BourneThisWay is a unique service offering support within Eastbourne and surrounding areas.
BourneThisWay creates a safe space for LGBTQ+people and their children to meet, share experiences, advice and support.
Many LGBTQ+ people have experienced severe bullying, hate crime, isolation and rejection in the community due to their sexuality or gender recognition. Sometimes society makes assumptions that only heterosexual people want to start a family, which of course is not the case.
Our aims are to provide support and guidance in accessing health and social care services without discrimination. We want to tackle social isolation and loneliness which can lead to poor mental health, substance misuse and suicide.
We aim to enhance parents and children’s motivation, confidence, self-esteem and overall well-being and sense of belonging.
There is strong evidence that suggests that feeling close and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world we live in. It is clear that social relationships are critical for acting as a buffer against mental health. There is a greater need for the vulnerable and lonely LGBT+ community because there are higher rates of suicide, self-harm, anxiety and depression.