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Stonewall names new NHS Trust equality and diversity champions
23/01/2012

New NHS organisation Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is continuing its positive equality work by joining equality charity Stonewall as a diversity champion.

The Trust was formed in 1 January as a result of a merger between Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, who were both members of the Stonewall Equality Index, an audit scheme which rated employers on their diversity policies and practice.

Stonewall was established in 1989 and is a leading lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity which has been instrumental in changing the legislative environment in Britain.

Trust chair Maggie Wheeler said: “Equality, diversity and human rights are not just words. We must have a workforce that reflects our society and meets the needs of anyone who needs our help.

“It is important that both staff and those who use our service know that they will be
respected and valued if they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.“

As a Stonewall diversity champion, the Trust has access to advice on developing an inclusive workplace culture, networking opportunities, conferences, recruitment advice, regular updates and more.

The Trust will also be laying on a stall at the launch of Suffolk LGB&T History Month organised by the Suffolk LGB&T Network on Wednesday 1 February from 6pm at the Atrium, Suffolk New College.

The event will include a number of speakers followed by a performance from Suffolk New College students with local and national organisations attending. The Suffolk LGB&T Network was formerly the Suffolk Gay and Lesbian Helpline. The Network will be arranging further events though the year, including Suffolk Pride on Saturday, 16 June.​