Jo and Scot from the Student Wellbeing Team talk about Pride Cymru and the support available at Cardiff for LGBT+ students…
The countdown has begun….! Pride Cymru is Wales’ largest annual celebration of equality and diversity and we’ll be there, here’s more about what’s planned, how to get involved and the support we offer Cardiff University students.
Watch or join the Parade
Pride Cymryu’s city centre parade returns from Friday August 24th to Sunday August 26th and promises to be bigger and better than ever! This year’s parade embraces the name ‘Pride Cymru’ with the theme ‘#ProudToBeMe’, aimed at encouraging people to stand out from the crowd, refuse to be divided, and be confident in who you are.
The Parade kicks off on North Road, making its way in a loop down St Mary’s St, and back up Westgate St and is the longest and most extravagant yet!
Fancy taking part in the parade or volunteering? Get involved!
Watch the action from 11am on Saturday and share via social media using #PrideCymru and #ProudToBeMe.
Join the LGBT+ communities and their friends and family at City Hall
The Main Event will take place at City Hall Lawns, Cardiff. Peak entry times are 12:30pm and 4pm, but everyone is welcome to arrive earlier and still enjoy hours of entertainment. There will be live music, funfair rides, a cultural market, street food and bars, and a social hub offering advice and support to LGBT+ communities and their friends and family – plus lots more!
Book now for tickets to the main event!
Make a night of it at the after party!
If you’re not worn out by the end of the evening, Pulse on Churchill Way will be holding their annual street Party to coincide with Pride Cymru!
For tickets to the Pulse Street Party, book here!
Practical support, emotional support and peer support at Cardiff University
LGBT+ students are encouraged to take advantage of the support and services available to them, including:
Chat to your LGBT+ Officers by attending a drop-in, connecting with them on social media (details of social media accounts can be found on the Campaign Officer web pages at https://www.cardiffstudents.com/your-voice/elected-officers/), or contacting the officers at:
Representing LGBT+ issues as well as campaigning for change on campus and running various events, the LGBT+ Association is available for whatever you might need them for. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or email them at: LGBTAssociation@cardiff.ac.uk
CU Pride Society
An LGBT+ society that provides social events and a safe space to talk about any issues. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or contact them at: LGBT@cardiff.ac.uk
Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service
The University’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service is available to provide support for anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.
If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The team offers bookable appointments via an online self-referral form, as well as a daily Drop-In Service called ‘Wellbeing Drop-In’, between 15:00-15:45, Monday–Friday and on Wednesday mornings between 09:30-10:15 at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.
All of the staff will listen, without judgement, and offer support in a safe, confidential space.
If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a ‘Peer Ear’ and give you basic health and wellbeing advice.
Rainbow Bridge is an LGBT+ Support Organisation which offers free and confidential support to anybody experiencing or affected by domestic abuse who identifies as LGBT+. The Rainbow Bridge Team is available to Cardiff University students at the Student Support Centre (50 Park Place) on the last Tuesday of every month during term-time, between 17:30-19:30. The team can provide emotional support, practical support, advice and information.
Or, outside of term-time, you can contact the team for support directly on: 0300 3031 982 or by emailing: RainbowBridge@victimsupport.org.uk to find out more.
Based on the 3rd floor of the Students’ Union, the Student Advice team can guide you on a variety of different issues, ranging from mental health to housing and money worries. They run drop-ins every weekday, and you are can also make longer booked appointments. For more information, please visit https://www.cardiffstudents.com/advice/
South Wales Victim Focus
On the second Tuesday evening of every month during term-time, South Wales Victim Focus offers free, one-to-one confidential support for direct victims, witnesses and anyone indirectly affected by any kind of crime, including Hate Crime. By listening and focusing on the victim, regardless of the type of crime, the team provides emotional support, and the crime does not have to be reported to the police in order for support to be received. Book an appointment.
Offering a confidential listening ear from 20:00-08:00 (term-time only).
Call them on 02920 870 555 or visit https://cardiffnightline.co.uk/ to chat on their instant messaging service.
They run a peer-support service for students with eating difficulties weekly during term-time in the Student’s Union.
For more information, visit: https://www.cardiffstudents.com/activities/studentled/srsh/
Umbrella provide support for anyone who identifies as LGBT+ or is questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. Find them online at www.umbrellacymru.co.uk or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Out and Proud
Out and Proud is a chance to meet other young LGBT+ people aged 13-21. It offers peer support for anyone who is LGBT+. Find more information at www.theproudtrust.org/youth-groups/out-and-proud
The LGBT Foundation
The LGBT Foundation work to support LGBT+ people including help with healthcare. Find more information at https://lgbt.foundation/ or call them on 0345 3 30 30 30.
Coming Out! is Stonewall’s guide for young people. It provides answers to some of the most common questions young people might have if they are thinking about coming out, or think they might be lesbian, gay or bi. Written and designed in conjunction with young people themselves, the guide offers advice, guidance and suggestions for further support.
Guide for Young Trans People in the UK was produced by young trans people, and gathers stories, sources, facts and tips that might be useful to anyone questioning their gender.
Jo & Scot, Student Wellbeing Team
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For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.