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Support Groups in the United Kingdom

The following is a list of support groups in the United Kingdom. For support groups outside the United Kingdom, see Support groups.

Disclaimer: Listings are for information purposes only and do not constitute recommendations by T-Vox. All websites listed here are outside of our control; T-Vox is not responsible for their content.

England

National

a:gender
Dee (a:gender Policy Lead)
Second Floor
Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
LONDON
SW1P 4DF
Telephone: 020 7035 4253 or 0114 207 2547
E-mail: agender@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://agender.org.uk/
Support group for Civil Servants who are intersex, have permanently changed their perceived gender, or have a need to permanently change their perceived gender. The group also accepts non-intersex, non-transsexual (cisgender) members as ‘friend’ (associate) members. This group is inter-departmental: it covers civil servants from all departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies of the Civil Service.

FTM Network Help Line
Telephone: 0161 432 1915
ONLY Wednesday evening between 8pm and 10.30pm, UK time. Calls to this number are charged at the normal call rates.
This telephone help line is operated entirely by unpaid volunteers, from their own homes. Please respect their privacy, and the fact that on occasions they may be dealing with problems in their own lives. The phone line is NOT available at other times.
We are unable to return your calls, even if you leave a message on the answer machine, and we cannot afford to accept ‘reverse charge’ phone calls.

FTM Partners Support Group
Call Jacqueline on 01225 775372 or Ann on 01462 433 656
Telephone support network for partners of FTM people.

National Trans Police Association (NTPA)
Telephone: 07799 885 440
Email: genenq@ntpa.org.uk (general info) or membership@ntpa.org.uk (membership info)
Website: http://www.ntpa.org.uk/
The NTPA exists primarily to provide support to serving and retired Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables with any gender identity issue including, but not exclusively, Trans Men, Trans Women, people who identity as ‘Transgender’, Androgyne or Intersex. Also the NTPA will give support to people who identify as Cross Dressers. The NTPA further aims to provide support to all serving and retired police officers, police staff and special constables who are dealing with people with a gender identity issue whether that person is a colleague, family member or a member of the public involved in a police matter.

The Other Halves
SOUTHAMPTON
Email: theotherhalfs@live.co.uk
Support group for partners of Trans people. Online support available for people throughout the UK; local meetings in Southampton. Contact for more information.

Qwest FTM UK
35A Fore Street
WELLINGTON
TA21 8AG
ENGLAND
Helpline: 01823 650 700 or 07811 814 302
Email: info@qwestftmuk.org
Website: http://www.qwestftmuk.org/
QwesT FTM UK aims to provide a focal point in the UK for female-toward-male transsexual, Transgender, and gender-variant people, and those questioning their gender identity – having previously been assigned as female. Meetings all over the UK.

Bristol

Trans Bristol
Meets at:
Cafe Kino
3 Ninetree Hill
BRISTOL
BS1 3SB
Meets from 7-9.30 pm. For transsexual and Transgender people at all stages to meet, drink tea, eat cake and learn from each other in an informal environment. First gathering will be at Cafe Kino on Tuesday 08 September 2009 from 7 pm, and if this is a success they will have monthly meet-ups.

Cheshire

Lesbian and Gay Youth Northwest
Telephone: 0753 035 2079
Email: trans.youth@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/
For LGBT youth (19 and under) in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Greater Merseyside, and Lancashire. Meets every Tuesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at:
Lesbian and Gay Centre, Manchester
49-51 Sidney Street
Manchester

Cornwall

Kernow Katz
Meets at:
Vertigo
15 St Marys Street
Truro
TR1 2AF
Email: kernowkatz@gmail.com
Meets every second Monday of the month at 7.30 pm.

Cumbria

LGBT Youth Northwest
Telephone: 0753 035 2079
E-mail: trans.youth@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/
For LGBT youth (19 and under) in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Greater Merseyside, and Lancashire.

East Sussex

The Clare Project
Community Base
113 Queen’s Road
BRIGHTON
BN1 3XG
ENGLAND
Telephone: 0845 231 0505 (Gender Trust Helpline)
Email: dan_shopland@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.clareproject.org.uk
Drop In every Tuesday 2.30pm – 5.30pm at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton (off st. James’s Street).
First Tuesday of the month Drop In 4pm – 7pm, afterwards monthly meals at various venues. Regular Sunday Socials and other events.

FTM Brighton
Meets at:
Space for Change
14 Windlesham Avenue
BRIGHTON
BN1 3AH
ENGLAND
Website: http://ftmbrighton.org.uk/
Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ftmbrighton For FTM-spectrum folks. Meets the third Friday of every month from 7-9 pm.

The Gender Trust
Community Base
113 Queens Road
BRIGHTON
BN1 3XG
ENGLAND
Telephone: 01273 234024
Helpline: 0845 231 0505 (Mon – Fri: 10am to 10pm; Sat and Sun: 1pm to 10pm)
GT Information Line: +44 07000 790347 (before 10 p.m. please)
E-mail: info@gendertrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.gendertrust.org.uk/
Registered Charity No. 803607.

Essex

Transliving International
TLI
PO Box 3
BASILDON
SS13 3WA
ENGLAND
Helpline: 012 685 83 761 (9am to 8pm Monday to Friday)
E-mail: stacy@transliving.co.uk
Website: http://transliving.co.uk/
Support group. Formerly New Transessex.

Greater London

Beaumont Society
BM
Box 3084
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
Telephone: 0171-7561782
Website: http://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk/
Support group and referrals.

Beaumont Trust
BM Charity
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
Telephone: 0171 730 7453
Education and referrals.

DEPEND
Depend
BM Depend
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
E-mail: info@depend.org.uk
Website: http://www.depend.org.uk/
An organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK.

FTM London
BCM FTM LONDON
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
Meets at:
Trinity United Reformed Church
Buck Street
Camden
LONDON
NW1 8NJ
Telephone: 07948 250 778
E-mail: info@ftmlondon.org.uk or f2mlondon@hotmail.com
Website: http://ftmlondon.org.uk/
Meets on the first Saturday of the month. The main meeting is from 7 – 8.45 and significant others, family, friends and allies (SOFFAs) can join afterwards. This is because we want to have a safe space where we can talk about anything without worrying that we might be offending someone in the group who may not be trans. SOFFAs are welcome to attend their own group running at the same time, until social time at 8.45. We know that coming to your first meeting might seem a bit daunting so please remember we are more than happy to meet up with someone coming along for the first time before the meeting. Just give us a call or send us an email. See http://ftmlondon.org.uk/page16.htm for directions to the meeting location.

FTM Network
BM Network
LONDON
WCIN 3XX
ENGLAND
Meets at:
Central Station Bar
Wharfedale Rd
LONDON
E-mail: Maxwell at ftm1000@aol.com
A support group for all who identify as female to male transsexuals, whether early in transition, living long-term or considering their options. Meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month at 6pm. Nearest Tube: Kings Cross. Partners and significant others are welcome to attend from 8pm for social time only.

Gender Identity Consultancy Services
BM
Box 5434
LONDON
WC1 N 3XX
ENGLAND
Phone & Fax 01323 470230
Counselling and referrals.

Gendered Intelligence
LONDON
ENGLAND
Website: http://www.genderedintelligence.co.uk/
Runs Trans youth support sessions, as well as providing resources and training for schools and other organisations. Contact via the website for more information.

Gendys Network
BM GENDYS
LONDON
WC1N 3XX ENGLAND
Email: gendys@gender.org.uk
Website: http://www.gender.org.uk/gendys/

London Transfeminism Group
Meets at:
Gay’s the Word Bookshop
66 Marchmont Street
LONDON
WC1N 1AB
Website: http://www.transfeminism.org.uk/
Meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:30pm to 9pm at Gay’s The Word bookshop, 200 metres from the Russell Square Tube stop. Transpeople as well as allies are welcome, with the understanding that this is a Trans-positive space. Group is intended to discuss and further all aspects of Transfeminism and raise awareness of the issues that we, as Trans people and feminists, face. We as Transwomen and Transmen, through our experiences, are acutely aware of the rigidity and oppressiveness of stereotypical gender roles, and we seek to challenge this and to promote the idea of allowing people to flourish as individuals.

Mermaids
BM Mermaids
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
Website: http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/
Support group for gender diverse children and teenagers, up to the age of 19 years, who are trying to cope with gender identity issues.

Seahorse Society
BM
Seahorse
Box 6093
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
Support group.

The SIBYLS
BM Sibyls
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
Email: enquiries@sibyls.co.uk
Website: http://www.sibyls.co.uk/
Christian group for Trans people.

Spectrum Haringey
Meets at Lee Paris Variety Bar
The White Hart Public House
51-57 The Hale
Tottenham
LONDON
N17 9JZ
ENGLAND
Website: http://www.spectrum-haringey.org.uk/
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm.

TransLondon
E-mail: translondon@hotmail.co.uk
Website: http://www.translondon.org.uk/
Discussion/support group for all members of the Trans community, whatever their gender identity (or identities) and whatever stage in their transition they have reached (if at all). However, all members must themselves be Trans-identified or questioning.
Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66, Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB.

Transsexual Information, Support and Social Group
Metro Centre
Unit 401
49 Greenwich High Road
LONDON
SE10 8JL
ENGLAND
A mixed MTF and FTM transsexual group, 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Metro Centre (a short walk from Greenwich BR/DLR).
Telephone: 0208 355 7413 Monday – Saturday 3pm – 9pm
Email: ltissg@hotmail.com

Transvestite’s Self Help Group (TSHG)
PO Box 3281
LONDON
E1 6JG
ENGLAND
Telephone: 0171 289 5240
Support group.

WOBS – The BS Partners Group
BM
WOBS
LONDON
WC1N 3XX
ENGLAND
Support group.

Greater Manchester

The Butterflies Drop-In
Joyce Leyland LGBT Centre
49-51 Sidney Street
MANCHESTER
M1 7HB
Email: mapleleaf65@hotmail.com (Liz) or jennyannebuk@yahoo.co.uk (Jenny-Anne)
Website: http://www.butterfliesdropin.co.uk/
Meets every other Wednesday. Contact for more information.

Inner Enigma
Meets at:
The Piano Bar (at The Hollywood Experience)
Bloom St
Manchester
Social support group for transsexuals, female-to-male (FTM) and male-to-female (MTF). Meets on the first Monday of every month, from 6.30pm onwards.

Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester (LGYM)
Send post to:
Manchester Lesbian and Gay Centre, LGYM
PO BOX 153
MANCHESTER
M60 1LP
Telephone: 0161 273 7838
Or text them at 07900 680725
E-mail: info@lgym.org.uk
Website: http://www.lgym.org.uk/
LGYM is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) project based in the city centre for LGBT’s aged 14 to 25. Meets every Tuesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at:
Manchester Lesbian and Gay Centre
49-51 Sidney Street
Manchester

LGBT Youth Northwest
Manchester LGBT Centre
49-51 Sidney Street
MANCHESTER
M1 7HB
Telephone: 0753 035 2079
E-mail: trans.youth@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/
For LGBT youth (19 and under) in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Greater Merseyside, and Lancashire.

Inner Enigma
Registered Office: 141 Union Street
OLDHAM
OL1 1TE
Website: http://www.innerenigma.org.uk/
Email: info@innerenigma.org.uk
A social/self-help group for transsexual & intersex individuals. All Transsexual people are welcome, MTF and FTM, pre-op, post-op, non-op (but living in their preferred gender) and their partners and immediate family. Membership of the group is free. For meeting times/dates/location(s), see the website.

MORF
LGBT Centre
45-51 Sydney Street
MANCHESTER
M1 7HB
Telephone: 07786 783 298
E-mail: morf@morf.org.uk
Website: http://www.morf.org.uk/
Social support group for FTM-spectrum folks in the Manchester area. Meets every fourth Monday of the month.

The Northern Concord (Manchester)
Jenny Baker
PO Box 258
MANCHESTER
M60 1LN
ENGLAND
Telephone: 0161 274 3705
Support group.

TransForum Manchester
Meets at:
Wilbraham St Ninian’s United Reformed Church Hall
Wilbraham Road/Egerton Road South
Chorlton
MANCHESTER
Telephone: 07500 741955
E-mail: jenny-anne@transforum.org.uk
Website: http://transforum.org.uk/
Meets on the fourth Saturday of every month at 4.30 pm. Call for more information.

Hampshire

Chrysalis
Telephone: 02380 397900 (24hr Answerphone)
E-mail: info@chrysalis-gii.co.uk
Website: http://www.chrysalis-gii.co.uk/
Chrysalis is a charity which provides Meeting Centres for transitioning transsexuals (FtM and MtF) over the age of 18. They are open on the first and third Friday of each month. Meetings are held in the Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth areas and there is a Support Group for significant others which meets once a month in Southampton. First contact is via the phone given (office hours) or email.

The Other Halves
SOUTHAMPTON
Email: theotherhalfs@live.co.uk
Support group for partners of Trans people. Online support available for people throughout the UK. Contact for more information.

Isle of Wight

International Gender Transient Affinity
c/o Miss Phaedra Kelly, Director
1 Bank Buildings
School Green Road
FRESHWATER
PO40 9AJ
ENGLAND
Support group on the Isle of Wight. International educational outreach.

Kent

Kent Trans Forum
Email: info@kenttransforum.org
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kenttransforum
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kenttransforum
Support and advocacy organisation in Kent. Has regular meet-ups.

Lancashire

Blackpool Trans support group
Meets 3rd Thursday of every month. FTMs very welcome.
Contact Suzanne at suzanne@ondel.demon.co.uk

LGBT Youth Northwest
Telephone: 0753 035 2079
E-mail: trans.youth@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/
For LGBT youth (19 and under) in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Greater Merseyside, and Lancashire.

Project 102
Dickson Road
BLACKPOOL
FY1 2BU
ENGLAND
Telephone: 07833 161132
An informal forum for Trans men and women. Meets at 8pm on the third Thursday of every month.

Merseyside

LGBT Youth Northwest
Telephone: 0753 035 2079
E-mail: trans.youth@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/
For LGBT youth (19 and under) in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Greater Merseyside, and Lancashire.

Liverbirds, Merseyside CD/TS Group
c/o Friend Merseyside
36 Bolton Street
LIVERPOOL
L3 5LX
ENGLAND
Telephone: 051 709 4745 (Friday evenings only)
Support group.

REGEN
Contact Jake on 0170 450 0237
Email: jakehouse@supanet.com
A group founded by transsexuals for transsexuals. Opportunities to talk, meet people of your own age, enjoy trips out, get help and advice from other members.

TransWirral
Meets at:
Wirral Mind
90-92 Chester Street
BIRKENHEAD
CH41 5DL
ENGLAND
Telephone: 0796 182 8471 & 0783 338 5126 (helplines and contact)
Email: robyn@transwirral.zzn.com
Website: http://www.transwirral.btik.com/
See their website for lots more info. Drop-in is on the 1st Saturday of each month between 1-3pm.

Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Chameleons
Meets at:
Temple Community Centre
Nottingham Road
Nuthall
NOTTINGHAM
NG16 1DP
Website: http://nottinghamchameleons.moonfruit.com/
MTF-focused social support group. Meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 8-11 pm.

South Yorkshire

Rose’s
Roundel Street
SHEFFIELD
S9 3LE
ENGLAND
Telephone: 011 426 19 444
International support group.

Rotherham Trans Youth
c/o Eric Manns Building
45 Moorgate Street
ROTHERHAM
S60 2RP
ENGLAND
Telephone: 077 481 43 280
Trans Youth Support Group for young people aged 13 – 19. Find us on Facebook. Search for ‘Rotherham Trans-Youth’.

T’boys
070 211 22 998 – Lee (mobile)
E-mail: tboysuk@yahoo.co.uk
South Yorkshire based support, advice, and social group for FTM-spectrum folks.

West Midlands

Outskirts
Website: http://www.outskirtstg.co.uk
Email: Larna Gallier, the group leader – larna@outskirtstg.co.uk
Birmingham-based TG social support group meeting on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at the Equator Bar.

Sanctuary Coventry
Set up by Gender Matters in April 2009 providing a safe venue for local people from Coventry, Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. Part of a regional network of Sanctuaries across the West Midlands.
The group allows you to meet like minded people socially in a secure, confidential environment. To have your questions answered together with the offer of further support, if it is required.
We open between 6pm and 9pm the first Wednesday of every month. It is in a safe quiet, discreet part of central Coventry. It is easy to reach by bus or by train. We have good free car parking facilities for your use.
In order to ensure that the location is safe and secure, we do not publish full details of our location but please feel free to contact us for further Information. After the meeting you have an option of going to a LGBT friendly pub.
Facilities within the centre include:
• Changing Room
• Tea/Coffee Making
• Car Parking
• Lounge
For further information about Coventry Sanctuary, please email our group host Rachel.

Yorkshire

Trans-Yorks
17-21 Chapel Street
BRADFORD
BD1 5DT
ENGLAND
24hr info line: 0870 7414 091
Website: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/trans-yorks/
Yorkshire-wide Transgender support group.

Northern Ireland

Belfast Butterfly Club
PO BOX 210
BELFAST
BT1 1BG
NORTHERN IRELAND
Helpline: 028 9267 3720 (Wednesdays 8pm-10pm)
E-mail: trans@belfastbutterflyclub.co.uk or linda.marshall@belfastbutterflyclub.co.uk
Website: http://www.belfastbutterflyclub.co.uk/
The Belfast Butterfly Club is a support network for Transgender people and their families. By providing education and information, we seek to increase awareness, overcome discrimination and achieve equality.

Scotland

Beyond Gender
EDINBURGH
SCOTLAND
Textphone: 0778 148 1788 – (text only) – include the words ‘Beyond Gender’
Email: beyondgender@lgbtyouth.org.uk
Website: http://www.beyondgenderyouth.org/the-group/
For Trans-identified and questioning young people aged 13-15. Meets on the second and last Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm.

Crosslynx
c/o SLGS
PO Box 38
GLASGOW
G2 2QF
SCOTLAND
Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian switchboard: 0141-332-8327
Support group.

Edinburgh Trans Women
LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing
9 Howe Street
EDINBURGH
EH3 6TE
SCOTLAND
Telephone: 0131 523 1100
E-mail: info@edinburghtranswomen.org.uk
Website: http://www.edinburghtranswomen.org.uk/
A Support Group for male to female transsexual women.

Genderqueer/Androgyne/etc. Group
Telephone: 0131 523 1100
E-mail: admin@androgyny.org.uk
Website: http://www.androgyny.org.uk/

Grampian Gender Group
3G
ABERDEEN
SCOTLAND
Telephone: 07050 562 175 – Mondays 7pm – 9pm
E-mail: gillian_abdn@yahoo.co.uk or ggg_aberdeen@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://members.lycos.co.uk/trigs/
Support group.

Inverness Transgender Group
REACH OUT Highland
34 Waterloo Place
INVERNESS
IV1 1NB
SCOTLAND
Telephone: 01463 711 585
Fax: 01463 711983
E-mail: tgroup@reachouthighland.org.uk
Website: http://reachouthighland.org.uk/

LGBT Youth Scotland
John Cotton Centre
10 Sunnyside
EDINBURGH
EH7 5RA
SCOTLAND
Telephone: 0131 622 2266
E-mail: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/
Founded to respond to the needs of lesbian, gay, bi and Trans youth. 1-2-1 Support and Group Support.
Call the LGBT Youthline on 0845 113 0005 (Tuesdays 7.30-9.00pm)
Text the LGBT Textline on 07905 918 515.

Sandyford Initiative
2-6 Sandyford Place
Sauchiehall Street
GLASGOW
G3 7NB
SCOTLAND
Telephone: 0141 211 8130
Website: http://www.sandyford.org/sandyford/pubpages/specservices/transgender/transgender.html
This is actually the location of the Glasgow Gender clinic. A peer facilitated support group meets in the sandyford, for clients of the Sandyford gender clinic. Meetings are on the first thursday of the month from 7 – 9 PM, and the third saturday of the month from noon – 2PM. Thursday meetings are much mre heavily attended than saturday meetings, so don’t be discouraged by the Saturdays. For practical reasons, due to location within the building, as well as the lack of attendance since Transmen Scotland started up in Glasgow, this group is now for TRANSWOMEN ONLY.

T Time Monthly
LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing
9 Howe Street
EDINBURGH
EH3 6TE
SCOTLAND
Telephone: 0131 523 1100
E-mail: admin@lgbthealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/events.php

Transmen Scotland – Edinburgh
LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing
9 Howe Street
EDINBURGH
EH3 6TE
SCOTLAND
E-mail: admin@transmenscotland.org.uk
Website: http://www.transmenscotland.org.uk/
Online newsletter available. Email for details.

Transmen Scotland – Glasgow
LGBT Centre
84 Bell Street
GLASGOW
G1 1LQ
SCOTLAND
E-mail: admin@transmenscotland.org.uk
Website: http://www.transmenscotland.org.uk/
Online newsletter available. E-mail for details. At the moment, Transmen Scotland meetings in Glasgow are suspended due to the closure of the Glasgow LGBT Centre. See the website for details.

TYG: Trans Youth Glasgow
Meets at:
30 Bell Street
GLASGOW
G1 1LG
SCOTLAND
Email: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk
Website: http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/glasgow.html
Group for young people aged 13-26. Meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 7-9 pm.

Wales

FTM Wales
Website: http://ftmwales.co.uk/
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/138960309587595/

North Wales FTM Support Group
Contact Dave on 01745 560917.