LGBT Community

Young People – Homelessness

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.

We support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

akt helps young people:

Stay safe in a crisis

Find emergency accommodation

Access specialist support

Develop skills, identify and achieve life goals

We do this by providing:

Access to advice from one of our housing specialists

Connection to a mentor for one-to-one support

Access to our emergency support pack or tenancy starter pack

A place to stay in our Purple Door accommodation service

A safe place with one of our many housing provider partners

Access to life skills training, events and peer support networks


LGBT Support

  • LGBT Foundation
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 0345 3 30 30 30
  • The Proud Trust (Support for young trans people) Website:
  • Galop (LGBT Domestic Abuse, sexual assault and hate crime Helpline)
  • Telephone: 0800 999 5428
  • Mermaids (Support for trans patients inc. families)
  • Website:
  • Terrence Higgins Trust (Support and information regarding HIV)
  • Website:
  • Transwiki (find local support for trans people and family)
  • Website

Mental Health Support

  • Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline – 0300 330 0630, open 10am–10pm every day. Email support: [email protected]/. Online chat is also available through their homepage.
  • MindLine Trans+ 0300 330 5468 Nationwide, is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as transgender, agender, gender fluid and non-binary.
  • Mindout – MindOut Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer Mental Health Service – call 01273234839 or email [email protected] or contact directly through their Online Support service. Dates and times on the website.

LGBT Sunderland