Supporting our LGBT+ community

In Barnsley, we're proud to support our LGBT+ community. Here’s how you can get involved and access support services.

Get involved

Events

Groups and forums

Libraries

You can find a collection of LGBT+ eBooks and audiobooks put together by our libraries.

Fostering

It’s love, care and support that makes the best foster carers, regardless of your sexual orientation. The LGBT+ carers that Barnsley has are all fantastic and provide excellent care for the children who need it.

We welcome everyone here in Barnsley, so if you have the space in your heart and home to foster a child, visit our fostering in Barnsley page or call (01226) 775876 for a one-to-one chat.

Hate crime

Our No Place for Hate campaign champions our borough to be a place where everyone feels safe and respected. If you experience or witness abuse online, such as on social media or in person, find out how to report a hate crime on our hate and harassment webpage.

More information

Further understanding and teaching resources

Service Support Audience
LGBT Foundation A leading national charity on LGBT+. Adults and young people
Genderbread A teaching tool for breaking the big concept of gender down into bite-sized, digestible pieces. Young people
My Genderation Content about trans people, made by trans people. Young people and adults
Gender Identity Research and Education Society A national organisation to improve the lives of trans and gender diverse people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender. Adults

Gendered Intelligence

A registered charity increasing the understanding of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life. Adults and young people

Support services

Service Support Audience
Mermaids UK A national charity supporting gender diverse young people and their parents. Young people and families
Targeted Youth Support Supporting young people in Barnsley to reduce or prevent problems from getting worse (they deliver specific sessions for LGBT+ young people). Young people
SAYiT Sheffield-based charity for LGBT+ youth. Young people
Akt A national charity for LGBT+ homeless young people. Young people

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)

A highly specialised clinic for young people who need support with their gender identity. Young people
The Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) Accepts referrals from all over the UK for adults who need support related to gender. Adults
The Proud Trust An organisation that supports LGBT+ young people through youth groups, peer support and mentoring programs. Young people
Humankind - In Your Shoes A social group with a chance to meet new friends and talk about issues that are affecting you. Adults and young people
Hey! Let's Talk A mental health charity for children and young people. Young people
Spectrum Sexual health support. Adults and young people
TransBarnsley Support for transgender and non-binary people and their families. Adults and young people