Image shows the Unitas Logo at the top of a black rectangle. The rectangle has a border of multicoloured hearts. In the centre of the rectangle is a large red heart shape and below that is the word Pride in capital letters and written in rainbow coloured letters.

Standing With Pride

Helping Hands is Unitas’ own community fund and is made up of money raised by the sale of scrap metal. We’ve previously given funds to theatre groups, farms and group homes.

This year, we’re delighted to be supporting Stoke-on-Trent Pride with a gift of £200 towards their annual event which takes place later this month.

Stoke Pride began in 2006 and in their own words, “has quickly grown into one of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest and most vibrant annual community festivals welcoming not only the Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender community but everyone who values diversity in our City and wishes to celebrate equality. This popular one day event turns the Victorian built Hanley Park into a magical array of colours supported by street performers, dancers, singers and local artists.

The purpose of Stoke-on-Trent Pride is to create a safe environment for people who are LGBT+ community, their friends, family can come together and celebrate diversity and culture in the city and promote acceptance and awareness of issues affecting people who are LGBT+ Pride is an inclusive event open to everyone; the pride committee will make every effort to recognise the needs of older people, younger people, people with a disability and those who are socially isolated. We will also encourage our neighbours’ from surrounding neighbourhoods to participate in our activities

Our aim is to organise a Pride festival in Stoke-on-Trent which celebrates the wide cultural and diversity of the LGBT+ community Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, to challenge homophobia and to increase the awareness and acceptance of their Human Rights. We encourage local businesses, charities and statutory bodies to demonstrate their support.

We aim to increase the reporting of homophobic & transphobic hate crime incidents with a view to eradicating homophobia & transphobia altogether. We support the promotion of health awareness in particular sexual health and healthy living.

We aim to increase the awareness of services available to LGBT+ people improving their standards of living.”

It’s a genuine pleasure to be able to help them put the event on, and our responsibility as one of the city’s biggest employers, to support the LGBT+ community in Stoke-on-Trent, to stand in solidarity and to help everyone feel safe to be their authentic selves.

We’d love to see your pictures if you do attend Pride.

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