A new LGBTQIA+ Social Group will be launched in Ledbury.

The initiative by Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire (H&W) will kick off on June 5 at this year’s pride month with the support of Ledbury Rugby Football Club.

The group will provide a safe, friendly, and welcoming space in the local community.

This follows the success of the Gay Women's Group in Malvern.

Jenny, a lead volunteer, said: "We are wanting to create a relaxed, informal, non-judgemental environment, bringing people together over a cuppa for two hours, once a month.

"Eventually, there will be an opportunity for the group to organise activity days and places to visit, to combat loneliness and create new social opportunities."

The group aspires to become a crucial hub for the LGBTQIA+ community in Ledbury and surrounding areas, offering a regular space for members to gather, share experiences, and build memories.

Known for its strong community spirit, Ledbury Rugby Club is the ideal venue for these gatherings.

For a £1 donation towards the rugby club, attendees will be treated to refreshments, fostering a homely atmosphere.

Those interested should mark their calendars for the first Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 2pm, beginning June 5.

Contact Caroline on 0800 008 6077 or email referralhub@ageukhw.org.uk for more information.