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Sussex Cricket in the Community supporting local charities - LGBT SWITCHBOARD

Sussex County Cricket Club are pleased to be supporting LGBT Switchboard as part of their 40:400 club designed for their 40 year anniversary and to raise awareness of the charity. A donation of £440 raised during the season will go to support the valuable services they provide. Added to funds raised during the Sussex Cricket in the Community inaugural LGBT Cricket festival this totals £608.

LGBT Switchboard (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) initially started as the Lavender Line in 1975 to provide information to Gay men and help connect them to services.

LGBT Switchboard now supports anybody from sexual and gender identity minority communities including their friends and families. The service is based in Brighton, and also supports people from wider areas needing help and advice. Alongside the helpline service there is also a low cost counselling service which was set up in 1995 – the service affirms and supports LGBT people and is provided by LGBT trained counsellors.

This service has been invaluable for many people struggling with their identity as some of the quotes below show:

''There are so many LGBTQ people out there suffering alone. I wish every one of them could benefit from your services. It has saved my life.”

A client who presented with anxiety and depression directly related to their LGBT identity – 
“The LGBT Switchboard was the last place I was willing to try. I'm so glad I came to you, I couldn't afford counselling elsewhere and [another service I tried] was just awful. [The counsellor] has renewed my belief in talking therapies and has also helped to save my life. I cannot commend her or your organisation enough. I don't have words to describe how essential and valuable the service you offer is and I just wish that all people who have suffered due to their sexual orientation had access.”

The charity also runs the HIP project (health and inclusion) connecting with the local health authority and city council giving local LGBT people a voice and ensuring needs are met within the communities.

A new project this year includes working with older people, looking at adapting mainstream services to include LGBT older people and to set up more support specifically for LGBT older people.

For more information on LGBT switchboard visit their website here