LGBTQ SUPPORT

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.

trio-outthereIt’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 relevant tab/s below for details. You’ll be very welcome!

Weekly LGBTQ Youth Support Group for 13-17 year olds – the OUT THERE Group

outOur 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 view information flyer.

I'd like to attend the OUT THERE LGBTQ Youth Support Group - What do I do now?

The group meets every Friday at The Bridge, 63c Gold Street, Northampton NN1 1RA (the orange door next to Mobile2Computer) from 7-9pm, so please feel free to pop along. Doors open at 6:45pm. The group has members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight and those who are questioning their gender or sexuality
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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 or email: lgbtqsupport@thelowdown.info.

Bi-monthly LGBTQ Support Group for 18-25 year olds – the OUT THERE PLUS Group

outthereplusOur OUT THERE PLUS Group is a support group held twice a month for 18-25 year olds.

We meet up the second and fourth Wednesday from 7-9pm to provide support, discuss issues, have guest speakers, feed into positive changes within the NHS and local authority to support the LGBTQ community, and enjoy lots social activities.

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I'd like to attend the OUT THERE PLUS Group - What do I do now?

The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday 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 view information flyer.

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 or email: lgbtqsupport@thelowdown.info.

Monthly LGBTQ Parent / Carers Group and Support Network

parent-carersOur LGBTQ Parent/Carers Support Network is for parents/carers of LGBTQ children AND for LGBTQ parent/carers of a straight child or children view information flyer.

The network has been set up to provide you with support by enabling you to meet up/chat to other people in your position to encourage and support each other and share experiences.

There are professional organisations, including the lowdown involved as well to provide you with additional support, workshops and information.

If you are interested in joining the network, please contact the lowdown on 01604 634385 or email lgbtqsupport@thelowdown.info to register your interest.

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

  • Please call us on 01604 634385 to make an appointment (or someone can make an appointment for you). Let us know whether you would prefer to see a male or female counsellor. You can choose.
  • If you want to speak to a counsellor you can call our crisis line on 01604 622223 during opening times. You’ll get the answer machine when we’re not open, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Email us at: lgbtqsupport@thelowdown.info

Please also check out our OUT THERE Facebook page @OutThereSupportGroupsNorthampton 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.


If you have any queries about our OUT THERE LGBTQ Services

Ring the lowdown on 01604 634385 or the OUT THERE mobile direct on 07585 737482 or 07496 314703.

Helpful links

UnisonUNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members.

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

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