London Friend, the UK’s oldest LGBT health and well-being charity, needs your help to raise £200,000 to save our building from being sold at auction by our landlord.

The charity has been given just SIX MONTHS in which to raise the money to buy the premises from Islington Council, or potentially face eviction or substantial rent hikes. The news comes as London Friend is preparing to take over the running of Antidote, the LGBT drugs and alcohol service which is closing due to government funding cuts.


London Friend was given just three weeks notice in the run up to Christmas that our building was being put up for auction. After a lobbying campaign against this decision, supported by local MPs and Lord Smith of Finsbury, the Council agreed to remove the building from the auction.



London Friend has now been given SIX MONTHS in which to raise the money to buy the building from the Council.



London Friend has been at the forefront of gay and transgender activism and service provision since the early 1970’s - celebrating our 40 birthday this year. London Friend is a vibrant and progressive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender health and well-being charity with a wide portfolio of well established services and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of the LGB&T community.


Our services are developed to improve the health and mental well-being of LGB&T people and we work to be there when people need them most.


The charity offers a wide range of health and social services to help tackle the issues that have a huge impact on the lives of our community, and/or where support offered by mainstream services does not sufficiently meet the needs of LGBT people.


As well as running Central London’s only LGBT community centre, our other services include:

-          one-to-one counselling

-          couples counselling

-          group therapy

-          gender specific ‘coming out’ support groups

-          a support service for LGBT carers and carers of LGBT people

-          a helpline and advice service operating 365 days per year

-          a hate crime reporting service

-          a telephone befriending service

-          & a number of social groups where LGBT people can socialise in a safe environment.


London Friend is also a member of the National LGB&T Partnership. The Partnership is a consortium of 12 LGB&T health organisations that have come together with a joint vision of improving the health of LGB&T people nationally, and campaign for improvements in health services for LGB&T people.


London Friend is in the process of merging with Antidote, the UK’s only LGBT-specific drug and alcohol support service. Antidote works with LGB&T people from across London and the South East who have support needs relating to their drug and alcohol usage. Antidote exists because of the proven fact that LGB&T people receive a lower level of support from generic drug and alcohol support services than their heterosexual people accessing the same services.


Antidotes’ current services include:

-          one-to-one key working to address their immediate drug and alcohol support needs

-          referral to detox clinics and prescribing centres

-          one-to-one counselling to tackle the underlying issues that have resulted in clients presenting with drug and alcohol problems

-          a weekly drop-in for LGBT people to discuss their drug and alcohol issues

-          two weekly drop-ins based within sexual health centres

-          a steroid user support service

-          a telephone advice helpline



To ensure we can continue offering all of these services for the next 40 years



The money we raise will go towards buying the building from the Council and carrying out renovations that are needed ready for when we take over the Antidote service.


Please DIG DEEP and give all you can, and please spread the word!





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London Friend

London Friend

Charity Registration No. 299307

London Friend works to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. We provide support for people exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity via groups, counselling and other one to one support. Our Antidote project also provides drug & alcohol support.

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Donations 121

good luck

Donation by Keith Heywood on 29/03/13


Can't wait to take part in the Big Gay 10k in September! See you all there.

Donation by Jamie Ainscow on 25/08/12


Best of luck!

Donation by Gerben on 01/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope you reach your target! Stepping through your front door changed my life, thank you :)

Donation by Anonymous on 12/01/12


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck!!

Donation by ifiyenia kolla on 02/01/12

Thank you so much London Friend, you have helped me a lot!

Donation by EC on 21/11/11


Donation by jem lindon on 18/08/11


For my London Friend, Aaron x

Donation by Amy on 07/08/11


+ £0.50 Gift Aid

Really hope you can keep going!

Donation by ML on 13/07/11


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best of luck!

Donation by EC on 12/07/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Donation by IOANNIS AKRIVOPOULOS on 29/06/11

Good luck - it would be terrible if you lost your premises! Will share on FB and Twitter.

Donation by Deirdre Rusling on 27/06/11

All the best. I'm sharing on FB to garner as much support as I can for you.

Donation by Patricia Cummings on 26/06/11

Good luck - I can't thank London Friend enough for the support it gave me

Donation by Matt on 07/06/11


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Money raised at the Joan Nestle and Christa Holka talk at Lambeth Women's Project on Sunday 22nd May organised by The Closet Mixtape and Dyke Bar xx

Donation by Nazmia on 23/05/11


Good luck getting to the total

Donation by Matt Williams on 18/05/11


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

I hope you make the target

Donation by Ben Tunstall on 16/05/11


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

LF - hope you reach the target. Thanks for all the support over the years.

Donation by Helen on 15/05/11


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck

Donation by Adam Fairris on 08/05/11


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

My life changed - for the better- the day I set foot in London Friend

Donation by Justine Markovitz on 05/05/11


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by lesley ellis-callow on 21/04/11


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Best wishes and I hope you reach your total!

Donation by Susan Cook on 12/04/11


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

London Friend is a fantastic organisation, doing incredible work. Proud to be connected via the current Chair of the Trustees. Good luck!

Donation by Mike Phillips on 05/04/11


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

London Friend changed my life forever! Thank you.

Donation by Amanda on 29/03/11


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation by Don Wheeler on 26/03/11

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,469.00
  • Offline donations£16,280.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£20,749.00
  • Gift Aid£1,060.10

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