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Youth services support new LGBT group in Stratford

Youth workers in Stratford are supporting a new group offering advice and information to people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans (LGBT).

Created by Voluntary Action Stratford-upon-Avon with funding from Stratford Town Trust, it will provide an opportunity for anyone who is LGBT to drop in for an information chat or take part in a variety of positive activities.

Services will be available to all ages and will run in partnership with Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Service, Terrance Higgins Trust and Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service.

Julia Phillips, VASA Chief Executive, said: "We initiated this project after identifying a major gap in services to and support for the LGBT community in Stratford.

“The backing of our partners has been first class and has ensured that the initiative could become a real partnership project that we believe will be of considerable benefit for the LGBT community."

Gail Newood, Area Youth Worker for Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service, said: “This month is LGBT month, so it is a great opportunity to ask people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans about their views on forming a group offering information and support in addition to services already on offer to everyone in Warwickshire.

“It will provide a relaxed environment to chat to youth workers and other professionals, such as community support officers, about any issues or to simply hang out with other young people.”
To find out more information contact Julia Phillips at VASA on 01789 298115
or Gail Newood / Vic Jones on 01926 413604 at Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service.