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Safer spaces

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Safer 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

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

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 3EL 01223 756635 Website 
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 1JY 01223 316666 Website
Hundred Houses Society 51 Scotland Road, Cambridge, CB4 1QW 01223 315036 Website

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