Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Lesbian & Gay Switchboard is a helpline providing information and support by phone, letter and now by e-mail. It has had over 60,000 contacts since it started. But when did it start?
Switchboard has 3 starting dates.
In 1974 it began as a drop-in advice night at the Nottingham People's Centre.
In 1975, it moved next door to the Council for Voluntary Service and acquired a phone line.
In 1976, it started calling itself a "Switchboard" following the example of London's service.
This is quite useful, as it allows Switchboard to have major anniversary celebrations on three consecutive years.
Unlike many of the similar helplines set up in the 70s and 80s a) it has no paid workers and b) it's still going. To find out more about Switchboard, click HERE