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Millennial Festival of talent (and alpacas) wows Poole community

Mayor Julie Bagwell and alpacas

Poole Mayor Cllr Julie Bagwell with alpaca friends

BCHA’s Millennium House has marked #PrideMonth2021 with a unique festival to showcase the talents of its customers and staff.

The event was attended by the Poole Mayor Cllr Julie Bagwell and included art, music, food and a beautiful sense of inclusion and togetherness.

Located in Poole, Millennium House offers support and housing to single, homeless people, some of whom have experienced mental health struggles.

Mental health support worker Lisa Boon said: “After such a long period of uncertainly and to celebrate Pride we really wanted to get together, showcase our talents, boost people’s confidence and generally enjoy ourselves - and the festival did all of that.

“The Mayor was wonderful and stayed with us for over an hour. Learning about how we support people and meeting lots of our customers and staff. She has also offered to do all she can to support us in the future.”

Lisa continued: “One of our other mental health support workers Daniel Taylor wowed everyone with his music and guitar playing and several of our residents joined him in singing, which was very touching and made me cry!

“Our resident Malcolm was thrilled to see and host his elderly mum who was visiting the festival after being kept safe in her care home for over a year.

“And residents Willow, Alicia and Laura showed off the beautiful Pride Door they had created and gave out cards to young people offering advice in dealing with LBGT issues.”

The event also included a visit from Alpaca Adventures near Shaftesbury.

“These wonderful animals were a great hit with everyone,” said Lisa.

“Alongside all of this there was lots of fun and games and lovely food and we hope to host another event very soon.”

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