Hull’s LGBT community ‘needs specialist care’

Published: Wednesday 30th November 2016 by KCFM

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Hull’s LGBT community is struggling to gain access to specialist support, it has been claimed.

Andy Train, chairman of the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire LGBT Forum, says resources to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are inadequate.

His claim comes after a Unison report found that because of cutbacks to mental health specialist counselling is being denied.

The findings also suggest ambulance services are being increasingly relied upon by the community due to the lack of alternative support.

Mr Train believes proper funding is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable people.

He said: “When you first come out or you first have the need for that kind of help, it does dramatically affect you and affect your life.

“I think that somebody who’s in this vulnerable state needs assistance quite quickly. The system needs to be more geared up towards this and more robust.

“There are major organisations both nationally and locally which need to do more. If unchecked, these can really affect you in a really negative way which can have an impact on your life, your social life, your work and your whole being as a member of society.”

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Published: Wednesday 30th November 2016 by KCFM

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