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Support for Supporters

This resource brings together key sources of advice, support, and resources for those supporting an LGBTQUA+ person at Warwick.

Signposting to support available

You can support LGBTQUA+ people by working with them to identify appropriate support services and resources. Use our directory of support for LGBTQUA+ people at Warwick to explore the options available, which includes:

  • Community groups
  • LGBTQUA+ representation
  • Support services and initiatives
  • Resources for LGBTQUA+ people
  • National support services
  • Further external resources

Who you can speak to

If you feel that it would be helpful to speak to someone about the support needs of the LGBTQUA+ person you are supporting, you may want to consider the following sources of advice:

  • Wellbeing Support Services
  • Queering University
    • The Queering University programme supports staff and students at Warwick to develop, implement, share and sustain queer pedagogies and perspectives. It encourages teaching & learning, pastoral, and other practices that are inclusive of trans and LGBTQUA+ people, and improves understanding in the classroom and wider university settings. Please contact the programme leads via queeringuniversity@warwick.ac.uk for advice and support.
    • There are departmental contacts for many University departments, who may be able to share departmental-specific advice and resources.
  • Rainbow Taskforce
    • The taskforce is an advisory body on issues of LGBTQUA+ inclusion and equality at Warwick. Please contact the taskforce co-chairs via Rainbow.Taskforce@warwick.ac.uk.
  • Report & Support
    • The Report & Support service can advise and support staff and students who have experienced hate crime, harassment, discrimination, sexual violence, and/or domestic abuse, as well as those supporting them. Their support pages include information on what these experiences look like, support and reporting options if you have been affected, and how to respond if you receive a disclosure or are supporting someone who has been affected. It is possible to speak to an advisor, or make an anonymous report.
  • Chaplaincy
    • The Chaplaincy is available to support LGBTQUA+ people and their supporters in relation to faith and religion.

Please maintain the appropriate level of confidentiality when seeking advice and support from these sources.

Support in Specific Contexts

The sections below offer information and resources in relation to supporting LGBTQUA+ people in specific contexts:

Please contact us with suggestions for specific additional contexts you would like to see included in this resource.

Supporting Someone who is Coming Out or Transitioning

We have created some key resources to support you if you are supporting an LGBTQUA+ person who is coming out and/or transitioning at Warwick:

  • How to respond to a disclosure that someone is LGBTQUA+ (coming soon)
  • How to support someone who is coming out and/or transitioning (coming soon)

There are also specific resources to support LGBTQUA+ people who are coming out and/or transitioning, which you can share with them, including:

They may wish to use the resources "I'm part of the LGBTQUA+ community" and/or "I'm part of the trans community" to facilitate coming out to others.

External resources which can support people to explore their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and to come out to others if they choose, include:

Supporting Someone's Mental Health & Wellbeing

This Wellbeing Support Services webpage for staff supporting students provides contact details for staff members wanting to discuss practical, emotional, or psychological concerns about a student, and/or to discuss potential referrals to their support services or other support resources.

Connection to community is an important resilience factor for LGBTQUA+ people, and so it is helpful to signpost to sources of LGBTQUA+ community. Details of the student and staff community groups can be found in the LGBTQUA+ support directory, as well as details of relevant buddy schemes and community correspondence services.

There are many excellent external support services, including:

Some external mental health and wellbeing support resources for LGBTQUA+ people:

As someone supporting an LGBTQUA+ person's mental health and wellbeing, these resources can support you:

Supporting Someone who has Experienced Hate-Crime, Harassment and/or Discrimination

This Wellbeing Support Services webpage for staff supporting students provides contact details for staff members wanting to discuss practical, emotional, or psychological concerns about a student, and/or to discuss potential referrals to their support services or other support resources.

The Report & Support service can advise and support staff and students who have experienced hate crime, harassment, and/or discrimination, as well as those supporting them. Their support pages include information on what these experiences look like, support and reporting options if you have been affected, and how to respond if you receive a disclosure or are supporting someone who has been affected. It is possible to speak to an advisor, or make an anonymous report through the Report & Support service.

The SU Advice Centre and Wellbeing Support Services are third party hate crime reporting centres. This means that they can support someone to report hate crime and hate incidents if they do not want to approach the police directly to make a report.

Connection to community is an important resilience factor for LGBTQUA+ people, and so it is helpful to signpost to sources of LGBTQUA+ community. Details of the student and staff community groups can be found in the LGBTQUA+ support directory, as well as details of relevant buddy schemes and community correspondence services.

There are many excellent external support services, including:

Some external resources of relevance include:

As someone supporting an LGBTQUA+ person who has experienced hate crime, harassment, and/or discrimination, these resources can support you:

Supporting Someone who has Experienced Sexual Violence or Domestic Abuse

This Wellbeing Support Services webpage for staff supporting students provides contact details for staff members wanting to discuss practical, emotional, or psychological concerns about a student, and/or to discuss potential referrals to their support services or other support resources.

The Report & Support service can advise and support staff and students who have experienced sexual violence or domestic abuse, as well as those supporting them. Their support pages include information on what these experiences look like, support and reporting options if you have been affected, and how to respond if you receive a disclosure or are supporting someone who has been affected. It is possible to speak to an advisor, or make an anonymous report through the Report & Support service.

There are many excellent external support services, including:

Some external support resources of relevance include:

As someone supporting an LGBTQUA+ person who has experienced sexual violence or domestic abuse, these resources can support you:

Supporting Someone Seeking Asylum

Some LGBTQUA+ people may seek asylum in the UK, including on the grounds that their sexual orientation and/or trans identity places them in danger if they return to their home country. The University's immigration and compliance team may be able to advise and support you.

Stonewall's resources for LGBT+ asylum seekers include an overview of asylum and the asylum process, and support for LGBT+ asylum seekers.

Supporting LGBTQUA+ People of Faith

LGBTQUA+ people of faith often face specific difficulties, both within and external to the LGBTQUA+ community. The Chaplaincy is available to support LGBTQUA+ people and their supporters in relation to faith and religion.

There are also some specific external support services available for people of faith within the LGBTQUA+ community:

  • Keshet, supporting Jewish LGBT+ people
  • Imaan, supporting Muslim LGBT+ people
  • Quest, supporting Catholic LGBT+ people
  • Sarbat, supporting Sikh LGBT+ people

This resource was created as part of the Queering University programme.