29 July 2019

Mental health and hospital trusts join forces to celebrate pride in the community

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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 inclusion.

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 Trust."

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 http://www.waht.nhs.uk/en-GB/PRIDE1/.


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