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The Samaritans @ Pride in London

(Featured Image taken from The Samaritan’s Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/samaritans)

 

What DO other students do in this between-years limbo? I feel like I’m in a holding pattern waiting for replies to emails. There are some exciting things I’m pursuing though; an arts charity has a Pop Up space in a shop that I might use. I do hope I can swing it and host free tea and coffee days in my own little show! Fingers and everything else crossed!

 

 

I was down in London last weekend and took part in Pride. The Samaritans have had team marching for the past three years, and while I don’t think I’m strong enough to be on the other end of the phones, I have painted faces and handed out fliers for them. They are well known but I think that can work against large charities sometimes because they might be considered too “mainstream” to appeal to LGBTQIA+ people. I know a lot of folks in the community have negative experiences with …unprepared organisations, shall we say. The Samaritans do make a point of being inclusive and think outside the box about ways to help and raise awareness of LGBT issues – they have recently teamed up with TV show Hollyoaks. They take part in several Pride marches across the UK and are very much supportive of people with minority orientations and identities.

 

Photo by Chris H

 

Their number is free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can call them on:

116 123

or text them: 07725 90 90 90

email: jo@samaritans.org

They even have centres where you can drop in and talk to someone face to face, and you can find those details here: Samaritans Branches

 

 

I marched with my handy hard-bodied suitcase which was an absolute life saver! I have been able to feel my hips in their sockets for the past few days but it could have been worse, and I am determined to keep pushing myself sensibly when I can. This July marks one year exactly since I left London, and it was interesting to see where I have made progress with my condition and where it’s deteriorated. I absolutely MELTED and tried my best to keep hydrated – I managed to avoid a fibro flare up or a crash afterwards which is a massive WIN! It’s surprising that a lot of people thought I was “joking” when I explained I needed the case as a mobility aid, but it’s very important to me to be visible and vocal. There are SO many conditions which affect people, and the stigma of being lazy or somehow failing to think positive when we’re in pain and need accommodations is massive. There are lots of types of arthritis, MS, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome… the list goes on and on. Because there’s no visible sign quite often, we pass under the radar.

Next time you see a young or young-ish person sitting in a disabled seat, please think twice about giving them a dirty look.

 

This is all motivation for me to get on with my range of accessibility / awareness jewellery! I’m still a little intimidated by design packages, but I’ve booked some time on the laser cutter this afternoon to make some pieces featuring my cat, Layla. Here she is sprawled out! Keep an eye out for more jewellery updates!


I’ve also listed some of the ceramics that were too pretty to include in my burial mound piece, which you can find on my Etsy shop. They include a really lovely green Wade bowl from the 1950s and I’ll be adding to those listings over the next few months. I can ship internationally but will need to figure out the best way to send to each country, so send me a message if you’re outside the UK.

 

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