Myerscough College was proud to support Preston Pride over the weekend.
Taking place every September, Preston Pride brings together the community of Preston and the North West for celebration and support of the city's LGBTQ community.
Myerscough staff members were delighted to be part of the celebrations, with a colourful and vibrant stand helping to get into the spirit of the occasion.
Susanna Brandon, Assistant Head FE - Greenspace & Creative Studies, said: ‘’It was a joyful opportunity to share first-hand the wonderful allyship and inclusion ethos we support at the college.
‘’We had a fabulous time. Thank you to everyone that came by to see us and join in the joy of the event!’’
Since the first Pride, in September 2012, the event continues to promote a culture of inclusivity and equality, welcoming all who wish to support and participate in these values and wave their flags in pride.
The Pride event is a volunteer-led community organisation, seeking to ensure that the LGBTQ community of Preston, and its supporters, are recognised, celebrated and supported annually. By contributing to the internationally recognised Pride movement, Preston Pride takes a positive stance against discrimination, delivering an inclusive event which promotes cohesion and celebrates diversity.
Myerscough being at this event showcased how the college is proud to support the LGBTQ+ Community within the college but also within our local and national community, it also gave us a chance to showcase how LGBTQ+ issues within our industry are slowly being removed and how more inclusive these indusry are becoming but also the Pride is for everyone.
Myerscough Careers Advisor, Josh Lonsdale, said: ''Preston Pride was a chance to showcase the college commitment to being an inclusive and supportive educational establishment. It also showcased the colleges ethos of being supportive and inclusive for all.
''The Staff who were involved in pride had a fun and sparkly day and without Evelyn Naish, Susanna Brandon and Jen Greenhalgh, I wouldn’t have been able to make our presence a success.''
Myerscough is proud to hold the prestigious ‘Leaders in Diversity’ status, and Disability Confident accreditation, and is also 8th on the list of the NCFD’s Top 100 Inclusive Workplaces Index for 2022.
The inspiring organisations that achieve a place in the Top 100 Index, demonstrate excellent levels of the FREDIE principal: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement; and clearly demonstrate strong employer values. The annual index covers the UK’s private, public and third sectors and is reviewed annually.
Myerscough is proud to be an open, inclusive and welcoming College, where equality and diversity are promoted and celebrated and where discrimination and harassment is challenged. We encourage positive behaviour and challenge all forms of negative behaviour and ideas.
Myerscough College believes in providing opportunities for all to succeed. This means making sure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect, and with high expectations of conduct and behaviours of staff, students and stakeholders. There is a College-wide culture which actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion, which ensures an inclusive approach to the staff experience, and provides a positive working environment.