Chris – Phoneworker, Volunteer & Trustee

I first contacted Coventry & Warwickshire Friend in April 1991.  I knew I was gay but didn’t have the confidence to go through the door of McGuigans, the local gay pub at the time. With the assistance of one of their volunteers I was accompanied into the pub and the rest they say is history.


I started volunteering in 2004 and became the chair in 2010 when Friend became a registered charity.

I thoroughly enjoy being involved in Friend; I have met many great people and have increased my confidence and self-esteem.

I live with Sai, my civil partner, in Coventry; we have a cat called Defa. I am a member of the Gay Classic Car Group owning a Mini, an Austin Allegro, a Princess and also a classic caravan.