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New group will challenge prejudice
3:00pm Friday 10th August 2012 in News
FOR one group of young people it’s not always easy to find somewhere that’s safe and where they feel at ease.
But now a new group is hoping to raise awareness of the needs of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in St Helens.
The LGBT group is for young people aged 13 to 18 – as well as their peers and friends – and aims to challenge prejudice and exclusion.
Run by St Helens Council’s Youth Service, the new group meets every Tuesday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in a central location.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Councillor Alison Bacon, said: “Often it isn’t easy for LGBT young people to find somewhere that’s safe and where they feel at ease.
“But the LGBT group is just such a place – and is an ideal venue to meet new friends and get involved in a host of activities, including rock climbing, canoeing, cycling and walking.”
The group has plenty of other activities too, including Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a variety of arts and crafts activities and general support – with trained staff always on hand discuss confidential issues.
Making the first move isn’t easy.
So anyone thinking of attending the group for the first time can contact staff from the project in advance by e-mail – LGBTYouth@st helens.gov.uk or by texting on 07917 233010.