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      News From The Eddystone Trust

      Looking after your sexual elf this Christmas

      Looking after your sexual elf this Christmas

      The Christmas season is upon us, the year is drawing to a close and tis the season to be jolly. Many of you will be venturing out to party this Christmas season (and quite rightly so) but we just wanted to check in with you all before you do to remind you to look after your sexual elf this Christmas by making sure you take condoms with you when you have fun this festive period. All you need to is the following:

      Visualise where you’re going to keep your condoms - it can be a wallet, pocket or a bag. Just somewhere safe where you know it will be with you on a night out
      Say to yourself - “I’m going to put my condoms in my safe space” and picture where they will be when you need them
      Put your condoms in your place before you go out and then you’re covered

      Remember, carrying a condom isn’t just a “man” thing. We should all carry them and then you’ll know you’re covered this Christmas.

      If you need us over Christmas we’ll be open on the non-bank holiday days, you can also see services in your area if you click here

      We sincerely hope you all have a happy Christmas and a good New Year!!!

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      Torquay’s famous Rainbow Ball are supporting The Eddystone Trust and set to return with a bang!

      Torquay’s famous Rainbow Ball are supporting The Eddystone Trust and set to return with a bang!

      Torquay’s famous Rainbow Ball set to return with a bang!

       After two years off due to the covid pandemic, the Rainbow Ball returns to the Riviera Centre, Torquay on Saturday 26th November.
      The event has raised almost £50,000 for LGBT+ causes and Rowcroft Hospice since it’s return in 2017 and the committee are determined to make this year’s event extra special.

      With almost 75% of tickets already sold, the Ball is as popular as ever, with many guests eager to celebrate the event’s return.

      This year’s headline act is drag performer La Voix, who was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and starred in Absolutely Fabulous The Movie. The performer had such a great time in Torquay in 2018 that she asked to come back! 

      Alongside La Voix will be burlesque artist Trixi Tassels, award-winning band I Love Amp and local DJ Max Corderoy.

      Guests will enjoy a drinks reception, 3-course dinner, an auction, raffle, live entertainment and dancing through until 2am.
      More details and tickets are available from rainbowball.org.uk

      Don't let Monkeypox ruin your summer - latest advice here

      Don't let Monkeypox ruin your summer - latest advice here

      Everyone deserves to have a fun & safe Pride this summer. If you're planning on going to an event then we're asking people to be aware of the current Monkeypox advice and the advice is to check yourself for monkeypox symptoms.

      Symptoms of Monkeypox include:

      • a high temperature
      • a headache
      • muscle aches
      • backache
      • swollen glands
      • shivering (chills)
      • exhaustion
      • joint pain

      The most common symptom is unexpected or unusual spots, ulcers or blisters on your body (anywhere on your body). Even if it’s just one spot, you should stay home & call 111 or your local sexual health clinic. The only way to stop the spread is to be safe, stay home if you have unexpected spots and contact the relevant health services if you think you may have Monkeypox.

      With the right treatment, Monkeypox is usually treatable and patients make a full recovery. For full information on Monkeypox visit the NHS website here or if you want to chat to us about it then feel free to reach out to us at info@eddystone.org.uk 

      New video: What is sexual health?

      New video: What is sexual health?

      What is sexual health?
      In our latest short video, James discusses the notion of sexual health and gives you three quick and easy ways to improve your sexual health
      We're going to be doing more short videos so please make sure you like, comment and share.
      Let us know if there are any subjects you want us (or James) to cover by comenting on our Facebook page by clicking here!!!

      List of events The Eddystone Trust will be visiting this summer

      List of events The Eddystone Trust will be visiting this summer

      It’s Pride Month, and we’re kicking off our summer events schedule in style!

      The staff and volunteers at The Eddystone Trust have been working hard to make sure we have lots of fun activities and things to talk to you about. If you come and find our newly designed and vibrant stand you’ll be able to take part in a game of Willy Hoopla, and bag yourself a memento of your Pride day. We also have lots of giveaways including Pride tats, rainbow leis, pronoun badges, free condoms, bracelets and sweets.

      All you need to do is come and say “hi” on the day!

      Over the summer you can find us at the following events:

      Exeter Respect Festival, June 11th & 12th
      Cirencester Pride, June 12th
      Exmouth Pride, June 18th
      Armed Forces Day, Plymouth, June 25th
      Cornwall Pride @ Camborne, July 2nd
      Weston-super-Mare Pride, July 2nd
      Bristol Pride, 9th July
      Cornwall Pride @ St Austell, July 9th
      Plymouth Respect Festival, July 9th
      Taunton Pride, July 16th
      Cinderford Pride, July 17th
      Stroud Pride, July 23rd
      Tewksbury Pride, Aug 7th
      Totnes Pride, Sept 3rd
      Gloucestershire Pride, Sept 10th
      Teignmouth Pride, Sept 10th & 11th

      Make sure you swing by for a chat and also follow us on Insta, Facebook and Twitter in the meantime.x