South West

This section covers the local authorities of: Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea. It offers information about LGB groups as well as some mainstream organisations that support LGB people listed under the categories below.

Swansea has its own website which endeavours to provide the LGBT community of Swansea and the surrounding area with a source of information and links to services and amenities that are available to all on www.gayswansea.com

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 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

Bi Swansea

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 third Tuesday of the month at 7pm in central Swansea
Socials from 8:15pm open to anyone bi supportive, whatever their sexual orientation.
Monthly coffee socials in a family and baby friendly bar. 12 noon – 2pm on the last Sunday each month at the Icehouse in Swansea marina
Email: BiSwansea1@yahoo.co.uk 
Text: 08982 308812

Dyfed Diners

www.dyfeddiners.freeuk.com/silent.htm
This monthly Dining Club in West Wales provides the setting for gay people to meet in an un-pressured and comfortable atmosphere over a meal and a drink. Meetings are held in various venues across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion in the middle of the month.
There is also a Saturday Social at the beginning of the month and a Sunday lunch at the end.
Contact philip_wathen@hotmail.com

Gay Ammanford

www.gayammanford.com 
Gay Ammanford, supporting the LGBT Community of the Amman, Gwendraeth and Towy areas. Offering and co-ordinating social support, as well as a safe meeting place for our members.

A confidential service for the LGBT Community, their family and friends.
contact@gayammanford.com

LGCM South Wales

www.lgcm.org.uk
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/ 
Phone:  0774 977 5607
Email:  southwales@lgcm.org.uk

LGBT Cymru Helpline

www.lgbtcymruhelpline.org.uk
LGBT  Cymru Helpline is a free and professional caring service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender people in Wales aiming to counteract feelings of individual social isolation and strengthen connections between LGBT communities in all our areas. We also provide information on LGBT services, and support LGBT families and friends.
Helpline – 0800 840 2069 open Mon & Wed 7.00 - 9.00 pm (calls at 3.9p per minute)
Email: lgbtcymruhelpine@fsmail.net

Out and About

Out and About is a LGBT environmental group exploring environmental issues from a Welsh LGBT perspective and developing opportunities for a range of practical projects. Activities to date include a research questionnaire, focus groups and workshops to explore issues, a guided tour of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and a walk on the Great Orme, Llandudno, plans for a trip to Caldey Island.
Contact by phone: 01792 892768 or 
email: rachauck@yahoo.co.uk

Swansea SU LGBT Society, University of Wales Swansea

www.swansea-union.co.uk 
Swansea University LGBT Society provides social activities, campaigns, drop-ins and support for LGBT students in Swansea University.
Contact by email: swanlgb@hotmail.com
Post: Swansea University LGBT Society, c/o Students Union, Union House, UWS, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PQ

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 eg: 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.co.uk

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.

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

Police

Dyfed Powys Police

http://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/about-us/contact-us

Dyfed Powys Police have specially trained Hate Crime Support Officers spread throughout the force to help victims of all hate crime. They work with police officers to ensure early detection and provide additional support to the victim including identifying measures to reduce the likelihood of becoming a repeat victim. The training of the Hate Crime Officers included talking to members of minority communities about their experiences of 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: c/o Communities & Partnerships Dept, Dyfed-Powys Police, Police Headquarters, PO Box 99, Carmarthen SA31 2PF

South Wales Police

www.south-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: 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 

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, or
e-mail: janet.jeffries@btinternet.com

If you are a member of a group and you would like us to include your organisation please get in touch Click here to email us.

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