Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

The Gay & Lesbian Network staff are growing a vegetable garden to help feed the communities which we work with. This has been taken up by the staff wellness committee, and has become a teambuilding exercise for staff members.

Many of our beneficiaries have been disowned by their family and most battle to find work. One of the ways in which we can help is by providing food. After moving to our new office last year, the staff has designated an area for our vegetable garden, and we recently had a wellness day of planting some more vegetables. These have taken off well and some are nearly ready to harvest!  Sadly, we do not have all the necessary tools available to us and we use a polystyrene cup to water the garden. Other activities, like digging and clearing, is all done by hand.


We are looking for assistance in acquiring

  • a small spade
  • a small garden fork
  • a watering can
  • seeds
  • compost
  • or any cash donation which will go towards this initiative.

Other ways in which we provide assistance is with our outreach programme, which supports our beneficiaries with self-development, career-development and conflict resolution, through the Zenzele Youth Support Programme.

We also have an Advice Office at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre, where we offer counselling, HIV testing and counselling, support groups, career guidance, transgender specific services and referrals. You may contact our Edendale office on 033 398 0004.

As a NPO we rely on donations and sponsorship, which goes towards our programmes. Our holistic approach fosters the upliftment and recognition of the LGBTI community.

The Gay & Lesbian Network is a registered non-profit organisation which is Tax exempt and has Section 18A(1) status which means that every cash donation you make to the Network is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Banking details:

Bank: First National Bank (FNB)

Account name: Gay and Lesbian Network

Account number: 62100583394

Branch name: Bank Street

Branch code: 220825

Swift code: FIRNZAJJ (international code)


Tel: +27 33 342 6165

19 Connaught Road

Pietermaritzburg, 3201



For free counselling call our Helpline number on 086 033 3331 or SMS “HELP” to 079 891 3036 and we will call you back.

Helpline operates from 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday.