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COVID-19 – How LGBT-inclusive organisations can help

We are in increasingly difficult and uncertain times.



As coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic - a global health crisis - we are feeling it at every touchpoint in society.

Whenever something happens, there are always those of us who face additional barriers through being more excluded than others. For some lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, the risks of homelessness, insecure employment, restricted access to healthcare and other inequalities deepen. Our LGBT in Britain - Health Report shows us that LGBT people are at greater risk of marginalisation within such crises, and those with multiple marginalised identities can struggle even more.

We aren’t able to provide healthcare advice, as we are not a health charity. It’s important to stay informed on current advice for the public, including from the Welsh and UK Government.

However, even in times like these, something becomes abundantly clear.

LGBT communities across the country are coming together to show each other solidarity, support and provide lifesaving services. Here’s how they can help – and how we can help each other.

How Stonewall can help
Stonewall Cymru’s Information Service

Our Info Service is here to help with any issues affecting LGBT people or their families. Whatever your situation, you’re not on your own. We’ll do what we can to listen and help or point you in the right direction of someone who can.

The list is not exhaustive, but we hope these organisations can help you or your loved ones if you ever need them.

Don’t see your services listed here?

If you’re an individual, get in touch with our Info Service.

If you’re an LGBT community group or organisation, email campaigns@stonewall.org.uk so we can amplify your great work in solidarity.
Mutual Aid
COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK

This network of local mutual aid groups supports communities to look out for one another. You can find your local group, or even set up your own group using these resources.



QueerCare

They’re a transfeminist autonomous care organisation. They’ve compiled resources for support workers, and those taking part in mutual aid efforts, including how to safely deliver food and items to others.



SWARM

The Sex Workers Advocacy and Resistance Movement in the UK is acutely aware of the impacts upon sex workers during this uncertain time. They’ve created a list of resources on dealing with financial hardship, lowering risk of transmission during work, and creating household action plans.
Homelessness Services

Llamau

Llamau support young people and vulnerable women facing or experiencing homelessness or a hostile environment. They released a response to the current situation, aswell as how to access support if needed.

Shelter Cymru

This charity can offer support, guidance and advice for anyone who is facing housing issues in Wales. You can read their statement on coronavirus.

The Wallich 

The Wallich provides help and advice to homeless and vulnerable people in Wales through a number of projects which are still running. In a released statement they outline the comprehensive plan they have in place to continue offering this support.

Self-isolation helplines and guidance

Consortium

The national specialist infrastructure organisation strengthens the LGBT sector and service provision. They have guidance for anyone delivering services, and can provide support to any organisations who need it.

Doctors of the World

This international medical care charity has worked with British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice to translate NHS guidance into 20 languages, continuously being updated. This includes Albanian, Pashto, and Spanish, to name a few.

LGBT Foundation

This national LGBT charity are running their helpline as usual, and welcome calls or emails from anyone worried about the impacts of coronavirus. You can find out more about their approach.

Samaritans

They run a free, 24-hour helpline to those struggling with their mental health. Telephone them on 116 123 - their phone line is running as usual.

Shout

They are a text crisis service for those in a personal crisis who need support. Texts are free on all major networks including EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer.

Switchboard LGBT

This national charity listens to LGBT+ people, providing a lifeline and calm words to those who need them. You can get in touch about anything on the phone, via email, or the live chat.

Disability, health and wellbeing

EasyRead

This organisation specialise in easy read resources, and have created a webpage about coronavirus in easy read format. They also have a guide you can download with illustrations.

Live Through This

For LGBTQ+ people living with cancer, Live Through This offer advocacy and support. They’ve taken some of their peer support services online, so get in touch to access these opportunities.

Mind

This national mental health charity has put together plans for staying home or indoors, as well as tips for self-isolating while taking care of your wellbeing.

Regard

This national organisation for LGBT Disabled people has produced guides for Disabled and older people, featuring advice for food shopping, as well as how to cope with extended isolation.

SignHealth

The national Deaf health charity has made videos in British Sign Language, covering issues from what coronavirus is, what the government guidance is, to how to self-isolate.

Terrence Higgins Trust

The national HIV and sexual health charity has issued guidance for those living with HIV in the context of coronavirus.

Trans-specific care

Galop

The team at the LGBT+ anti-violence charity has compiled this resource, including how to cope with isolation and draw on community resilience. They have a dedicated trans advocacy helpline, too.

Download a Trans Resilience in Isolation PowerPoint.

Gendered Intelligence

This trans youth work charity provides peer support groups, youth worker-led sessions and activities for young trans, non-binary people and gender questioning people. They’ve adapted to provide some online services, with updates about other services.

What The Trans!?

This podcast caters to the needs of trans, intersex and non-binary people. To combat isolation, they’ve set up a discord server for chats, gaming, and community-building.

Services for older people

Age Cymru

This charity for older people has guidance during this period, and a free, independent advice line open every weekday from 9.30am-4.30pm. 

Older People’s Commissioner Wales

The Commissioner’s office has created an information hub which aims to connect older people and their families to all the up to date information.

Services for younger people

Childline

You can call or email this children’s charity for free if you’re a person under 18 who needs support. You can call on 0800 1111, even if you don’t have credit on your phone, and it won’t show up on your phone bill. They have tips and information about coronavirus.

Gendered Intelligence

This trans youth work charity provides peer support groups, youth worker-led sessions and activities for young trans, non-binary people and gender questioning people. They’ve adapted to provide some online services, with updates about other services.

NSPCC

This charity for children’s safety has a helpline for those who are concerned about a child or young person. You can contact them on 0808 800 5000 to speak to professional counsellors.

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

The Commissioner’s office has created an information hub which aims to connect children, young people and their families to all the up to date information.

Services for asylum seekers
UKLGIG

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group support those seeking asylum. They offer legal advice, and can support you during this time of uncertainty.