LGBTQ+ Support

On average, 1 in 5 young people in the UK identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, so you are not alone.

We understand that it may feel difficult to find support. Many young people feel isolated and disconnected from social circles or even families and we want you to know that you are not alone.

the lowdown’s LGBTQ+ Support Service runs youth groups and events for young people up to the age of 25.

We offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to attend as and when you like.

It is a space designed so that you are able to explore who you are, to socialise, meet new friends, talk though difficulties with others who understand, whilst also having fun and joining in with activities.

NEW FOR 2021

LGBTQ+ Drop-in Sessions

We are now offering a virtual or face-to-face drop-in every Friday from 4-7pm for LGBTQ+ young people and parents.

Are you interested?

Please drop-in at the lowdown

or contact 07585 737482
or email lgbtqsupport
@thelowdownnorthampton.co.uk

for more information on how to join via Zoom or WhatsApp…

IMPORTANT: Please view our contact page for current support hours & arrangements for all key services

Out There Youth Group

  • for 13-20 year olds
  • Every Friday from 6-8pm
Is it your first time coming to this group? Please contact us to let us know you’d like to attend.

Out There Plus Group

  • for 18-25 year olds
  • Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Is it your first time coming to this group? Please contact us to let us know you’d like to attend.

Out There Parent and Carers Support Group

  • for Parents and Carers
  • A respectful, safe, online space for parents & carers of young people that identify as LGBTQ
  • Also for parents and carers of young people who may be questioning and exploring their identity – to connect, share experiences and offer and receive support
To join this group, visit our Facebook page:

Out There Under 13’s

  • for under 13s and their parents/carers
  • Monthly meet-ups
Is it your first time coming to this group? Please contact us to let us know you’d like to attend.

Out There Pen Pals

  • for anyone under 18
Would you like to get involved? Please contact us and let us know you’d like to join.

Out There Family Swim (coming soon)

  • for any LGBTQ+ person
  • Gender neutral swimming club
Would you like to get involved? Please contact us to let us know and we will get in touch when we are running an Out There Family Swim.
If you’re nervous about coming to a group…

We understand that it can be incredibly nerve wracking to take that first step, so your parents are welcome to bring you along and drop you off if you wish. Alternatively, you could bring a best friend who is supporting you.

Our group leaders will look after you, ensure you feel welcome, talk you through everything you need to know and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

For general queries about our LGBTQ+ Services:

Please ring the lowdown on 01604 634385, or email: lgbtqsupport@thelowdownnorthampton.co.uk

You can also check out the OUT THERE Groups social media pages too: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Counselling Service

Talking about your sexuality or any other concerns can be a great starting point for coping with your situation. We can give you the confidence to work through any issues you may be struggling with in our counselling service.

To see how to make a referral for counselling, please visit our Counselling page. We are here to help.

Our other support services

We’d love to hear from you

We are based in the heart of Northampton’s town centre so you can pop in and see us, or you can contact us in other ways if that’s easier for you.

“We know it can feel like a big step to take, but we’re here for you!”

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