The yOUTh Service is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and works across all of Kirklees, providing support to LGBT young people aged 11-24, their parents and carers.
- One-to-one support for young people around their sexual orientation and/or gender identity;
- Support for parents and families of LGBT young people;
- LGBT youth groups (these groups are closed access - see below);
- Schools and partnership work;
- Research into the further needs of LGBT young people; and
- Chances to influence local services.
The service involves LGBT young people in improving services locally so that they better meet their needs. Our team works with organisations locally, regionally and nationally to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBT young people and to make Kirklees a great place for LGBT young people.
Our LGBT youth groups are closed access, which means you need to meet with one of our youth workers before attending for the first time. In addition, you can't bring someone with you who is unknown to the youth workers. To protect the young people who attend our groups, we reserve the right to refuse admission.
We take the views of young people seriously; you have the right to be listened to and as a young person you will be involved in the planning of groups and services. As a young person you may speak to us at any time and there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us here. If you feel we are not listening to you, you may make a complaint.
If you attend our premises or one of our groups, you will find feedback cards which you can complete and return to us. During one-to-one sessions, you have the opportunity to tell us your thoughts and feelings, too.
Weekly LGBT Youth Group
We hold a weekly LGBT youth group in Huddersfield town centre for 11 to 24-year-olds. We currently meet on Wednesdays between 4pm and 7pm.
The session is a closed session and you cannot attend unless you have met a member of staff first. This is to keep everyone safe.
If you turn up without having met a member of staff first, you will be refused entry. The same applies if you bring a friend/relative/partner who is unknown to our youth workers. Please have a look at the behaviour and conduct section, too.
Monthly Trans Youth Group
We hold a monthly support group for trans young people and their parents/guardians/carers to attend. This is held on the first Thursday of every month in a town centre location between 6pm and 8pm.
Parents/guardians/carers can come to a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss their child's transition and get support from other parents who have had similar experiences.
Behaviour and Conduct
In order to keep all young people safe at our groups, young people have devised a list of ground rules and ask that those who attend the group adhere to them. Breaching these will result in you being asked to leave or being refused entry to the group. Breaches will be addressed individually with the young person.
Our rules are:
- Don’t bring with you unknown (to the group and/or staff) young people;
- Avoid offensive language;
- Respect others' belongings and opinions;
- Respect all group members and staff;
- Smoke only in designated areas; and
- Do not attend under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What is it Like Locally for LGBT Young People?
In 2018, Dr Eleanor Formby from Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Jo Woodiwiss from the University of Huddersfield were commissioned by the Brunswick Centre to undertake local research and an evaluation of the yOUTh service in Kirklees.
Young people were invited to take part in the research, giving them a voice and enabling them to influence the work of the charity and other health and social care agendas. The research will run for five years and the first full report is available here.
What to do if You are Worried About a Child or Young Person
If you think you or a child or young person in Kirklees is being abused or mistreated, or you have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, you should call and speak to someone on one of the following numbers:
Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed.
Duty & Advice team: 01484 456848
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
NSPCC email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSPCC text: 88858 (free service)
Childline: 0800 1111