Brandon helps launch Bristol LGBT group
Thursday 5 January 2017
Brandon Trust has helped set up a new monthly LGBT social group in Bristol for people with learning disabilities.
The charity is working with the Diversity Trust, Public Health Bristol, and Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) to run the group, which first met in December and next meet on 16 February in the city centre.
Jill Corbyn, Head of Involvement at Brandon Trust, said: "We know that additional barriers to socialising and connecting with others leave many people with a learning disability feeling isolated within their communities.
"We heard from people that there is very little support for people who identify as LGBT , and started a conversation with other organisations to find out what their experience is and what support is available. We decided to work together to provide a supported opportunity for people to connect and socialise.
"Since launching the group, we've had contact from people in other areas of the country expressing an interest in what we're doing. We’ve also found one or two other similar groups, who we plan to connect with."
The venue for meetings is St Stephens Café, a Brandon Trust social enterprise where people with learning disabilities gain experience in employment.
The next meeting is on Thursday, 16 February, between 3.30-5.30pm, at St Stephens Café, 21 St Stephens Street, Bristol BS1 1EQ.
For more information please contact Tracy on 07876 814 592.