Leap Year has all kinds of weird and wonderful superstitions attached to it - from leap year marriages supposedly ending in divorce, through to warnings of a poor sheep farming year in Scotland. But here at LGBT Foundation – where we provide lifesaving services for LGBT people who need us all year round - it’s business as usual.
With an extra day in February, we’ll need to provide an additional 505 hours of support across a range of vital services- from our helpline, to our domestic abuse service.
We need your help to do this. It costs us £7,500 per day to keep our doors open, provide these essential services to our communities and be here for every single LGBT person who needs us. Demand for our support is growing, and we’re seeing more people in crisis than ever before. Will you take a #LEAPforEQUALITY and help us to cover this cost?
And when we can be here, we know we can make a difference. Read Jason’s* story:
*name changed for service user anonymity
"I received support with personal safety issues, considering future relationships, housing issues, accessing local services and information and encouragement about engaging in the community.
Without this support, I would have either given up and/or done myself serious harm.
I am now thriving, feeling much better, optimistic, independent, and confident because of the professional and well-coordinated holistic service I have been able to access and benefit from.
I take part in a range of creative activities, have a fulfilling social life and support other people through voluntary work. I know that the service is there for me if I need further help in the future. I am not alone."
We are LGBT Foundation. We believe in a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people can achieve their full potential. Our work started in 1975 and we’ve been changing the lives of LGBT people ever since.
Over the last five decades, we’ve provided information, services and support for LGBT people who’ve had nowhere else to turn. We’ve been at the forefront of the social and legal changes that mean LGBT people in the UK have more rights than ever before. Our work is as vital and urgent as ever. LGBT people still face persecution, discrimination and stark health inequalities. Through our services we reduce isolation amongst our communities, help people feel more confident and in control of their lives, and enable people to flourish.
We have a very simple motto - we’re here if you need us. And that applies to everyone in our beautifully diverse communities. If you’re young, we’re here for you; if you’re older, we’re here for you; if you’re a person of colour, we’re here for you; if you’re a man, a woman, or non-binary, we’re here for you; lesbian, gay, bi, trans - however you describe yourself - we’re here for you. If you need help, if you’re struggling, if you need a friendly face or reassuring voice, we are there for you if you need us. We are all family - and at LGBT Foundation, everyone is welcome.
Every year we help 40,000 people like Jason to get back on their feet and flourish. With your generous support we can continue this work and support even more people. Here’s just a flavour of our work from the last year:
- Our Talking Therapies service provided support to 565 people, delivering a total of 1,626 hours of counselling- the equivalent of 10 weeks of continuous non-stop therapeutic support
“The therapy service the LGBT Foundation provides has helped me cope during some of the most profound changes in my life, and I think I know who I am more now than I did before. Like I said today, I feel like I’m going to be able to do more in my life now than just survive. That’s a huge change for me to even feel that that is possible.”
- Our helpline and email support offered a vital lifeline to 2,357 LGBT people who were able to access support and information on issues including coming out, hate crime, and social isolation
“Thank you ever so kindly for listening to me that day. I really needed somebody and you were there.”
- As a result of attending our LGBT specific events and spaces, 82% of attendees reported increased confidence and 83% reported feeling less isolated
“Lovely, inclusive space for all kinds of trans people - young, old, trans men, trans women, non-binary.”
Your donations will help us to open our door, pick up the phone, and provide life-saving and life-affirming support to every single LGBT person who needs us.
Will you take a #LEAPforEQUALITY? Together we can achieve a fair and equal society.