Our qualified LGBTQ+ youth support team work with young people to provide a range of services to best meet needs, including those of trans and non-binary young people. We are based in a number of schools across Wandsworth, Merton and Richmond and we also support young people in community settings.
If you’d like support, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07529 221 239
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Free2B and will not be tolerated.
If bullying does occur, all young people/children and parent/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
Please read our policies to find out more or speak to a member of staff:
We deliver a trans well-being peer support group during the school holidays. The group is for trans and gender variant young people to come together in a safe space and explore positive coping strategies and improve well-being.
Working with our trans members we have developed a trans 101 guide.
We recognise that there are often additional barriers for queer young people who are black and Asian and those from faith backgrounds. Information can often focus on negative aspects of these intersectionalities and so we are delighted to bring to you a fabulous guide created by our support worker Reena celebrating identities.
The Gap provides a safe, social space for LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-19 (and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities). The club has supported over 350 young people since its launch and offers a wide range of youth curriculum workshops and sessions covering both mainstream youth and LGBTQ+ specific topics. We run off-site trips and residentials including attendance at London Pride, Brighton Pride and Trans Pride. We also invite organisations and speakers to join us, with guests including: Stonewall, Link LGBT Network, Street Doctors, BAC Queer Hub and Why Me (Restorative Justice).
Sadly many of our members are not out, or they have been rejected when coming out and The Gap is the only place they can truly be themselves. Our continued aim is to support our members to be proud of who they are and to help them become active citizens with the confidence to challenge homophobia, biphobia & transphobia.
To promote emotional well-being we have a monthly art therapy session delivered by a qualified therapist as well as a volunteer available fortnightly to speak with members on a 1:1 or group basis to provide emotional well-being advice and guidance and sign post to relevant organisations for further support.
If you are a young person or professional wishing to refer to The Gap, please contact us: email@example.com | 07529 221 239
We are delighted to share our promo video - developed and created with our Gap Youth Group members and Proud Parents, with special thanks to Keepsake Videos.
Gapsters is our junior youth group
The club meets every Friday 4pm-5:30pm (safeguarded venue)
The club is for young people aged 9-13 who are questioning their sexuality and / or gender and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Gapsters provides a safe social space for our junior members to meet other young people, learn about the LGBTQ+ community and most of all... have fun!
Due to the age range, parental consent to attend is mandatory.
Free2Talk is our 1:1 support service for LGBTQ+ young people aged 13-18. We provide a safe space for young people to explore their situations and develop the necessary skills and strategies to manage the difficulties they face.
Based in Wandsworth, South West London and available to any young person who can access the borough.
If you are a young person or professional wishing to refer to our mentoring service, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07529 221 239
We have a fabulous new panel of reps for the 2020-2021 academic year and we will keep recruitment open throughout the year for anyone who would like to join.
We recognise that there are barriers preventing many of our members from getting involved. In particular, this impacts black and brown young people, those from faith communities and individuals who are not out at home. To address this, alongside our fabulous members above, we also have an extended council - Rainbow Powerhouse enabling young people to help us with decision making through online engagement.
Our Rainbow Power youth council have been busy working on their project ‘LGBTQ+ Matters’. They have been creating a range of resources to encourage professionals working with young people to be more LGBTQ+ aware and inclusive. The resources include a flyer promoting trans inclusion targeted to GPs; pens, post-its, stickers and coasters with key messaging; pronoun badges; and a flyer highlighting 5 simple steps to improve practice.
As part of the project, they have also written, directed and produced a short film clip aimed at teachers. It parodies a series of Government adverts encouraging people into teaching, instead demonstrating the negative impact school can have on LGBTQ+ pupils as well as highlighting the 5 simple steps that can make all the difference.
We are immensely proud of their hard work and vision to create such a powerful resource. Please do view their film.
We are also extremely proud that four of our members are part of a UK-Wide youth forum set up to look at improving mental health. The TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group kicked off in 2019 with a three day residential in Glasgow to meet and work with the other participating youth groups.
Past and present Gap youth club members and Free2Talk mentees are welcome to apply.
For more information and to request an application form, please contact: email@example.com | 07757 502 726
Good source of information should your child be a victim of bullying. Includes advice and guidance on how to challenge your child’s school if you are unhappy with their response. Visit website.
Text 89868 for free and confidential sex and relationship advice available 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Sexual health, drugs & alcohol advice for teenagers with LGBTQ specific information. Plus service information for the following London Boroughs: Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton & Wandsworth. Visit website.
TransUnite is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Their directory connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you. Visit website.
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