South East

This section includes the local authorities of: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Torfaen, Neath Port Talbot and Vale of Glamorgan. It offers information about LGB groups as well as some mainstream organisations that support LGB people listed under the categories below

Cardiff has its own website with details of current events in the capital on www.gaycardiff.co.ukwww.gaywales.co.uk and a Mardi Gras website www.cardiffmardigras.co.uk.
The email address for Cardiff-Wales Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras is info@cardiffmardigras.co.uk

On this page:

LGB Support and Social Groups

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 Cardiff

A group for anyone attracted to more than one gender or who thinks they may be.
Bi Cardiff meets to discuss bi issues, socialise and meet other bi people. Linked to Bi Cymru/Wales running campaigns and challenging biphobia.
Meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in central Cardiff.
Socials from 8:15pm open to anyone bi supportive, whatever their sexual orientation.
Email: BiCardiff@yahoo.co.uk 
Text: 07982 308812

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

Cardiff SU LGBT+ Society,  University of Wales Cardiff

Cardiff University LGBT+  meets most Wednesdays in the Student's Union, Park Place, Cardiff for info email to cardifflgbt@gmail.com

Deaf L&G Group - Dragons Club

This Deaf L&G Group meets on the 1st Saturday monthly.
Contact: The Secretary, DRAGONS 6 Wentloog Road, Rumney, Cardiff. CF3 3LP

The Dyn Project

www.dynwales.org
The Dyn Project provides advice, information and support for men in Cardiff who are experiencing domestic abuse from a partner. If you or anyone in your family are experiencing danger from domestic abuse or otherwise always call the police on 999.
Helpline: 0808 801 0321
Email: info@dynwales.co.uk

The Gathering

A safe Christian space for the LGBT+ community in Cardiff
The Gathering meets every Sunday evening at 6:30pm in the Upper Room at City United Reformed Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff.

http://www.thegatheringcardiff.org/

Gay Outdoor Club

www.goc.org.uk 
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 South Wales Contact Ian on 02920 612853, their walk pattern is 4th Sunday of month

Glamorgan SU LGBT Society, Glamorgan University

For up to date details of this student LGBT society meetings contact the LGBT officer via University of Glamorgan Students' Union.
Post: LGBT Society, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.

LGCM South Wales/ De Cymru.

A friendly and welcoming group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and their straight supporters, who come from all Christian denominations - or none.   We meet together for friendship, support, worship and social events.  Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, and include those who go to church, and those who do not.  We meet in venues throughout the area on two Friday evenings a month/  Tel:  0774 977 5607 or email:  southwales@lgcm.org.uk

Merthyr Tydfil LGB Group

Contact by email: merthyrtydfillgbgroup@yahoo.co.uk,
post: Merthyr LGB Group, c/o VAMT Voluntary Action Centre 89-90 High St Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UH,
Newport SU LGBT Society, University of Wales Newport

www.newportunion.com
Newport University LGBT society provides fellow lgbt students of Newport a chance to meet and enjoy social gatherings and also get helpful advice.
Contact for info: lgbt.su@newport.ac.uk

Songbirds Choir

Exciting, grassroots choir established for lesbian, bi, trans & queer women in South Wales who love singing. Committed to diversity, good music and fun! No auditions and song suggestions very welcome; Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 7.00 - 9.00pm at the URC church on Windsor Place - Cardiff City Centre. (CF10 3BZ)

Email:  songbirds@post.com 

http://songbirdschoir.com/

South Wales Gay Men's Chorus

SWGMC are a home-grown welsh community chorus based in Cardiff. They are a fresh and lively group, informal and currently non-auditioned.

gaychorus@gmail.com

http://swgmc.com/

Wales Trade Union Congress (TUC) LGBT Committee

www.wtuc.org.uk
Trade Union committee that campaigns on behalf of LGBT people at work. Email wtuc@tuc.org.uk for more details.

Woman2Women

This Social Support Group for Gay Women 30+ meets monthly for more information email: w2wgroup2002@yahoo.co.uk

Womenzone

www.womenzonewales.co.uk
Womenzone is a lesbian-centred organisation run by lesbian women for lesbian women producing a bi-monthly newsletter. Womenzone also initiates, supports and organises events e.g.: surf camps, discos and monthly lesbian breakfasts. Contact via Swansea Women's Centre, 25 Mansel St, Swansea SA1 5SQ,
phone: 01792 411119
email: Womenzone@hotmail.com

Young People's Groups

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

Safety

Domestic Violence

The Wales Domestic Abuse 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.dynproject.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.
The Dyn Project also provides face-to-face advice, information and support to men in Cardiff who experience domestic abuse.


Welsh Women's Aid

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. They can offer advice/refuge to women in heterosexual or lesbian / bisexual relationships if they are escaping or are affected by domestic abuse.

Police

Gwent Police

www.gwent.police.uk/info_point/hatecrimereporting.htm
Gwent Police now have specially trained liaison officers for lesbian, gay , bisexual and transgender victims of hate crime. LGB&T Liaison Officers have been specially trained to provide victims with additional support throughout the investigative process. It is hoped this additional resource available to victims will encourage those who have experienced a hate crime to have more confidence in reporting it.

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: Gwent Police Headquarters, Croesyceliog, Cwmbran NP44 2XJ

South Wales Police

www.south-wales.police.uk/en/content/cms/help-and-advice/victims/hate-crime

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: South Wales Police Headquarters, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend CF31 3SU

Support

Victim Support

www.victimsupport.org.uk/Contact us/Wales
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 & 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 

THT Cymru - Cardiff

www.tht.org.uk
Terrence Higgins Trust [THT] is the leading HIV & sexual health charity in the UK and the largest in Europe. They offer a range of services for people living with HIV/AIDS, and campaign for greater public understanding of sexual health issues. They also offer education and information resources.
THT Cymru Cardiff is open 10am-5pm Mon - Fri at Canton House 435-451 Cowbridge Road East Canton Cardiff CF5 1JH,  phone: 029 2066 6465
Email: info.cymru@tht.org.uk

Parenting

Lesbian Parents Network – Proud 2b mums

www.p2bmums.co.uk
This Social Support Group for Lesbian Parents meets in Cardiff on the last Sunday of each month
 for more information:
Email: hello@p2bmums.co.uk or
phone Helen on 07974573693.

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 who offer information and support to other parents in the same situation.
Helpline for Wales - 0845 652 0321 or 0845 652 0322
or e-mail: janet.jeffries@btinternet.com

Sports Groups

Cardiff Dragons FC

www.cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk
Our mission is to promote participation in football within the LGBTI community in Cardiff, South Wales and beyond. We will achieve this by establishing LGBTI friendly football teams at 5 and 11 a-side levels.

We welcome people of all ages, abilities and sexualities. We have an active social wing, so non-players are more than welcome to join and enjoy the social events organised by the Club (eg attending football matches, nights out both on and off scene, meals out, etc).
Email: info@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk


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