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Body Positive Dorset 

Body Positive Dorset supports and empowers people in Dorset who are affected by HIV/AIDS.  They offer both emotional and practical support, counselling and a range of complementary therapies.

Dorset LGB&T Equality Network

The Network was created to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans’ individuals who are voiceless, face daily dis-empowerment, vulnerability and isolation, and in particular discrimination, prejudice and hate crime. They are a Hate Crime Reporting Centre. The Network also supports those who seek to celebrate and share the distinctiveness, richness and creativity of our LGB&T communities.

Dorset Rainbow Parents

This parenting group is based in rural Dorset but welcome LGBT parents from all over Dorset. They run activities that encourage lesbian and gay families to meet and support each other.

EACH

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is an award-winning charity for people affected by homophobia and transphobia. EACH provides training and support in a variety of ways.

Actionline is their helpline for young people. If you a young person who has been affected by homophobia and transphobia please call them on 0808 1000 143. Guidance is both professional and confidential.

EACH also provides a range of training and consultancy services. Services are provided for a variety of organisations such as local councils, the Criminal Justice System and Youth Services.

Intercom Trust

Intercom Trust is a resource for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Swindon and Wilshire.  They work in partnership with local government, the police, health and other organisations.

Intercom Trust helps to develop the LGBT communities and provides help against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, crime and discrimination.

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation delivers advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. They offer a helpline and email support about issues for the LGBT communities such as domestic abuse, sexual health, legal advice, substance abuse to name a few.

Call the Advice Support & Information on 0345 330 3030. Lines are open weekdays 9am – 9pm. Weekends 10am – 6pm.

Alternatively, please email helpline@lgbt.foundation – but expect up to 10 working days for a reply.

MindLine Trans+

This is a helpline set up by Mind to offer support for people who identify as trans or non-binary.  The line is run by trans volunteers.

Please call 0300 330 5468 if you need support.

Lines are open Monday – Friday 8pm – midnight.

MindOut

Dorset Mind’s MindOut support group is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGB and Trans people experiencing mental health issues. It offers recovery-based peer and staff support.

There are currently two weekly MindOut support groups: One in Bournemouth and one in Weymouth.

For more details about this follow the link above.

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow is an NHS service in Bournemouth which provides health advice, support and information for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Over the Rainbow provides a range of services including counselling, peer support and 1 to 1 or group training.

Ricochet

Ricochet is a support group in Dorset which supports the family and friends of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Space Youth Project

Space Youth Project is a group for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or just unsure.  They meet weekly throughout Dorset.  You get the opportunity to meet other people from the LGBT community and make new friends, chat, go out, plan events and have fun.

Trans Unite

TransUnite is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Our easy to use, mobile friendly directory connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you.

Weymouth Gay Group

Weymouth Gay Group provides friendship and support for the LGBTIQ+ community in and around Weymouth.  They hold twice-weekly social pub meet-ups, and their calendar is packed with LGBTIQ+ events in the Weymouth/Dorset area.

Weymouth Gay Group are also very active on Twitter – follow them here.  They also have a Facebook Page.

MyUmbrella

MyUmbrella is a volunteer led support group based in Reading, Berkshire for the lesser known LGBTIQ+ identities. Their aim is to educate, support, socialise and signpost those who require the support and advice from other organisations to the relevant services.

They provide information, advice and support to the LGBTIQ+ community and others in order to promote the wellbeing of said communities and with the object of developing an environment in favour of LGBT+ equality.

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