Support group moves home

Hart Gables staff outside their new York Road premises, (left to right) Aaran Johnson, Ronnie Khouja, Joanne Fairless, Josie Nicholson, Sarah Lewis and Keith Connelly. Picture by FRANK REID
Hart Gables staff outside their new York Road premises, (left to right) Aaran Johnson, Ronnie Khouja, Joanne Fairless, Josie Nicholson, Sarah Lewis and Keith Connelly. Picture by FRANK REID
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A SUPPORT group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has moved premises.

Hart Gables, which supports the LGBT community in Hartlepool, has moved to York Road from its previous base in South Road and centre bosses have organised a drop-in day to celebrate.

Staff will host a drop-in community day next week to coincide with the annual International Day Against Homophobia.

The event takes place on Tuesday, May 17, between 10am-1pm at the new base in 220 York Road, which is close to the Elwick Road junction.

Joanne Fairless, manager of Hart Gables, said: “We have moved to a more compact premises as it makes more financial sense.

“We are offering the same services but we are now on one level and the building is more wheelchair-friendly.

“Hart Gables is the only organisation offering support to the LGBT community in the surrounding area, the other nearest group is in Newcastle.

“We want to let everybody know that we have moved and we hope to use the International Day Against Homophobia to raise awareness of the services that we provide.”

Hart Gables has more than 100 members and there are a series of drop-in sessions for people to discuss issues ranging from sexual health to crime awareness.

They also offer a one-to-one support service and signpost people to other services if required.

The centre relies on grant funding and bosses have managed to secure funds for the next 12 months.

For more information about Hart Gables call (01429) 236790.