livingwellcic.com 

NAZ – Sexual Health

Providing Sexual Health & HIV prevention and Support Services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

www.naz.org.uk 

Plus Friends London Meetup

For people who are HIV positive, or who have been affected by HIV. The group offers support and companionship in a social setting, for meeting like-minded people.

www.meetup.com/plusfriendslondon/ 

Positive 21

A support group, providing emotional support and a confidential discussion and advice outlet to gay, bisexual and MSM men of all ages living with HIV/AIDS.

www.positive21.org.uk 

Positive East

East London's HIV charity, offering support for individuals and communities affected by HIV.

www.positiveeast.org.uk 

Helpline: 020 7791 2855

The Terrence Higgins Trust

The charity provides support to people living with HIV; testing and public education campaigns around HIV and STIs; and campaigns for greater political and public understanding of the personal, social and medical impact of HIV and sexual ill health.

www.tht.org.uk 

Psychosexual

Psychosexual counselling is talking therapy that specialises in helping individuals and couples who experience sexual difficulties.

www.dean.st/psychosexual/ 

Relationships, domestic abuse and sexual abuse support

Galop

Advice and support for LGBT people who have experienced hate crime and domestic abuse.

www.galop.org.uk 

London LGBT+ Advice Line: 020 7704 2040

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428

NAPAC

Offers support to adult survivors and training for those who support them.

www.napac.org.uk 

Helpline: 0808 801 0331

Survivors UK

Provides information, support & counselling for male victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse, as well as their family and friends.

www.survivorsuk.org 

Co-Dependents Anonymous

CoDA is a set of informal self-help groups made up of men and women with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives.

www.coda-uk.org 

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.

www.fflag.org.uk 

Helpline: 0845 652 0311

General support

Centred

A website that provides comprehensive, searchable, and updated profiles of London-based LGBTQ organisations.

www.centred.org.uk 

The Surrey and London Association of Gay Organisations

SLAGO is an umbrella group covering a number of social and support groups for gay men and lesbians in various parts of London and the Home Counties.

www.slago.org.uk 

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

The oldest LGBT+ telephone helpline in the UK.

www.switchboard.lgbt 

Helpline: 0300 330 0630

Email: chris@switchboard.lgbt

Albany Trust Charity

Specialist counselling and psychotherapy services based within South London, provides high quality professional support around gender, sexuality and relationship issues.

www.albanytrust.org 

A Change Of Scene: Dramatherapy

Dramatherapy is form of psychotherapy, and is a creative new way for gay and bisexual men to explore intimacy and connection with each other - within the safe holding of group therapy.

www.facebook.com/ACOSdrama 

Email: acosdrama@yahoo.com for more details or to book a free assessment.

ELOP

East London’s LGBT Centre, a thriving community-led mental health & wellbeing charity offering a range of advice, information, counselling and support services LGBT communities.

www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/directory/elop 

BACP

A website which provides a directory of UK counsellors and therapists.

www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/we-can-help/ 

London Friend

Voluntary organisation that offers counselling and support services, including telephone helplines, counselling, support groups and social groups.

www.londonfriend.org.uk 

Metro

A leading equality & diversity charity, providing health, community & youth services across London & the South East & national & international projects.

www.metrocentreonline.org 

NAZ

Provides counselling and psychotherapy to those experiencing difficulties with theirr sexuality, relationships and sexual health.

www.naz.org.uk/counselling/ 

Pink Therapy

Organisation to promote high quality therapy and training services for LGBT+ people. Also has a link to a directory of Pink therapists.

www.pinktherapy.com 

Gay Essex Men’s Social

Social and support group for gay and bisexual men or those unsure, across south Essex.

www.gemsgroup.co.uk 

The British Association of Dramatherapists

BADth is the professional body for Dramatherapists in the UK.

www.badth.org.uk 

UK Therapy Guide

UKTG is an easy to use therapy site that guides people in need of help and support towards a skilled trained and regulated therapist.

www.uktherapyguide.com 

Chat with an alcohol advisor

Drinkchat is a free, confidential webchat that connects you with a trained advisor if you want to talk about your own or someone else’s drinking. Available weekdays 9am – 2pm

Connect with an advisor

Working in partnership to support London’s LGBT bars and clubs

Drinkaware, with the support of the Office of the Mayor of London and Night Czar, Amy Lamé, and Safer Business Network, is delivering a pilot project to adapt its Nightlife Crew training for LGBT venues in London.

The project started in summer 2018, when Drinkaware met with venue managers and stakeholders from the LGBT community to explore the challenges faced in-venue and where support was required. This was followed by a workshop in early Autumn bringing all representatives together to capture key information to feed into the scheme adaption.

London Friend, the UK’s oldest LGBT charity, and Antidote, their drug and alcohol addiction service have worked with Drinkaware to develop the training which is being rolled out from June 2019.

An independent evaluation is being commissioned by Drinkaware to assess the project and its effectiveness with a view to rolling out to other venues.

About Nightlife Crew

Nightlife Crew aims to creat safer, more positive nights out across the UK by training staff in bars and clubs to have an understanding of alcohol vulnerability and how to help customers who may be at risk of harm. It offers introductory online training for all customer-facing staff, in-depth face-to-face training for managers and supervisors and advanced training for staff in a dedicated welfare role.

The scheme started in 2014 with a pre-pilot in Nottingham and has been rolled out throughout the UK with endorsement from the Home Office and British Institute if Innkeeping. It has also been adapted for festivals, on street and transport settings.

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