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How can BYOU+1 support you

Our Befriending Service BYOU+1, offers community support to LGBTQ+ people across the Wigan Borough.
Sometimes we can have all the will in the world to get up and try new things and meet different people, but it’s often our confidence that holds us back.

Experiences of isolation and loneliness can be due to a number of reasons. Having mental health issues, coming out of a relationship, feeling like you don’t have any social networks, being new to the area or just coming out can all be challenging barriers to being the person you want to be. This is where BYOU+1 comes in.

Regular one to one contact with a supportive Community Champion can help with confidence, self-esteem and motivation, and can also support you to seek social networks through other groups and organisations. Whether it’s just meeting up for a brew and a chat, attending events and activities, group sessions, or encouraging you to go it alone, our Community Champions can help you to be the person you want to be, and challenge those negative thoughts we all have from time to time.

How does BYOU+1 work?

Those who sign up for the service will be allocated a Community Champion, who will have received training from BYOU+ and have passed an enhanced DBS check. Some of our Community Champions have lived experience as an LGBTQ+ person, and some are LGBTQ+ allies.

We offer between 4 and 8 weeks with our Community Champions who can help build confidence, motivate and guide you through difficult times. At the end of support we hope that we can transition you into our BYOU+ Social Groups and others who have been through the program.

What type of support is available?

  • In-person support

  • Telephone support

  • Video calling support

  • Text chat support

Who is befriending aimed at?

BYOU+1 is aimed at those who;

  • Socially isolated / low confidence 

  • Live in the Wigan Borough

  • Aged over 18

  • Identify as LGBT or questioning (people who have come out or are not out yet)

How to access the service
To access BYOU+1, all you need to do is fill in our referral form. We also accept service to service referrals for professionals who wish to refer an individual into BYOU+1. 

If you have any questions, please email 

Volunteer to become a Community Champion

Do you want to make a difference to reducing social isolation for LGBTQ+ people in the Wigan Borough? Do you have a couple of hours per week to give? If so, you may just be what BYOU+1 is looking for.

BYOU+1 can be a highly satisfying volunteering opportunity, and you will be given the opportunity to support someone during a difficult period of their lives.

As Community Champion, you'll help transform the lives of some of the borough’s most in need residents, while adding something invaluable to your CV.

Find out what being a Community Champion involves and how to volunteer:

Immediate Support
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feel concerned that you may harm yourself please contact the following services:


SAMARITANS (24 hours, 7 days a week)

116 123 (free call) / 0161 236 8000 (local charges apply)


THE SANCTUARY (8 pm-6 pm)

0300 003 7029

If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - phone 999. If it is not an emergency but you require urgent advice, call 101. Visit your local Accident & Emergency department if necessary.