Support for LGBTQ+ young people in Sheffield

Some people with a special educational need and/or disability are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender just like anybody else.  You might be questioning your sexual orientation or gender. 

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This can be confusing for some young people but there are services out there that can offer support.  You are not alone with your feelings and it may help to talk to someone about them.

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SAYiT

SAYiT (Sheena Amos Youth Trust) is a charity which has been running in Sheffield since 1999. They are a charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus (LGBTQ+) young people and sexual health/HIV. 

They work to transform the lives of LGBTQ+ young people and young people affected by HIV up to the age of 25.  This is through group work, youth action, education and influence.

They support around 100 young people a month.  A recent SAYiT annual survey reported that 68% of the young people said they had additional support needs.

Click on the logo to find out more and how they provide support and advice.

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SAYiT Youth Groups

SAYiT run youth groups (Fruitbowl and Prism) to support LGBTQ+ young people.  Fruitbowl is for 11-17 year olds and Prism is for 18-25 year olds.

If you are a young person wanting to join SAYiT, please fill out the online referral form. You will have a choice of welcome sessions to attend. This gives you a chance to meet them and see if being involved with SAYiT will be the right fit for you.

If you are a professional referring a young person please see here.

You can also contact them on:

E-mail: info@sayit.org.uk

Telephone: 0114 241 2728

Address: SAYiT, Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE

Parents and carers

SAYiT have a monthly parent group and can give one to one advice to parents.

They understand most parents and carers are really supportive.  Parents and carers can worry about what is the right (or wrong) thing to say to their child in a variety of situations or how to deal with issues that arise.

Click here to get more information.

You can also contact them on:

E-mail: info@sayit.org.uk

Telephone: 0114 241 2728

Address: SAYiT, Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE

Schools

SAYiT provide support to schools.  They offer classroom sessions, assemblies and general advice.  Click here to learn more.

E-mail: info@sayit.org.uk

Telephone: 0114 241 2728

Autistic and Disabled LGBT+ Young People Speak Out

Young people who identify as SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer plus) were interviewed about their experiences.  Watch the video!

Other website you may find helpful

The below organisations offer help and support.  They can talk to you about what it means to explore your sexuality identity, what it means to come out and how to stay safe.

Red circle with text that says The Proud Trust home of LGBT+ youth

Text says Switchboard LGBT+ helpline in purple text

Bloue rectangle with white text that says Stonewall

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Training for businesses and services

SAYiT provide 4 core training programmes to businesses and services:

  • LGBTQ+ Awareness
  • Trans Awareness
  • LGBTQ+ History
  • LGBTQ+ Sexual Health

They offer online sessions and bespoke packages.  Click here for more information.

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