Bupa in the community: Trans Pride Brighton

19 July 2019 . United Kingdom

At Bupa, we get behind the causes our people care about and help them to give back to the communities where we work.

Trans Pride Brighton and Hove

One of the ways we help our employees to have a bigger impact in their local community is through our Bupa Cares Community Grant programme. Each month, employees can nominate a local community group or project that they are actively involved in as a volunteer or trustee to receive a financial grant. To be successful, applicants should demonstrate how their project will have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and/or healthy environments in the local community.

This month, Trans Pride Brighton received a Bupa Cares Community Grant after being nominated by Daniella Fowles, Risk Analyst, at Bupa Global. Here, Daniella explains how the money will help support a trans pride march on 20 July, which in turn will help raise awareness of transgender issues and support the goal of creating safe spaces.

“Almost half of trans people don’t feel comfortable using public toilets through fear of discrimination or harassment. The statistics around trans people and mental health are even worse.

Trans Pride helps raise awareness of the services available to those who are struggling with their mental health and offers trans youth the opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment.

As a transwoman myself, I feel that Trans Pride Brighton builds on a sense of community that is invaluable. It brings a feeling of inclusivity and diversity and shows trans people that they will always have our support. It is more important than ever to ensure this event is a success.

I have been volunteering with this charity since 2017. Each year we aim to make a bigger impact than the year before, with more events, more inclusivity and intersectionality. I’ve used my background in Risk to help with the general governance of running the event and liaising with the local authorities, such as the council and the police. I’m so impressed with the work that the committee have put in, it is a large undertaking and completely run by volunteers.

The grant itself will be spent on logistics, specifically the parade. For example, the cost of radios, megaphone and printing. The money also helps protect the sustainability of the event, not just this year but for activities in the future too.

I’m really looking forward to Trans Pride Brighton this weekend, and welcoming over 5,000 people from all corners of the country. Trans Pride will always help people with a transgender background feel safer and we will continue to encourage people to be who they are.”