Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru in Swansea has set up a new youth group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in Swansea, called SYGNET.
The project, aimed at 14-25 year olds, will address the educational, health information and social support needs of these young people. Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have 20 years of experience of community development projects with lesbian and gay people and LGBT youth services.
David Lynch, National Manager for THT Cymru says: “We’re really pleased to have set up this group in partnership with Swansea City Council’s Children and Young People’s Development (CYPD) Team. SYGNET will give young gay people in Swansea a space to explore what sexual orientation and identity means to them and how it impacts on their relationships, education, health and future opportunities.”
A spokesperson from the CYPD team of Swansea City Council says: “The City and County of Swansea are pleased to be able to support the SYGNET group. It is important that all young people can access support for the issues that are important to them. We are also keen to enable all young people to participate in a range of activities with companions who share similar interests, in a safe place with supportive staff. By working with Terrence Higgins Trust we are able to provide such facilities for young people who may not usually use our services and this enables us to broaden both the reach and appeal of what we have to offer.”
Sargeant Mike Godritch of South Wales Police, whose team recently granted £500 to the initiative from the Blue Light Disco Funds says: “The Blue light disco is pleased to support the diverse communities in the Swansea area. We welcome applications from all youth groups and are pleased to support SYGNET the city’s Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth group.”
SYGNET runs every Friday from 6.30- 9.30pm. For more information, please contact THT Cymru in Swansea on 01792 477540