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Visit the Gisda Cafe in Caernarfon

We provide accommodation, support and opportunities for vulnerable young people in Gwynedd between the ages of 16 and 25 years old. GISDA was established in 1985 to provide support and accommodation for homeless young people in the area. Since then, GISDA has grown and developed many other supporting projects, including social enterprises, as a means of sustaining services for the young people we support.

GISDA is a charity that provides intensive support and opportunities to vulnerable young people in Gwynedd between 16 and 25 years old. GISDA seeks to improve young people’s lives by working with them to develop their independent living skills and improve their employability, health and wellbeing, and sense of self-worth. The support we offer each individual is tailored to their needs, directly addressing the difficulties they are experiencing and aimed towards achieving the goals they have set for themselves. Through the range of projects and therapeutic support that GISDA offers, young people gain the skills and confidence required to live independently.

Some of our projects include supporting young parents, raising awareness of homelessness across schools, finding and providing accommodation for young people, and supporting their transition into employment. Our various social enterprises, such our café in Caernarfon’s town centre, provide further opportunities for young people.

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Homelessness and Addiction

Addiction and homelessness are often symptoms of deep-seated mental health issues. The vast majority of people affected by addiction and homelessness experienced traumatic events such as sexual and physical abuse during childhood. Thus, the solution to addiction and homelessness must aim to tackle these mental causes. Doing so will give homeless people the belief that they can regain an existence they can be proud of.

A guide detailing addiction and homelessness by Olly Clark at Rehab 4 Addiction.

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Pink News

The worldwide news site for the LGBT+ community.

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Carers Wales - Supporting Carers in Wales and across the UK.
This listing is of particular interest to Carers in the LGBT community.

Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. It could be a few hours a week or around the clock, in your own home or down a motorway. There are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK and 370,000 in Wales. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring, they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.

To find out more please read these 2 documents : Who We Are, What We Do and Be an Ambassador.

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Rainbow Teaching

A site that aims to provide free support and guidance to teachers and school staff, challenge anti-LTBT+ bigotry in schools and to provide guidance on an LGBT+ inclusive curriculum

We’re a volunteer run project aimed at supporting teachers in LGBT+ inclusive teaching.

LGBT+ inclusion extends far beyond PSHE and into the language that we as teachers use, the policies we adopt, the activities we include in our lessons and tutor times, as well as our interactions with students, parents and staff.

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Damian Plant's blog working to raise disability awareness.

As well as maintaining his blog Damian also gives presentations on Disability Awareness. See his blog for contact details.

Damian also raises issues that concern disabled people at the North Wales Police Diversity Group which meets regularly at the Police Headquarters in Colwyn Bay.

See his Facebook page as well.

Sex and Disability

Helpline - 0707 4993527, 11am till 7pm week days

Social and peer network for disabled people that also campaigns for acceptance of disabled people as sexual partners

North Wales Regional Equality Network

NWREN advert

NWREN English

NWREN Cwmraeg

Also on Facebook.

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Shelter Cymru

Shelter Cymru has launched a new service to help LGBT people with housing problems.

Shelter Cymru’s national LGBT housing helpline will provide targeted housing advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the whole of Wales.

The helpline number is 0844 264 2554 and lines will be open every weekday from 9am to 5pm. People can also email lgbthousinghelpline@sheltercymru.org.uk

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Gay Scout International Gay Travel Guide: Events, Maps, Hotels, Bars, Clubs.

On your mobile use www.gayscout.mobi.

PinkUK, Gay guide covering all of the UK.

Schools OUT is an organisation working towards equality in education for LGBT people.

Contains information on policy and much more.

ThinkuKnow A website giving advice to children (and their parents, carers and teachers) about staying safe online.

The site has different areas for each age group.

SaferWales Creating Safe and Cohesive Communities.

Everyone has the right to feel safe, to live their life without fear, and to be part of a cohesive and inclusive community. However, for many residents of Wales, a real or perceived lack of safety is a major barrier to achieving this ideal.
Combating fear is therefore a key strand of any strategy to create a safer and more cohesive Wales. Wales’ commitment to a citizen-focused agenda provides a ready-made framework to deliver this.

GAYtoZ News and information relevant to the LGBT community from around the world.

Caffmos, the site for older gay men and their admirers.

Gaydar, the contact site for gay men of all ages. Covers many countries and languages.

Gaydar Radio. Music and news online radio station for the gay community.

GaydarGirls, the contact site for lesbians. Covers many countries.

ManCentral, another contact site for gay men.

GayVibes is a social networking site for the gay community.

The purpose of this website is to provide information to the LGBT community in Gwynedd and across North Wales.
If you have any information that you think will be of interest please contact webmaster@gaygwynedd.co.uk

This page updated 29th May 2019