First Wednesday

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

yes checkboxWe Can...

  • ... offer friendship, support and encouragement for you.
  • ... offer a sympathetic ear and some good general ideas based on shared experiences.
  • ... signpost you to information and useful resources.
  • ... help you connect with other LGBT asylum seekers in Manchester.
  • ... suggest various places where you can receive support.
  • ... tell you of good solicitors and caseworkers, and where you can get good asylum support and housing advice.
  • ... help you understand the issues around public campaigns if your case reaches the point where such a campaign becomes an option.

no checkboxWe Can't...

  • ... offer you any legal advice or undertake any formal casework regarding your claim. We are not immigration advisers. Our support work is limited to signposting, incuding directing you to a regulated immigration adviser, and the provision of general information and resources on the immigration and asylum systems.
  • ... represent you in the courts.
  • ... make the Home Office reach a decision more quickly on your case.
  • ... write supportive statements about you, beyond confirming the dates of your attendance at group meetings, until we know you well. This will be a matter of personal judgment for the facilitator with whom you have been engaging most closely.
  • ... help you get to the United Kingdom!

To explore the services and opportunities offered by other groups and organisations, check out our Links page.

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Meetings of the group have moved to the online Zoom video platform. 

Existing members of the group will be notified via email, and via our WhatsApp group, of the particular log-in details for each meeting.


Enquiries from potential new members are welcome and initial contact is best made via email to:

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