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
We are currently unable to receive communications by post so please contact us by one of the following means -
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.
Over 50's Get-togethers
All on Thursday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm
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.
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 dates in 2018
January 26th February 23rd March 23rd
April 27th May 25th June 22nd
July 27th August 30th September 28th
November 2nd November 30th December 21st