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Housing

Homelessness

First call of action would be Housing Options, each council will have their own one, so you will need to search LOCATION Housing Options to find the correct contact details. Below is Cardiff’s one.

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Housing/homelessness/housing-options-centre/Pages/default.aspx

There are other support services that will be able to give advice in complex situations that may need further support.

https://www.shelter.org.uk/
https://stonewallhousing.org/
https://platfform.org/project/preventing-homelessness/
https://platfform.org/project/hospital-to-home/


Supported housing

https://platfform.org/project/supported-housing/


Council Housing

First call of action would be Housing Options, each council will have their own one, so you will need to search LOCATION Housing Options to find the correct contact details. Below is Cardiff’s one.

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Housing/homelessness/housing-options-centre/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/social-housing/


Council Tax

First call will be the council’s own support. Often they have budgeting support workers who can help break down the costs and how to deal with it. They can help with payment plans, and it’s always best to make sure that they’re aware you want to repay the debt.

To help people find a reduction, use this link:
https://www.gov.uk/apply-council-tax-reduction

For more information about further discounts and how to complain, check this out.
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/council-tax/check-if-you-can-pay-less-council-tax/

If you’re a student, here is how to get your council tax paused for the year.
https://www.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts-for-full-time-students


Rent

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/renting-privately/private-renting/get-help-with-renting-costs/

Discretionary housing payment details and application. They can pay up to 6 months of your rent and cover deposits when moving house.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments
https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Benefits-and-Grants/Housing-Benefit/Discretionary-Housing-Payments/Pages/default.aspx

Cardiff & Vale residents can receive specialist support from Citizens Advice regarding private rental debt.
https://cacv.org.uk/our-projects/private-rented-sector-helpline/


Landlord Problems

Always get things in writing, keep a copy of your contract for reference throughout your tendency. Take photos of any damage and keep in a folder in case needed.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/renting-privately/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/social-housing/

ACORN is an amazing tenancy union who can help people with complex housing issues. It does cost money to join, but they are able to expertly deal with landlords and agencies.

https://www.acorntheunion.org.uk/

Legal advice from the government, including what the landlord should be doing and what to do when complications arise. 

https://www.gov.uk/private-renting/complaints

Shelter Cymru can also provide support.
https://sheltercymru.org.uk/get-advice/advice-for-young-people/having-problems-with-your-landlord/

Bills & Utilities

Electric & Heating

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/struggling-to-pay-your-energy-bills/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/

NEA’s WASH Advice Service is a support service providing advice to householders in Wales on their energy bills and keeping warm and safe in their home. They can also help with benefits advice and income maximisation. Can be phoned, or chat online.
https://www.nea.org.uk/get-help/wash-advice/

If you are in Cardiff & the Vale, Citizen’s Advice has a funded service to help get people on the cheapest provider.
https://cacv.org.uk/our-projects/energy-advice-programme/

British Gas give away grants regardless of if they are your supplier
https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/grants-available/

If you’re on a pre-payment energy meter, and you are struggling to afford credit for your energy card, Fuel Bank can help you with a FREE £49 fuel voucher (it’s not a loan, you don’t have to pay it back!)
https://twitter.com/fuel_bank?t=UzeAe2ZpzsbrBMPHFAk1UQ&s=09

Winter fuel discount scheme is a £100 payment for those on benefits to help with the cost of fuel prices. Open between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023. This is the Cardiff link, but if you search “Winter Fuel Support Scheme” and the county you are based in you can find the relevant link.
https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Benefits-and-Grants/energy-efficiency-and-fuel-poverty/Winter-Fuel-Support-Scheme/Pages/default.aspx

There is also the warm home discount scheme, this is run by the government and is £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2022 to 2023 between November and March. This is paid directly to your supplier, and you apply through your supplier.
https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme


Water

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/water/water-supply/


Phone, Internet or TV Bill

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/phone-internet-downloads-or-tv/if-youre-struggling-to-pay-your-mobile-phone-internet-or-tv-bill/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/phone-internet-downloads-or-tv/cancelling-a-phone-tv-internet-or-mobile-contract/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/phone-internet-downloads-or-tv/dispute-a-phone-internet-or-tv-bill/

Healthcare

Advocacy

Spectra have a service where you can work with a trans specific healthcare advocate

https://spectra-london.org.uk/trans-services/trans-health-advocacy/


Period Products

Swansea

Swansea Takes On Period Poverty provides free period supplies and boxes within the Swansea area

https://www.facebook.com/SwanseaTakesOnPeriodPoverty/

Cardiff

St Mellons pantry have sanitary products available
https://www.facebook.com/StMellonsPantry

Cardiff Met offers products at their SU
https://www.cardiffmetsu.co.uk/support/dignityperiod/

Splott Community Volunteers at Breakfast Club in the Old Splott Library, Singleton Road, CF24 2ET every Thursday morning between 8-10am. They provide free sanitary products to those in need.
https://splottcommunityvolunteers.co.uk/

Mental Health

People should contact their GP when they feel they may be struggling with their mental health. Your GP can talk about options and can make a note on your record, so others involved in your medical care may be aware. You can use emergency appointments to talk to your GP about these issues.

Asylum have made a fantastic alternative resource guide, full of support that is outside the NHS mental health system.

https://asylummagazine.org/resources/alternative-sources-of-support/


Acute Mental Health Crisis

Going to A&E is your best option. If at all possible, someone should accompany for support, as they are likely to be waiting a long time and may need someone to explain to nurse/doctors.

Calling 999 or 111 is also an option, but they will likely tell you to go to A&E if it’s a crisis situation. They may also send out an ambulance. The ambulance staff may or may not take them to A&E. They cannot provide medication and will likely only talk to the person in distress. After the ambulance has been, often a police officer will be sent out to make sure the interaction ended without danger. Be aware of this when accepting an ambulance to come out to the situation.

Linden House is based in Cardiff and open to residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It is Wales’ only therapeutic alternative to hospital for people who are experiencing distress or crisis. It is only available through the Crisis Team (most likely to happen in A&E), and stays are limited to a week maximum. (If this is an option, the person in crisis needs to bring this up during this crisis assessment, the team doesn’t seem to bring it up themselves.)
https://platfform.org/project/alternatives-to-hospital/

If the person you are supporting with a CMHT (Community Mental Health Team) they will need to contact them for support. They will be able to help more than A&E will and will be familiar with their mental health history. They are usually open Mon-Fri 9-5. If the crisis is outside this time, go to A&E and the notes will be passed along to CMHT.

For more information and options, check out Mind’s page
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/


Helplines

https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=wales

http://mindlinetrans.org.uk/

https://lgbtcymru.org.uk/

https://switchboard.lgbt/


Counselling

There are a few directories for finding counsellors for your specific needs, these are trans specific ones.
https://genderedintelligence.co.uk/professionals/therapists-and-counsellors/directory.html
https://www.pinktherapy.com/

Mind are a charity focused on support folks struggling with their mental health. They can offer online peer support, counselling, and group therapy.
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/

Low-Cost

https://talkinthebay.co.uk/
https://breathe-uk.com/counselling-services/
https://www.connectedcounsellingcardiff.co.uk/
https://lgbtcymru.org.uk/counselling/

Free

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/
https://www.affordable-talk.co.uk/

https://www.communitycounselling.co.uk/

https://www.amberproject.org.uk/Groups/310333/Church_Army/ms/Amber_Project/Belong/Belong.aspx

https://www.ctsew.org.uk/news/counselling-service-relaunched

https://lgbtcymru.org.uk/counselling/
https://spectra-london.org.uk/trans-services/trans-counselling/


Support Groups

State of Mind is a Wales-wide project that works with young people between the ages of 17 and 25.
https://platfform.org/project/state-of-mind/

Bridgend out of hours support group for young people
https://platfform.org/project/out-of-hours-service-bridgend/

Mental health support for 13-16 year olds in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot
https://platfform.org/project/4yp-swansea-bay/

Wellbeing and mental health support for families in Caerphilly
https://platfform.org/project/platfform-for-families-caerphilly/

Swansea Marina social walks, free hot drinks provided
https://www.facebook.com/swanseacitycouncil/posts/10159544107597367


Mediation

Swansea based sliding scale
https://lgbtcymru.org.uk/mediation/


Substance Abuse

Cyfle Cymru – Meeting the needs of vulnerable people facing complex life challenges in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot or Bridgend. Clients need to be stable and be willing / able to participate in 1-1 mentoring support and groups.

Disability Support

Disability Support

Disabled people are eligible for adaptations to their home to make sure they are safe and supported. These are done by the council, and you will need an assessment. You do not need to be receiving disability benefits to be eligible for this. 

https://www.gov.uk/apply-home-equipment-for-disabled

Direct Payments is a scheme run by social services to enable disabled people to have support in their home. Local social services need to be contacted to start the process.

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/getting-care-and-support/direct-payments

Support for people with dementia
https://platfform.org/project/dementia-support/


Carer Support

Young Carer is defined as anyone under 18 who takes a caring role for someone in their life.
https://carers.org/about-caring/about-young-carers

Young Adult Carers are carers from the age 16-25 who takes a caring role for someone in their life.
https://carers.org/about-caring/about-young-adult-carers

Carers of these ages are eligible for extra support from charities and support groups. You can find them here:
https://carers.org/getting-support-if-you-are-a-young-carer-or-young-adult-carer/getting-support-if-you-are-a-young-carer-or-young-adult-carer

Free counselling for unpaid carers within Vale of Glamorgan
https://www.ctsew.org.uk/news/counselling-service-relaunched

Carers are eligible for an assessment to help them with their caring role. This is done by the local council. They can recommend local support, provide equipment to help you and respite.
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/helping-a-loved-one/getting-a-carers-assessment/

Carers can get £67.60 a week if they care for someone at least 35 hours a week and the person they care for receives disability benefits.
https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance

Citizens Advice have a specialised advice service for those with complex needs.
https://cacv.org.uk/our-projects/advicelink-cymru/

Domestic Abuse

Myriad run an 8-week-long course, online and in person. To be eligible, you will need to identify as LGBTQ+ and have left an abusive relationship

https://www.calandvs.org.uk/en/myriad/

Galop is a LGBTQ+ specific domestic abusive support service. They have specific trans support workers and a helpline
https://galop.org.uk/

Education

For Teachers

Gendered Intelligence’s “Good Practice for Supporting Young Trans People” a downloadable PDF on supporting young people in your classrooms
https://genderedintelligence.co.uk/support/education-schools.html

Trevor Project – a good resource for a complete newbie to LGBT+
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/guide/a-guide-to-being-an-ally-to-transgender-and-nonbinary-youth/

Stonewall Cymru’s resources for schools and colleges – these range from booking workshops to printable resources for your classroom
https://www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/schools-colleges


Grants

Cardiff’s residents can get help with the cost of further education
https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Schools-and-learning/Financial-support/further-education-funding/Pages/default.aspx

Work

Finding Work

Peer support for finding work for people with depression or addiction problems
https://platfform.org/project/skills-and-employment/

Food

Cardiff Schemes

Free food from an independent food bank. They’re based on Facebook and you will need an account to reach out. They do delivery, but can charge up to £3 for this. Based in Western Leisure Center.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3310872799007803

Wild Thing are based in Cathays and offer pay what you can food and coffee.
https://www.facebook.com/wildthingcardiff/

Cathays Community Center has a community fridge that is free to take food from, it’s on the left of their courtyard and towards the back. Also near Wild Thing. The Facebook page is not updated often.
https://www.facebook.com/CathaysCommunityFridge/

Food for Life is a Hare Krishna run group that make free plant based food for those in need. They have a sign-up page on their website and can deliver.
http://tykrishna.cymru/food-for-life/

Tavs Cardiff run a food co-op where for £2 you can get a food parcel worth £15 every Thursday evening. They also occasionally offer free bags to those who are struggling.
https://www.tavscardiff.org/2369-2/

Splo-Down are a food co-op based in Oasis Center’s courtyard, boxes are usually £4! They do free boxes for those in need and if you buy a community pass you can pre-book boxes.
https://splo-down.org
https://www.facebook.com/SploDown/

Splott Community Volunteers have a Breakfast Club in the Old Splott Library, Singleton Road, CF24 2ET every Thursday morning between 8-10am.
https://splottcommunityvolunteers.co.uk/

St Mellons Pantry – Membership-led food pantry where members pay £5 a week & receive £15-20 worth of good quality healthy food
https://www.facebook.com/StMellonsPantry


Merthyr Tydfil Schemes

https://www.facebook.com/HopePantryMerthyrTydfil/


Pembrokeshire Schemes

https://patchcharity.org.uk/

Community

Wales-based Online Groups

Consortium is a great resource for finding social groups online and in person! They have several filters including location.
https://www.consortium.lgbt/member-directory/

Trans Specific

Trans Aid Cymru
https://transaid.cymru/

All T No Shade Cardiff, Valleys and the Vale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2758313324203500/?ref=share

TSMU
https://www.facebook.com/groups/tsmucardiff/?ref=share

Spectra runs a peer support group, you can apply and be supported by a trans mentor
https://spectra-london.org.uk/trans-services/trans-peer-mentoring/

Spectra runs online meetup groups for both trans and non-binary people
https://spectra-london.org.uk/trans-services/trans-groups/online-group/


Wales-based In-person Groups

Trans Aid Cymru (Cardiff, twice a month)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1132311263805634/?ref=share

Impact – (Cardiff, once a week 13-21)
https://www.cathays.org.uk/youth/impact/

TSMU (Cardiff, once a month – currently only zoom)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/tsmucardiff/?ref=share

Constellation (Cardiff 12-16 and 17-25 year old groups)
https://www.amberproject.org.uk/Groups/310333/Church_Army/ms/Amber_Project/Constellation/Constellation.aspx

Newport LGBTQ+ Youth Group (Newport 11-25)
https://twitter.com/LGBTQNPYouth?t=3KwGaGsmSSUeN9KEY9tL6A&s=09

TRANSport – Newport and the surrounding areas (Once a month, supported by Trans Aid Cyrmu)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/716581409678334

LGBT+ Newport
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1699237203721150

Umbrella Cymru’s #FreeToBe group (Online 11-18)
https://www.umbrellacymru.co.uk/freetobe/

Mermaids Youth Forum Drop in (Online) – https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/young-people/mermaids-youth-community-application/

Good Vibes LGBT+ Youth Group for 11-25 year olds runs every Tuesday at YMCA Swansea
https://www.facebook.com/LGBTYouthSwansea

Molly’s House – Neath Port Talbot. Do meetups and film nights
https://www.facebook.com/groups/632319847939502

Sadie’s Butterflies – Swansea every last Friday of the month near Clydach
https://www.facebook.com/groups/295279178033795

Swansea Transgender Network – Once a month
https://www.facebook.com/groups/106414497465669


Support for Parents or Carers of Children

Support Resources

These are mostly reading and some videos on how to support children when they come out to you.

https://genderedintelligence.co.uk/projects/kip/transidentities/parents.html

https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/parents/

Support Groups

Gendered intelligence (Zoom meetings once a month) – https://genderedintelligence.co.uk/support/families

Mermaids “What Now?” sessions (Online) – https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/parents/mermaids-parents-community-application/

Mermaids Parents Community (Online, forum) They also announce any of their residential events in here, more info in the second link – https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/parents/mermaids-parents-community-application/
https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/residential-weekends/

Mermaids local meetups (In person, locations listed in link)
https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/local-groups-list/

Umbrella Cymru’s Embrace group (Online) – https://www.umbrellacymru.co.uk/embrace/

Workshops & Socials

Free pottery workshops for people with depression in Cardiff
https://www.cardiffpotteryworkshops.com/re-fire

Mental Health Swims are a wild swim support group. They meet up and provide a social group to swim with
https://www.mentalhealthswims.co.uk/swim-meet-locations/

LeatherMen social and fetish meetups, usually in Cardiff but some in Swansea as well
https://leathermencymru.com/

Gay Outdoor Club is a social group that go hiking and other outdoor activities. They have groups across Wales. The first four months are usually free, and then they charge a small fee. Hikes are usually 6-8 miles.
https://www.goc.org.uk/groups/north-wales/
https://www.goc.org.uk/groups/south-wales/
https://www.goc.org.uk/groups/west-wales/

Financial Assistance

General Advice

Citizens Advice Cardiff and the Vale run a support service for those with complex benefit casework or debt.
https://cacv.org.uk/our-projects/advicelink-cymru/

Cardiff has a money advice service, they’ve able to support folks with a wide range of things from benefit applications, preventing eviction, and applying for grants.
https://www.cardiffmoneyadvice.co.uk/benefits-and-income/

Legal Advice

North Wales legal advice, specifically focuses on immigration and asylum but have experience with criminal law
https://twitter.com/EastgateChambe1?t=KODI7WVeCN_OllkZ7mnxvA&s=09

Finding specific support

If you need something specific not listed here, these are links to databases that can be searched for groups and resources!

A national network of user-led organisations, can be searched by region or user type.
https://shapingourlives.org.uk/user-led-organisations/

UK wide network of LGBTQ+ groups
https://www.consortium.lgbt/member-directory/