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 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.

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 LGBTQ+ individuals to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.

The Vision

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.


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

Climb for Equality – IDAHOT 2022

International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people Read more…

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Young Persons Emotional Wellbeing Coach (part time)16 hours pw, fixed term 12 months£27,300 pro rata (based on 35 hours)Location – Stockton on Tees, Newtown Community Resource CentreFlexible working hours between Monday and Friday (there will 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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