Welsh celebs host night to celebrate free LGBT counselling

PinkNews Staff Writer March 22, 2007
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A host of celebrities to attend an event next week to celebrate a new service for the gay community in Wales.

Free counselling will be available in Swansea for the first time thanks to an arrangement between the LGBT Cymru Helpline and Lynne Wager’s Counselling Practice.

Stonewall Cymru called the free counselling “fantastic news” for the lesbian and gay community.

Many people that contact the Cymru helpline and who are on a low income have said they feared going to their doctor to be referred to a NHS counsellor because they don’t want to ‘out’ themselves.

These people desperately need help in coming to terms with their sexuality and other issues in their life, as well as homophobic attacks, homelessness. Some callers have been suicidal.

A celebrity event on Saturday 31st March will feature Terry Williams from Dire Straits, Chris Needs Radio Wales as well as stars from Welsh soap Pobwl Y Cwm, BBC HTV Wales.

There will be a chance to win a makeover with celebrity hair stylist Brian Brown and an all-inclusive one night stay in the Penthouse Suite, Grand Hotel, Swansea for two people.

The event is being held in TWO 10 nightclub in Swansea.

Debbie Lane, Chair of the LGBT Helpline said:

“I’m really excited and proud to be able to offer this service. This will no doubt have a huge positive impact on the well being of the lesbian and gay communities in Wales.”

The South Wales Police, Stonewall Cymru, THT, AMICUS and Public and Commercial Services Union, GaySwansea.Com and Grand Hotel are sponsoring or supporting the event.

Anyone needing to use the counselling services you can call the LGBT Cymru Helpline on 0870 850 8828 charged at 3p per minute Monday Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm to make an appointment.

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