Sarah Lewis is Service Lead of Hart Gables. Sarah’s job role is to work closely with commissioners and key stakeholders to make Hart Gables financially sustainable.
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
The forum aims to create a society within Teesside, that is inclusive to LGBTQ+ people, in doing so LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ sector.
Hart Gables is a support service for those who identify as LGBTQ+ across the Tees Valley area.
We work to ensure that all LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+?
The term LGBTQ+ 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.
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 LGBTQ+ individuals to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.
To celebrate diversity ensuring the Tees Valley is a place where LGBTQ+ members of society feel valued, have equal rights and are empowered to reach their optimum potential.
“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.”
“… 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.”
Hart Gables, Innovation Hub, Newtown Community Resource Centre, Durham Road, Stockton-On-Tees, TS19 0DE
Mon - Fri, 10:00-17:00