Welcome to Hastings & Rother Gay Helpline
(The Helpline was founded in 1987 as Hastings Befrienders)
"The fact that not everyone can have the confidence to say for whatever reason I am what I am, accept me for the person that I am, don’t expect or force me to be someone I am not is surely a condemnation of a society that regards itself as civilised."
The above quote is from Paul Broadhurst's, our chairman's highly-praised welcome speech made at the
25th Anniversary Celebration on 28th September 2012, and can be read in full on the 25th Anniversary page.
The Helpline is completely independent and the only one in East Sussex
Ways in which we can be contacted
By phone: 07941 014 013 Calls are answered live on Wednesdays between 7pm & 9pm. At other times please leave a voicemail message or send a text and we will get back to you. We check the phone daily.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By using our Contact form: Click on the Contact form page.
We were deeply saddened in December 2014 by the news that Marcia, a stalwart of our 0ver 50's group had died suddenly. A tribute to Marcia can be read on the Marcia Linden - Tribute page.
Dr Alan Turing, World War II code breaker, mathematician, regarded as the Father of Computer Science, and who received a criminal conviction for homosexuality in the 1950's has been granted a royal pardon effective as of December 24th 2014. Please visit the Alan Turing page for information about this brilliant and remarkable man's achievements.
How we deal with enquiries
Phone calls are answered by our trained, empathetic, non-judgmental volunteers.We provide information services and 'a listening ear' for LGBT people of all ages, their families and friends.When necessary, we can direct callers or enquirers by other means to the appropriate agency.
Victims of homophobic hate incidents can contact us in confidence, and we can assist with the reporting process. Please see the Hate Incident Reporting page.We are represented on the East Sussex Anti-Social Behaviour & Hate Crime sub-group that has produced a toolkit to help people to report incidents.
Over 50's get-togethers
A problem that many people encounter as they get older is loneliness and with it a sense of isolation. For LGBT people these feelings can be especially acute, and to help combat them we provide monthly afternoon get-togethers in a St. Leonards on Sea community centre where people can meet to obtain information and socialise in a safe and non-commercial environment. We don't make any charge, free refreshments - tea/coffee and biscuits are provided, and newcomers are made to feel very welcome.
Next dates - all at 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Thursday, 29th June 2017
Thursday, 27th July
Thursday, 31st August