Health & Wellbeing

The Health & Wellbeing subgroup aims to promote equal health and wellbeing for LGBT people here in York.

The York LGBT Forum offers some support and social groups, as well as, Yorkshire MESMAC and other organisations. Please find below the current groups. The Health & Wellbeing subgroup represents all the communities of identities and would like to communicate with all people within LGBT+ umbrella.

Support and Social


The York LGBT Forum does not offer Counselling at the present time however our partners Relate do. “Whether you’re married, in a relationship, or single, or whether you need a hand with your family or parents. Relate can help. We offer relationship counselling and sex therapy through consultations and face-to-face sessions, and practical support through our workshops.”
For more information, please call
01904 625971 (Easingwold, Harrogate, Selby or York) or 01302 347444 (Leeds)
or email (Easingwold, Harrogate, Selby, or York)
or (Leeds)

Peer Support Mental Health Group
Join us as we talk about mental health and learn new skills to help manage thoughts and feelings.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 4pm – 6pm at Briar House Resource Centre, Club Chambers, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DN

Coffee Morning

We run a free monthly coffee morning drop in, 1st Saturday of the month at Yorkshire MESMAC Offices, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ for anyone who identifies and/or supports the LGBT community

LGBT+ Drama Group – True Colours Theatre

We have a launched a drama group click on link below for more details
LGBT drama group – True Colour Theatre

Photography Course

Are you interested in learning about Photography? We run a 6-month introduction course to improve your skills! for more details click on Photography Course for more details: note the course is closed.

Facebook social groups

York LGBT Social Group

York LGBT Friending Group

Coming Soon

In 2017 we are looking to have a project supporting LGBT homeless people.

Contact Jake for more details on 07935200575 or

Our friends Yorkshire MESMAC offers other support in York

LGBT* Youth Group – Queer Club
Gender: All Genders
Age Range: 14-25
For 14-25 yrs old people who identify or questioning if they are LGBT+
Meeting fortnightly in York on a Wednesday evening for support and fun.
Please contact Ben on 07771 931 335 or

Trams – York Trans* Youth Group
Gender: Trans, Non-binary and other
Age Range: 14-25
For 14-25 yrs old people who are transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex etc. or questioning.
Meeting fortnightly in York, early evening for support and fun.
Please contact Ben on 07771 931 335 or

Positive Mingle – Social Group for HIV+ men
Gender: Male, Trans Men
Age Range: All ages
A social group for HIV positive men. Meetings are one evening a month. For more details contact Ben on 07771 931 335 or

Queer Women’s Group
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: Female, Trans Woman, Non-binary, Other
Age Range: Over 18
A peer support and social group based in York offering a safe space to discuss issues to do with mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer women. This is a Trans* inclusive space. Age 18+. The group is run by a MESMAC employee and someone who works in mental health. We want to form a diverse group, and feel it will become this, with the facilitators being pansexual and non-binary romantic grey-asexual. We are hoping the group will grow and we will be able to do activities and socials outside of our peer support group.
We meet fortnightly on a Thursday from 6pm-8pm at the York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ.
If you want to join please contact Jess either using her email:, mobile number: 07710 099 028 or the York MESMAC office phone number: 01904 620400. Also find us on facebook ( and twitter (@WomensMESMAC).
We have recently made a zine with drawings and written pieces from members of the group. You can read it by clicking here.
Content warning: mentions mental health, OCD, eating disorders, PTSD and BPD.

Generate – Trans Social and Support Group
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: Trans Man, Trans Woman, Non-binary, Other
Age Range: All Ages
A Transgender peer support and social group meeting in York twice a month. Join us, don’t do it on your own.
For information contact

Generate+ – for families, friends and partners of Trans people
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: All Genders
Age Range: All Ages
A social venue for families and partners of Trans* people. Meetings are once a month in York. For more information please email or call Ben on 07771 931 335.

Other Social Groups

York Lesbian Social Group

Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: Female, Trans Woman
Age Range: All Ages
A social group of mixed age women, currently from 30’s to 60’s. Members come from York and Yorkshire. Visit our website for more information and contacts.

What the health and wellbeing subgroup does additionally 

As well as running groups we also have:

Raised LGBT health and wellbeing issues with health and social care providers in York especially with regard to mental health and we now have a peer support mental health group.

Represented LGBT people at various health and wellbeing boards.

We will be reviewing LGBT Sexual Health in 2017 with our partners Yorkshire MESMAC and the Sexual Health Clinic.

Included the Health and Wellbeing subgroup strategy is in the wider York LGBT Forum strategy 2017-2020

Contributed to York’s joint strategic needs assessment which is in review.

If you would like to be part of the subgroup contact us on and ask for Jake.

Upcoming Events

  • York Out of the Closet: 50 years of LGBT History 05/06/2017 – 25/09/2017 York Castle Museum, Eye of York, Tower St, York YO1 9RY, UK We have been working with York LGBT History and York Pride to have a free community exhibition showing 50 years of LGBT History at the Castle Museum
  • LGBT Karaoke 26/06/2017 at 8:30 pm – 12:30 am Thomas's of York, Museum St, York YO1 7DT, UK LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards
  • GeneraTe: Trans Group in York 27/06/2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Email for venue details A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact