Parent and Carers Group
SAYiT has an active Parents and Carers Group .
These groups are for any parent and/or carer of young LGBT+ people, even if their young person does not attend any of the SAYiT youth groups themselves.
Upcoming Parent and Carers dates:
Tuesday 7th September 2021
Tuesday 5th October 2021
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Tuesday 7th December 2021
We are currently running the group with smaller numbers due to corona virus restrictions.
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.