Kroma is an empowering and enabling organisation for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and alternative (LGBT+) communities, their families and friends, through awareness, inclusiveness and supportiveness. Kroma operates within the south of Hampshire which includes Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Eastleigh and Southampton.
Mental health – Important, especially when transitioning, coming out or trying to understand what a friend or loved one is going through. Kroma works with organisations, such as Time To Change, Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Southampton City Council Anti-Stigma Planning Group. This way the organisation can help to champion mental health for the LGBT+ communities and be there for individuals too. Why? Sometimes mental health experiences lead to people attempting suicide for whatever reason.
On average 90%* of transgender and 54%* of gay people do. (*from Public Health England 2013-2015)
Wellbeing can be improved in many ways. From reducing isolation to the tools that are used to combat daily struggles. Activities like mindfulness or even being signposted to organisations can help.
Hate crime – Many experience homophobic, transphobic or biphobic comments or abuse. Some may not understand how to deal with the hate they are receiving. Kroma acts as a hate crime incident reporting point and can work with individual’s, if police involvement is required. We work closely with Hampshire Police LAGLO’s, who meet monthly at some of our coffee groups on Saturdays.
Support – When we need support, where do you go? You can be amongst like-minded people, in a comfortable and safe environment. Sometimes as a close friend, a loved one or a parent you need support to help understand or know what you can do to support. We might even be a family and occasionally experience problems that another LGBT+ family has the answer for.
Advocacy – We work on behalf of individuals in certain circumstances. This may be to help a LGBT+ asylum seeker prove who they are and to attend a Home Office hearing / appeal. Or it may be to help an individual access a specific service.
The majority of our work is provided through weekly coffee groups on Saturday for all LGBT+.
- Costa Coffee, Isambard Brunel Road, Portsmouth (next to Portsmouth & Southsea Station) 11am – 1pm
- Coffee #1, West Street, Fareham 1pm – 4pm (also Trans group every Tuesday 2pm-4pm)
- Sandwich Shop, Nightingale Avenue, Eastleigh
- first Saturday (starts September) from 3pm – 5pm at Costa Coffee, 136-166 Above Bar St, Southampton (by Guildhall Place) – we meet upstairs
- second Saturday (starts August) from 4pm – 7pm at Costa Coffee, High Street, Winchester
Monthly ‘Family & Friend’ sessions, LGBT+ family events and counselling for those in need are available.
Looking to extend the coffee groups into other areas such as Waterlooville, Gosport, Havant and other areas.
Please let all your friends know who may be able to help and refer them to our Support page.
We work in partnership with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Patient Experience. This helps to improve the experience the LGBT+ community receives, during outpatient or inpatient appointments. This covers all departments at both Queen Alexandra (QA) and St Mary’s Hospitals.