Rob Sprackland is a Volunteer Group Facilitator at our Bristol Recovery College. Rob, along with clients Jayne, Rochelle and others helped design and build our Pride float this year’s parade on the 8 July. Rob has been part of the Pride float team since 2015 and in his first blog, tells us about the planning and creativity that goes into making a display to remember.
The ‘Mungomaid’ float was constructed by members and friends of the LGBT group at St Mungo’s Recovery College. For me the Pride event started way before the festival, my own wellbeing being taken care of by myself and others and being part of a community.
We met every Friday to hatch a plan and we suggested a mermaid and a butterfly. Calum wanted a brain somewhere on the float with tentacles coming out of it, so in true team spirit it was decided we would combine all three.
Everyone took part in the design, putting their own creativity into the evolving project over many weeks. We ended up with the ‘Mungomaid’ with bright green hair sitting on a brain adorned with a pair of beautiful butterfly wings and decorated with sea creatures. We also made sharks heads for some members to wear on the day.
Some of the float making took place outside of New St such as the welding and engineering components. And we got the mannequin from Cabot Circus.
On the day the float was flanked by members of St Mungo’s and the public proudly flying the LGBT flag. We were decorated with glitter along the route and covered other people in the procession with regular cheers along the line. The Parade started at Castle Park and ended at Millennium Square.
It was another successful collaborated project with people having lots fun and not afraid to show their own unique identity, lots of laughter standing together and being proud. I am looking forward to the next one.
About St Mungo’s Recovery College
St Mungo’s Recovery College in Bristol offers free workshops for everyone in the community, particularly people in recovery, staff from support or partner agencies and family or friends supporting a loved one. People can be in recovery from homelessness, mental ill health, substance misuse, or just experiencing difficult times in their lives.
- Bike workshop
- Guitar playing
- Communication skills
- Healthy relationships
Find out more at: http://www.mungos.org/services/bristolrecoverycollege