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Saturday 25th July – what a fantastic colourful day at Norwich Pride 2015.
Bigger Picture and Time to Change volunteer Poppy with the Norwich Pride banner at the pride event
Thousands of people attended the Norwich Pride event to watch the parade from Chapelfield Gardens to the Norwich Forum.
The LGBT community walked with pride in a display of beautiful rainbow coloured banners and eye catching creative costumes.
Outside the Norwich Forum crowds of people watched acts perform on the main stage including Future Radio DJs, Sing with Pride Choir & Friends and Parallel Dance Studio.
Quote from Norwich Pride Website ‘Norwich Pride is a celebration from the LGBT community for everyone. Our mission is to ensure that Norwich is a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves. Norwich Pride is a grass-roots, do-it-yourself celebration organised by a collective of friendly, creative & enthusiastic volunteers.’
Below slide show images taken from the event. Photographs by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Design and Social Media
What a fantastic atmosphere at Norwich Pride 2015. Amongst the beautiful rainbow colours the sun finally came out for Norwich MIND at Chapelfield Gardens after a morning of rain.
Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture cinema and information stand at Chapelfield Gardens Norwich Pride
We screened Time to Change films to raise awareness about Mental Health stigma. Time to Change is England’s biggest campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. One of the videos we screened at Pride is called ‘Meet the #Wolfpack’ which was released last year to specifically target the male YouTube audience.
Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture Cinema screening Time to Change film ‘Meet the #Wolfpack’ at Norwich Pride
Research has shown that men find it more difficult to talk about their mental health compared to women. The film is about friendship and looking out for your mates which is shown through a group of four dogs. Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture has screened the film over the last year at many events and this has proven to be very popular with the public – humour is a great way to convey an important message.
Quote from ‘The Drum’ website
‘Thea Cole, director of content at MediaCom Beyond Advertising said: “Devising unique, targeted content specifically devised for the YouTube platform is a powerful way of building a community of interest around a cause. We hope the calibre of the YouTubers, alongside clever storytelling will encourage young people to spread the word about the #MakeTime campaign. Using humour to engage with a male audience via a canine cast which personifies a group of mates will, we hope, make the campaign’s message infinitely sharable.”
Activities to engage with the public included an information stand which gave people an opportunity to find out about the many mental health services Norwich Mind offers.
Norwich Mind staff Sarah and photographer and volunteer Anne on the information stand at Norwich Pride Chapelfield Gardens
Layla and Simon Norwich Mind staff at Norwich Pride
For the first time we introduced a new activity to engage with the public – a unique opportunity to create an animated pledge.
Animation pledges activity
Using stop motion and time lapse methods, letters were used to create words – a creative way to convey an important message about mental health. The activity proved very popular and we are looking forward to talking this to more events.
Anastacia Norwich Mind Bigger Picture staff helping people to create animated pledges
One participant’s pledge read ‘The media should think before they print’. (Coming soon animated pledges from the event)
We had face painting for kids and adults – very popular, everyone wanted rainbows painted on their face.
Ruth Norwich Mind staff helping with face painting
Using a variety of activities to engage with the public is a great way to encourage people to talk about mental health.
In the afternoon we had an information stand at the incredibly busy Norwich Forum, giving us the opportunity to talk to many people.
Norwich Mind staff Ruth and Photographer and Volunteer Anne on the information stand at the Forum
Crowds gathered at the Forum to join in other Pride activities – an incredible day.
Below slide show images taken from the event. Photographs by Anne Adams – photographer.
Norfolk Time to Change Champions and Bigger Picture volunteers were also at the Forum to start conversations about mental health and encourage the public to write pledges to say what they would do to end mental health stigma – an incredible amount of pledges were on display.
Lots of pledges. Laura Bigger Picture and Time to Change volunteer at the forum Norwich Pride
Norfolk Champions carried the Time to Change banner with pride on the parade. Thanks to Maddi Cassell East of England Time to Change Co-ordinator for helping to organise the event at Norwich Pride.
Norfolk Time to Change Champions and Bigger Picture volunteers carrying the banner at Norwich Pride
Thank you to the organisers of Norwich Pride – a great event. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make it such a successful day and to everyone who talked to us and joined in the activities. Thanks to Photographer and volunteer Anne Adams for the amazing images. See you next year.
Paola Colombo, Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture Manager having fun at Norwich Pride
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Blog written and compiled by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Design and Social Media
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