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 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. 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 an official hate crime incident reporting point and can work with individual’s, if police involvement is required. We work closely with Hampshire Police LAGLO’s and the Office for the Police Crime Commissioner (OPCC). We are also an OPCC approved Hate Crime Reporting Centre, where we can report any hate crime incident for you, no matter small.
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 meetups for all LGBT+ communities.
- Costa Coffee, Isambard Brunel Road, Portsmouth (next to Portsmouth & Southsea Station)
- Saturdays 11am – 1pm
- Coffee #1, West Street, Fareham
- Saturdays 1pm – 4pm
- Katies Vinyl Bar & Kitchen, 134 High Street Gosport (near to Fairhalls Estate Agent)
- Tuesday 6pm – 8pm
- Eastleigh (tbc 2018)
- Thursday afternoon (starting tbc 2018)
- QA Hospital, Portsmouth
- tbc 2018
- first Saturday from 3pm – 5pm at The Art House, 178 Above Bar St, Southampton (Guildhall end)
- second Saturday from 5pm – 7pm at Costa Coffee, High Street, Winchester
Looking to extend the LGBT+ Meetups into other areas such as Romsey, Ringwood, Havant and other areas.
Please let all your friends know who may be able to help and refer them to our Support page.
We are strategic partners or work with: