Pride Action North supports adults across the North of England aged 18 and above who may be struggling with their gender identity or sexual identity.
A link worker from our wellbeing team will arrange to meet a young person within their local area or at our safe headquarters based in Ashington, Northumberland, to identify what support is needed, and what form this support will take. Young people often seek somebody out of their immediate circle of friends and family who they feel they can talk to openly and who they will feel will accept them for who they are.
Our link worker will match a member of the team best suited to provide the right level of support. They will also help to find other suitable organisations which offer additional support. Our one-to-one support service is designed to act as an early intervention to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing later on in life.
A young person can either self refer or be referred to Pride Action North by parents or other organisations, such as schools, colleges or others working with the youths. However, we do need parental or guardian permission to deliver this work.
Pride Action North has set up a range of groups and social gatherings to connect members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We understand how isolating it may be at times if nobody else in your local community is in the community and we love seeing new friends made and flourish while combating social isolation and loneliness.
As well as setting up new groups, we support local struggling groups. We can also support individuals in setting up their own if there isn’t one in their local area. Basically, if it doesn’t exist and you want it to, get in touch and we can see how we can help to make it happen. See our calendar for our upcoming events.
Pride Action North organises numerous one off events including queer clothes swaps, club nights, Pride on the Road events or anything the community has asked us to organise. We aim to make these events as financially viable as possible and tour them around the region so everybody can access something (see calendar for upcoming events).
Our events are always great fun and provide an opportunity to meet new friends and connections. We are always looking at what event we can host next so get in touch with any ideas.
If you, or someone you know, thinks that you have been a victim of hate crime, you can speak to a member of the Pride Action North team and we can support you through the process.
If you wish to report the act to the police or an authority, we can act as an advocate and provide the relevant support. We can also support individuals who have already reported the actions to the police. Complete our referral form.
If you, or someone you know, is currently or has been a victim of domestic violence, we can support you with information about how to seek help, if it is safe to make contact with you. You can also either call or email Pride Action North confidentially and we will make contact using a method of your own choosing.
Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Help and support is available from the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS).
SoBS hosts peer support groups across the country. A local group operates in Alnwick, which covers Northumberland. This group is peer led support and open to all those 18+ impacted by suicide loss.
The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month. You can contact the group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07432 803 019.
SoBS is a national charity, you can find out more here. When you attend an SoBS group, you will be given a code of conduct.
This is an external group and isn’t led by Pride Action North. We know LGBTQIA+ people are sometimes worried about attending groups not ran by LGBTQIA+ organisations. If you need our help first you can contact us, and we can support you to attend and access the support you need.