First Wednesday

- a support and social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people seeking asylum

This page contains links to the websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts of organisations which may be of value to LGBT people seeking asylum who are 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)
  • 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 Agencies, 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)
  • 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

  • H1 Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) - group of lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum seeking women and their supporters, offering practical and social support.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H2 Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) - sharing experiences, empowering and supporting each other, fighting for rights, raising awarness about the effects of the injustices of the UK immigration system.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H3 Migrants Supporting Migrants (MSM) - working to advance the wellbeing and rights of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H4 Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) - community development and general advice service (including drop-in) from their office in Moss Side.
  • H5 Asylum Support Housing Advice (ASHA) - helps asylum seekers whose applications have been refused and fully determined, and whose status renders them homeless and destitute.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H6 Boaz Trust - serving destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H7 Manchester City of Sanctuary - 'About Asylum Seekers' page.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H8 Freedom from Torture - North West in Manchester - part of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H9 Manchester Migrant Solidarity (MiSol) - Bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds in solidarity with migrants in Manchester for campaigning, workshops, socials, etc.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H10 Greater Manchester Refugee Support Partnership (GMRSP) - a partnership project between Refugee Action, Rainbow Haven, Revive, and the British Red Cross.
         Aims to provide a more welcoming environment for refugees and people seeking asylum; support to find durable routes out of destitution; improve skills, employability and emotional wellbeing; better integration of people seeking asylum into their local communities; ensuring that refugee and asylum voices are heard by local and national decision-makers; and working to improve positive attitudes and better understanding of refugees and people seeking asylum in the media and local communities.
         Staff and volunteers from the four agencies work together at local hubs across Greater Manchester - in Bolton, Leigh, Oldham, Rochdale, East Manchester, Beswick, and Salford - providing wellbeing activities, English language and IT classes, case working, employability courses, volunteering, legal advice, advocacy, and training and support.
    • H10a British Red Cross Refugee Support, Greater Manchester - help refugees and people seeking asylum to access essential services and adapt to life in a new country. Hubs in Bolton, Leigh, Oldham and Rochdale.
    • H10b Rainbow Haven - a community drop-in that offers support and activities for refugees, people seeking asylum, and migrant workers. Based in East Manchester and Salford.
      (Also on Twitter)
    • H10c Revive UK - social work support, advice (drop-in), advocacy and campaigning. Based in Beswick and Salford.
    • H10d Refugee Action - Greater Manchester - work with refugees to build new lives, offer support throughout the difficult and complex asylum journey, empowering people through information and advice and helping them to make the right decisions about their future. Based in Hulme. 
      (Also on Facebook and Twitter)
  • H11 Support for Wigan Arrivals Project (SWAP) - supports asylum seekers and refugees who are living in the Wigan Borough (including Leigh, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Standish, Golborne and the areas in-between). providing practical hands-on support via one-to-one advocacy and case work, educational and support groups.
    (Also on Twitter)
  • H12 United for Change - a Manchester-based refugee and asylum seeker advocacy group who campaign for the rights for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
    (Also on Twitter)
  • H13 Mustard Tree - offer support including food, clothing, bedding or furniture for people in need, homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
    (Also on Facebook and Twitter)

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.
    (Facebook only)
  • 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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