Helpline for LGBT community marks 25 years

A SERVICE that supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in 1066 Country is marking its 25th anniversary next month with a celebration.

Hastings and Rother Gay Helpline was started in 1987 by the Caring Sub-group of the 1066 Gay Community Organisation and called Hastings Befrienders, before changing to its present name.

It will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM), together with its celebration, on Friday, September 28 from 2.15pm at the Stade Hall, in Rock-a-Nore Road.

The theme is Changes and Progress During the Helpline’s History.There will be contributions from the helpline, Sussex Police, East Sussex Adult Social Care and the NHS.

There will also be a presentation from the Community Development Worker with Safer From Harm, who is leading the Anti-Social Behaviour and Hate Crime Steering Group for East Sussex.

Roger Sweetman, secretary and founder member of Hastings and Rother Gay Helpline, said: “We are hoping that there will be a good attendance to help us celebrate this milestone for our voluntary organisation.”