PACE named as Bristol Pride Charity for 2014
The team behind the Bristol Pride Festival have chosen PACE as their named charity for the 2014 festival.
PACE has been inspiring better LGBT mental health for three decades through provision of counselling, advocacy and support for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans* people experiencing mental health problems.
PACE provides face to face services in London, from its office in N7, and virtual support across the UK via www.pacehealth.org.uk they also have a research project and a unique charter mark scheme to help mainstream relationship providers become more LGBT-friendly.
Bristol Pride is a week of events taking place from the 5-12 July and culminates with a massive outdoor music and arts festival in Castle Park, Bristol. Last year 25000 people attended the festival which has been named No2 Best Pride in the UK (Coop Respect awards).
Bristol Pride are keen to help to raise awareness of PACE and its work within the LGBT community and to encourage an openness and willingness to talk about the mental health issues that affect LGBT communities. Many gay people have experienced a range of issues that can affect mental wellbeing including: hostility or rejection, the danger of violence in public spaces or casual homophobic comments.
Festival Director and Organiser Daryn Carter:
“I’m really pleased to name PACE as our charity for 2014 as it’s an organisation close to my heart. I was one of the many young LGB&T people who had to leave home at a very young age due to rejection and it was a lonely and scary place. Growing up I was bullied and still experience casual homophobia on a regular basis, but working in Bristol Hate Crime I have seen a lot worse, people who are in very dark places because of the way they have been treated simply for being who they are. PACE provides a range of services which tackle mental health issues for all ages as well as relationship counselling and domestic violence support, all issues we need to do more to support and get people talking about.”
Ruth Overton – Head of Communications at PACE:
“PACE is delighted to have been chosen by Bristol Pride Festival to be their named charity at the 2014 Festival. The more we can encourage discussion about LGBT people and mental health the better. Despite more tolerance and understanding of gay people’s lives, LGBT people still experience significantly poorer mental health than the straight population. It’s not always easy for LGBT people to develop a sense of identity and positive self-esteem. PACE’s work is so important, as mainstream mental health services don’t always provide what LGBT people need.”
Wayne Full – Fundraising Development Manager:
“We’re really excited to be working with Daryn and his colleagues. We hope people will come and see us at our stall at Bristol Pride Festival on the 12th July.”
Pride will also support other service providers and agencies in the city with subsidised opportunities for outreach and working with the local council to allow collections from the Public for charities on Pride Day.