North

This section includes the local authorities of: Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire Gwynedd and Wrexham. It offers information about LGB groups as well as some mainstream organisations that support LGB people listed under the categories below.

On this page:

LGB Support and Social

LGB groups offer peer group support, the friendship and help of someone in the same situation and experiencing similar issues, to address the feelings of isolation and difficulties associated with 'coming out' and dealing with discriminatory social attitudes. The essential principles and functions of these groups are similar to other peer group organisations, such as Gingerbread, the support organisation for lone parent families.

Click here for information on LGB Helplines

Bi Cymru/Wales

The all Wales social-support network for bisexual people and those who think they might be bi
Email: bicymru@yahoo.co.uk
Text: 07982 308812

Encompass

www.encompass.btik.com
Encompass is the new LGBT group for the north Wales and Cheshire area. Meet new friends and become part of a supportive and fun group in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
 
Encompass meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Citizen's Advice Bureau Community Cafe, Cable Street, Connah's Quay, CH5 4DZ.
 
For further details e-mail: encompasslgbt@hotmail.co.uk or visit the website

Femme

Femme is a group for older lesbian women who meet once a fortnight in Colwyn Bay, for coffee or lunch, trips and events for more information please email douglasaustin@hotmail.co.uk

The Gay Outdoor Club

The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Wales and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities LGBT men and women. These activities include walking, cycling, swimming, badminton, etc. 
Contact: info@goc.org.uk 

For Gay Outdoor Club North Wales Group contact 01244 579 523,

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Friends Dining Club - Wrexham, North East Wales

This is a dining club that has been in existence since 2002 and offers opportunities for LGBT people and their friends to meet in a safe, caring and supportive environment on a monthly basis in a Wrexham restaurant.  Those who attend come from parts of North/North East Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire, Merseyside and Manchester. The group meet at a luxurious restaurant called RAFTERS in Wrexham. The meals are reasonably priced and the quality food is outstanding.To book a place(s) at one of the dinners or to make further enquiries please contact Keith Donkd333@aol.com or Tel. 07834 776 603.

Mesmac North Wales

www.mesmac.com
Mesmac North Wales provides access to a chat room and a variety of social events in North Wales area.

Helpline - 01248 363431 open Tuesdays 7.00 - 9.00pm,
E-mail keith@mesmac.com
Post: c/o  Keith Parry, 2 Bryn Difyr, Bangor Gwynedd LL57 1H

TW Counselling

TW Counselling offers LGBT friendly, face to face counselling, over the telephone or over Skype.

02921 286883 | twcounselling@gmail.com | www.twcounselling.co.uk 

Young People's Groups

Viva - LGBT Youth Group (14-25) - Rhyl, Denbighshire

Viva is a LGBT young people's service at the West Rhyl Young People's Project it holds 1 weekly group meeting (Tuesday 5pm - 8pm) for LGBT people aged 14-25, also a 1-2-1 service available by appointment. Viva has a small resource library and provides awareness raising training and support to local organisations working with young people.

Email: info@vivalgbt.co.uk,
Phone: 01745 351293
Post: VIVA, West Rhyl Young People's Project, 17 Bedford St, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 1SY

See LGB Support and Social section for details of local Student Union LGB Societies.

Safety

Domestic Violence

The All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline

A 24 hour freephone signposting and information service for women, children and men in Wales who are experiencing, or who have experienced abuse at the hands of someone close to them.
0808 80 10 800

The Dyn Project

www.dynwales.org 

The Dyn Project works across Wales to support men who experience domestic violence.
Helpline - 0808 801 0321 – gives support to male victims across Wales by providing someone to listen without judgement.  The helpline staff can also help find services to assist callers in their local area.  The helpline is totally confidential and free to call.

Welsh Women's Aid

www.welshwomensaid.org.uk 

Welsh Women’s Aid s the national umbrella organisation representing local Women's Aid Groups situated throughout Wales. Their member groups provide direct services for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse, and can offer advice/refuge to women in heterosexual or lesbian / bisexual relationships if they are escaping or are affected by domestic abuse.

Police

North Wales Police

www.north-wales.police.uk 

Dial 101 for non-emergencies such as:

you need the police to attend to assist in a non-emergency situation
to report a crime or incident
for general enquiries
For confidential advice & support ask to speak to a Hate Crime Officer.
Only dial 999 in an an emergency such as
Serious injury has been caused or there is a threat of serious injury
A crime is in progress and the suspects are at or near the scene
Post: North Wales Police Headquarters, Glan-y-Don Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL29 8AW

Support

Victim Support

www.victimsupport.org.uk
In Wales in 2010 Victim Support developed a partnership project with Stonewall Cymru to encourage more victims and witnesses of homophobic and transphobic hate crime, whether they are ‘gay or straight’, to access Victim Support¹s enhanced support service. The It’s No Joke project has ensured that Victim Support staff and volunteers understand some of the issues and support needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who experience hate crime. Click 'here for It’s No Joke leaflet.

Victim Support is a national charity of trained volunteers who provide free, non-judgmental and confidential support to a victim and their family whether or not the crime has been reported to the Police. They can provide emotional support, practical help with changing locks etc, witness/victim support in court and assist in claiming Criminal Injuries Compensation.

Wherever you are in Wales just call 0845 612 1900, offices are open 8am to 8pm.

Click here for more safety information

Advice and Health

Citizens Advice Bureau CAB

 www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Citizens Advice Bureaux provide free, confidential and independent advice from bureaux, GP surgeries, hospitals, colleges, prisons and courts. The advice helps people resolve their debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems and is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.
For your local Bureau click here
For Online CAB advice click here 

Parenting

SPLAG Wales - Support for Parents of Lesbians and Gay Men

www.SPLAGWales.org.uk 
Confidential helplines are run across the UK by voluntary parents of LGB people to support parents and their children

Helpline for Wales - 0845 652 0321 or 0845 652 0322 open evenings and weekends.
E-mail: janet.jeffries@btinternet.com

If you are a member of a group and you would like us to include your organisation
Click here to email the team

Stonewall Cymru can not guarantee accuracy, confidentiality, nor give quality assurance accreditation for any service listed.

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