Set up in 1988, we are a registered charity and support organisation that aims to promote equality and diversity in Suffolk, and combat sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination and prejudice for all.
We provide help, support, advice and events for Suffolk's 35,000 LGB&T people as well as hosting equality and diversity training for businesses and organisations and organising regional LGB&T occasions.
Are you gay, a lesbian, bisexual and/or someone who identifies as a transgender person?
Or are you a carer, friend or relative of someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender and want to have a chat with someone about LGB&T issues?
New Services and Activities
We have had a very busy Summer, and we are about to launch a series of new services:
Free Counselling Service – we have partnered with University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich to provide free counselling to LGBT people, their family and friends – this service will commence in October 2015
LGBT Awareness workshops – Suffolk County Council have provided investment funds to enable us to increase the number of LGBT awareness workshops we can deliver to community groups, the public and corporate sectors. New trainers will be qualified by end November.
LGBT Advocacy – Anglia Care Trust have assisted six of our volunteers qualify as Independent Advocates. This service will be particularly targeted to people Coming-out, but will also be available to support others who confront challenging situations.
LGBT Hate Crime – Victim Support have trained five of our volunteers as Hate Crime Responders to support LGBT people who are subjected to hate crime. This services is already operational, and will soon be linked to the counselling and advocacy services.
Schools and Colleges – we are working with West Suffolk College, Lowestoft College, Suffolk New College and University Campus Suffolk to develop support for LGBT students. These new services will be rolled-out during the Autumn Term 2015.
Out-of-Ipswich – with the continued support of Suffolk County Council we will be offering social activities and events in both Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft over the coming year. This money is ‘in the bank’ and events are being planned.
Ipswich – our social events continue in Ipswich, and we are working to offer a wider variety of activities.
Call the helpline 7pm -10pm on weekdays and speak to LGBT volunteers in complete confidence about whatever's on your mind:
0345 123 2388*
In the case of an emergency, where you, family members or friends are at risk, please call the emergency services on 999.
To call the police on a non-emergency number, please dial 101.
*Service provided by Outhouse East. All helpline volunteers have received appropriate training and have been subject to a DBS check. If you are unable to call while our helpline is open, there is also the London Lesbian and Gay Helpline 0300 330 0630 that is open 10am - 11pm daily.
We host social and other events throughout Suffolk. Details of individual events are available on our Events and Notices page.
Suffolk LGB&T Network - Registered Charity No. 1099683
Registered Office: 160 Hadleigh Road, IPSWICH, IP2 0HH - Correspondence only