Helanna, known as "H", is Chair of Gravesham Pride, a Member of Medway Pride Community Organisation Team & MGSD Centre. She is also a founding Member of Medway Pride Radio.
Helanna works in the NHS mental health services educating and encouraging both staff and patients to be out, proud and loud! She also advises and advocates for improved services for the LGBTQ+ community and provides training for staff on providing care for LGBTQ+ patients.
HER PERSONAL PRIDE "Pride for me will always be an opportunity to educate and inform. It is a way to educate those outside the community about us and educate the community about itself".
Helanna advises "I’m a child of the section 28 generation who came out in my teens at an all girls school… as you can image that did not turn out so well! Experiencing first hand the damage it can do when people are placed in an environment where LGBTQ+ matters are totally taboo, I made a promise to myself to never to stay quiet and ashamed again. Although I am an activist, educator and rebel at heart, first and foremost I will always be a mother and wife"
As for her favourite music she says " I like music that tells a story and punches you in the feels. My favourite band is Sick of Sarah and musician is Grace Petrie”
Helanna's MP Radio program is called 'Lesbio Rock Out'