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Youth Focus Groups - LGBTQ+ young people not in education, training or work

We’re looking for LGBTQ+ young people to get involved in our work. You can help us to develop an exciting new project and make sure we create a product that works for you!

We're putting together focus groups of LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-24 across England, Scotland, Cymru and Northern Ireland. The focus of this project is to support LGBTQ+ young people to get into education, training or work. 

You can find out all the details and apply to be a part of the focus groups below. We’ve also recorded a short video to explain more.  

What are the Youth Focus Groups?

The Youth Focus Groups will be small groups of LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-24. The groups will meet virtually and work with Stonewall staff to help develop a new project supporting LGBTQ+ young people not in education, training or work. You can read our report on the experiences of LGBTQ+ young people not in education, training or work here.

Will I be paid?

Yes, you will be paid for taking part in a focus group session. If you currently receive benefits, we will offer support to check your benefit conditions. Some people may wish to decline a payment.

Who can apply to take part?

Anyone who is aged 16-24, identifies as LGBTQ+ and lives in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. We're particularly keen to hear from you if you're not in education, training or work and/or if you're Black, a person of colour, disabled, and/or trans.

Do I need consent to take part if I'm under 18?

Yes, if you’re aged 16 or 17, you'll be asked for consent from a parent, carer or guardian if you’re chosen to be in a focus group.

How much time will I have to commit?

The total time to commit for one session will be 3 hours. This time will include some short work in advance to prepare for the session.   

Will the focus group sessions take place in person?

No, the sessions will be virtual.

When will the focus group sessions happen?

We will be holding the first session in November 2021, and then more sessions in 2022. Each focus group session with be with a different group of LGBTQ+ young people. The focus groups will take place either on a weekday evening or a weekend daytime.

Do I need particular skills and experience?

No particular skills are needed to apply. You'll be asked about your experience of education, training or work.

Can I take part if I’m disabled, if I have special educational needs, or if I have additional needs?

Yes, definitely! Please let us know any accessibility requirements in your application. We will aim to provide any support you need before, during or after the session to help you take part. If you need to apply in a different format, you can also email us at to discuss.

What happens after I apply?

Once we’ve looked through all the applications, we'll be in touch on email to let you know if you’ve been chosen to take part in the focus group. If you’re not chosen for the first focus group session in November 2021, there will be opportunities to be in focus groups in 2022.

If you're chosen to take part, we'll arrange an online call with you to discuss any accessibility requirements and any questions you might have. To ensure we create a safe space for everyone in the focus groups, we'll also verify your name and age. More details on this will be provided via email, and alternative options to an online call will be possible.   

If I take part in a focus group, will it be confidential?

Yes, we won’t share any details of who takes part in our youth focus groups. This will be confidential between the Stonewall Youth team and the other young people that take part. Your ideas will help to shape our project, but they won’t be linked to specific people or personal details.

When do applications close?

Applications for this opportunity have now closed.

If you have any questions about the Youth Focus Groups, please email

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