On Saturday the 7 of July 2018 Mind in Taunton & West Somerset left their home county to travel up to Manchester to be a part the world’s highest profile Transgender Pride Event ‘Sparkle Weekend’.
The event which was originally founded in 2005 attracts Trans people, friends, allies and families from all over the world to have an amazing time in a fun and safe space. For this year’s event Mind in Taunton & West Somerset collaborated with Manchester Mind to promote the UK’s only emotional support helpline for people who identify as Trans or non-binary, Mindline Trans+.
Promotional Champions from Mindline Trans+ and Manchester Mind’s young person’s mental health project, YASP, met people from all walks of life to introduce them to both of their services. Everyone they met was pleased to discover that a dedicated helpline for people who identify as Trans, non binary and their friends and families existed and many took away their promotional materials to share with friends to support them when they are struggling.
The event was also a good opportunity to meet with other Trans and LGBT friendly and focused services such as Stonewall and the LGBT Foundation. They even got to meet Miss Trans Living 2018 Nia Jay.
Everyone who took part agreed that this was a fantastic event and are making plans to return next year.