Galaxy – what to expect at the group

Galaxy, our social group for LGBT+ people aged 13-18 in Stoke-on-Trent, runs every Saturday 12-4pm. Find out a bit more about the group and what to expect below!

How many people attend the group?

Normally about 20-30 people attend throughout the day and most people arrive at about 1pm. If you’re new and would like to get there early so you can have a chat with our workers before most people arrive, you’d be best off arriving about 12 or half 12.

Who comes to the group?

We have young people of all different sexualities and gender identities who attend Galaxy. These include (but are not limited to) lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, demisexual and asexual. We celebrate everybody!

What do they do at the group?

The group is very relaxed and we don’t have specific times for doing things. We normally encourage a group discussion at some point during the day. We talk about a range of things, from gender identities and pronouns, to relationships and sexual health for LGBT+ people, the topic varies week to week.

Every week the young people in the group normally have a wander round town and get something to eat, a soft drink or hot drink. If you want to bring your own food, there is a space to sit, chill and eat in our building.

What are the staff like?

Our staff are really friendly and their main aim is to just encourage conversation and make sure everyone is happy, having a good time and feels comfortable! Find out more about members of our staff by reading our Meet The Team blogs!

I’m trans – can I be referred to as the gender/name I identify with?

Yes! We want everyone to feel comfortable being themselves so however you identify is fine with us.

Can I get changed at the group?

You certainly can! Galaxy is a safe space for you to be who you want to be and dress how you want to dress. If you want to bring a change of clothes we have space for you to do this.

Why should I come?

It’s really a good place to meet new LGBT+ friends and it’s a friendly and accepting group where you can be yourself. There’s always people to talk to, activities to get involved with and laughs to be had! Still not convinced? See what former Galaxy members have said here.

I’m nervous about attending, do you have any advice?

It’s worth remembering that everyone there has been new themselves at some point and you probably won’t be the only new one coming! If you’re too nervous to knock on the door, then if you let a member of staff know when you plan to arrive we can make sure someone will meet you outside so you don’t have to walk in alone. Even if you’re shy, it’s worth coming along as you’ll make some great friends. Don’t forget, our staff will be there throughout to make sure you feel comfortable and are involved in the group.

Looking forward to meeting you!

- the team at Galaxy

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