29 July 2019
Mental health and hospital trusts join forces to celebrate pride in the community
Staff from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP)
NHS Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) have joined
forces to celebrate Weston-super-Mare's LGBTQ+ community.
Members of staff from both organisations took part in the town's
annual Pride event on Saturday 27th July, waving an NHS banner
during the parade along the seafront.
After the parade they hosted a 'Zen Zone' stall at the festival
in Grove Park, which gave people the opportunity to find out about
local NHS services, both physical and mental health, as well as
take part in fun activities including face painting, Indian head
massage, bracelet making, art and poetry activities.
AWP Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Tiff Earle, said: "I am proud to
be a supporter of the local LGBTQ+ community on behalf of mental
health services. Every single part of our NHS should be a place
where LGBTQ+ people are accepted and respected. Being part of Pride
is a great opportunity to show how much the LGBTQ+ community,
patients and staff, is valued and show what an inclusive employer
and service provider the Trust is."
Phil Walmsley, WAHT Director of Operations and Deputy Chief
Executive, said "We are absolutely committed to creating an
organisation that actively promotes equality, and is free from
discrimination, harassment or victimisation of any sort and we are
proud to support the LGBTQ+ community. Here at the Trust, PRIDE
represents the values that lie at the very heart of our patient
care - people, reputation, innovation, dignity and excellence -
which seems very fitting."
Bethany Taylor, Senior Staff Nurse at WAHT, who attended the event
added: "We were so pleased to be part of Pride, joining with our
colleagues at AWP - it was such a colourful day and we even added a
touch of glitter!"
Earlier this month AWP was awarded a silver award from the
Employer's Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI). The Talent
Inclusion and Diversity Evaluations (TIDEmark) award recognises the
Trust's continued progress on equality, diversity and
Those attending the Pride event were invited to find out about
recruitment opportunities and working for AWP.
Julian Feasby, Director of HR for AWP, said: "We want to make
sure that our staff, service users, families and carers feel part
of an inclusive and diverse organisation. Events like
Weston-super-Mare Pride, where we can interact with the community,
are a great way to promote the work taking place across our Trust
to champion equality, diversity and inclusion. We are always
looking for motivated and dedicated staff to join our team and we
hope that some of those we have talked to will be encouraged to
find out more about the opportunities available to work for the
To find out more about working for AWP or WAHT, visit
http://jobs.awp.nhs.uk/ or http://jobs.waht.nhs.uk/
For more information about PRIDE at WAHT, please visit