Community Spotlight: ADHD Babes
What were your motivations behind starting ADHD Babes?
Vivienne: ADHD Babes was started with a need to find kinfolk and community. We came together informally from a Facebook group that was started to find people who look like us and could relate to our experiences. We decided to launch officially during lockdown last year after seeing the demand for a safe space for Black women and non-binary people, especially when considering the lack of access to ADHD services for Black people and women in general coupled with the isolation lockdown brought.
What is your proudest moment with ADHD Babes?
Vivienne: Our fortnightly support sessions are always full of love, laughter and encouragement which is always a beautiful thing to experience. In one of our sessions, we had a member join for the first time who was so touched by the end they cried, expressing how overwhelming it was to know all the things they had struggled with were not a problem with them and that they are not alone in their experience. To hear people say in so many words at the end of sessions that they learn to accept themselves because of our group is something we will always be proud of.
What are some of your 2021 plans for ADHD Babes? How can we support your work?
Vivienne: We plan to continue building our community and provide more spaces for us to heal and connect. We have already created relationships with psychotherapists, ADHD coaches, careers advisors and psychologists to host sessions consistently through the year as well as collaborations with other organisations such as The Black Spectrum and Black Girl’s Camping Trip.
We aim to start a fundraiser to ensure our events are accessible for all members of our community with a low cost or free entry. We also intend to launch our membership scheme with access to ADHD Care Packages and exclusive events.
Could you give us a final message of hope for any Black women with ADHD who may be struggling right now?
Vivienne: You are not alone! Some of the hardest parts of living with ADHD, especially when diagnosed late is feeling othered, different, strange, awkward or ‘not normal’ but you are wonderfully created! The difficult parts of ADHD can be managed and you can flourish with all the positive parts once equipped with the right tools, adjustments and support. Healing is possible.
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