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LGBTQ Youth Cafe Launching in Yate

The Diversity Trust, working together with the Armadillo Youth Café, are launching a monthly youth café for LGBTQ young people in Yate.

Starting on Sunday 26th April from 7pm, The LGBTQ Youth Café will be open on the last Sunday of every month from 7-9pm. The café will be open for any young LGBTQ person aged 14-19 who wants to drop-in for advice, support or information or to meet other young people.

Berkeley Wilde, Director of the Diversity Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the Armadillo Youth Café in Yate to set up the LGBTQ Youth Cafe. We have been working in South Gloucestershire over the past couple of years on engaging with the LGBTQ community and we have found that young people want somewhere local they can go to meet and get support. This new initiative has been made possible through the generous support of South Gloucestershire Council.”

The cafe has a Facebook Page, and can be contacted on 01454 869 441 or info@yatearmadillo.co.uk

The Diversity Trust recently carried out engagement work with LGBTQ young people in South Gloucestershire where it found that similar to the national picture they found 74% of LGBTQ young people have experienced name-calling; 45% have been harassed, threatened or intimidated; 56% have deliberately harmed themselves, known as self-harm and 23% have attempted suicide. Substance misuse was also found to be 2.5 times higher than the general population of young people. The report formed from the engagement work can be read on the Diversity Trust Website.

The Diversity Trust is a not-for-profit organisation working throughout the West of England providing engagement, research and training. The Diversity Trust is a partner in the regions hate crime services, including Bristol Hate Crime Services. The Trust supports the Bristol Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service knows as ‘Bristol ROADS’ and the new Advocacy Service led by the Care Forum and we are working on a Police and Crime Commissioner funded project on improving access to domestic abuse services to LGB and Trans communities with our partners at Next Link.