London Friend

Established in 1972 London Friend is the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity. We’re here to support the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London.

We offer counselling and support around issues such as same-sex relationships, sexual and gender identity and promoting personal growth and self-confidence. We're also home to Antidote - the UK's only LGB&T drug and alcohol service. Our social groups provide a safe space to meet and socialise as an alternative to the bar and club scene.

The work of London Friend depends entirely on the generosity and goodwill of donors, volunteers and supporters. Without people like you, London Friend wouldn’t be able to provide the services or support we currently offer.

We have been supporting LGB&T people since 1972 making us the oldest LGB&T charity in the UK. We started humbly, providing vital support to gay and lesbian people at a time when social attitudes towards our community were significantly different to today.

We can proudly say that we’ve supported hundreds of thousands of people in our 40 years, and in the last year alone we have grown further bringing in Antidote, the UKs only LGBT drug and alcohol service and expanding to include over 100 volunteers.

LGB&T people across the UK are celebrating the greatest levels of equality we’ve ever seen. But unfortunately many people still face daily struggles because of their sexuality or gender identity. That’s why what we do matters, and why we need your continued support.

Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience, where you get the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and support other LGB or T people.

We are always looking for volunteers who can help us:

  • Provide counselling
  • Run our social and support groups
  • Fundraise
  • Help us with our publicity
  • Support our drug and alcohol services

Full training is provided for all areas except counselling, where we ask that volunteers are either fully qualified or working towards qualification on an accredited training course. 

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