Thanks to funding from the Young Lambeth Cooperative, METRO have set up a new service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) young people aged 13 – 19 in Lambeth. The weekly group, called Star, provides a safe space for young people to be themselves, meet other people and take part in workshops and activities about issues that matter to them.
The group is run by experienced youth workers who, with the young people, plan activities including workshopping key issues and supporting young people to get involved in LGBT events, film nights, art and leisure activities.
Star provides a valuable service for LGBTQ young people, who can often feel isolated, alone and unsure who they can talk to.
The new service also provides free workshops and training sessions on sexuality and gender identity for both students and staff in secondary schools across the borough. These workshops aim to increase awareness of LGBTQ identities, challenge stereotypes and help address bullying and hate crime.
Young people can contact METRO directly to get involved in the new group or can be referred to the group by parents, carers and professionals.
For more information about the Star group and METRO’s service, contact Sarah Rowlinson, Southwark and Lambeth LGBTQ Youth Coordinator, on 020 8305 5004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org