Local organisation URPotential came into school today to offer support to students who may be struggling their sexuality or gender identity.

Louise Harrison who is a LGBT Worker for the not for profit Community Interest Company, came into school to chat to students and tell them about a local support group that is run specifically for young people who identify as part of the LGBT community.  The group was set up to help improve mental and emotional health with a focus on decreasing isolation for young LGBT people. She said, “There are often a lot of mental health and wellbeing issues within the LGBT community, especially amongst young people.  The idea of ‘coming out’, especially to their parents and carers, can cause a lot of anxiety and worry, and it’s not uncommon for these young people to suffer with depression.”

The support group runs every Monday in St Annes and is a safe and relaxed environment for 11-17 year olds and 18-25 year olds to talk about any issues they are facing and ask any questions they may have.  The group also celebrate the events such as commemorating the Stonewall Riots, which lead to the first Pride event, Trans Remembrance as well as organising various events.  Louise said, “We’re really looking forward to the LGBT Youth Fest 2018, which is taking place on the 3rd February.  It’s an opportunity for likeminded young people to get together and celebrate who they, engage in some workshops and seminars and make new friends”.

Headteacher Mr Waller said, “At Carr Hill we are committed to promoting inclusivity and equality of every student.  We welcome opportunities to collaborate with local organisations such as URPotential to improve our students wellbeing, and we thank them for taking the time to visit us today”.

If you’d like to find out more about the support group, or speak to Louise about any issues you are struggling with please contact her at: lousie@urpotential.co.uk or check out the website.