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Parents & Carers

You may be looking at this website because you think your child might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. Or your child might have told you that they are and you are trying to find out some information about what services are on offer in Sheffield for LGBT young people.

For general information about Fruitbowl have a look through our About Fruitbowl page – most of your questions should be answered there. We think it is useful to have a separate section for parents and carers on the website, to answer some of the questions you might have about our service.

Who runs the group?

Fruitbowl is facilitated by trained, skilled and experienced youth workers with a background in working with LGBT young people. We are employed by the Sheena Amos Youth Trust, a small charity in Sheffield that works with young people around sexual health issues.


We are all trained in safeguarding procedures and the safety of the young people we work with always comes first. Sexuality is an issue that not all young people are comfortable in discussing with their parents or carers so it is quite common for young people to attend the group without their parent’s knowledge. We have a number of procedures in place to ensure that the process of attending the group is a safe one for young people. For instance if a young person contacts us asking to attend the group we always meet up with them first, at school if they are comfortable with that, or if not, in a public place like a city centre cafe. If after meeting they would like to attend the group then we arrange to show them where the group is held and check out if they are comfortable getting there on public transport – if not we arrange to support them with their travel arrangements. If you have any questions about the safety of your child in attending the group then please get in touch with us and we can chat through the issues.

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