A HELPLINE which serves the lesbian, gay and bisexual community on the Island is celebrating its tenth anniversary on November 4.

The Wightout Helpline has been operating twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights between 7.30pm and 10pm since it began in 1992.

It has taken more than 1,000 calls from the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. Run entirely by volunteers, the helpline has also relied on local fundraising and donations to operate.

Volunteers regularly attend local events promoting the helpline's work and raising awareness to people who may need advice.

As part of the ten-year celebrations, and to thank everybody who has been involved and supported the helpline over the last decade, Wightout is holding a party to coincide with World Aids Day on Friday, November 29.

Anyone wanting further information should contact Wightout on 01983 525123.

Alan, chairman of Wightout, said: "The Isle of Wight is a small place, where everybody knows everyone else.

"This can make it difficult for people coming to terms with how they feel. A local service understanding the needs of the community has been very important."