How we help LGBTQ+ LGBTQ+ For all LGBTQ support (including BeeHIVE), please make a referral here. The What Centre specialises in providing a range of support for young people who would like to explore their gender identity and sexuality. Thanks to the new Health and Wellbeing Fund, we are pleased to announce specialist LGBTQ+ individual counselling as well as family work: Support on offer Who this group is for When it runs Where it runs One-to-one counselling 13 to 18 years old By appointment only Stourbridge or Dudley Branch or online support Family work 13 to 18 years old as well as any family/partner etc By appointment only Stourbridge or Dudley Branch or online support One-to-one counselling Individual counselling is available for anyone aged 13 -18 years who is part of the LGBTQ+ community. Counselling will provide a non judgemental, safe environment where the young person can explore, feelings and emotions around worries or issues they may be experiencing. With the intention of embracing changes and empowering the young person to move forward with their lives. Parents, families and carers may also be impacted by struggles and changes around new situations while supporting the young person. We offer family sessions to enable exploration, reassure and support everyone involved. Family work Family therapy is also particularly beneficial to young people and their families as it gives the opportunity to embrace and explore dynamics within their family system which may be impacting on the young person’s ability to thrive. LGBTQ+ issues may impact family members so full support often enables better communication and a more settled home environment. The process enables all family members to express and explore emotions and difficulties safely, whilst allowing each member to understand and consider different perspectives whilst appreciating the needs of others. Members can speak openly, individually and together about any difficult or distressing issues in respect of their own experiences. Family intervention work aims to work with strengths and relational resources within the family, whilst reducing stress and disputes by encouraging more positive interactions. The therapist will consider problems as patterns that just need adjustments. The outcome being improved communication and reduced conflict. Creating a safer functioning home environment in which the young person can develop. Group support Aside from counselling with a specialist counsellor, the What Centre also provides a range of group support targeted at working with these issues with other young people who may be dealing with similar experiences. Group name Who this group is for When it runs Where it runs Spectrum Support LGBTQ+ group for 13 to 18 years old TBC - currently reshuffling Stourbridge Branch (currently run online - see What's On for updated timings) LGBTQ+ support (GROUP NOW FULL) LGBTQ+ group for 13 to 18 years old Every Wednesday 5pm to 6.00pm Dudley Branch (currently run online - see What's On for updated timings) The What? Centre also provides LGBTQ & Transgender support (18 yrs and over) as well as counselling via our BeeHIVe project. Details on the adult groups can be found on the BeeHIVe website - please check as there may be changes. Group name Who this group is for When it runs Where it runs Gay Men's Group (18+) Men's group for 18 years and over. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 11am-2pm Dudley Library, St James Road, Dudley DY1 1HR LGBTQ+ Support Group (18+) LGBTQ+ group for 18 years and over. Every Wednesday 5.00pm to 6.30pm The What Centre, 31 Priory Street, Dudley, DY1 1HA For 2020 to April 2020 this is some information on how our LGBTQ+ groups have performed: For all LGBTQ support (including BeeHIVE), please make a referral here.