Support Services

Each person that comes to us has their own unique journey with their own issues and experiences. We offer one to one support and groups in a safe, confidential space to help with their journey’s progression

LGBT Tees Valley Forum

The forum aims to create a society within Teesside, that is inclusive to LGBT people, in doing so LGBT people are given equal life chances and have services available to them that can meet their needs.


LGBT Advance is a national offer providing training and advice to public, private and voluntary sector organisations throughout the UK. All training is OCN-approved and delivered by trainers who together have nearly 20 years’ experience working in the LGBT sector.

Hart Gables is a support service for those who identify as LGB and/or T across the Tees Valley area.

We work to ensure that all LGB and/or T people are given equal life chances and have services that meet their needs. We do this through supporting the local community and working with partner organisations to create a robust action plan and ensure its implementation (see LGBT Tees Valley Forum).

What is LGB and/or T?

The term LGB&T is intended to emphasise a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures and is sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.

Our Aim

Hart Gables has been established since 1997 and was firstly launched as a community group named ‘The Rainbow Centre’ ran by dedicated volunteers. In May 2005 the recently re branded service Hart Gables advanced to registered charity status and has been successfully developing ever since, emerging into an improved organisation year after year. The strategic aim is to develop a safer and more inclusive community that will enable LGB and/or T individuals to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.

The Vision

To celebrate diversity ensuring the Tees Valley is a place where LGBT members of society feel valued, have equal rights and are empowered to reach their optimum potential.


Below are a number of recent testimonials from our Service Users and Partners.


Service User

"The friends I made in such a short space of time I have come to know as my second family and they support me each day, I am very grateful to Hart Gables for making me feel part of a true community."

Anonymous Volunteers

Anonymous Volunteers

Accessed the 2018 volunteering programme

“I enjoy volunteering with Hart gables, it’s giving me a real confidence boost.”

“It was a slow start because it was the end of the year but now there are more events and I am planning events it is amazing. I get a real sense of satisfaction from the work I put it because I know it could help at least one person in the end.”

Jenny Stubbs – Cleveland View Care Home Manager

Jenny Stubbs – Cleveland View Care Home Manager

LGBT Awareness for Care Homes provided by LGBT Advance

“… it was fantastic Andy & Kay were brilliant, all 18 staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed it and now the others want another session booking!!! We are going to make LGBT our little project and already have a volunteer to be LGBT Champion.”

Latest from Hart Gables

Put Out Hate

On behalf of our service, I would like to thank each individual and organisation who attended the ‘Put Out Hate’ event that took place earlier today, a special thanks is given to Cleveland Fire Brigade Read more…

Our New Forum Champions!

Our newly elected Forum Champions engaging in some productive learning toprovide them with the skills they need to steer the work of Teesside’s LGBT Tees Valley Forum. The role of a forum champion is to Read more…

Get in Touch

There are a number of ways to contact us.

Find us at the office

Hart Gables, Innovation Hub, Newtown Community Resource Centre, Durham Road, Stockton-On-Tees, TS19 0DE

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Hart Gables
01642 675509
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