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Safe Spaces

What is a Safe Space?

A Safe Space is a place where LGBTQ+ people can feel safe, welcome and supported. If you visit a place which displays the Safe Spaces sticker, it means that people of all genders and sexualities can feel relaxed and protected in that place.

Safe Spaces are vital as being out in public can often be dangerous and debilitating for LGBTQ+ people. Being a Safe Space means that companies are committed to implementing policies that meet the needs that LGBTQ+ people have when visiting their establishments.

What Safe Spaces are there nearby?

Have a look at our interactive map to find safe spaces near you

This sounds like a great scheme for my organisation. How do we get involved?

We run two similar schemes: one for small businesses and retail spaces, and the other for larger businesses. For more information on either scheme, please email [email protected]

Small businesses and retail spaces

 For smaller companies, we come along to your offices or retail space and give training to all your staff (typically 1-2 hours) on the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, how you can be more inclusive and on how to spot and deal with Hate Crime.

Larger organisations

For large businesses we offer to work with your HR department to review you HR policies and procedures to ensure they are inclusive and we can also offer templated policies which you can use (such as a policy for people who whish to transition within your organisation).

We then can provide “Train the trainer” facilities to assist you to roll out an awareness program to all your staff to ensure they understand the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, how you can be more inclusive and on how to spot and deal with Hate Crime.


Get in touch through [email protected]

Our current partners for Safer Spaces are:

Partner Address Phone number  
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse 38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR 08719 025720 Website 
Cambridge City Council The Guildhall, Market Hill, Cambridge CB2 3QJ 01223 457000 Website 
Downing Place United Reformed Church Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EL01223 756635Website 
Hot Numbers Coffee 5/6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ and 4 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QA 01223 300730 Website 
Museum of Cambridge 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ 01223 355159 Website 
To the Moon and Back Fostering Future Business Centre, King’s Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2HY 01223 800420 Website 
Woodfines Solicitors Lockton House, Clarendon Rd, Cambridge CB2 8FH 01223 411421 Website 
Cambridge Gin Laboratory  10 Green Street, Cambridge, CB2 3JU 01223 751146 Website 
Scissors and Comb, Barbers at Home 35 Kinross Road, Cambridge, CB4 1QU 01223 520427 Website 

Family Law Group
10 Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1JY01223 316666Website

Hundred Houses Society
51 Scotland Road, Cambridge, CB4 1QW01223 315036Website

Safer Spaces is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. We are grateful to this support!