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

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

Our Chat 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 with mental health issues.

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

 “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, said:

“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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