Resources and support

Peer Support Service

Information about the NRGDS Peer Support Service can be found on this page.

Help with your mental health

Organisations that can help you with your mental health can be found on this page.

Useful websites/resources

Gender Construction Kit – a resource created and maintained by people with lived experience
Gendered Intelligence
Gender Identity, Research and Education Society
LGBT Foundation
Trans Actual
Trans Unite
TRANSforming Futures Partnership
Not a phase
Celebrate Trans Joy
Trans Pride Events across the UK and Ireland 2023

We have created a map showing the locations of support groups across the region. Click on the blue markers for details of each group

Third Sector organisations

Age UK North Tyneside – Transgender support group
Our Transgender Group is a friendly, safe and welcoming place for members of the transgender community to make new friends, socialise and find out more about services for the older LGBTQ+ community in North Tyneside.
Tel: 0191 287 7012
Email: [email protected]

Albert Kennedy Trust
Supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. Support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities.
Tel: 0191 281 0099 (Newcastle)
Email: [email protected]

Supports individuals and groups, for example young people identifying as LGBTQ, in personal development and developing the skills to make positive life choices.
Also runs an online support group for trans parents and carers in the North. Held on the last Tuesday of the month 6pm-7.30pm via Zoom. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Tel: 0191 253 2127
Email: [email protected]

Be Trans Support and Community
Drop-in support group every Tuesday, 6-8pm – The Recovery College,1 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Every Tuesday, runs a user-led peer support group to meet others and make friends. A space to ask questions and/or seek support. Also provides 1:1 support sessions. Be is run by trans people for trans people. For the drop in session, there is no paperwork to sign/fill in, and people can attend for as little or as long as is comfortable. They can also bring a friend/family member along if this would ease anxieties.
Email: [email protected]

Hart Gables
LGBTQ+ Support Group in Middlesborough every Wednesday 1pm to 3pm. Ages 18+.
LGBTQ+ Youth Group in Hartlepool every Friday 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Ages up to 19.
Provides support, advice and guidance to the LGBT community in the Tees Valley area. Offers one-to-one and group support, facilitates the LGBT Tees Valley Forum and provides training and advice to public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
Tel: 01642 675 509
Email: [email protected]

Offers young people friendly practical support around sexuality and/or gender. Can help with one to one sessions, sexual health guidance, support to access clinical gender identity services, the opportunity to meet other young people to share experiences, support for family either one to one or together, hate crime reporting, fun activities and sessions such as sailing, meals, climbing, etc. in a safe space.
Tel: 01325 731 160 (Open 8.45am to 4.45pm, Mon-Thurs; 8.45am to 4.15pm Friday)
Email: [email protected]

The LGBT Federation
The LGBT Federation is a regional infrastructure organisation working to unite LGBT individuals, groups, organisations and communities across the North East of England. Undertakes research and develops self-sustaining activities which aim to change attitudes and behaviour towards LGBT people. Share LGBT news, events and information with membership and affiliated groups. Works with service providers and policy makers to ensure that services are both LGBT friendly and knowledgeable of the issues affecting the LGBT community.
Email: [email protected]

Mindline Trans+
A UK wide services offering a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender Fluid or Non-binary. Plus support to family members and friends, to provide signposting to other services and resources.
Helpline: 0300 330 5468 (Open Monday and Friday, 8pm to midnight)

National Trans 24hr Helpline
Supports anyone who is Trans, Intersex, Questioning and Non-binary. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – offering a listening ear and tailored support.
Helpline: 0330 043 4069
Email: [email protected]

Outreach Cumbria
Cumbria’s main service provider for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans support, advice and engagement. Offers free counselling, advice line and social events.
Email: [email protected]

Trinity Youth Association
Trinity has been supporting LGBTQI+ young people since 1998 – up to age 25. Trinity aims to provide support groups, 1-2-1 counselling, support for parent, information and guidance to professionals. – Trinity Youth Association Information Leaflet
Tel: 01670 531 843
Email: [email protected]

Support leaflet

Local, national and online support for transgender and non-binary people

The Newcastle LGBTQIA+ Pocket Guide