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 geographical areas of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which includes Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester.
Mental health – Important, especially when transitioning, coming out or trying to understand what a friend or loved one is going through. We 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.
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.
Social events – As well as supporting for those difficult moments we ensure that there are occasions for anyone to attend that help to show enjoyment. This may be to go to Pride events, the theatre, football, rugby, picnics, bowling, the list is endless.
Hate crime – Many experience homophobic, transphobic or biphobic comments or abuse. Some may not understand how to deal with the hate they are receiving. We are an OPCC approved Hate Crime Reporting Centre, where we can report any hate crime incident for you, no matter small.
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