In celebration of PRIDE 2020 it’s important to recognise that everyone has the right to self-define their own gender and sexuality #LookBeyondTheLabel Some of the young people we work with have some brilliant recommendations for us to share with you all throughout this month.
We know that many young people will today be exercising their human right to join the many rallies across the country, standing together against systemic racism that is tragically still deeply rooted across our worlds.
One of our workers has put together some tips on how to stay as safe as possible if you are taking part in protests and direct action today, being mindful that we are still in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionally affecting people from black, asian and other non-white ethnic backgrounds.
Sheffield rally organisers have advised people to refrain from attending if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms, have come into contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has experience symptoms, or are part of a vulnerable group (or are living with/in contact with anyone who is).
Here are some ways you can show your support safely from home:
1) join the minute of silence to be held at 1.15pm in memory of George Floyd and all those who have lost their lives due to systemic racism
2) display a sign in your window showing support for Black Lives Matter and anti racism
3) watch the live stream of the Sheffield protest on Instagram at @shineraah
Stay safe and look out for one another #KindnessMatters #BlackLivesMatter
Remember it’s also important to stay safe online, check out our online safety poster!
Young people show compassion and support amongst an array of creativity over this period,
For those young people are our future, some already working in many of the different roles shown in the appreciation artwork by Davina. Others working and looking towards those roles as future career choices.
How lucky we are to work alongside such talented and supportive young people.
With support in mind, here is a reminder that it’s okay not to be okay with this completed colour app picture by Chris – OASIS Young Commissioner.
Lastly, we’d like to take this moment of showing our appreciation and giving thanks to everyone that has supported OASIS and Chilypep in raising funds for the Barnsley Well-being hub through the crowd fund so far!
AVIVA, Project 14, Barnsley Boost, Kurious Arts, local businesses, individual fundraisers and donations – THANK YOU!
As part of Kurious Arts Covid-19 Artist Support, they’ve kindly supported us in creation of the appeal video below.
What can you do to help?
Watch it, share it, fund raise, donate to our crowd fund page!
Rebecca Batley, volunteer for Chilypep and member of Young Healthwatch has been busy speaking out around mental health with the aim of #STAMPingOutStigma and encouraging services to better support young people in Sheffield.