New phoneline will help LGBT folk in Rother

Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) launched a new phone line service on Monday (March 16).

This service aims to offer information and support for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across the area.

Callers will be able to phone and speak to a trained HRRA phone line volunteer on Mondays from 5pm to 7pm.

HRRA co-chairman Les Tostevin said: “We will be providing information about what is in the area for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT).

“This will include details of LGBT friendly venues and activities, entertainment, specific social and support groups for LGBT.

“We will give out details of local support agencies and services - social services, housing, health, counselling, welfare rights, Samaritans, and national support agencies where appropriate.

“We will also provide a listening ear for lesbian,gay, bisexual and trans people who want to talk about issues such as coming out, hate crime, social isolation and health care.

“HRRA does not have the resources to offer counselling, advice or practical support to individuals but we hope this phone service will offer LGBT people a much-needed point of contact.”

The HRRA phone line will be open every Monday evening from 5pm to 7pm, and callers can telephone 07593 444677.

For further details of HRRA activities see the organisation’s website online at or alternatively people can email the group at for more information.