Looking for LGBTQ support services? the lowdown is here to help! We provide free counselling and support to young people throughout Northamptonshire including: Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Oundle, Rushden and Towcester.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning issues can be complex. There are issues around coming to terms with your sexuality and transgender situation (or having the confidence and space to explore it) as well as the attitudes, beliefs and behavior of those around you – at home, school, college, work and in your social life.
It’s important to understand that your feelings are normal. There’s nothing wrong with being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning your gender or sexuality. Sometimes, those close to you may not understand your feelings or easily accept them, which can make you feel worried or alone.
You’re not alone
On average, 1 in 16 pupils in the UK identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality or gender. You are by no means alone, even if those around you sometimes make you feel isolated. There is a lot of support for the LGBTQ community and we are here to help you find it.
the lowdown has set up the OUT THERE LGBTQ Support service, which runs a number of events and campaigns to support the local young LGBTQ community. This includes a weekly youth support group called the OUT THERE Group, which is a youth club for LGBTQ people aged 13–17. We also have a telephone helpline for LGBTQ young people aged 12-25 and a Facebook page keeping you up to date with group activities and events in the LGBTQ world.
If you’re interested in joining us, please click on the buttons and tabs below for details. You’ll be very welcome!
Weekly LGBTQ Youth Support Group for 13-17 year olds – the OUT THERE Group
Our OUT THERE Group is a weekly youth support group for 13-17 year olds. We meet up every Friday from 7-9pm and play games, discuss issues, have guest speakers, feed into positive changes within the NHS and local authority to support the LGBTQ community, and enjoy lots of activities such as film nights, visits to local parks, cake decorating, scrap heap challenge, games nights, theatre trips, prom etc.
We also take part in the Northampton Carnival, the lowdown lantern parade, and one of the annual national PRIDE events. The OUT THERE Group is a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe space and to be free to be who you are.
I’d like to attend the OUT THERE Group – What do I do now?
The group meets every Friday at the lowdown (3 Kingswell Street, off Gold Street, Northampton, NN1 1PP) from 7-9pm, so please feel free to pop along. Doors open at 6:45pm and entry is around the side of the building, through the car park and up the ramp. The group has members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight and those who are questioning their gender or sexuality.
If you have any queries or would like to contact someone first, please ring the lowdown on 01604 634385 or call the OUT THERE mobile direct on 07585 737482 or 07496 314703.
We can help
We helped 53 people like you deal with LGBTQ issues last year. Getting accurate information and talking about your LGBTQ concerns can be a great starting point for coping with whatever your situation is. We can give you the confidence to work through any LGBTQ issues you may be struggling with. We are here to help.
Get in touch if you’re worried about LGBTQ issues
Drop in, make an appointment or call the lowdown helpline on 01604 622223 for free, confidential and non-judgemental counselling, information and support for 12-25 year olds.
If you have any queries about our OUT THERE LGBTQ Services, please ring the lowdown on 01604 634385 or call the OUT THERE mobile direct on 07585 737482 or 07496 314703.
Please also check out our OUT THERE Facebook page: @theoutthereLGBTQgroupnorthampton for updates on the groups and other news in the LGBTQ world.
We know it can feel like a big step to take, but we’re here for you.
We work together in local and national groups of LGBT members to campaign and provide support for our members. To find out more about Unison please go to: www.unisonnorthants.org.uk