After five years of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) young people across Warwickshire, local charity Push Projects LGBTQ Youth Support has changed its name to Warwickshire Pride as it expands to work with adults as well as young people.

The new name reflects the work that the charity does, and comes from the annual festival of the same name that the charity organises. Warwickshire Pride will continue to support LGBT+ young people, with weekly drop-ins running in Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday evenings and in Leamington Spa on Saturday afternoons. In addition, the charity now provides telephone & email support to LGBT+ adults, and has a weekly drop-in for adults in the pipeline.

Further services and activities include a new monthly group for families of LGBT+ people and a monthly social group for LGBT+ people with learning disabilities.

Daniel Browne, Chair of Trustees at Warwickshire Pride, said: “After five wonderful years of supporting young LGBT+ people across Warwickshire, around the UK and even internationally, we have taken the decision to amend our charity name to Warwickshire Pride. We were finding that an increasing amount of LGBT+ adults were requiring the kind of support that we are able to provide. As the charity developed and began working with adults, as well as young people, it became clear that a change of name was required to reflect all that we do. Warwickshire Pride is also the name of the annual festival that we organise and the name is all about having pride in who you are. That is something we try to instil in the people we work with; empowering them to be who they are and live freely, as every person on this planet should be able to. We are pleased to announce the launch of a range of new services and activities for LGBT+ adults, such as a monthly group for LGBT+ people with learning disabilities and a soon to launch support group where LGBT+ can receive advice and guidance for the issues affecting their lives as well as having an outlet where they can be themselves and meet new people. Unfortunately, LGBT+ people still face discrimination and abuse. In fact, it’s more prevalent that people realise. For as long as LGBT+ people are unable to be themselves and live freely, we’ll continue to provide the best support possible for those who need it.”

Warwickshire Pride is currently recruiting new trustees and volunteers as it develops. For details of those opportunities and the range of services that the charity provides, please visit www.warwickshirepride.co.uk. Alternatively, you can email info@warwickshirepride.co.uk or call 07580 532659 to speak to a member of the Warwickshire Pride team.

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