Supported Loving toolkit
LGBTQ+ social groups
LGBTQ+ social groups can be a great place to help people to meet others who understand their needs and a place to make friends and have fun.
2BU Wakefield run a monthly social group meeting every second Thursday in the month for adults with a learning disability and autistic people who identify as LGBTQ+ in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. They meet both online and in-person.
CHANGE - Outspoken Project
The Outspoken Project offer opportunities for people with a learning disability and autistic people to be supported and social together through peer support activities. They aim to people’s confidence by helping them to strengthen their voices, leading to people getting better services for themselves. They provide free self-advocacy courses for LGBTQI+ people (who have a learning disability and/or are autistic) to learn more about their rights and to build up their self-confidence. They also provide a co-created peer support programme to increase connections and confidence amongst LGBTQI+ people who have a learning disability and/or autism.
Meet N Match LGBTQ+ Group
A social and support group for people with a learning disability and autistic people within the LGBTQ+ community. They meet monthly via Zoom and once a month in-person across the North West.
A supportive social group for people with learning disabilities and autistic people who identify as LGBTQ+ or wish to explore their identity.
OUT in Leeds
'OUT in Leeds' is a supportive and welcoming group for people who identify as LGBTQ+ and have a learning disability and/or autism. The group meets on Tuesday evenings in Leeds city centre and enjoys a mix of social activities and workshops. We are member-led so the activities are decided by the members. Support staff and volunteers are present to offer support.
Outcome is a LGBTQI+ only space for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties. We are based in North London but can accept clients from across London. We offer a safe therapeutic space for clients to relax in online and in-person, as well as additional activities such as art, creative writing, day-trips, and gender-specific groups. Although there is an important social aspect to Outcome, we are not a social group and our priority is supporting people with their mental health in a safe, friendly, and healthy setting. We accept self-referrals. Please get in touch for further information or to refer: email@example.com
Rainbow Friends London
A social group for people who identify as LGBTQ+ and have a learning disability, autism or brain injury who meet up for social events at various locations across London each month.
SPARC+ is a community based peer support and social group for younger adults aged 18-35 with support needs (people with a learning disability, autism, disability, a life-limiting condition and/or mental health issues). They meet online and in-person in the West Midlands and welcome everyone.
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