Covid-19 Support

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WE PROVIDE 1:1 AND GROUP SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ+ YOUNG PEOPLE

Our qualified LGBTQ+ youth support team work with young people to provide a range of services to best meet needs, including those of trans and non-binary young people. We are based in a number of schools across Wandsworth and Merton and we also support young people in community settings.

If you’d like support, please contact us: nicki@free2b-alliance.org.uk | 07884 425 408

The Gap Youth Club

Lucie and Nicki launched The Gap Youth Club in June 2010 as part of the Wandsworth Council Youth Service.

The Gap Youth Club is now delivered in partnership between Free2B Alliance and Wandsworth Youth Service. The Gap provides a safe, social space for LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-19 (and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities). The club has supported over 350 young people since its launch and offers a wide range of youth curriculum workshops and sessions covering both mainstream youth and LGBTQ+ specific topics. We run off-site trips and residentials including attendance at London Pride, Brighton Pride and Trans Pride. We also invite organisations and speakers to join us, with recent guests including: Stonewall, Link LGBT Network, Street Doctors and BAC Queer Hub.

Sadly many of our members are not out, or they have been rejected when coming out and The Gap is the only place they can truly be themselves. Our continued aim is to support our members to be proud of who they are and to help them become active citizens with the confidence to challenge homophobia, biphobia & transphobia.

To promote emotional well-being we have a monthly art therapy session delivered by a qualified therapist as well as a volunteer available fortnightly to speak with members on a 1:1 or group basis to provide emotional well-being advice and guidance and sign post to relevant organisations for further support.

If you are a young person or professional wishing to refer to The Gap, please contact us: nicki@free2b-alliance.org.uk | 07884 425 408

We are delighted to share our promo video - developed and created with our Gap Youth Group members and Proud Parents, with special thanks to Keepsake Videos.

GAPSTERS

Gapsters N2T is our junior youth 

The club meets every Friday 4pm -5:30pm (safeguarded venue)

The club is for young people aged 9-13 who are questioning their sexuality and / or gender and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Gapsters provides a safe social space for our junior members to meet other young people, learn about the LGBTQ+ community and most of all... have fun!

Due to the age range, parental consent to attend is mandatory.

If you are a parent or professional wishing to refer to Gapsters N2T please contact us: nicki@free2b-alliance.org.uk | 07884 425 408

Targeted groups 

We provide additional groups and services to meet specific and emerging needs. These currently include:

Trans well-being peer support group for trans and gender variant young people to come together in a safe space and explore positive coping strategies and improve well-being.

School forums project - supporting 4 pilot schools to develop their LGBTQ+ / equalities forum to ensure a positive school experience for LGBTQ+ pupils.

1:1 Support

Free2Talk is our 1:1 support service for LGBTQ+ young people aged 13-18. We provide a safe space for young people to explore their situations and develop the necessary skills and strategies to manage the difficulties they face.

  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Building personal resilience
  • Improving wellbeing

Based in Wandsworth, South West London and available to any young person who can access the borough.

If you are a young person or professional wishing to refer to our mentoring service, please contact us: nicki@free2b-alliance.org.uk | 07884 425 408

RAINBOW POWER

We have a fabulous new panel of reps for the 2018-19 academic year and we will keep recruitment open throughout the year for anyone who would like to join.

Jund – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Jund

Levi – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Levi

Alexa – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Alexa

Kyle – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Kyle

Roanna – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Roanna

Philip – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Philip

Leo – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Leo

Jacob – Rainbow Council  – Free2B Alliance – London

Jacob

Michael

Our Rainbow Power youth council have been busy working on their project ‘LGBTQ+ Matters’. They have been creating a range of resources to encourage professionals working with young people to be more LGBTQ+ aware and inclusive.  The resources include a flyer promoting trans inclusion targeted to GPs; pens, post-its, stickers and coasters with key messaging; pronoun badges; and a flyer highlighting 5 simple steps to improve practice.

As part of the project, they have also written, directed and produced a short film clip aimed at teachers. It parodies a series of Government adverts encouraging people into teaching, instead demonstrating the negative impact school can have on LGBTQ+ pupils as well as highlighting the 5 simple steps that can make all the difference.

We are immensely proud of their hard work and vision to create such a powerful resource. Please do view their film

We are also extremely proud that four of our members are part of a UK-Wide youth forum set up to look at improving mental health. The TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group kicked off in 2019 with a three day residential in Glasgow to meet with work with the other participating youth groups.


Always Welcome

Past and present Gap youth club members and Free2talk mentees are welcome to apply.

For more information and to request an application form, please contact Nicki Ryan: nicki@free2b-alliance.org.uk | 07884 425 408

helpful links


It Gets Better

Support campaign for LGBT young people. Visit website.

Mermaids

Family and individual support for young people with gender identity issues. Visit website.

NSPCC

Provides information and resources to help keep young people safe including staying safe online. Visit website.

Bullying UK

Good source of information should your child be a victim of bullying. Includes advice and guidance on how to challenge your child’s school if you are unhappy with their response. Visit website.

Gendered Intelligence

Youth group, 1:1 support and resources for Trans young people. Visit website.

Albert Kennedy Trust

Supporting young homeless LGBT people. Visit website.

Imaan

A support organisation for LGBT Muslims which provides counselling, advice and guidance. Visit website.

Young Stonewall

Offers a range of information, advice and guidance for LGBT young people. Visit website.

TXTM8

Text 89868 for free and confidential sex and relationship advice available 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Getting It On

Sexual health, drugs & alcohol advice for teenagers with LGBTQ specific information. Plus service information for the following London Boroughs: Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton & Wandsworth. Visit website.

Domestic Violence victim support

Unite UK

Read coming out stories of those who have gone through what you may be feeling. Visit website.

TransUnite

TransUnite is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Their directory connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you. Visit website.

What do rainbow power reps
Say about us?

  • Often, as a young person, I feel powerless and like my voice doesn't get heard. Working with other queer young people and making a difference had made me start referring to myself as an activist: a quality I thought I'd only ever aspire to.

     

    Rainbow Power Rep

  • I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to help direct & administer Free2B's services....I will always treasure the experience of being able to give something back...

     

    Rainbow Power Rep

  • I have been able to contribute to a better Gap experience...

     

    Rainbow Power Rep

  • I did not expect to still be alive at this age, but because of all the care and support I have received from The Gap, and the sheer happiness I gain from being there, I am on track to start at a top 10 university in September which will steer me in the direction of my dream career…

     

    Gap Member

  • I used to go to the Gap a few years ago and I just wanted to say thank you to you and the other workers at the youth club for making it such a warm and welcoming place. Although I haven't attended lately it's something I hold close to me and know I really needed at the time. Thank you for giving me something that school and home couldn't provide for me.

     

    Gap Member

  • I've been going to the Gap since I was 13. Nicki has helped me through so much. She has helped me come to terms with who I am. She's always there to talk, she's helped me through being in love, my first heartbreak. I feel like I can talk to her about anything, she has become like a second mum to me.

     

    Gap Member

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