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WWL Grows with PRIDE

Newsdate: 11 July 2018

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is proud to sponsor and take part in the third Wigan Pride on Saturday 11th August 2018.

Wigan PRIDE celebrates equality and diversity and encourages everyone to get involved in their communities, be that attending social groups, volunteering or getting involved in local projects. This year, a brand new emblem has been revealed and the parade will have its own theme of ‘flower power’. There will be entertainment and a variety of stalls all in the town centre promising a great day out for all ages. To show its support for the borough’s LGBTQ+ community, and to tie in with this year’s theme of ‘growth and community’, WWL will plant a WWL Pride Tree and raise the rainbow flag outside the main entrance to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

Guests at the special event on July 25 will include members of the Trust’s executive team, Chief Executive, Andrew Foster, and Chairman, Robert Armstrong and staff. Representatives of Wigan Council’s BYOU project, which offers activities and advice for local LGBTQ+ people aged under 19 have been invited to attend.

Andrew Foster, Chief Executive of WWL said; “The Trust’s involvement in this year’s Wigan Pride celebration shows the continuing support and commitment to our diverse and inclusive workforce and community.”

Debbie Jones, Inclusion and Diversity Service Lead said; “WWL is committed to ensuring that all our employees have a positive experience of working for the trust and are treated with respect and dignity.

“We promote equality, diversity and human rights throughout the Trust, and in the wider community, so events such as Wigan Pride give us the chance to show how proud we are to be both 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; “Our staff always have a great time at Pride representing our values and 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.”