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West Kent – Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling, Sevenoaks


We’re still here to support you but have temporarily changed the way this happens. We’re 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


We’re running weekly meet-ups in your area. These are safe spaces that anyone who thinks they might be LGBT+ can come along to. We’re also getting ready to run fortnightly meet-ups for 18-25 year olds in Tonbridge and Maidstone. All the details are in the table below. At all our groups, 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.

Are you aged 13-17?
When? What time? Where?
Every Monday 4 – 5.30pm Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XB
Every Wednesday 7 – 9pm Tonbridge Youth Hub, Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge TN9 1TF
Every Thursday 4 – 5.30pm InfoZone, 3 Palace Avenue, Maidstone ME15 6NF
Are you aged 18-25?
When? What time? Where?
Every other Wednesday
(starting 15th January 2020)
6.30 – 8pm Tonbridge Fire Station, Vale Road, Tonbridge, TN9 1SW
Every other Thursday
(starting 9th January 2020)
6.30 – 8pm Maidstone Fire Station, Loose Road, Maidstone, ME15 9QB

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