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In addition to the services we provide, there are a range of organisations, community groups and online support available. While this list is not exhaustive, it should give you some resources to help on your journey and transition.
Some organisations listed focus exclusively on trans and non-binary people. Others are organisations that support trans and non-binary people as well as the wider LGB community.
If the support you're looking for isn't listed below, please speak to your care navigator or phone LGBT Foundation's helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30.
A supportive network for LGBT people living in Bolton. They hold a variety of events and create social opportunities to meet other people in your local community.
Connect offers social spaces for trans and non-binary people aged 18-35. All events are posted on their Facebook page.
A social and support group for trans men, transmasculine people, and non-binary people aged 18+ who were assigned female at birth.
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information to LGBT communities. They offer a range of support groups, online resources to improve health and wellbeing and they have a helpline, which can be accessed internationally.
Phone: 0345 3 30 3030
LGBT+ Plus (Stockport)
A supportive network for LGBT people living in Stockport. They hold a variety of events and create social opportunities to meet other people in your local community.
A social group for non-binary people aged 18+. They run regular groups and activities, all advertised on their Facebook page.
The Northern Contraception Sexual Health Service and HIV Service
The Northern has started a dedicated weekly sexual and reproductive health clinic for trans and gender diverse individuals, which will be able to provide sexual health education, STI testing and treatment, relevant vaccinations, PrEP, contraception and cervical smear tests.
A social and peer support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex people of colour across Greater Manchester.
The Proud Trust
The Proud Trust is based in Manchester and provides support for LGBT+ youth aged 11-25 years. They host a number of events and youth groups within Manchester and their website contains a wealth of information about coming out, supporting your mental health and your rights as a trans person. Their website also offers a directory of LGBT+ youth groups across the UK.
Phone: 0161 660 3347
Trans Bare All
A voluntary organisation for trans people, led by trans people providing safe spaces to explore identity, body positivity and improve emotional wellbeing. The group holds a number of events throughout the year where you can connect with other trans people.
A fitness programme for trans and non-binary people delivering gender-affirming exercises.
Facebook: TransFit MCR
Trans Mutual Aid Manchester
Trans Mutual Aid Manchester is a group for trans people, led by trans people across Greater Manchester. Their website includes further signposting, support and resources around trans healthcare and ways of receiving financial support through their solidarity fund. They also have a Facebook group where they post events and further signposting information.
Facebook: Trans Mutual Aid Manchester
The Beaumont Society (National)
Beaumont is a trans support group and their aim is to support the health and wellbeing of trans people. Their website offers links to NHS healthcare guides, trans-affirmative counselling services and a member’s only area where you can connect with other trans people across the UK.
CliniQ focuses specifically in providing informed, inclusive and accurate sexual health advice and support for trans and non-binary people. Although based in London, their website offers several guides on safer sex, medication such as PrEP and information around counselling support.
Distinction provides links to support groups, podcasts and media articles for partners of trans and non-binary people.
The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) provides articles and data relating to the health and wellbeing of trans people. Their Tranzwiki page offers a comprehensive directory of support groups across the UK for trans and non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
Email: 01372 801554
Gendered Intelligence (National)
Gendered Intelligence, established in 2008, is a registered charity that exists to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life.
Phone: 0330 3559 678
Mermaids has been helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families since 1995.
Phone: 0808 801 0400
Mindline Trans+ (National)
Mindline Trans+ provides an emotional support helpline and an information signposting service.
Phone: 0300 330 5468
Press for Change (National)
Press for Change provides legal advice for trans people and their allies. Their website explains legislation such as the Human Rights Act 1998, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2010. They also offer advice via email and over the phone.
Phone: 0844 870 8165
Trans Unite (National)
Trans Unite is a website which hosts information about trans and non-binary support groups across the country. It allows you to find information about groups in your area, and provides contact information for joining them.
Below is a selection of some national LGBT inclusive resources and organisations. You can find more organisations using Stonewall's 'What's in my area' tool and Consortium's members directory.
Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) (National)
AKT supports LGBTQ+ people aged 16-25 who are experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments in the UK. They provide emergency accommodation, advice on housing and peer support networks.
FFLAG supports friends and family of LGBT+ people through online resources and events to better understand the experiences of their LGBT+ loved ones.
Phone: 0300 688 0368
Friday/Monday provides comprehensive advice around sex and drugs e.g. chemsex for men who have sex with men. They work with the Terrence Higgins Trust to provide information about safe dosing, sober sex and STI transmission.
Phone: 0808 802 1221
Galop provides support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse and violence. They have a helpline and advice online about what to do if you’ve been a victim of abuse, violence or a hate crime.
Phone: 0800 999 5428
I Want PrEP Now (National)
I Want Prep Now provides information about pre-exposure prophylaxis, a pill that can prevent the transmission of HIV. The site provides information on why PrEP is helpful, how to use it effectively and where you can obtain it legally. They also provide information on what to do if you’ve been exposed to HIV recently.
MindOut is primarily based in Brighton but provides accessible information on their website for LGBT people requiring advocacy, peer support/mentoring and counselling. They also have a helpline and chat support service.
Phone: 01273 234 839
Stonewall is a national charity aiming to improve the experiences of LGBT people through research, campaigning and providing informative online resources for LGBT people wanting advice on health, parenting, legal rights etc.
Terrence Higgins Trust (National)
Terrence Higgins Trust provides informative, supportive and inclusive information for people living with HIV. They also have a helpline offering emotional support and advice for anyone concerned about their sexual health.
Phone: 0808 802 1221