Pride Month is held in June each year and is all about celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBT+ community. As part of our celebrations, we’re asking the young people who attend our LGBT+ projects to send us a photo - it could be a drawing, a painting, a picture of themselves doing a hobby - anything that that answers the question "What makes you proud?"
Our LGBT+ projects take place every week during term time in every district of Hertfordshire. They are safe spaces where young people can meet other young LGBT+ people in their area, discuss issues that matter to them, and get support and advice from our qualified Youth Workers and Advisers.
As well as weekly local projects, Services for Young People also supports the 'Who Not What' groups which represent the voice of young LGBT+ people in Hertfordshire at a countywide level. These groups meet once a month and aim to improve services for the LGBT+ community in Hertfordshire. They were also instrumental in creating the Young Pride in Herts website which contains a wealth of information to support young LGBT+ people as well as parents and professionals.
Throughout the year our LGBT+ Youth Workers visit schools to talk to students about the support we can offer for young LGBT+ students. We also offer schools awareness raising and anti-bullying presentations and workshops and support with setting up LGBT+ ally schemes through the Services for Young People LGBT+ Schools Project.
Young people can join their local LGBT+ project by getting in touch with their local team or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Find full details of the projects here: Support for young LGBT+ people.
Professionals who work with young people and parents/carers can refer a young person to one of these projects here: Make a referral.