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Welcome to Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most.


We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.

The Switchboard Promise

To talk things through. We don’t finish a call until you tell us.

Everything is confidential. You can trust us.

We are you too. All our volunteers self-define as LGBT+.

More information



Do you think you can provide calm words when they’re needed most? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Find out more about volunteering with Switchboard here.

Support Us

Support Us

Switchboard has been listening to callers since 1974. Help us listen to many more by supporting us here.

What We Do

What We Do

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. Find out more here.


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Our next Manchester meetup will be on Saturday 27 April at the Nexus Art Cafe on Dale Street from 7pm. Come for friendly alcohol-free LGBTQI+ chat and our alcohol-free bar! All details at cc @LGBTfdn @joinclubsoda

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