OK2B is a support group run for the LGBT Youth from across the area where there is currently no existing provision. Through our pilot study young people, schools, youth and education providers have engaged and requested further support mechanisms. This runs on youth need frequency basis and also has the capacity to support young people on an individual basis.
Young people are also offered a 1-2-1 mentoring with an experienced youth worker to be able to openly discuss and get personal advice and guidance. Don’t hesitate to reach out (see contact information) if you feel you’d benefit from mentoring.
The project is based at TOKKO, giving the young people activities and projects to take part in as well as a support service. We have formulated, produced and delivered a concentrated and targeted, on-going programme of awareness on the consequences towards homophobia, trans-phobia and bi-phobia for young people.
What activities are included?
1-2-1 support from an experience mentor
Understanding the law around Homosexuality
Visits to a Gay conference and other services that support the LGBTQ+ Community
Research the History of the LGBTQ+ Community
LGBTQ+ History Month (February) – develop an informative display using chose media
Sexual health training session
Promote mental health and wellbeing
Male and female health including testicular and breast cancer
Promote healthy relationships
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender young people and friends of, aged 13-19
Various dates and times based on group / individual availablility.
1-2-1 services are currently up and running through Zoom, give us a call to book in!
Key partners / funders
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation
Andy Calvert – Executive Manager
What can I gain from OK2B?
Better outcomes for the Young LGBTQ+ community in Luton.
Understanding and awareness of issues facing LGBT young people.
LGBT young people feel more confident and self- aware.
Young people gaining higher educational achievement.
A voice for local LBGT young people.
Case Study 1
One of the young men had confidence issues, he is in care and just started college. His group skills and interpersonal skills were very limited. Through turning up to the group regularly he was able to build his confidence and self-esteem with the group and improved his attendance at college. He has more understanding around his sexuality and a peer and professional support group to help him deal with any future support needs.
Case Study 2
RG joined the OK2B project two years ago when he was at college. He had very low self- esteem and was struggling with self – confidence issues. Following a few meetings he came to me and explained that he was finding it difficult within the group setting and did not want to participate any longer. We had a very positive discussion and the door was left open for him to return at any time.
A few months later he re-joined the project and we spent quite a lot of time in one to one sessions discussing the issues that had been affecting him, putting together coping strategies and working on a career path. Over the time RG was away from the group he had found an online motivational website, which he shared with me, we then in turn shared this with the wider group and he was able to take the lead on these sessions.
Over the last 3 months he has now found himself a job, and moved house. We have worked together still building on is self-esteem and looking at this long term goals. His confidence has grown and he is proving to himself that he can achieve what he wants to do, he has self-belief and sees his life in a much more positive way and step by step feels he will achieve his dreams.
He is more comfortable with himself able to put in strategies when things don’t always go to plan. As he explains himself “I am on a journey and with the tools I have been given I will make it happen. I am able to celebrate the highs, but I do not let the lows bring me so down that I cannot get back up”