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Starting Tuesday 21st March in Exeter

Are you over 18 years old and do you identify as LGBT+?
Do you want to explore new ways of improving your emotional wellbeing?
Are you interested in meeting others in a similar position to you?

If so, Intercom Trust’s new Kind Mind Group may be for you.

What is the Kind Mind Group about?
The Kind Mind Group is a 10 week course for people who identify as LGBT+ who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional wellbeing and/or mental health but not at a point of crisis.

The group is based on the principles of compassion focused therapy, an approach that encourages us to respond to our own distress with understanding and kindness.

The approach is particularly helpful for people who criticise themselves at times of distress, experience low mood, anxiety, shame and other confused feelings about their LGBT+ identity.

The Group
The group will be facilitated by two of Intercom Trust’s Helpline, Support and Advocacy Team- Max Cohen, Helpline Worker and Gemma Budge, Trainee Clinical Psychologist on placement.

There will be a maximum of 8 -10 group members and the course will provide opportunities to learn new skills such as mindfulness and self-compassion practices and to improve emotional wellbeing. You will also be asked to practice some of the exercises between group sessions, to try and work out which strategies work best for you.

If you’re interested in attending please call 0800 612 3010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask your support worker (if you have one) to contact us as soon as possible.

You will be invited to meet with the group facilitators to make sure the course is right for you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

These pre-course meetings will take place on Tuesday 28th Feb, 7th March and 14th March.

Throughout the course you will be able to contact the Intercom Trust Helpline on 0800 612 3010 should you need to talk to someone, in addition to your usual sources of support.

We may be able to help with the costs of getting to the course and/or other expenses.

Where and when?
The group will meet at the Intercom Centre in Exeter for 10 sessions on Tuesdays between 5pm and 7pm on the following dates:

1.Tuesday 21st March
2.Tuesday 28th March
3.Tuesday 4th April
4.Tuesday 11th April
5.Tuesday 25th April
6.Tuesday 2nd May
7.Tuesday 9th May
8.Tuesday 16th May
9.Tuesday 6th June
10.Tuesday 13th June

Following the end of the course you will be invited to attend an individual review with the facilitators to discuss your experience of the group and think about what resources and support are available to you.

February - LGBT History Month

Date added: 1 February 2017

February is LGBT History Month - a time when across the country we celebrate and reflect on LGBTQ+ lives throughout history.

LGBT History Month is also an opportunity to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer lives and culture, and to recognise the significant contribution LGBTI+ people have made to our country and the world at large.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a national day of commemoration, dedicated to remembering those who suffered or died as a result of the Holocaust.

Today our thoughts are with those people.


We are running Gender Identity Family Days in Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon and Dorset.

The Gender Identity Family Days are for young trans+ people, those questioning their gender identity or who are gender non-conforming, their families, siblings, parents and carers.

It's an opportunity to meet other families and professionals and for young people to socialise in a safe environment.

To find out more about these events and when they are being held please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0800 612 3010.

Watch this space for future Gender Identity Days that may be in your area.

Looking to connect with people, make new friends or widen your social circle in 2017? Why not visit the Directory page on our website and take a look at the many LGBT+ community groups that run throughout the South West and see what is going on in your area?

If you already run or organise an LGBT+ community group and you'd like to promote it and have it listed on the Directory, just get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Intercom Trust is closed from Friday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you need someone to speak to while we are closed, please call London LGBT+ Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 or The Samaritans on 116 123.

Intercom Open Day

Date added: 16 December 2016

A big thank you to everyone that came along to our Open Day yesterday. We had a wonderful time and we really enjoyed meeting so many Intercom friends.

The cakes were a success, everyone loves the new premises, and it was great to tell people more about the work that we do across the south west.

Oh, and a big thank you to Sarah, for making us our very own gingerbread house. We love it!

We are really happy to have Gemma Budge joining the Intercom Trust team for the next 10 months. Here's Gemma to tell us a little more about herself and the work she plans to do whilst here at Intercom.

"Thank you to all the Intercom Trust staff team for a warm welcome. I will be working with Intercom one day a week over the next 10 months as part of the final year of my doctorate, with Plymouth University.

I bring with me to the team five years of experience working within NHS mental health and wellbeing services and a range of skills I have developed through my training to date including therapeutic, consultation and service evaluation skills. I am interested to learn from the team at Intercom and hope that I can use my experience to support their work.

During my time with the Intercom Trust I am going to pilot a group for members of the LGBT+ community experiencing difficulties with their emotional wellbeing, working alongside one of the team. I am also hoping to support Intercom in evaluationg some of their services.

I look forward to working alongside the Intercom team, clients and broader stakeholders."

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For more information about Human Rights Day: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

Intercom's December 2016 Newsletter

Date added: 1 December 2016
Intercom's December Newsletter can now be downloaded from here, in print-friendly format.

World Aids Day - 1st December 2016

Date added: 30 November 2016

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

We are remembering those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

National HIV Testing Week

Date added: 18 November 2016

National HIV Testing week starts on 19th November. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing and to increase the opportunities for people to get tested.

For more information visit http://www.tht.org.uk/our-charity/Our-work/What-we-do/National-HIV-testing-week or http://www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk/campaigns/national-hiv-testing-week/