BDP hits the streets for Bristol Pride...
On Saturday 9th July, BDP staff got the glitter out in celebration of Bristol Pride. We catch up with our two teams who attended to find out about their experiences.
This was the first year at Pride for our new LGBT+ support service 'Prism', which launched last month in Bristol's Old Market Quarter. With their banners and T-shirts ready, the Prism team joined over 5,000 people to march in celebration of LGBT+ diversity in the Pride Parade.
With their stall set up in Millenium Square, the Prism team spent the day spreading the word of the new service, with stickers and goodie bags.
“We had a fantastic day at Pride on Saturday. We were there to celebrate the launch of Prism, our new LGBT+ alcohol and drug support service, which launched 3 weeks ago and everyone was very interested in the service.
We also completed around 400 surveys, asking people about their alcohol and drug use, and will be using the results to ensure Prism will best support the needs of the LGBT community in Bristol.” - Emma, BDP's Engagement Manager
A few stalls along, BDP's familiar Bristol Youth Links team had joined their partner BYL organisations, 1625 Independent People, RIFE and Learning Partnership West, to celebrate Pride for children and young people.
"From rainbow nail painting, face painting, badge making, hula hoop competitions, biscuit decorating to bubbles... It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with LGBT+ young people, promote our BYL services and celebrate a happy and sunny Bristol Pride.
As LGBT Champion for BDP, the day was a great opportunity to promote the services we have available for both LGBT+ young people and adults in Bristol, their families and other professionals." - Kath, BDP's Community Manager
Prism: LGBT+ Alcohol & Drug Support runs a weekly free and confidential drop-in for adults. Mondays 5 - 8pm: 23-25 Midland Road, Old Market Quarter, Bristol, BS2 0JT.
Bristol Youth Links works in schools throughout Bristol to offer free and confidential support to young people aged 9 - 19 years (25 where there is learning difficulties and disabilities) who are concerned about their own or someone else’s substance misuse.