A new centre to help with health issues faced by Birmingham’s LGBT community has now opened.

The centre on Holloway Circus in Southside has a cafe, clinics and a counselling service.

Steph Keeble, director of Birmingham LGBT group told the BBC: “What we wanted to do was provide health services in a safe and comfortable environment.

“We’re not just looking at physical health but emotional wellbeing so it’s much broader than just a classical health approach that they would get from a GP.”

He added that many LGBT people felt that mainstream GP services “did not adequately meet their needs.”

The project was funded by Birmingham City Council and the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme.

Work has started on installing a sports hall in the basement after the centre was awarded a grant of £43,000 by Sport England.