World AIDS Day: A Space to Talk and Remember

| , , | By Michelle Savage
World AIDS Day: A Space to Talk and Remember
World AIDS Day: A Space to Talk and Remember
Friday 29th November from 5.15-6.45pm in the Vernon Castle Room, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, in the Forum
Local mental health charity, Norfolk and Waveney Mind are working with LGBT+ choir Sing with Pride and the Norfolk Heritage Centre to organise an event called World AIDS Day: A Space to Talk and Remember. The event will provide a space to reflect on the AIDS crisis and the impact it had on us and our community – how we survived and how we remember those we lost. Materials from the Norfolk Heritage Centre’s LGBT+ Collection will available and we invite people to bring photos and objects of their own. 
World AIDS Day takes place on 1st December each year. Its’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died of AIDS-related illness. The World Aids Day Service is on Sunday 1st December at 3.30pm at St John’s, Timber Hill.

Steve Lunniss from Sing with Pride says: “Living through the worst of the AIDS crisis was a frightening time. Loosing multiple friends in a few short years, fearing for one’s own life and supporting friends through their last few months took a significant toll on many people’s mental well-being. Those scars remain for some people. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a cuppa with others who went through this difficult time and review how we are now.”

Michelle Savage, LGBTQ+ Manager at Norfolk and Waveney Mind says: "Almost every person faces mental health challenges at some point in their life. The death of a loved one can have a huge impact on your mental health, and having a serious illness, like HIV, can be another source of major stress. If you add stigma and discrimination to this, it's no surprise that there are high levels of mental health issues in the LGBTQ+ community. We hope this simple, gentle event will remind people they are not alone, there is support available and it's good to talk."
Jo Foster-Murdoch, Community Librarian and volunteer at the LGBT+ History Club says: "We feel extremely proud to be working in association with Norfolk and Waveney Mind to host this event to mark World Aids Day 2019. The LGBT+ archive that we have been building in Norfolk Heritage Centre, with the collaboration of Norwich Pride and the local community, reflects some of the services provided in the area during and since the AIDS crisis. The material we have collected highlights the wonderful local organisations and individuals involved in the provision of these services and we are pleased that the materials are being used for such a meaningful cause. These materials will be available to view on the evening and we will then display some in one of our glass cabinets to commemorate and highlight the importance of the day itself, after the event. The event will be held in the more private Vernon Castle Room of the Millennium Library, which allows space to talk and remember."

For further information about Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s LGBTQ+ Project, please contact Michelle Savage, Project Manager  

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