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Our next event will be in 2018.

The forum is taking a break for the festive holidays. 

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Our Commitment to a LGBT+ Youth Club

Our LGBT+ Youth Club has changed its name to Open Door Merton.

Its new logo and design was created by the young people who attend it.

If you would like to find out where to come or more information please contact Natalie by clicking here

One of Merton LGBT+ Forum's projects for 2016 was to help work with local schools on LGBT+ issues and I am pleased to inform that  due to being awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund, our LGBT+ Youth Group, now called Open Door Merton has been up and running for over 6 months.


Our aim is to provide LGBT+ youth with information, support, and signposting to ensure that their wellbeing is on their schools' agenda.


If you are interested in becoming a *Youth Group worker and have previous experience please contact the Project Director Natalie Harris by clicking here


Its aim is to provide a safe place for LGBT+ youth to go and be with like minded people. We also aim to provide them with education on serious matters such as bullying, staying safe, housing advice, sexual health advice and, most importantly mental health advice.


The group meets twice a month, if you would like information then contact the Youth Leader Natalie Harris.


We recently had a press release regarding the Youth Club. Click here to read it.


*Please note that all Youth Group workers require a DBS Check. If you a volunteer you can get this for free.


Dates for up and coming Youth Group Evenings:


November 2017
2nd, 16th and 30th


December 2017


January 2018
11th & 25th


February 2018
8th & 22nd


March 2018
8th & 22nd


April 2018


May 2018
3rd & 17th


June 2018
14th & 28th


July 2018
12th & 19th


DBS Update Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service have recently launched the Update Service to enable DBS certificates to be kept up-to-date and transferable from role-to-role, within the same workforce (this includes volunteers), where the same type and level of check is required.
The update service is now available for all DBS checks, and individuals can join the update service by registering online (click here) once they have received their disclosure certificate.Organisations do not need to join the service, as they can access the service online for free to carry out a status check on an individuals DBS certificate.

The update service costs £13 per annum for paid staff and is free if joining with a DBS certificate for a voluntary position.




BBC News on Young Peoples Mental Health



Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests.


Read more on the story from the BBC News Website by clicking here. 




Open Access Youth Clubs for all young people in Merton

YMCA  John Innes Youth Centre


The YMCA John Innes Youth Centre is conveniently located on 61 Kingston Road in South Wimbledon, only a short walk from Wimbledon train station and South Wimbledon tube station, as well as buses 57 and 131.




The youth centre includes a spacious and bright lounge area, a large sports hall, a fully equipped kitchen and modern meeting and conference facilities. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, the centre is home to YMCA London South West’s youth projects Arts Room, Music Room and Sports Room

The YMCA is an Open Access Youth club for all the young people in Merton where young people can come as they are.


Visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


Or their website by clicking here. 



The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Merton


The Open Award Centre is based at
John Innes Youth Centre,
61 Kingston Road
SW19 1JN






The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE), run by Merton Youth Service, is available to all young people in Merton aged 14-25 years.
Programmes of leisure time activities cover sport, volunteering, skills and expeditions. It's a national scheme, recognised as a valuable accreditation (or qualification) by employers and institutes of further and higher education. Awards are gained at bronze, silver or gold level.
DofE provides the opportunity to develop existing or new interests, experience adventure and make new friends through an individual programme of personal development. It is also a lot of fun!


Visit their website by clicking here. 



Stonewall have created a short survey for the LGBT Youth.


If you are aged between 11-19 they would really like to hear from you.


More details can be found at

Other LGBT Youth Groups

Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre


Welcome to Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre!
We are very glad you found us.
Please look above and choose a tab that represents your interest or look at our newest video that helps you to betterunderstand what we are all about ?
Kindest regards,

Lukasz Konieczka


Wandsworth  The Gap


About The Gap
Meets every Friday, 6-8pm
in the Clapham Junction area.  Please note we do not advertise our address in order to help our group feel safe. For details of our venue please get in touch!
The GAP Youth Club offers a safe, social space for LGBTQ+ young people to meet up, providing:
1.access to group activities and workshops 
1:1 support and advice

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