THERE IS NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP
Here at Wolds Pride we are committed to helping every member of our community. Perhaps you have questions about your sexual orientation or gender identity? Or need advice around mental or sexual health? Whatever it may be, there are fantastic services and support networks available throughout the Yorkshire!
Can't see a suitable contact? Use the 'Contact' section on our website to get in touch, and we will help you find the support you need.
You are not alone, you are valid.
WOLDS LGBT+ FORUM
The Wolds LGBT Forum is a group which represents the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Trans (LGBT+) community within the area of Pocklington, Market Weighton, and the surrounding areas throughout the Wolds. Through their forum they aim to offer free support, guidance, companionship, advice, recommendations, and more.
YORK LGBTQ+ FORUM
York LGBT Forum offers support to LGBT+ people in York. They are a registered non profit charity. The York LGBT Forum meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month 7pm-9.30pm at York St.John University and usually in DeGrey building room DG109. All are welcome to attend.
York LGBT Forum | Don't Hide Your Heart
HULL AND EAST RIDING LGBTQIA+ FORUM
Hull and East Riding LGBT Forum is a representative body for LGBT+ people within Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm at the Guildhall in Hull City Centre.
Hull & East Riding LGBTQI+ Forum (facebook.com)
Lollipop is an LGBTQ+ Support group for East Riding young people aged 10-25, running every Wednesday evnening from 6pm - 8pm in the Beverley area.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yorkshire Mesmac Hull deliver focused work with various communities including Gay, Bisexual and other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).
They offer testing for:
HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Pregnancy,
Offer free condoms from their base, at the LGBT+ venues and by post.
Yorkshire Mesmac provide 1-1 advice on:
Sexual health, contraception, sexuality and hate crime and also offer free CPD accredited training to professionals on HIV, STIs, LGBT+ awareness, trans awareness, FGM and consent.
Cornerhouse works with young people around sexual health and emotional well-being.
They can offer:
Peer mentoring in schools and the community (part of Headstart)
One to one support for young people at risk of sexual exploitation and workshops in schools and youth venues (CARE Project)
Work with boys and young men around healthy relationships, 'Break the cycle'
Reachout (in partnership with the Warren) is an outreach project covering the city of Hull talking about anything!!
Support for young people around gender and sexuality - including the Step Out group
Training for professionals and parents
Relationship and sex education in schools or any other youth setting
Welcome | Young People's Sexual Health in Hull and East Yorkshire (wearecornerhouse.org)
CHCP SEXUAL HEALTH
The Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Partnership offers a wide range of FREE accessible, confidential and non-judgemental sexual health services for everyone in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
City Health Care Partnership (chcpcic.org.uk)
Yorsexaual Health has clinics across the whole of North Yorkshire and York which offer a full range of specialist sexual health and contraception services. Their Community Outreach Team offers services to LGBTQ people in York and North Yorkshire including confidential HIV testing, free condoms and lubricant, 1-2-1 support and support groups. All of the clinics in York and North Yorkshire have mixed waiting areas and our treatment rooms are not gender specific.
sexual health advice for young people: ERYC
You can use the link below to identify where your closest and most suitable sexual health services are within the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Sexual health (eastriding.gov.uk)
free testing - hiv
Self-sampling HIV & syphilis test kits are available to people from certain areas in England.
Freetesting HIV | Free HIV Kits for Self-testing at Home
it starts with me: hiv postal testing
Order a free HIV postal test - It Starts With Me
Terrence Higgins trust
The Terrence Higgins Trust offers a wide range of services and support surrounding sexual health. "We're the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health."
A healthy sex life | Terrence Higgins Trust (tht.org.uk)
YorSexualHealth (YSH) runs a free and confidential support service for people living with HIV and their partners and carers in York and North Yorkshire.
YorSexualHealth - HIV services
Yorkshire Mesmac's OUR project provides social support and advocacy for people living with or affected by HIV in Bradford.
HIV social support - Yorkshire MESMAC
elton john aids foundation
The Elton John AIDS Foundation was established in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organisations in the world. The Foundation’s mission is simple: to be a powerful force in the end to the AIDS epidemic.
Elton John AIDS Foundation | Creating a world free from AIDS
Use their test finder to find out where in the UK you can have a free HIV test that is convenient to you. HIV testing is free and confidential in the UK.
Find a free HIV test near you | aidsmap
HULL AND EAST YORKSHIRE MIND
Wolds Pride has excellent connections with Hull and East Riding Mind and can testify for the fantastic services they offer. They ensure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.
Hull and East Yorkshire Mind - We are Hull & East Yorkshire Mind, the mental health charity (heymind.org.uk)
York Mind is a leading local provider of services supporting individuals recovering from mental ill-health to achieve outcomes that will progress them towards recovery, social inclusion and integration in mainstream activity such as learning, volunteering or employment.
Mind offer a vast range of support for individuals experiencing or recovering from mental health. "We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect."
community mental health services for adults in the east riding
The team operate recovery-based community mental health services for people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire who have enduring mental health problems.
The service is provided in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust in conjunction with other internal mental health services.
Community Mental Health Services for adults in the East Riding (humber.nhs.uk)
adult community mental health service: Pocklington
People can be referred by their East Riding GP or they can refer themselves for an assessment by calling or emailing the Mental Health Response Service on the number below.
Adult Mental Health Services: 01482 301701 (Select option 1)
Tel: 01759 448386
Adult Community Mental Health Service - Pocklington (humber.nhs.uk)
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people.
MindOut | Mental Health Charity for LGBTQ community
trans, NON-BINARY, GENDER NON-CONFORMING, and gender identity
Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
Transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. Whatever the outcome, Mermaids is committed to helping families navigate the challenges they may face.
You can chat online with a qualified webchat operator
Open from 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday
Text MERMAIDS to
for free 24/7 crisis support all across the UK.
All texts are answered by trained volunteers with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
trans Leeds: Yorkshire mesmac
TransLeeds is a support and advocacy group for trans* identifying people in Leeds and the surrounding area, as well as their families and friends. They aim to provide practical help with all stages and aspects of transition.
gender identity and education society uk
GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender diverse people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.
Gender Identity Research & Education Society – Improving the Lives of Trans People (gires.org.uk)
Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for a sense of community, support or information. They connect people and support them directly through specially developed Switchboard services or link them to other specialist organisations.
Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard
A confidential listening service for people who identify as trans, agender, genderfluid, and/or non-binary.
A trans-led and trans-involving grassroots organisation with a wealth of lived experience, community connections of many kinds, and a depth and breadth of trans community knowledge that is second to none.
13-21 year olds youth group in Leeds | Gendered Intelligence
The proud trust
The Proud Trust is an LGBT+ organisation that supports LGBT+ young people through youth groups, peer support, mentoring programs and the Proud Connections chat service.
The Proud Trust - Home of LGBT+ Youth
suicide prevention and support
hub of hope
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time.
Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this
CALM Homepage - Campaign Against Living Miserably | CALM, the campaign against living miserably, is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the biggest single killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK (thecalmzone.net)
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. The work they do centres around three key principles; Support, Equip, and Influence. "We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK."
Home | Papyrus UK | Suicide Prevention Charity (papyrus-uk.org)
Other services and resources: Text "SHOUT" to 85258, or access the "Stay Alive" app.
SUBSTANCE SUPPORT (DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES)
Drug and alcohol services - East Riding partnership
Delivering a variety of addiction services to those living in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Drug and Alcohol Services - East Riding Partnership (humber.nhs.uk)
North Yorkshire Horizons
North Yorkshire Horizons is a drug and alcohol recovery service provided, on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council.
North Yorkshire Horizons - Adult Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service. We're rated Outstanding by the CQC. Call us on 01723 330730 (nyhorizons.org.uk)
"We provide recovery focused support and interventions to people with a range of drug and alcohol related dependencies."
Drugs & Alcohol Support | Hestia
Support with mental health, substance (including drugs and alcohol), and a range of other services. You can contact them personally yourself, or access services designed specifically for concerned parents, guardians or family members.
Supporting Your Child - Drugs and Alcohol (youngminds.org.uk)
Provides honest information about drugs and alcohol.
Live chat service also available (2 - 6pm, 7 days a week).
Information on accessibility, confidentiality and cost available here.
Phone: 0300 123 6600
Opening times: 24/7.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL ORGANISATIONS
BLACK HERITAGE COLLECTIVE
Hull based organisation who's objectives include: "To identity institutional racism in society, promote opportunities for all people of black heritage and to offer advice and support to anyone of black heritage."
(2) Black Heritage Collective | Facebook
York ANTI RACIST COLLECTIVE
York based grass-roots community group focused on creative practices and community to tackling isolation and healing trauma.
York Anti Racist Collective | Facebook
york disability rights forum
York Disability Rights Forum is led by disabled people and works to promote equal access to human rights for all those with disabilities who live or work in York.
The Forum aims to be a collective voice, to raise awareness of issues affecting disabled people in York and create positive changes.
About YDRF - York Disability Rights Forum
African rainbow family Leeds
African Rainbow Family (ARF) is a registered grassroots charity (Registered Charity Number: 1185902) that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage and the wider Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic groups.
Leeds: Yorkshire MESMAC, 22-23 Blayds Yard, Leeds LS1 4AD
AFRICAN RAINBOW FAMILY – Support for LGBTIQ people of African heritage and the wider Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups
TIME TO BE OUT
Time to be Out supports LGBT+ Asylum Seekers and Refugees in England and Wales. They aim to help LGBT+ Asylum Seekers and Refugees integrate into society and they attempt to break down the isolation which many of them experience, particularly while their applications are being processed.
Time to be Out | Supporting LGBT+ Asylum Seekers
PRIDE EVENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WITHIN YORKSHIRE
Pride in Hull: Pride in Hull | Pride in Hull
York Pride: York LGBT Pride – North Yorkshires' Largest LGBT+ Event! (yorkpride.org.uk)
Doncaster Pride: Doncaster Pride
Bridlington Pride: Bridlington Pride (facebook.com)
Leeds Pride: Leeds Pride - Your City, Your Pride
Trans Pride Leeds: Home | Trans Pride Leeds
Barnsley Pride: Pride Barnsley (facebook.com)
Bradford Pride: Bradford Pride (facebook.com)
Keighley Pride: Keighley Pride (facebook.com)
Happy Valley Pride: Happy Valley Pride - Hebden Bridge - Celebrating LGBTQ life
Sheffield Pride: Home | Pride in Sheffield | The official home of LGBTQ+ Pride in Sheffield
Goole Pride: Goole Pride (@goolepride) • Instagram photos and videos
Scarborough Pride: Scarborough Pride | Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Across The Yorkshire Coast
Malton Pride: Home | Malton Pride
Beverley Pride: http://www.instagram.com/beverleypride
local safe spaces and venues
over the rainbow cafe
Over the Rainbow Café is a safe space, where you can find like-minded people and connect. Located above Portal Bookshop, they serve hot and cold drinks, including shakes, and savoury and sweet food options, which include sandwiches, pastries and our legendary flag cakes which are modelled after the different LGBTQ+ flags!
Over The Rainbow Café York (facebook.com)
Located at the Shambles, York, the Portal Bookshop sells a wide range of LGBTQIA+ books and resources. They are a safe space for all queer people and allies, and often host events ran by and for the community.
The Portal Bookshop | York | Facebook
The Family Shambles mission is to entertain and create a fun safe space for performance art and free expression of all communities. They host regular drag events in York across a number of venues.
See their social media to keep up to date with their upcoming events: The Family Shambles (@thefamilyshambles) • Instagram photos and videos
national organisations and charities
'At Stonewall, we stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. We imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be ourselves and can live our lives to the full.'
Sparkle's aim is to promote awareness and acceptance of the transgender community, and it organises a range of events to help with that goal.
Home | Sparkle - The National Transgender Charity
BI Pride UK
'We believe that people who experience attraction beyond gender deserve to be able to celebrate their identities publicly, visibly and proudly in all spaces without fear of ridicule, erasure or harassment.'
Bi Pride UK | Attraction beyond gender
BLACK PRIDE UK
'Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQI+ people.'