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Showing Pride in Wigan

27 July

ON the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is proud to be sponsoring and taking part in the second Wigan Pride on Saturday 12 August 2017. 

The Trust also showed its support for the borough’s LGBTQ+ community by raising the rainbow flag and cutting a celebration cake outside the main entrance to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (25 July). Guests included members of the Trust’s executive team including Chief Executive Andrew Foster, Chair Robert Armstrong, staff, representatives of Wigan Council’s BYOU Plus project, which offers activities and advice for local young LGBTQ+ people and members of the Wigan Pride committee,.

Mr Foster said: “This shows the remarkable continuing support the Trust is giving to Wigan Pride 2017 and our commitment to equality and our diverse, inclusive workforce and community.”

This year’s Wigan pride celebration of diversity and tolerance promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event and will feature a welcome address by Hollywood superstar and local lad Sir Ian McKellan. The family-friendly festival will take place in Wigan Town Centre, with a fiesta of live entertainment, stalls, competitions and children’s attractions to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s journey towards equality.

For the first time this year, there will be a parade through Wigan Town Centre, which will be turned into a rainbow celebration of LGBTQ+ people. Around 30 employees of WWL and  Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group will come together to represent the NHS in the parade, which will be based around the theme of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this landmark event. There will also be an information stall to highlight the good work going on in Wigan borough’s healthcare economy.

Debbie Jones, Inclusion and Diversity Service Lead said: “WWL is committed to ensuring that all our employees have a positive experience of working for WWL and are treated with respect and dignity. We promote equality, diversity and human rights throughout WWL and in the wider community so events

such as Wigan Pride give us the chance to show how proud we are to be an inclusive employer and an organisation that treats all our patients as individuals, respecting their values and differences”.

Philip Makin, Inclusion and Diversity Employment Lead said: “I’m delighted that WWL is supporting Wigan Pride 2017. This is a great opportunity to celebrate WWL’s pride in its diverse and inclusive workforce. Our staff will have a great time at Pride representing our values and will confirm our belief that happy staff make for happy patients. It sends such a strong positive message to the community, patients and employees that inclusion and diversity is very important to the organisation.” 

WWL recognises that people, from all sections of society, can experience prejudice, discrimination or disadvantage for different reasons and at different times in their life. We understand that as individuals we are all diverse and as such our experiences and needs are very different. As a values-based organisation we believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff should be treated with respect and dignity, and that no one should be treated less favourably than others.