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Community groups which meet at Birmingham LGBT Centre

Community Groups at the LGBT Centre

BIRMINGHAM LGBT CENTRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED due to Covid-19/ Coronavirus, but some groups are organising events online and in-person

We are aware that some groups are finding other ways to stay in contact and socialise safely. We will try to keep this page up-to-date as information is sent in. If you have any enquiries, please contact the group directly in the first instance, otherwise, call 0121 643 0821 or email hello@blgbt.org

 

The Birmingham LGBT Centre hosts a wide range of independent social groups organised by LGBT people for LGBT people. So whether you’re interested in making new friends, pursuing a hobby or interest, or making your voice heard on issues that affect LGBT people, there’s a group for you.

Why Join a Community Group?

Overall, research has shown that group activities can contribute to well-being, feelings of social inclusion. People report increased feelings of wellbeing from taking part in group activities, particularly when they have little other access to social events or groups with a focus of shared interest or participate with people they identify with.

It also seems that being involved in group interaction with others with a shared interest can aid feelings of wellbeing. As well as having a positive benefit for individuals, group activities can also contribute to strengthening the LGBT community.

 

 

Find out about our clinics

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group - MEETING ONLINE

MEETING ONLINE
We currently meet every other month to discuss the housing needs of older LGBT people, including sheltered housing and care homes. At our meetings, we discuss our needs and aspirations and invite agencies to give presentations and discuss how services can be more LGBT-affirmative.

Please contact Maria on 0121 643 0821 or mariahughes@blgbt.org for more details.

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

July 28th

ALBA

ALBA is a support group for women asylum seekers or refugees.

If you are a lesbian, bisexual or transgender woman and have come to the UK to seek asylum, then you will be very welcome to come and join us at our monthly meetings on the second Friday of the month at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

 

ALBA is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

January 10th

February 14th

March 13th

April – no meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Bards & Books - MEETING ONLINE

Bards & Books is still organising online with existing members. We look forward to welcoming new members once we can meet again in person.

We are a friendly, welcoming group who read and discuss books of interest to the LGBT community.

If you can’t make a meeting, join the mailing list and you will be sent a review of the book, based on the group discussion. To find out more, and join the mailing list: bardsandbooks@gmail.com. While we are not meeting in person, please keep reading and email your comments on the book to us.

 

 

Bards & Books is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

 

 

BGLAD - contact for support

Birmingham Gays and Lesbians Against Depression is a friendly support and social group for those suffering from depression or other mental illness; all our members understand depression or other conditions like anxiety, OCD or stress. The group cannot offer counselling or individual support but can guide towards options, and is part of the MIND peer support network of groups across the country.

To contact BGLAD, phone 07713 711 502.

BGLAD is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

January 9th, 23rd

February 13th, 27th

March 12th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Birmingham Lgbtq+ Writers - MEETING ONLINE

Birmingham LGBTQ+ Writers is a space to meet other queer writers, talk about writing, and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for a short writing session.

We usually start with introductions and a bit of a discussion, do a writing prompt in the middle, and then end with tea and some optional sharing of work.

All parts are optional, and all levels of experience and genres of writing are welcome, including non-fiction, poetry and drama. This is peer-led so there is no ‘teacher’ although there will usually be some notes/quotes to jump off from. We’re here to learn from each other!

Feel free to bring your own snacks.

Contact brumlgbtqwriters@gmail.com

Join our Facebook or Meetup groups here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/678928092547328

https://www.meetup.com/Birmingham-lgbtq-writers/

 

Birmingham Lgbtq+ Writers is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

June 13th

July 11th

Brum Bi Group - MEETING ONLINE

Brum Bi Group are currently using Zoom to socialise – contact them directly for more details.

Brum Bi Group is a safe and friendly social and peer support group for people aged 18+ for anybody who fits under the bisexual umbrella, whether they identify or are questioning their sexuality/romantic life.

Contact us to join our Facebook group and find out about our online activities.

Email: brumbicoffeegroup@gmail.com

Website: https://brumbigroup.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @BrumBiGroup & @brum_bi_coffee

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/BrumBiGroup/

Meetup: meetup.com/Brum-Bi-Group-Meetup/

Can I just turn up?  Yes

Brum Bi Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

 

Illuminate

Illuminate is a non religious space with no formal liturgy sacred and secular music playing. Some silence is observed in a darkened room, a discussion followed led by a group member or an informal chat in the second half.

It is a space for reflection and inspiration without a particular religious dimension.

The group meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on Sunday Evenings 5pm to 7pm

Contact lbradley1990@outlook.com for more details.

 

Illuminate is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

March 1st, 8th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Imaan Muslim LGBT+

Are you a LGBT+ person from a Muslim background or identifies as Muslim?

Imaan is a charity that supports LGBTQI Muslims. Founded in London in 1999, we campaign to ensure that no LGBTQI Muslim person in Britain feels excluded from their family, their faith or their communities. Imaan is a small, volunteer-led charity, led by and working for LGBTQI Muslims; we aim to represent the breadth of the Islamic faith and the range of identities and narratives of the LGBTQ community and our allies.

Imaan meets on the last Saturday of the month, 5pm – 7pm at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1 1EQ. 

For more information please email info@imaan.org.uk

Feel free to join our Facebook page – Imaan – Muslim LGBTQI Support.

Dates for 2020

January 25th

February 29th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Journey Asylum Seekers Group - MEETING ONLINE

The Journey Asylum Seekers Group is a support and social group for LGBT asylum seekers and LGBT friends, to be a community mixing across generations and cultures.

We stay incontact with a WhatsApp group, monthly Zoom meetings and picnics.

Contact Phil Hoar on 07484 837 773 or philhoar@btinternet.com for more details.

Journey Asylum Seekers Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

 

 

Journey Film Club

Bringing the Silver Screen to LGBTQ Birmingham and Friends, we show the Classics to New Releases.

We aim to show a variety of different types of films to suit all tastes.

You choose what you want to bring along and share, We hold film meetings every so often to agree a future film schedule: what films we are going to watch and when, and who is going to bring the film.

Doors open for 6.45pm for 7pm start. First and Third Tuesday of the month.

Web: http://www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk/
Contact: Journeyfilmclub@hotmail.co.uk

 

Journey Film Club is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

LGBT Line Dancing

Come along and join us for a fun night of line dancing with other LGBT people and their friends. Absolute beginners very welcome – dances are taught from scratch. We use a range of popular music to dance with (and some country music). No special dress required but wear shoes that don’t have a grip.

The class runs from 6.30-9pm every Thursday at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

 

LGBT Line Dancing is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

March 5th, 12th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Married Men's Group - MEETING ONLINE

MEETING ONLINE
The Married Men’s Group meets monthly and is a friendly social support group for men who are 18+ who are gay, bisexual or transmasculine who have same sex attraction/feelings but may be married or in relationships with women; in a confidential, judgmentifree space with likeminded men.

MMG meets on the last Friday of the month.

You need to book to take part in the online meetings: https://tinyurl.com/blgbtmmgzoom

For more information, call 0121 643 0821 or email sexualhealth@blgbt.org

Dates for 2020

May 29th

June 26th

July 31st

August 28th

 

Older Lesbian Network

Older Lesbian Network meets every fourth Saturday of the month at 1pm (12pm from 2018)  at Birmingham LGBT Centre. Each meeting starts with a chat over shared food brought by the women attending and this is followed by a led discussion on a pre-arranged topic. Topics are decided by the group and usually planned about six months ahead. Sometimes group members with a special interest in a subject present ideas for discussion, other times we invite speakers with specialist knowledge. The group also meets socially from time to time for meals or theatre outings.

New members are always welcome. There is no set age limit; it is up to women who are considering attending to define ‘older’ as they wish. The focus of the group is, however, to support and value the lives of older lesbians.

Contact olnwestmidlands@gmail.com for more information.

 

OLN is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

January 25th

February 22nd

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

Out With Prostate Cancer

The group is facilitated by volunteers from Prostate Cancer UK, working with the BGT community aimed at providing for gay and bisexual men affected by prostate cancer and trans women. All are welcome, as are partners and supporters of those impacted by prostate cancer. First Saturday of each month between 2 and 4pm.

Contact Eddie Hulme

Telephone  07970 813 599

Email  owprostatecancermidlands@gmail.com

Website  www.outwithprostatecancer.org.uk

 

Dates for 2020

No meeting in January

February 1st

March 7th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Positive Mental Health Group

The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull.
Your chance to share information, news & views with statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, user groups – and individual users/carers/staff.

Come and join one of the biggest mental health networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up – no need to book.

Meetings include guest speakers, information table, light refreshments & a chance to chat and catch up.

For more information call Faheem Uddin on 07800 728 825 or visit www.positivementalhealthgroup.org 

The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Centre, at 2.30pm.

Dates for 2020

January 28th

February 25th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Rainbow Bridge LGBTQ Networking Group

Rainbow Bridge has been set up to bridge the gaps between lesbian, gay, bi, trans and heterosexual communities, to enable them to find out more about each other and activities, groups and services which are of interest to them. Rainbow Bridge holds weekly networking coffee mornings to ‘break the ice’ so that people can meet each other and get a taste of what different community groups can offer.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to go to a group but felt nervous about not knowing anyone, have always wondered what is offered at Birmingham LGBT Centre but have never visited, or you are looking for a group or activity that is right for you – Rainbow Bridge is here!

You are welcome to drop in, or contact rainbowbridgelgbtq@hotmail.com for more details, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/787474638101615/ or find our events in the Birmingham LGBT Meetup group.

Rainbow Bridge is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

January 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th

February 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th

March 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

 

Rainbow Spirit - MEETING ONLINE

The spirit of friendship, sharing and support…..is a creative activities group for gay men, away from the scene. The group is related to and based on the principles of the Edward Carpenter Community, which put an emphasis on creativity and personal growth.

Our meetings tend to be discussion based and themes have included coming out, positive ageing, ‘gay heroes’, spiritual issues. We also provide the opportunity share personal feelings in response to artwork, poetry and music, these sharings are sometimes called Heart Circles.

For more details contact Jon on 07974 477 206 or e-mail: jonghomer@hotmail.com

 

Rainbow Spirit is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

 

 

RANG South Asian LGBT - MEETING ONLINE

RANG is a social/support group open to all South Asian & Middle Eastern men who may identify as gay or bisexual.

RANG aims to reduce feelings of isolation and exclusion and bring together men from similar cultural backgrounds and experiences.

RANG meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

You need to book to join the online social: https://tinyurl.com/blgbtrang

For more information please email dansingh@blgbt.org

 

Dates for 2020

May 28th

June 11th

June 25th

July 9th

 

 

Roll-Out: Dungeons & Dragons - MEETING ONLINE

Due to the current circumstances the face-to-face groups are suspended but the game is still continuing online! Please contact Ben to join up. (see below). Must have a phone capable of downloading Discord or a computer that can run it.

 

FREE for LGBT+ people of all ages

The most popular table-top role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons features a vast array of excitement, challenges and fantastically fun role play. Create your character and set off on your adventure, growing and adapting on the fly, and sometimes flying … cause yeah that’s a thing!

Open to all ages, absolutely anyone is welcome to join. You’ll need just two things: imagination and a willingness to participate. We meet weekly online, every Thursday evening.

If you would like to attend please email me on crittersfarmboi@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp message to 07835 528 826 with your name so I can prepare a character with you beforehand, due to limited time at session to do this. I look forward to seeing you there, sincerely, your Dungeon Master Ben Baker.

Roll-Out is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

Every Thursday evening between 6pm and 9pm during ‘lockdown’ ONLINE

Trans Central

Trans Central is a (MTF), or Male to Female transgendered community support group; that meets in the Birmingham LGBT Centre in the West Midlands on the first Monday of each month at 6.30pm.

The group will aim to provide practical help and peer support to the local Trans community, while also creating the opportunity for individual members to take part in community programmes and events, which will work towards helping improve confidence, increase knowledge, and empowering Trans women, while in a relaxed, comfortable, safe and friendly Environment.

Contact Bobbi for more details on 07908 319 439.

Trans Central is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2020

January 3rd

February 3rd

March 2nd

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

Trans Masculine Birmingham

Trans Masculine Birmingham is a support and advice group for all Trans guys over the age of 18, that meets once a month at LGBT Centre in Birmingham. Regardless of whether you are Gender-questioning, Transgendered, Transsexual, Gender-queer or Gender variant, the group welcomes all aspects of the Trans Masculine spectrum.

The group meets in a safe, respectful and friendly environment, with a wide range of activities from self discovery, empowerment to confidence building.

So if you would like to join or just pop along you’ll be made to feel most welcome!

The group meets once a month on the third Monday at the Birmingham LGBT Centre from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.

Contact: transmasculinebirmingham@gmail.com

Dates for 2020

January 20th

February 17th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

TranSpectrum

TranSpectrum offers a supportive space for all people of non-cis-gendered identities with a Semi-Structured discussion and/or activity at each meeting surrounding gender identity as well as time to chat, network and have some tea. We meet every month on the third Monday until March, when this changes to the second Wednesday.

You can just turn up, or email Lorna on Doctorwhogfm@hotmail.co.uk or text 07910 096 241.

 

TranSpectrum is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2020

January 20th

February 17th

March 11th

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

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