What We Do
The Armistead Centre is a free and confidential support, information and sexual health promotion service for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community and street based sex workers provided by NHS Liverpool Community Health across Liverpool.
Armistead LGBT Support
Armistead delivers a social care and sexual health promotion service which takes a holistic and evidence based approach to the diverse needs of clients.
We provide a safe space for LGBT groups, one-to-one support, harm reduction advice on lifestyle, support for parents and carers of LGBT people, counselling and Rapid HIV testing.
Services We Provide
Monday 2.00pm-4.00pm- BOLD- Being Out with Learning Disabilities- a support group for LGBT people with learning disabilities
Monday 3.00pm-5.00pm- MSM Clinic- Clinic at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital Sexual Health Department for Men who have Sex with Men
Monday 5.00pm-7.00pm- Drug and Alcohol Group- a drug and alcohol harm reduction peer support group
Tuesday 6.00pm-9.00pm- LGBT Group- an LGBT group for those over the age of 18 that focuses on health and wellbeing
Wednesday 2.00pm-3.30pm- Rapid HIV Testing- free and confidential Rapid HIV Testing from a finger prick of blood. You can drop-in or call 0151 247 6560 to make an appointment.
Wednesday 3.00pm-6.00pm- 45+ Group- a social group for LGBT people over the age of 45 (2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month)
Wednesday 3.00pm-6.00pm- Men's Group - A support group for gay and bisexual men over the age of 18 (1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month)
Thursday 2.00pm-4.00pm- LGBT Group- an LGBT group for those over the age of 18 that focuses on health and wellbeing
Friday 5.00pm-7.00pm- Women's Group - Support group for gay and bisexual women over the age of 18 (1st, 2nd & 3rd Friday of the month)
Friday 5.00pm-7.00pm- Parents & Carers Group - A support group for parents and carers of LGBT people (Every 4th Friday of the month)
We also provide LGBT needs focused outreach on a weekly basis. This is carried out in clubs, bars, pubs, gay saunas, public sex environments (PSEs) and public sex venues across Liverpool. We carry free condoms and lube and sexual health information.
Hosted Groups at Armistead
- LIV.FAST Network is a Trans Support Service for female to male Trans individuals which meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
- Spirit Level is a Trans Support Service for all Trans individuals which meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
- Queer Notions is a mental health support service facilitated by Registered Mental Health Nurses (RMNs) and volunteers with a mental health professional background. This group runs alongside the LGBT Group 6.00pm-9.00pm (see 'Services We Provide' for more details).
Armistead Street Team
The team promote community based outreach services throughout the city of Liverpool, in the streets and in areas where women typically work offering sexual services. The Armistead Street Team work in the community and work in pairs. We always wear NHS identity badges and uniform with Armistead logo. We offer free condoms, lubricants, information on sexual health and an emergency syringe exchange in house and via outreach. We also provide ugly mug newsletters and can take reports of ugly mugs.
National Ugly Mugs was set up to support you when you’re the victim of crime and to assert your right to police protection. We take reports of crime from sex workers and produce warnings so that others can avoid dangerous individuals. If you consent, we will also share the information anonymously with the police. We encourage all sex workers of all gender identities, working in all sectors to become members of the scheme to easily report any crimes or violence against them and receive alerts about potential threats.
You can report a dangerous offender and complete an ugly mug by simply speaking to the Armistead Street outreach team. Or to become a member and report an incident visit the website, www.uglymugs.org
We also have a drop-in for street based sex workers where you can pop in and have a chat and access the other services we provide below. For further information, please call us 0151 247 6560
Services we provide on outreach and/or in drop-in:
- Free condoms and lubricant
- Counselling about contraception and pregnancy
- Help to access sexual health services
- Assistance in drug and alcohol problems
- Support for access to health services
- Support and counselling regarding domestic violence
Where to Find Us
To access any of our services or for information and support ring on 0151 247 6560.
Monday - Friday 10.00am-6.00pm
The Armistead Centre
Liverpool, L1 4AF
Helpline: 0151 247 6560
Secure Fax: 0151 247 6595
Administration Office: 0151 247 6500
Armistead is a self-referral service; we also make referrals and signpost service users into other services. To get in touch with Armistead call our helpline on 0151 247 6560 where any member of staff will be able to help.
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