Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will again be supporting Norwich Pride, the festival which celebrates the city’s diversity and its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities.
This year sees the festival expand from one day to a week-long series of events running from 22-26 July.
Tuesday, 23 July is Pride Health Day, which will see the Forum host stalls from a range of organisations including the Trust, offering information, guidance and talks.
Trust secretary Robert Nesbitt said: “We value and celebrate the diversity of all the communities we serve. We are delighted to have been a keen supporter of Norwich Pride since it started five years ago. The festival has gone from strength to strength and is an inclusive fun event for everyone.”
The Trust will also be launching its new staff ‘Practice Guidelines for Supporting Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) People’ in a special breakout session from noon to 12.30pm.
Trust chair Gary Page explained: “We know that our LGB staff say that we’re an LGB-friendly employer, but we also know that many of our wider staff group haven’t had an opportunity to think about LGB issues and mental wellbeing. That’s why this guidance, and the training it will support, is so important. It will help us provide an affirmative, inclusive service for everyone.”
As well as Pride Health Day, the Trust will be flying the rainbow flag outside Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich all week and will have a stall in the Forum on Pride Day itself on 27 July.