In 2018 more ambulance staff have attended Pride events around the country than ever before. Taking part in these events is vitally important as it demonstrates our services are inclusive employers and celebrates the diversity of our workforces.
One of the major benefits of having a National Ambulance LGBT Network is bringing people together from around the country. As well as our annual conference, we have seen staff crossing boundaries to take part in Pride events in neighbouring services. Brighton still held the top spot for attendance in 2018 with almost 180 staff taking part. Birmingham and Manchester have seen a significant growth in numbers and many smaller regional events have seen the Ambulance Service take part for the first time.
Let's not forget why taking part in Pride events is so important. Whilst many legal rights are now equal, changing people's attitudes takes much longer. In 2018 there was an increase in homophobic incidents and 45%* of ambulance staff reported experiencing negative behaviours from colleagues and patients. We still have work to do to make our services truly safe places for LGBT people.
* National Ambulance LGBT Network Staff Survey 2018
Preparing for Pride Events
Organising involvement in Pride events on behalf of the Ambulance Service can be a daunting task. Our pack will guide you through all the things you need to do and also provide examples of posters, briefing notes and other useful documents from around the country.
We have included some example documentation used at previous events to help guide you on constructing your own. These are examples and you should always seek guidance and approval from your Communications Teams for any documentation that is public facing.
Example briefing document (from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, 2017)
Example information leaflet (from North East Ambulance Service, 2016)
Example press releases will also be included in the near future.
Supplier Information Guide
Members of the National Ambulance LGBT Network are frequently asked where they obtain the consumable items often seen at public engagement and Pride events. These include pin badges, rainbow epaulettes and laces, and banners. Our supplier information guide shows examples of these items and provides contact details and approximate costings for companies we have used.
Security Advice for Pride Events
If you are involved in arranging any public engagement events, we suggest you take note of this short briefing. In response to the recent terrorist events, we want to make sure we improve our security and keep people safe.