Parents and Carers

For all parents and carers of any LGBT+ young person

At SAYiT we understand that you might need support too. We have staff that are here to answer any questions you might have whether that be on a 1:1 basis or as part of our Parents and Carers monthly meeting.

Parents and carers tell us that it is really useful for them to have somewhere safe and friendly to go to talk to other parents/carers whose young people are LGBT+. Even though most parents and carers are really supportive, they often worry about what is the right – or wrong – thing to say to their child in a variety of situations or how to deal with issues that arise, and they find it helpful to talk things through with others. 

 

For further information you can contact us at info@sayit.org.uk or call us on 0114 241 2728.

Parent and Carers group

SAYiT has been able to offer regular monthly meetings that any parent and/or carer of young LGBT+ people can attend, even if their young person does not attend any of the SAYiT youth groups themselves. SAYiT has an active Parents and Carers Group that meets on a monthly basis at Scotia Works close to Sheffield railway and bus stations. 

The meetings are held in the early evening, with drinks and biscuits at 5.45pm followed by the meeting from 6.00pm – 7.30pm.  Although informal, the sessions are run with a group agreement and are facilitated by two SAYiT staff members.  Each session has a discussion topic for the group to focus on and share their own experiences.

1:1 Support

Do you have questions about an LGBT+ child in your care? Or you’d like some support or advice?
Contact us at SAYiT and one of our Parent and Carers workers will be in touch to arrange a phone call, email conversation, a meet up or however else you’d prefer to communcation. Get in touch here.

Do you have questions about a young person coming out? You can read Stonewall’s advice and guidance for parents here or head over to our resources page.

Since 2017, SAYiT has been able to offer regular monthly meetings that any parent and/or carer of young LGBT+ people can attend, even if their young person does not attend any of the SAYiT youth groups themselves. SAYiT has an active Parents and Carers Group that meets on a monthly basis at Scotia Works close to Sheffield railway and bus stations.

‘This group gives such a valuable opportunity to speak to other carers and share experiences without my child being there’ Parent of 13-year-old

The meetings are held in the early evening, with drinks and biscuits at 5.45pm followed by the meeting from 6.00pm – 7.30pm.  Although informal, the sessions are run with a group agreement and are facilitated by SAYiT staff members and volunteers.  Each session has a discussion topic for the group to focus on and share their own experiences.

Examples of topics covered:

  • What does SAYiT do? – and not do!
  • What actually happens at the group work sessions with the young people?
  • LGBT+ History
  • Q and A session with older LGBT+ people
  • Representatives of Porter Brook Sheffield and Tavistock Leeds have attended, presented and answered questions and given invaluable information
  • Consultation evening on the Government’s proposed Sex and Relationships Education curriculum for schools

We also welcome your input and feedback for topics to be covered at future meetings.

The attendance at the group currently varies between 6 – 14 people, some describing themselves as birth parents and foster carers, aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents and step-parents.

Most of the people who come to the meetings have never met another parent or carer of an LGBT+ young person before and often feel alone in their experience. At the SAYiT group, parents and carers can listen or talk in a safe space, perhaps for the first time, with other parents and carers.

If you are the parent or carer of a young person who you think would benefit from attending one of our groups, please do not hesitate to get in touch to find out more. If your child is interested in making a referral, you may be able to do so on their behalf. Please send us an email or give us a call to find out more.

Do you have questions about a young person coming out? You can read Stonewall’s advice and guidance for parents here or head over to our resources page.

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