Proud hearts and minds at Worthing Pride

July 2023

What an awesome few days at Worthing Pride. We led the Parade, chatted LGBTQIA+ mental health, fundraised for our LGBTQIA+ peer support, walked the Pride cat-walk – and had a thoroughly splendid time raising awareness and challenging stigma around mental health

We had an absolute blast at this year’s Worthing Pride! We were immensely proud to lead the Parade on Saturday, which wound its way from Burlington Hotel to Steyne Gardens, largely in the pouring rain, and with amazing support from the public – despite the weather.

It was wonderful for our staff, volunteers, service users and trustees to march – with proud hearts and minds – along Worthing Prom to show our support for the trans community (protecting the trans community was the Parade theme this year) and for LGBTQIA+ mental health. The rain most certainly didn’t dampen our spirits!

Proud hearts and minds: we were thrilled to lead the Worthing Pride Parade this year

We had some insightful mental health conversations at our stand, enjoyed giving out our pronouns and 'proud parent' badges, stress balls and Lush freebies, and fundraising through our raffle and tombola.

All the monies we have raised through Worthing Pride ticket sales and at the event itself directly support our new LGBTQIA+ peer groups in Worthing, Littlehampton and Southwick, which we’ll be launching in September and October this year. In the next few weeks, we will be advertising for a part-time peer support mental health worker to work with these groups – so please do watch this space.

Thank you to Worthing Pride for inviting us onto the stage to talk about our work and for inviting two of our staff (Kate Scales, our acting deputy CEO, and Leanne Challen, our head of mental health support) to walk the Pride catwalk donning their ‘Proud hearts and minds’ T-shirts!

Huge thanks to all our staff, volunteers and services users who worked so tirelessly to plan our presence at Worthing Pride this year – particularly to Alison Lake who did such a splendid job project-managing for us and braved the stage – and to everyone who worked, supported and volunteered for us on the day.

Finally, a huge thank you to Worthing Pride and to its one-man-dynamo creative director, Gary Richardson, for having us as an official charity and supporting our LGBTQIA+ peer support groups. It really was an immense pleasure and honour to be part of this wonderful event.

LGBTQIA+ mental health and the value of peer support