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Ashford

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

We’re still here to support you but have temporarily changed the way this happens. We are now providing support and running group meet-ups over the phone and online instead of meeting face-to-face. Find out more about our online meet-ups and how to join.

If you need to speak with someone urgently, you can call: 

  • The LGBT+ Switchboard helpline on 03003 300 630 (you can also contact them online here) 
  • Mermaids UK on 0808 801 0400 or via their website if you under 19 and experiencing issues around gender dysphoria 
  • NHS Kent and Medway mental health helpline on 08007 839 111 if you are struggling emotionally.  
  • Call 999 or visit your nearest A&E if you feel unable to keep yourself safe due to your mental health

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We’re running a weekly meet-up in your area. These are safe spaces that anyone who thinks they might be LGBT+ can come along to. You can meet new people who share some of the same feelings and experiences as you, socialise and just hang out in a safe and non-judgemental setting. 

When?  What time?  Where? 
Every Thursday  4 – 5.30pm  The Garages, Ashford North Youth Centre, Mableton Avenue, Ashford TN24 8BJ 

If you have any problems finding this venue, please call 07734 595307. 

To find out more about our groups, please email beyou@porchlight.org.uk. 

If you live in this area, you can also use the online counselling platform Kooth. Just go to www.kooth.com to setup a free account – once you’re signed up you can talk to trained counsellors online, read articles written by other young people, get support from the Kooth community and write in your own online journal. The service is free, safe and anonymous.