Major accolade for Swindon & Wiltshire Pride

By Barrie Hudson - 11 March 2024


Swindon & Wiltshire Pride has been named as Community Group of the Year at the Wiltshire Life Awards.

The awards champion “...tales of creative endeavour, bravery and community spirit.”

Last year's Pride celebration saw over 6,500 people come together for a day of joy and love in Queens Park as part of the 15th anniversary celebrations. 

Trustee Denise Dymond accepted the award, and in her speech thanked the sponsors, allies and the volunteers. 

She said: “We’re grateful for Wiltshire for embracing diversity and enabling us to continue our mission to support equality within the community. We would be nothing without our community. It’s not just a charity, it’s a family.”

The ethos of the charity includes promoting equality and diversity” and eliminating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

The volunteer-led group regularly attend events throughout the year promoting diversity, and work includes the production of a free LGBTQIA+ support guide seen in schools, libraries and within the local community and the running of a weekly community Pride Hub in Regent Circus.

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride chairperson Paul Stewart said: "We are truly humbled to be recognised for the hard work Swindon & Wiltshire Pride do. Being nominated alongside community groups that are the true Pride of Wiltshire is very special. 

"We dedicate this award to all those working to make their community a better place, there’s a unique and powerful bond when you come together and make real change happen.”

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride were joint winners alongside Salisbury Community Hub for Ukraine.

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