Have you ever had something you need to talk about, perhaps something you need to get off your chest? Maybe you need information relating to your sexual orientation? Perhaps you feel isolated, or maybe just want to know that there are other lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people in the world. Perhaps you are an LGB&T parent or a parent with an LGB&T child?
LGB&T Switchboard NI is staffed by trained volunteers who will provide a listening ear and can help you to explore your options. We can also provide information on a wide range of issues including health & well-being, legal concerns, information on the social scene and details of LGB&T community groups.
Some people contact the Switchboard simply because they feel isolated and just want to talk to someone.
Our volunteers are friendly and understanding and can offer information and support to anyone concerned about sexual orientation.
We can also provide a befriending service if you are feeling isolated and don’t know any other LGB&T people.
If you feel isolated and alone, it may be difficult dealing with some aspect of sexual orientation. Befriending allows you the chance to meet with two or more of our volunteers, to sit and have a chat and a coffee. It’s a good way of getting to know a few other LGB&T people, ask any questions you might have and hear about LGB&T groups in your local area.
It might be an opportunity to make a whole new circle of friends, or just receive a little reassurance.
Absolutely. Any information you provide to LGB&T Switchboard NI will remain totally confidential.
How much information you provide is entirely up to you – our volunteers will never pressure you to talk about things that you don’t want to.
The only exception to this is of course if you disclose information about yourself or someone else who may be at serious risk of harm.
The Switchboard is open Monday-Friday from 1pm-4pm, with additional evening cover on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm.
Telephone us on 0808 8000 390 or alternatively you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can click on the ‘Live Chat’ icon on the bottom right of the screen.
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