LGBTQ+ yOUTh Service

The LGBTQ+ yOUTh Service works across all of Calderdale and Kirklees, providing support to LGBTQ+ young people, their parents and carers.

To make a referral, click below:

Or you can contact our staff directly:

LGBTQ+ Young People and Family Support Worker (Kirklees only) - Caz Morreale - 07976 402 198

LGBTQ+ Youth Worker (Kirklees and Lead Youth Worker) - Kate Ribchester - 07534 075 388

LGBTQ+ Youth Worker (Calderdale) - El Lotz - 07958 914 070

yOUTh Groups

Our yOUTh group sessions run weekly, Monday to Wednesday! Find out more.

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Trans Group

Trans Group workshops are a 6-week workshop for parents and carers of young people under 25 who identify as transgender, non-binary or genderfluid.

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Family Support

We have a dedicated family support worker, Caz Morreale, who will offer support to LGBTQ+ young people, their parents, carers and siblings.

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What is it like locally for LGBTQ+ young people?

Dr Eleanor Formby and Dr Jo Woodiwiss were commissioned by the Brunswick Centre to undertake local research and an evaluation of the yOUTh service in Kirklees. Find out more.

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Click here for a list of helplines available if you're in crisis and need to talk to somebody.

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Services include:

  • One-to-one support for young people around their sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Family Support for parents and families of LGBTQ+ young people
  • LGBTQ+ youth groups (these groups are closed access - see here)
  • Online and over-the-phone support
  • Schools and partnership work
  • Research into the further needs of LGBTQ+ young people
  • Chances to influence local services

Please note, some services available may differ in Calderdale and Kirklees.

The service involves LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ young people and to make Kirklees a great place for LGBTQ+ young people.

Our LGBTQ+ 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.

Have your say and make a difference

We have various opportunities for you to have your say. This could be about our service/charity or influencing other local services for LGBTQ+ young people. We have a Mystery Shopper Programme which you can be involved in. These meetings are held monthly.