Oxford Health is joining this Saturday’s big event – Oxford Pride, the city’s annual extravaganza celebrating lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer life in the county.
We will be in Leiden Square, just outside John Lewis in the Westgate Centre, flying the rainbow flag and sharing with the public the multitude of services Oxford Health provides.
Alfie Daly, Chair of the LGBT Equality Staff Network at Oxford Health and Manager for Out of Hours and Minor Injury Units across Oxfordshire, said: “It is fantastic to be participating in Oxford Pride for another year to support our local community.
“Our stand will allow us to engage with the public and explain the services we offer. We’ll be encouraging people to become members of our Trust; the Autism Experience Group and our health and wellbeing teams will be joining us too.
“This year, Oxford Health launched rainbow lanyards and we have seen a significant increase of LGBT staff equality network members. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone at Oxford Pride; as an inclusive employer and service provider, we would like to welcome everyone to join us.”
Standing shoulder to shoulder with us in Leiden Square will be representatives from Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OMHP).
Stop by our stalls to talk with staff and volunteers about how we’re helping people from all walks of life who have a mental health condition or have experienced mental ill health in the past.
OMHP is made up of NHS and charity organisations in the county working together to support adults locally. They are: Restore, Oxfordshire Mind, Response, Connection Support, Elmore Community Service, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
OMHP Chair Dan Knowles, who is also Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Mind, said: “Pride is a superb event – fun and inspirational. I’m delighted that Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership will be hosting its biggest ever stand this year and we look forward to taking part.
“Evidence suggests people identifying as LGBT are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health and we will be there to make sure people know where to go if they need help.”
This year’s Pride Festival runs until Sunday 2nd June with the main parade winding its way through the city from Radcliffe Square at noon on Saturday through to the Castle Quarter.
You can follow all the day’s events on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #OxfordPride, #Proud, and #LGBT.
Find out more about Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership http://omhp.org.uk/.
Date: 1 June 2019
Venue: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust stand at Oxford Pride, Leiden Square, Westgate Centre.