You may have noticed some big changes happening at Derbyshire Friend in the last few months, not least of which was the move to our new centre in June of this year. We have new members of staff, new offices, a new focus to develop further services, support groups and links with organisations such as the NHS, Local Authority, OutDerby, Well For Life, and many more, we hope that in the future we will continue to develop and consolidate our services to benefit more LGBT people and their families and allies across the county.
However, from 1st October 2015 we will no longer be able to offer our free condom postal service. This decision has not been an easy one for us to make. We understand how valuable the postal service is to many, unfortunately our major funders do not. Although we did post out with no cost to the recipient, there was a cost to Derbyshire Friend of postage and pack contents, which we can now no longer sustain. You will still be able to get safe sex packs and condoms, together with advice at our centre at Bramble Street and your local GUM clinic.
Despite this, we continue to support our community in everything we do, with regular outreach and events, attending PRIDEs, supporting, informing and working alongside other organisations and individuals to help relieve emotional distress, social isolation and help those questioning their gender or sexual identities by offering a safe, welcoming and confidential environment.
Please support us as we continue to support everyone in our community, and stand with us as we help others.
The reality being that we cannot function without funds, times have been hard and we have watched as many wonderful charities have disappeared over the last few years, leaving a gap in support for so many people. We are Derbyshire’s only LGBT support service, and without your help it is a real possibility we could disappear too. So please donate, get involved with our fundraising, talk about us, use our centre, and use our services. We know how valuable and important the work we do is, let’s make it clear to everyone.
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