We are more than just an annual Pride festival. We run a range of services, activities, social events and training throughout the year. On this page you will find information about all of those things.
If you are LGBT+ and aged 12 – 18, Proud Youth is for you. It’s a place to relax, be yourself, meet new people, and get some advice or support too if you need it. Proud Youth is free to attend and runs weekly in Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Rugby and Nuneaton.
This is a monthly group for parents of LGBT+ people and parents who are LGBT. Proud Parents runs on the first Saturday of each month from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Coffee #1 in Leamington Spa. There will be a Proud Parents sign on the table.
No Barriers is for LGBT+ people who have learning disabilities. It meets on the second Saturday of each month at Foundation House in Stratford-upon-Avon. No Barriers is all about empowering LGBT+ people with learning disabilities to be part of the community, socialise and not be held back by their disabilities.
We host a whole range of socials for local LGBT+ people to enjoy, including a monthly coffee morning in Leamington, a regular trans group in Leamington, a monthly group and social in Stratford-upon-Avon, a photography club, and much more. There are lots of other things happening across Warwickshire, with in person and online options, and more groups and socials are being added regularly. Please view our calendar to see what’s happening. We also have a private Facebook group where LGBT+ people can connect with others and socialise.
The Warwickshire Pride Fitness Club is all about empowering LGBT+ people to become more active in order to boost physical and mental health. A regular fitness activity takes place somewhere in Warwickshire. Most of the activities are suitable for people of all abilities and will always be fully accessible where possible.
If you are in need of someone to talk to or would like some advice and support, feel free to email email@example.com or call/text 07580 532 659 and one of our team will get back to you pretty quickly. You are never alone and we are here for you if you need us. We also have a private Facebook group where LGBT+ people can access support from our team of volunteers.
Proud Counselling is Warwickshire Pride’s LGBT+ counselling service. It is run by LGBT+ counsellors for LGBT+ people. Proud Counselling is a donations based service, so you can pay what you’re able afford for the sessions you attend. This makes Proud Counselling an accessible service for LGBT+ people, with there being no lengthy waiting times either.
Cost of Living Support
With the cost of everything rising, we know that some people are struggling to afford to buy food or heat their homes adequately. We don’t want anyone to go hungry or be cold over winter. We won’t do any checks or ask for evidence. If you need help, just ask for it. There is no judgement from our side and no need to feel embarrassed about asking for help. We can drop food parcels and/or warm packs to your home, send them in the post, or arrange collection from a convenient location.
We deliver LGBT+ and trans awareness training to any organisation wanting to learn more and provide a more inclusive, accessible service for LGBT+ people. We also deliver talks and workshops for schools, colleges and youth groups. Our training is highly regarded and seen as the gold standard, with lots of organisations now working with us to ensure they are LGBT+ aware and inclusive. Please visit the Training page for further details.
We carry out a range of research projects to understand the issues that LGBT+ people face and gauge the needs of the community. We write a report on each piece of research we conduct, and feed the results back to key people and decision makers with the hope of inspiring positive changes that make everything a bit better for LGBT+ people locally. Please visit our research page to read more about the research we have done.
While we can help and support you in many ways at Warwickshire Pride, you may sometimes find that more specialist support is needed to help you through your problem. Below are some other organisations that may be able to help you, alongside the support we can provide.
Report Hate Now
Report Hate Now is Warwickshire’s dedicated hate crime reporting website. You can log incidents anonymously, choose to report to the Police or the local hate crime partnership, and even request a case worker to support you.
If you have been a victim of crime, Victim Support can support you, even if you haven’t reported the crime. Their team are helpful, supportive, and have experience of working with LGBT+ people. You will be in safe hands. You can access their website or call them on 01926358060 (or 08081689111 outside of office hours).
Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQUIP)
EQUIP support people who have experienced discrimination due to their protected characteristic, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity. They also promote equality and inclusion. Visit their website or call them on 07337431997.
Sometimes support from another organisation may be required if we can’t help you with something. Although they are not LGBT+ specific, they can assist with issues such as homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, crime and mental health. Click the following link to see other organisations that may be able to support you.