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Pride Canterbury announce first ever charity partnership

After the announcement that Pride Canterbury will be returning on Saturday the 11th of September 2021, there has been another very special announcement from the team.

Pride Canterbury are proud to announce their first-ever charity partnership with The BeYou Project at Porchlight.

With only 3 weeks to go until Pride Canterbury returns to the city, we are excited to be working with The BeYou Project to help spread the message about the fantastic work that they do within our community and encourage young people to get involved.

Pride Canterbury Committee member Jon Fitter-Harding

What is The BeYou Project?

The BeYou Project is part of the charity Porchlight.

We’re really pleased to be working with the team at Pride Canterbury to share the important message that LGBTQ+ people can turn to us.

The BeYou Project’s Graysen Hall

They aim to provide advice, support and safe spaces for LGBTQ+ young people (up to the age of 25) in Kent and Medway. 

They provide welcoming and non-judgemental meet-ups across the county where young people can freely express themselves and socialise with other members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

They also offer advice for families, carers and professionals who have questions about supporting LGBTQ+ young people. 

Many young people in Kent don’t know where to turn for advice and guidance on LGBTQ+ related issues, but we’re looking to change that with the help of Pride Canterbury.

The BeYou Project’s Graysen Hall.

In a press release, the team said they want to help young people feel confident to be themselves, especially since Covid has caused a lot of isolation: “LGBTQ+ young people, who can often feel lonely and isolated, were cut off from friends and other important support networks.”

Porchlight

Porchlight runs The BeYou Project because LGBTQ+ young people are disproportionately affected by homelessness.

By putting the right support in place, it aims to ensure they get the best start in life. Pride Canterbury stands with The BeYou Project’s ambition to ensure LGBTQ+ young people feel included within the wider community, have a safe space to discuss their feelings and mental health, and have a bright, fulfilling future.

The BeYou Project’s Graysen Hall.

How to find out more

The BeYou Project will be at Pride Canterbury on 11th of September in the Dane John Gardens throughout the day. You can also donate towards the project at Canterbury Pride “to help further support the cause.”

A parade will be dominating the streets of Canterbury followed by an all day, free entry party in Dane John’s Gardens as organised by Pride Canterbury. The party begins at 10am. You can read more about Pride Canterbury here.

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