Support for LGBT+ young people in Kent
Our BeYou service is here to ensure they feel supported and loved
Pride won't go ahead with a big parade this year, but we can still come together to ensure people feel supported and loved.
Many young people in Kent don't know where to turn for advice and guidance on LGBT+ related issues.
The BeYou Project - our service for LGBT+ young people - is here to offer them support around exploring their identity, coming out and family relationships. The BeYou team draw on personal experience to support LGBT+ young people. They offer advice, guidance and support that young people might struggle to find elsewhere in Kent.
We're currently set up to support people over the phone or online, in accordance with the latest government coronavirus safety guidelines and plan to start delivering face-to-face support (with safety precautions in place) in the near future.
We are currently running virtual meet-ups for LGBT+ young people. These are safe spaces where they can be themselves, socialise with others and take part in fun activities.
We can give one-to-one support via phone, Zoom or WhatsApp. This can be help and advice around exploring their identity, coming out and staying safe.
Advice for families, carers and professionals
If a young person has come out as LGBT+ or is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, you may have questions of your own or feel unsure about how to react. We can offer help and advice so you can support them.
Porchlight runs The BeYou Project because LGBT+ young people are disproportionately affected by homelessness. By putting the right support in place, we can ensure they feel included, have positive mental health and a bright future.