iAmMe – LGBT+

Eikon are thriving to support all young people who identify LGBT+ in Surrey by providing a friendly, confidential and warming approach to the support provided to young people and their families.

At Eikon we understand the needs of the young people we are supporting, many experiencing isolation, bullying and ill mental health. We are working with schools, professionals and parents to ensure that we take a young person lead approach to build equality throughout the county.

” More than four in five trans young people have self harmed. As have three in five lesbian, gay and bisexual young people”

“More than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own lives. As have one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual young people”

The School Report (2017) and RaRE Research Report (2015)

“The number of LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) people who have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year because of their sexual orientation has risen by 78 per cent since 2013”

The Gay British Crime Survey (2013) and LGBT in Britain – Hate Crime (2017)

iAmMe youth session

iAmMe offers a safe, confidential space for LGBT young people aged 11-19 to meet and socialise. We offer these fortnightly sessions for information, guidance and support.

iAmMe Trans* youth session

iAmMe offers a safe, confidential space for LGBT young people aged 11-19 to meet and socialise. We offer these monthly sessions for information, guidance and support.

Parents coffee evening

iAmMe coffee evening offers parents the opportunity to gain advice, guidance and meet other parents with similar experiences and questions around supporting their LGBT+ children/ young people. We offer these monthly sessions in Surrey Heath.

“Meeting other parents with LGBT children and young people can be a good form of support. Talking to others who have an understanding of what you are going through can be very beneficial and an opportunity to talk about those feelings with people that wont judge”

Mermaids UK. https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

Raising awareness in Surrey schools.

Why is LGBT + support important in schools?

“Nearly half (45 per cent) of LGBT pupils – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools”

The School Report (2017) and RaRE Research Report (2015)

Our aim is to motivate, encourage and offer comprehensive support to all schools, young people, and the families of those who identify as LGBTQ+ or who are questioning their gender, identity or sexuality.

Eikon is able to support staff to assist the young people in your school through:

  • A network of teachers and support staff termly meetings.
  • Comprehensive training
  • Support with policies, procedures and resources
  • Peer staff support
  • LGBT+ awareness sessions in the school. Lead by Eikon.
  • Setting up a LGBT+ safe space for your students.

Equip your school in Surrey with the relevant support, guidance and information offered to you by Eikon.

Professionals networking meetings.

Eikon has been working in partnership with Surrey County Council to host networking meetings to keep up to date with services for young people, speak to other professionals and gain support/ information. This offer is extended to all professionals that has an invested interest in providing comprehensive LGBT+ support in their organisations.

These meetings are held termly.

For more information

Due to the sensitivity of the LGBT+ support we do not advertise locations for our sessions. Please contact Shaffrina for details.

Shaffrina Barker, LBGT+ Lead at The Eikon Charity.

Email shaffrina.barker@eikon.org.uk or call 07904256631.

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