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METRO Charity

METRO Stand Out

Youth group for LGBTQ people aged between 16 and 25 in Medway

About this service

METRO Stand Out is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and questioning young people in Medway. We meet in Rochester every Tuesday from 6-8pm.

It’s a safe space to meet other LGBTQ young people, get support and have fun. We usually have snacks and hang out together. Sometimes we talk about identity, relationships and wellbeing. Every Christmas we have a party with dancing, pizza and cake. We also go to the cinema, Pride in London and UK Black Pride.

COVID-19 UPDATE: This group is now meeting virtually via Rocket.

We look forward to resuming services fully once it is appropriate to do so.

Who can use this service

You need to be aged between 16 and 25 and live in Medway. You also need to identify as LGBTQ or be questioning your sexuality or gender identity. All our youth groups are free and confidential.

Join this group

Email youth@metrocharity.org.uk or call 020 8305 5004. You can refer yourself or be referred by someone who works with you (like a teacher or youth worker).

We’ll get back to you in 2-3 days. We’ll arrange a quick chat to find out more about you and how we can help. After you’re signed up, you can drop into any session. You don’t have to come every week if you don’t want to.

https://metrocharity.org.uk/youth/metro-stand-out

SEXUAL HEALTH

Get it

Free condoms, testing and sexual health advice and support in Kent and Medway

About this service

Get it is a scheme providing free condoms, testing and sexual health advice and support in Kent and Medway.

Young people can order condoms and at-home testing kits from the Get it website.

We run sexual health events in schools, colleges, universities and local community venues, where we give advice about sexual health and provide on-the-spot tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV.

We also deliver workshops for schools, colleges, universities and youth groups about consent, sex and the law, sex and substance misuse, sexting, sexually transmitted infections and contraception.

We work individually with young people in Medway to give in-depth advice across four sessions. Our boys and young men project can provide further mentoring and support.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently many physical Get it sites, where you can normally pick up condoms, are likely to be closed, apart from pharmacies. We advise calling the distribution site before you visit, or ordering online. You can call the Get it Team on 020 8305 5007 for help finding a site that is still open.

Our online services continue to run, but deliveries may take a little longer than usual. We can only supply regular condoms and regular lube at this time.

Our training for professionals has been postponed.

Our individual support for young people in Medway has moved to being delivered online and over the telephone.

We look forward to resuming services fully once it is appropriate to do so.

Who can use this service

You need to be aged between 13 and 25 and live in Kent or Medway.

https://metrocharity.org.uk/sexual-health

SEXUAL HEALTH

Pitstop PLUS

Free online sexual health services for gay or bisexual men and trans people

About this service

We run the Pitstop PLUS website, where you can order free STI kits, condoms and lube and find out about sexual health for gay and bisexual men and trans people.

You can order up to 20 condoms, lube and one home STI test kit every month. You can also find local clinics and get information about STIs, including symptoms, window periods for infection, prevention, testing, PrEP and PEP.

COVID-19 UPDATE: This service is continuing as usual, but there may be some delays if there starts to be reduced capacity in Royal Mail services, or reduced capacity at the labs we use to test your samples.

Who can use this service

You need to be a gay or bisexual man or trans person and live in Greenwich or Medway.

Sign up

Order your kit from the Pitstop PLUS website or find out more about your sexual health.

You’ll receive your testing pack within 7 days. You’ll need to do oral and rectal swabs, urine and blood samples and post them to us for free. After we receive your samples, we’ll send the results to you by text within 5 days.EMAIL US

https://metrocharity.org.uk/sexual-health/pitstop-plus