Our internal diversity network for employees, the Diversity Action Group joined with the people we support to march in the Leeds Pride parade on Sunday 5th August. This was the second time that we’ve been a part of the festival which landed on one of the hottest days of the year.
This year we were joined by several people who receive support from us, along with their Support Workers as we marched in a Walking Float with the St Anne’s banner from Woodhouse Lane down to Lower Briggate with our friends, partners and colleagues.
Another group of staff and clients visited Hebden Bridge for the Happy Valley Pride by train this August and had an excellent time listening to guest speakers and exploring the community fair.
Greg Mintern from the Quality and Safety team helped to organise the group in Leeds and said:
“Leeds Pride 2018 was a fantastically positive experience for myself, my family and friends and this was down to St Anne’s active involvement in supporting staff and Clients to attend the parade. I feel proud of the achievements of those who marched and feel grateful that that this was fully supported by the organisation”
St Anne’s workers also took part in the Community Market Place event at the Leeds City Museum on Saturday 4th August where we had a stall. Grace from the Shared Lives service and Liz from our homeless support Resource Centre RAISE were joined by Beth from the Recruitment team to talk to visitors about our services and employment opportunities.
We love being out and about and this was a particularly special event for the LGBT community, which was also joined by the Lord Mayor.
St Anne’s are a proud Stonewall Diversity Champion and we take part in the Workplace Equality Index each year. This means that we are continuing on our journey to creating safe and welcoming spaces for our LGBT+ employees and the people we support to use our services. We believe in acceptance without exception and are proud to have people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
We thank everybody who gave up their time over the Pride weekend to help make it a success for our community in Leeds and Leeds City Council, along with the Leeds Pride Committee for putting on a safe and accessible event.
Equality, Diversity and Client Involvement Officer