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Trust celebrates Southend Pride

26 July 2018

Representatives from Southend University Hospital took part in the town’s first Pride festival in 15 years on Saturday 21 July to celebrate the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender plus (LGBT+) community.

Over 4,500 people were in attendance to enjoy the day in 27 degree heat and glorious sunshine.

Southend Hospital had a stall in Warrior Square, staffed by the equality diversity and inclusion team and staff who volunteered to assist and who also managed to raise £51.07 through collection tins for the Trust's For Wards Appeal

The aim was to showcase how Southend supports and champions LGBT staff within the NHS and promote the diverse workforce including other Diversity Network Groups (BAME, Faith and Disability).

The LGBT+ network group is open and transparent and gives people a voice, enabling discussions in a safe and welcoming environment, raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community.

Julie Newton, Employee Relations Advisor and LGBT+ Group member at Southend Hospital, said: "I'm really pleased that Southend Hospital could be part of Southend Pride this year. We spoke to lots of people including members of staff from Basildon and Mid Essex hospitals who journeyed to Southend to join in the celebrations.

"Having a presence at Pride festival encouraged other members of staff who we met on the day to register their interest in joining our network group which is fantastic and we look forward to welcoming them at our next meeting." 

Louise McIver, Equality and Diversity Manager said: "The NHS is a diverse organisation and as we're launching several equality and diversity network groups this year we wanted to take this opportunity to take part and celebrate with the community."

If you're interested in joining the Trust's LGBT+ network group, please contact Julie Newton, julie.newton@southend.nhs.uk for more information.

NR 53 (2018)