London Friend services remain operating mostly online. Our Sumer Camp activities (see below) offer free in-person LGBTQ wellbeing activities.
We are beginning to plan for when we will be able to provide in-person services again, and following Government guidelines. In the meantime, many of our services remain operating online, plus we are running a number of face to face activities during July - September as part of our Summer Camp (see below). See below for the latest updates on each of these, as well as some additional resources and links to help manage your wellbeing. You can find the latest NHS information about the corona virus here.
Contacting the service
The information on this page will answer many of your questions about our available services. During this time we are not able to respond to phone calls to our office number. Please email for more information, or to make a referral:
Contact details for specific groups and referrals are listed below
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NEW! London Friend's LGBT Summer Camp
Summer Camp is a series of FREE weekly in-person LGBTQ wellbeing activities running during July - September 2021. Sessions are held in a larger venue allowing participants to safely social distance. The first two sessions are now available to book (pre-registration is essential).
Improv and joke writing workshop with Cerys Bradley, Tuesday 20th July 13.45 - 16.30 - book here (Eventbrite)
Community and Belonging Workshop With Clara Monroy, Tuesday 27th July 18.15 - 20.45 - book here (Eventbrite)
Disclosure Screening and Discussion with Siobhán Snowdon, Tuesday 3rd August 13.45-16.45 - book here (OutSavvy)
Mental Health and Counselling
We have published information to help manage your mental health and wellbeing during lockdown: you can find this here.
Counselling service update 19th July 2021 - our general LGBT counselling service is currently experiencing exceptionally busy demand and unfortunately we have had to temporarily suspend new referrals. Please check back for updates. We will review this on 1st September 2021.
Our specialist domestic abuse counselling service remains open for referrals. You can self-refer via the London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership here.
Our SASH Partnership is offering a range of wellbeing interventions, including LGBTQ specific support. Find our more and sign up here.
Out partners HERO provide online mental health forums for LGBT people through their Outlife project. The forums were developed as part of a partnership with London Friend and ELOP. You can access the Outlife Forums here.
In this video Mike from our Antidote team and Katy, a mental health nurse who works with us in our Axis clinic, discuss anxiety: why it's completely normal to experience anxiety, and some tips for dealing with it during the lockdown.
Antidote Drug and Alcohol Service
Our Antidote service remains open providing support online and via email. To make a new referral to the service please email email@example.com
Our Antidote drop-ins are running online on Mondays from 11am - 1 pm and Thursdays from 6 - 8pm. You can access peer support and short one-to-one sessions. PREREGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Existing clients can request the link by email; new clients will need to complete an assessment before the session.
ChemCheck is a 6 week group programme helping you to address issues with chems use. Find out more here. Email Mike to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Sunday Session workshops now are running online twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Sunday Session is a workshop series aimed at supporting gay and bi men who are maintaining their goals to move on from problematic chemsex use. Email Mike to register: email@example.comNEW! Real Chemistry is a series of self-guided workshops for gay and bisexual mean moving on from problems with chemsex. You can access this information here.
AXIS Clinic is a chemsex and sexual health clinic based at the Caldecot Centre in Camberwell. It's a partnership between Antidote and two NHS services: Kings College, and South London & the Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trusts. It offers a holistic approach to chems, sexual health and mental health. At present we're offering referrals for online chems support. If you're a patient at the Caldecot Centre or the Camberwell Sexual Health Centre ask your worker to refer you: Wednesdays 4 - 7pm.
To support yourself at home, we have created an Antidote Home Care page with some resources to help you make changes from home, support yourself at difficult times, and links to our drug & alcohol harm reduction information.
We have also published advice on chemsex and hook-ups during lockdown.
Public Health England has published information about stopping drinking for people who are dependent on alcohol.
Our Antidote Deputy Manager, Mike, is in conversation with Justin from our partners GMFA talking chemsex, corona virus and the lockdown in this video:
Support and Social Groups
Many of our support and social groups are suspended due to measures to implement social distancing. We're adding more online , so please check back for any updates. Those currently running online are listed below:
Coming Out - you can see two new videos recorded by our Turning Point group volunteers talking about coming out and read more information on our coming out page.
Changes, our group for lesbian and bisexual women, is running online at 7pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Pre-registration is essential - email firstname.lastname@example.orgTurning Point, our coming out group for gay and bisexual men, is running an online group at 7pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Pre-registration is essential - email email@example.comMattrix is our social group for gay and bisexual men. The group will run at 7pm every Thursday. Pre-registration is essential - email firstname.lastname@example.org CrafterZoom - our regular crafternoon group for LBT women will run online on the second Saturday of each month from 1 - 2.30pm. Please email Clare in advance to register and get the link email@example.comT on Tuesday is our group for trans and non-binary people. It runs at 8pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to pre-register and get the link.
The groups and meetings run by other LGBT organisations which we host at London Friend are also suspended - please contact your group's organiser for any updates from them.
There are many report of an increase in domestic abuse since the lockdown started. London Friend is a member of the London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership, a multi-agency service offering different kinds of support. London Friend provides specialist counselling and workshops as part of this. For more information and to make a referral visit the LGBT DAP website here.
Our partner Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, has produced new resources for LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse, and for the professionals supporting them. You can access these here.
Galop has also launched the LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Survivors Forum, a safe, anonymous space for LGBT+ people who have been affected by domestic abuse and violence to talk about their experiences, support one another and receive information and support from the team at the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline. You can access the Forum here.
In this video our LGBT domestic abuse counsellor Jaye discusses how to recognise signs of domestic abuse and some of the support that is available.
Contacting the service
Staff are working remotely. Please bear with us whilst we implement these arrangements over the coming days. During this time we are not able to respond to phone calls. If you have an urgent enquiry please email us as follows: