LGBT Group, Fridays, 11am-2pm
This group is for anyone in the LGBT community, including (but not limited to) people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, asexual, intersex or are questioning their identity. We are a safe, supportive space where you can share your thoughts and feelings and discuss coping strategies, alongside other LGBT people. We look at issues around being LGBT, as well as general mental health issues and how we can work with them. This group is peer-led so everyone who attends identifies as LGBT, including volunteers and group workers.
Transgender Group, Fridays, 2-4pm
This group is for anyone who identifies as transgender, or has identified as transgender in the past. This includes non-binary people and anyone questioning their gender identity. We offer a therapeutic, relaxed, non-judgemental space where you can discuss the difficulties you’re facing and explore coping strategies. This group is peer led so everyone who attends identifies as trans, and is led by a trans volunteer, but please note that the group may be overseen by an LGBT group worker who doesn’t.
The LGBT groups are also an opportunity to socialise, and we head out from Dial House together once a month to go for a coffee or to visit local places such as Temple Newsam. This is an opportunity for people who may not otherwise feel able or confident to make these kind of trips due to discrimination and/or mental health problems, to do so with a supportive group. All of our LGBT group work now takes place on one day, meaning that only LGBT groups will be meeting in the house on that day, to ensure that visitors feel safe and comfortable. Any LGBT person who feels that attending the groups would be beneficial to their mental health is welcome to attend. We work a lot with people who are in crisis and are able to offer support in this area, but you don’t have to be at crisis point to access our group work. Before attending groups for the first time you will be invited to meet with a member of the group work team to go through what we can offer and our group work agreement.
For more information, or to find out about joining either or both of the groups, please contact our LGBT group worker, Sole Scuderi on 0113 260 9328 (Wednesday to Fridays only) or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Both groups are held at Dial House, 12 Chapel Street, Halton, Leeds, LS15 7RW