First Wednesday

- a support and social group for asylum seekers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

This page contains links to the websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts of organisations which may be of value to LGBT asylum seekers in need of service providers, support groups or social and friendship opportunities.

Our own First Wednesday group has a Facebook page and a Twitter account that we invite you to follow.


A - National/Regional

  • A1 Stonewall - campaigning and lobbying group seeking lgbt equality, tackling homophobia, and ensuring that lgbt rights are addressed.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • A2 The Proud Trust (formerly LGBT Youth North West) - supports LGBT+ young people and LGBT youth organisations across the UK.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • A3 Sparkle - the national transgender celebration.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • A4 Transgender Day of Remembrance - set aside as a memorial to those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
    (Also on Facebook)
  • A5 Kaleidoscope Trust - works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally, believing that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • A6 Amnesty UK: LGBTI Rights - campaign for the human rights of LGBTI people.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)

B - Greater Manchester

  • B1 Metropolitan Congregation (formerly The Metropolitan Church) - a Christian congregation of the United Reformed Church serving and celebrating the LGBT communities of Manchester and the North West.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B2 LGBT Foundation (LGBTF formerly LGF) - a vibrant charity which campaigns for a fair and equal society where all lgbt people can achieve their full potential. Their mission is: ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People'. Their Helpline 0345 3 30 30 30 is open 365 days a year, 10am - 10pm.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B3 Icebreakers (LGBTF) - mutual support group for gay/bisexual men who are just ‘coming out’, or new to the area, or feeling isolated.
  • B4 Stepping Stones (LGBTF) - safe and welcoming space for women who are new to the area, 'coming out', or simply want other women to talk to.
  • B5 Manchester Pride - annual celebration in August of lgbt life.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B6 The Proud Trust (formerly LGBT Youth Manchester) - project based in the city centre for young people aged 14-25
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B7 Rainbow Noir - group for LGBTI people of colour.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B8 Out IN Salford -  citywide Network Group which supports the LGBT community across Salford.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B9 TransForum Manchester - trans support and discussion group.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B10 Manchester Parents Group - a voluntary organisation which supports families and friends of lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
    (Also on Facebook)
  • B11 Albert Kennedy Trust - supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • B12 People Like Us Stockport (PLUS) - social group for the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community in Stoskport.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)

C - Merseyside

  • C1 Liverpool LGB&T Network (Facebook only) - formed to bring together LGB&T people in Liverpool to provide a collective voice for the community.
  • C2 Armistead Centre - a free and confidential sexual health promotion service for LGBT people and for male and female sex workers, which also serves as a host venue for other LGBT groups.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • C3 Open Table - an ecumenical Christian worship community offering a warm welcome and safe scared space for LGBTQIA people and all who are seeking an inclusive church. Begun in Liverpool in 2008, communities now meet across the UK hosted by inclusive churches.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • C4 St Bride's Church - an inclusive church where everyone can feel respected and at home, regardless of sexuality, gender, race, disability, class or creed.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)

D - Lancashire

  • D1 Lancashire LGBT - a county-wide organisation aiming to support LGB&T people in Lancashire to be happier, healthier and well connected.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)



E - National/Regional

F - Greater Manchester

Support Groups and Social Opportunities

G - National/Regional

  • G1 Right to Remain (RtR) - formerly the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCADC).
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • G2 UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) - formerly the Stonewall Immigration Group. Promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • G3 Refugee Action - help refugees who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes, get them the basic support they need to live again with dignity, and help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • G4 African Rainbow Family - support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • G5 Women for Refugee Women - challenges injustices experienced by women who seek asylum in the UK.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • G6 Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) - aim to reduce destitution experienced by asylum seekers by helping them to obtain housing and welfare support as well as by providing free legal support and representation at the Asylum Support Tribunal.
    (Also on Twitter)
  • G7 Regional Asylum Activism North West - aims to to inform and change attitudes about asylum seekers and refugees and campaign for positive change to the asylum system.
    (Also on Twitter)

H - Greater Manchester

I - Merseyside

  • I1 Asylum Link Merseyside - a drop-in centre for all asylum seekers and refugees, providing friendship, help and advice, and volunteer opportunities.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • I2 British Red Cross Refugee Support Liverpool - help refugees and asylum seekers access essential services and adapt to life in a new country.
  • I3 St Bride's Liverpool - hosts a range of asylum support schemes including a hot meal project, foodbank, Red Cross Refugee Project, and the MRANG project for female asylum seekers and their children.
  • (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • I4 Merseyside Refugee Support Network / Merseyside Network for Change - provide an information and support service for local refugee communities as well as for those organisations working with and for refugees and asylum seekers and also offer a wide range of direct support services to refugees to help progression with resettlement and integration.
  • I5 Refugee Action Liverpool - offer advice and welcome to newly arrived asylum seekers, help them to make their initial claim and provide early accommodation prior to dispersal. They also offer case work to asylum seekers at different stages of the process.
  • I6 REMISUS - provides housing, advice and practical support to asylum seekers and refugees living in Merseyside. They also offer advice centre, and refugee resettlement project.
  • I7 Women's Refugee Group - weekly support group run by Healthy Inclusion and STAR Liverpool which provides friendship, practical support (e.g. food and clothes), socialising opportunities and a variety of activities.
  • I8 Migrant Help - Asylum Help office - offers information and advice about the asylum process in the UK.
  • I9 Many Hands One Heart (Twitter only) - Liverpool Asylum and Refugee LGBT Support Network.
  • I10 MRANG - providing much needed emotional and practical support for women and their children who are seeking asylum or have refugee status.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)

J - Lancashire

  • J1 British Red Cross Refugee Support, Lancashire - help refugees and asylum seekers access essential services and adapt to life in a new country.
  • J2 Darwen Asylum and Refugee Enterprise (DARE) - Wednesday drop-in at Central United Reformed Church, Darwen, for fellowship, food, English classes, and British Red Cross support worker.
  • J3 ARC Project (Methodist Church) - The Asylum and Refugee Community (ARC) is a charity working with asylum seekers and refugees in the Blackburn with Darwen area.
    (Also on Facebook)
  • J4 Together Lancashire - Lists and links to network partners of the Church Urban Fund, churches and faith communities involved in asylum support.

Resources and Information

K - National/Regional

L - Greater Manchester

  • L1 Public libraries provide many free learning and information resources - as well as free computer access. Here are links to the websites of local library services across Greater Manchester: BoltonBuryManchesterOldhamRochdaleSalfordStockportTamesideTraffordWigan.
  • L2 OUT! Manchester - an online journey through lgbt histories in Greater Manchester and beyond which celebrates the heritage of lgbt communities.
  • L3 LGBT Source Guide - historical resources on the lgbt communities in Manchester.

Detention Support

M - National/Regional


N - Greater Manchester

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Coming Events

Next Monthly Meeting


The next meeting of the group will be on Wednesday 5th July 2017, from 3.30pm until 6.15pm, at the LGBT Foundation.


Theme: This will be a drop-in session. There will be no formal presentations and no deadlines for arrival. The drop-ins are an opportunity for anyone to call in at any time, for as long as you wish, between 3.30pm to 6.15pm. for refreshments, wifi access, social time with friends and the chance to make new ones, conversations with our facilitators, information and links to useful resources, referrals to other organisations.


Please note we are not able to provide contributions towards travel expenses for the drop-in sessions.


Meetings of the First Wednesday group take place at the LGBT Foundation from 3.30pm to 6.15pm on the first Wednesday of each month. From 2017, the monthly meetings will alternate between Full Meetings and Drop-In sessions - see Home page for full details.


The LGBT Foundation is located within the Gay Village in Manchester city centre at Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. There is a map towards the bottom of this page on their website.


We try to make being part of the group as cost-free as possible for asylum seekers, and so we aim to provide basic travel expenses to cover the cheapest possible ticket which will enable an asylum seeker to attend the Full Meetings of the group which take place in alternate months. These expenses are always subject to the limits on the budgets within which the group has to function, and may be affected by the number of people attending our meetings. Additionally, in the case of extended journeys, especially those from outside Greater Manchester, we may only be able to offer a contribution towards travel costs rather than full reimbursement. Note: we are not able to provide travel expenses for the Drop-In sessions.

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