The welfare team at Peterhouse is committed to supporting all our LGBTQ+ students, staff and Fellows, working closely with the University and College-based student representatives. We are aware of the specific experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ members of our community and seek to be welcoming and safe space where LGBTQ+ people can be heard, seen, and supported.
The Mental Health Advisor, College Counsellor, College Nurse, and Welfare Officer/Asst Chaplain can all offer support and signpost students to resources in the university as appropriate. They are all experienced in supporting LGBTQ+ students and happy to provide any advice either individually or through redirection. We offer:
- A safe space to talk about questions about gender and sexual identity, belonging, life in College and relationships
- The chance to talk about mental health concerns or difficulties, providing emotional support, and signposting to additional counselling services as needed
- Advice and guidance around physical health needs and liaising with medical professionals
- Co-ordination with university support services as needed
LGBTQ+ JCR Officer
The JCR has a dedicated LGBTQ+ officer whom you can contact with any questions or concerns relating to being an LGBTQ+ student at Peterhouse and in Cambridge. They are a first point of contact for the student body and can provide individual advice and support, as well being as a friendly face. They are also able to signpost you to further support if appropriate. The JCR’s LGBTQ+ officer also represents the views and voices the concerns of the LGBTQ+ community in Peterhouse and works with the CUSU (Cambridge University Students' Union) LGBTQ+ campaign to ensure that Peterhouse is involved in the uni-wide LGBTQ+ effort. Contact information and more details about the role and LGBTQ life at Peterhouse can be found here: https://www.peterhousejcr.co.uk/prospectiveStudents/collegeLife/lgbtqStudents.php and the names of the current LGBTQ representatives in College are here: https://www.peterhousejcr.co.uk/currentStudents/jcrCommittee/currentCommittee.php.
LGBTQ+ Group at Peterhouse
The college has a dedicated Facebook group chat, run by the LGBTQ+ Officer, for LGBTQ+ persons to join. This chat allows individuals to share events and ideas, seek guidance and advice, make new friends and offer any feedback for the consideration of the LGBTQ+ Officer.
Cambridge University Student's Union: LGBT+ Campaign
CUSU LGBT+ is the University Students’ Union Campaign for LGBT+ students at Cambridge. They seek to represent and support all students who identify as LGBT+. They also run a range of social events, including regular coffee meets, speakers’ events and pub crawls and can provide support and advocacy on any issue a student may be having. CUSU LGBT+ has a dedicated Welfare Officer who can support you if you are questioning your orientation or gender, coming out, sexual health, or anything else. Issues do not have to be ‘really important’ nor do you have to identify as LGBT+ to speak with the LGBT+ Welfare Officer.
Cambridge University’s LGBT+ staff network
They organise monthly drinks, as well as talks and events throughout the year (including LGBT History month).
FUSE is a society that caters to LGBTQ+ students of colour at the University of Cambridge. The society prides itself on being a place of community, inclusion and discussion.
Community organisations in Cambridge (not affiliated with the University)
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The Kite Trust
The Kite Trust offers support for LBGT+ young people in Cambridgeshire under the age of 25, as well as free social groups. One-to-one support is available both face-to-face and over Skype. It is a confidential service tailored to your needs. The Kite Trust is an excellent way of accessing emotional and social support.
Dhiverse is a sexual health charity based in Cambridge. They offer a wide range of support around sexual health, including counselling and testing services. Anyone can self-refer for counselling for issues around sexual health, sexuality, sexual identity, sexual relationships, sexual trauma or HIV and impacting your mental health and wellbeing. Sessions are free but donations are welcome. Up to 12 sessions are offered.
Encompass Network promotes a better quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in Cambridgeshire by enabling networking and capacity building for the LGBTQ+ voluntary and community sector. They host events for LGBTQ+ people in Cambridge such as meet-ups for Trans and Non-Binary people and coordinate events for LGBTQ+ history month across Cambridge.
National support networks
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm)
Switchboard, is an LGBT+ Helpline, a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. They are focussed on helping people explore the right options for themselves.
0800 999 5428 (Mon–Weds: 10am–5pm; Thurs: 10am–10pm; Fri: 1–10pm; Sun: 12–4pm (Tues 1–5pm is trans specific service)
Galop is the leading LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. Galop provides advice, support and advocacy to people who have experienced a hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence. All services are confidential and free. They offer a trans-specific service on their helpline every Tuesday afternoon between 1.00-5.00pm.
0345 3 30 30 30
The LGBT Foundation provides a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. In particular, they offer an “Information, Support and Advice Line” which is open 9.00am – 9.00pm weekdays and 10.00am – 6.00pm on weekends as well as online resources.
Stonewall is a UK-based organisation advocating for LGBT+ rights and support. They also have an information service. They are currently operating a voicemail-only function on their phone lines but you can leave a message, including details of the best time to call you back, and they will do their best to call you within 3 working days. You can also contact via email on email@example.com.
The Information Service is contactable on 0800 0502020, and lines are open 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.