I’m 15 and I’ve been coming to the group for about a year. It was my mum who found the youth group and suggested I came. She works in equality and diversity so she knew about the Proud Trust. I’ve really enjoyed making new friends and getting the opportunity to talk to others. Everyone here has experienced similar things.
I had been to another young group (not LGBT specific) but it wasn’t as good as this one: it wasn’t so structured. My favourite activities have been going to the park, eating ice cream, the discussion groups and the yoga session.
The group has made me realise I’m more confident than I thought. I tend to worry about other people a lot and not enough about myself. I’ve been depressed in the past and had some difficulties with communicating how I feel. Coming to the group has made it easier for me to talk to people and my communication skills have developed. I’m better at talking to my friends and family now.
School life has improved too. The Proud Trust youth worker has come into my school to talk to teachers about the needs of LGBT young people and some things have got better. Although I still get down sometimes my life has improved since coming to the group. I know I can chat to people and get a hug if I need one! I feel much better as a person.
I think LGBT specific youth groups are really important so people can feel safe to talk without being judged. I persuaded another friend to come for a while and I’m still working on my best friend! I will definitely keep on coming.