Useful Links

GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.

Mermaids are passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

The North Midlands LGBT Older People’s Group gives people a chance to meet others and make new friends; listen to guest speakers; try new activities; exchange stories in a warm, supportive and friendly environment, as well as encouraging participation in a programme of physical, social and cultural activities.

Gaylife is a sexual health and lifestyle support service created especially for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Stoke-on-Trent, and for those questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

LGBT Consortium is  Consortium the UK’s national umbrella body for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans voluntary and community organisations. Set up in 1998, the organisation focuses on the development, support and strengthening of LGBT groups, organisations and projects so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.

LGBT Foundation Based in Manchester the LGBT Foundation is a vibrant charity with a wide portfolio of well-established services and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual

Staffordshire Buddies is the HIV and Sexual Health Charity for Stoke and Staffordshire. The mission of the Charity is to reduce the impact of HIV through providing support, information, advocacy and advice to those living with, or affected by, the virus, and by undertaking health promotion support to communities at risk.

Birmingham LGBT, Our vision is a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham, UK in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to what the city has to offer.

Stoke Panthers Badminton Group, There are around 20 of us that play regularly and we are an inclusive club that welcomes all ages, standards and abilities from beginners to league players. We pride ourselves in having a relaxed and friendly attitude to playing badminton. Participation involves playing doubles with all the club members, no matter what your ability is.

Welcome to the website of Unitarians who live in Staffordshire, England. We are a faith community where individual members share a quest for wholeness, share a concern for social justice, provide a caring community, provide new ways to experience spirituality. This means that we may have quite different beliefs from one another but we share an approach to spiritual exploration.

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“In 1972 British Airways had a female pilot, but they didn’t know it and neither did I.”


These are the words of retired pilot and Chair of the diversity charity GIRES Cat Burton, who gave an amazing insight into being a trans employee in our latest podcast.


Alongside employment expert Helen Dyke, they discuss how employers can support trans employees, covering important topics like:

  • Practical steps for employers
  • The Equality Act, gender re-assignment and gender recognition certificates
  • Ensuring your policies are trans-inclusive
  • Trans-specific diversity training
  • Consulting your staff
  • Dress codes, bathroom access, pronouns, and more.

It’s estimated there are approximately 600,000 trans and non-binary people in Britain. Many employers are keen to be supportive, but are unsure how best to do so.


The podcast will help you as an employer or HR professional make sure your organisation is a diverse and trans-inclusive workplace.  This is an American site with some good resources. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community have rates of substance abuse higher than those of the general population. Their daily battles with discrimination and stigma cause high levels of stress that may push them toward drug and alcohol use.

As the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK, we understand how hearing loss can affect everything in your life from your relationships, to your education and your job prospects.

We’re here to support and help you, so you can take back control and live the live you choose
From day-to-day-care, to practical information, to campaigning for a fairer world for people with hearing loss, and funding research to find a cure, we’re taking action on hearing loss.

Any Organisations listed is by request we do not to have any political or Religious affiliation