Brighton Pride returns to the city this August and a group of local charities will again be providing a team of trained youth workers to look out for young people at the party in and around Preston Park.
In 2017, over 300,000 people gathered in the city for the Pride parade and festival, many of these young people looking to join in the annual celebration of the LGBTQI community.
This year, community development charity TDC (the Trust for Developing Communities) will run a Youth Welfare Service throughout the Pride party. The service will provide refuge for any young person in distress – trained Youth workers from the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective will be on hand alongside the TDC team to help and support any young person in need.
Adam Muirhead, TDC Projects Manager for Youth Work, will be co-ordinating Pride Youth Welfare again this year. Adam said “We’re really happy to be at Pride Festival this year, making sure young people have the maximum fun without it becoming unsafe through alcohol, substance misuse, sex or sunshine. The Police, Council and Pride Team themselves have all been fantastic at recognising this need and bringing our team of dedicated youth work professionals on board to help make it another hugely successful festival.”
The youth workers and their welfare tent will be positioned outside the festival fences at Preston Park making sure those that don’t have tickets stay safe and have fun. The youth team will be based there both Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August, wearing official Brighton pride festival t-shirts.
They will be on the lookout for any young person who looks like they may be in need of assistance. Free condoms, water, snacks and sun cream will be available and the team will also be able to help young people make contact with friends and family members to ensure they get home safely.
For further information please visit: www.trustdevcom.org.uk