METRO Youth Service: Making a positive impression on young LGBTQ people's lives
METRO Youth Service (MYS) at the Metro Centre is a charity providing free and confidential services to young LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those questioning their sexuality or gender) people in South East London.
METRO has been awarded as a centre of excellence with nearly 30 years experience and winners of the National Pink Paper Readers Awards 2010 for Best Youth Group. The service is also accredited under the 'You're Welcome' scheme for making health services young people friendly.
METRO Youth Service aims to make a positive impression on young LGBTQ people lives. This is achieved through group work, one to one interactions, satellite work, outreach and contributions to quality assurance processes.
We provide a range of services including:
Fortnightly group for young LGBTQ people aged 16 and under
Weekly group for LGBTQ people aged 16-25 meets every Sunday 2-5pm in Greenwich
Weekly group for LGBTQ people aged 16-25 meets every Thursday 7-10pm in Bromley
Weekly group for LGBTQ people aged 16-25 meets every Wednesday 6.30-9.30pm in Bexley
Weekly group for LGBTQ people aged 16-25 meets every Friday 6-8pm in Lewisham
LGBTQ youth alcohol counselling and group work service and Capacity Building for organisations in the South East London area, to support and enable them to work more inclusively with young LGBTQ people
We provide a monthly facility at the BYA in Bexley for one to one support and outreach at events across S E London
The MYAP project provides a guidance programme that supports young LGBTQ people in Tower Hamlets either through 1-2-1 or small group contact and will support them into accredited training that will improve their employability, skills to get into education to further develop their career prospects or to support them to find either paid or unpaid work.
Schools work: work focusing on reducing homophobic bullying by supporting teaching staff and schools and supporting young people experiencing homophobic bullying in Lewisham and Bexley. Satellite support at MYS youth groups in Bexley and Lewisham for those experiencing homophobic bullying at school
All staff members have CRB checks and receive regular Safeguarding / Child Protection training. Pre-assessments and assessments are conducted with all LGBTQ young people, to address their needs including active referral to added value Metro Centre Services including under 25 counseling, sexual health clinics, mental health drop in, etc.
Referrals can be made by any professional, or clients can self refer.
For more information about any of our youth groups call 0208 305 5000 or why not email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Your enquiry will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Michael - Counselling
I gained a huge amount of help from the counselling service and would like to thank the service for offering so much support.
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.
Abimbola- First Point
It has been a long time since I felt that someone actually listened to me.
Sarah - Counselling
The help and understanding I experienced from everyone I came into contact with whilst using the Metro’s services was amazing.
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.
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 didn’t 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.
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.
David - Counselling
Outstanding people. Outstanding service. Outstanding counselling. Truly something that has allowed me to turn my life around.
Joe - Mentoring
The programme had such an impact on my life that I decided to come on board as a volunteer mentor!