A project aimed at tackling isolation within Hull’s LGBT community is aiming to increase its membership and its workload following the success of last month’s Pride in Hull event. Organisers of the Hull LGBT Social Network, which was set up by the ONEHumber charity, say the celebration was a turning point for many of their members who have lacked the confidence to mix with others.
They hope members will now share their experiences and encourage others to join the Network, starting with its next meeting on Sunday September 11. Kiran Johnson, the strategic manager of the charity, said: “The success of Pride in Hull was the biggest talking point when our members held their meeting a week after the event. We only started ONEHumber in March and this was the first Pride event for many of our members. They all really enjoyed it and it became clear that the Network meetings have helped them to build their confidence. In the past they haven’t bothered and have just taken the view that events like Pride weren’t for them, but they were all glad they went and they are now talking about going to Pride events in other towns and cities. None of the group would have dreamt of things like that before.”
Mrs Johnson said the Network will try to increase its numbers by taking part in other events and by raising awareness through GPs and other health practitioners who see it as an appropriate option for social prescribing. She said: “The group is all about helping Hull’s LGBT community tackle isolation and the problems which result from that, such as depression and other mental health issues. Social prescribing to treat those conditions can be safer and more effective than drugs and other mainstream treatments and is becoming more widely used in Hull and the East Riding.”
The Network selects meeting venues which are safe, central and convenient and only reveals details on application. To find out more about the meeting on September 11 please contact the ONEHumber charity on 01482 427058, email firstname.lastname@example.org