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The Perfect End to Wellness Week

Getting a group of people together over a cuppa, in a safe space, is a great way to start a conversation about LGBT+ equality.

That’s exactly what the IVC Evidensia LGBT+ Champions did when they held an Equali-tea event to offer support and help celebrate Wellness Week at the Chocolate Factory support office.

During Wellness Week, there were events covering health monitoring, mental health issues, sustainability, mindfulness, meditation with resilience workshops, Pilates classes, physiotherapy sessions and more. The Equali-tea event brought the week to a successful close.

The idea behind an Equali-tea event is to create a safe environment for people to get together to tell their stories and chat, with a cuppa and a slice of cake thrown in!

Gemma Quelch from Marketing at the Chocolate Factory said,

“The Equali-tea event was such a lovey idea. It was a safe space for IVC employees to come together and discuss their experiences around equality for the LGBTQ+ community – whether first hand or the experiences of friends and family. The discussions were open and casual, and we are looking forward to more in the future!”

IVC Evidensia LGBT+ Champion, James Joseph organised the event. He led discussions around the findings from the Stonewall Survey 2018. The Wellness Week was the perfect platform to highlight and discuss the key findings from the survey. Attendees discussed worrying statistics such as, one in eight LGBT people ages 18-24 have attempted to take their own lives in the last year and half of LGBT people have experienced depression in the last year.

James said,

“People were happy to share family splits, coming out of their children, being supportive of their LGBT+ friends and life feeling easier moving to a new city being Trans.

He went on to say,

“We didn’t want the conversations to end there so we have agreed to continue with discussions on a monthly basis, with different topics in mind, to establish a supportive, safe network for our LGBT+ community, open for all to attend.”

To find out more about further discussions and to get involved, email James Joseph on james.joseph@ivcevidensia.com.

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