"Broken Rainbow was the UK's only national LGBT domestic violence charity, supporting people that truly feel they have nowhere else to turn.
"We are so relieved that Galop and Stonewall Housing in partnership with the Home Office will together ensure that LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse will still have a dedicated helpline to call for support and advice.", Dr Greg Ussher, METRO CEO.
METRO's experience in providing LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy support, highlights how vital LGBT-specific support is in enabling people to fully share their experience to be able to talk through options and get the most appropriate support.
Dr Ussher went on to explain, "From our experience in delivering LGBTdomestic violence support in Southwark and Lambeth, we know how vital specialist services are.
"This is why when we understood that Broken Rainbow was in difficultly, awaiting their grant from the Home Office, we were keen to offer a financial support package to ensure their vital helpline remained open.
"Sadly their situation has moved to the point of liquidation, but we truly hope that this, plus the similar situation leading to the closure of the LGBT Mental health charity, PACE, will lead to further collaboration and joined up working in our sector. Ensuring the resilience and sustainability of services for the communities we serve."
Ebere - First Point
I wish this service was around when I was newly diagnosed. I felt my world had fallen apart around me and I didn't know which way to turn for support. You are offering a very valuable service.
Joe - Mentoring
The programme had such an impact on my life that I decided to come on board as a volunteer mentor!
Peter- First Point
I felt so relieved to have a named First Point worker who I can call if I need to be referred to a particular service.
Joan - First Point
Thank you so much for taking time to listen to me and truly understand how I am feeling. This is the only appointment I've had regarding HIV that didnít feel rushed.
Kwasi - Mentoring
During the 6 month programme, I developed a close relationship with my mentor. Knowing that I would have to talk to him honestly about what I did in the previous 2 weeks somehow forced me to be safe every time I had an encounter.
Sarah - Counselling
The help and understanding I experienced from everyone I came into contact with whilst using the Metroís services was amazing.
Abimbola- First Point
It has been a long time since I felt that someone actually listened to me.
Michael - Counselling
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Simon - Mentoring
By discussing things at such an intimate level with my mentor, I really came face to face with some of the reasons why I was taking chances before.
David - Counselling
Outstanding people. Outstanding service. Outstanding counselling. Truly something that has allowed me to turn my life around.