City Bridge Trust funds Chat

29 August 2018

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable arm, has awarded METRO Charity £83,400 towards our London-wide mental health support programme for LGBTQ young people - Chat.

City Bridge Trust Chairman, Alison Jane Gowman and METRO's Counselling Services Manager, Natalie Wood, in the green room at London Live

The programme links with agencies across London to provide one-to-one, family and group therapy for young LGBTQ people. Funding will go towards staffing and the core running costs of the service.

This funding means that we can increase the capacity of our currently oversubscribed service, helping more young people who are feeling isolated and presenting themselves with mental health issues.


Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, commented:

 “METRO has a strong track record of providing high-quality services for LGBT+ people, and particularly young people. 

“With an increase in demand this service is even more valuable. It makes a really positive difference to the lives of many young Londoners. 

“City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live.”


Dr Greg Ussher, CEO, METRO Charity added:

“Demand for LGBT+ appropriate and aware services around mental health continues to be at an all-time high.

“This funding means we can address this need head-on, drawing on over 30 years of expertise in this area.”


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