As well as staging an annual LGBTQ+ festival, our purpose is to promote equality and diversity for the public benefit and in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, including in particular but not exclusively by raising awareness, engaging with the community, celebrating the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities and advancing education.
People have attended Pride since 2008
Raised over the years to help keep Pride a FREE event
attended Swindon & Wiltshire Pride throughout the day
LARGEST LGBTQ+ event in Wiltshire
The Rainbow Bench project
In May 2021, we launched a vibrant new campaign, with the help of inSwindon BID Company, aimed at combatting loneliness and encouraging the people of Wiltshire to open up.
The Rainbow Bench Project comes with the addition of a plaque that reads, ‘Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello’.
“The Rainbow Bench Project is a place to catch up with a friend, start a conversation and help prevent loneliness. We don't talk to each other enough, so let's make time to stop and say hello, have a chat and make a new friend.”
Pride pop up shop tour
For Pride month we decided to take our Pride pop up shop on tour. We teamed up for the first time with our 2 local Wiltshire prides: Salisbury Pride and Trowbridge pride.
The tour visited 3 different places across 3 weekends. Wes started in Swindon, made our way to Salisbury and finished the tour in Trowbridge.
There were over 1500 visitors who shared their stories, popped in for a chat and picked up Pride gifts as well as taking away LGBTQ+ information. All of this while celebrating Pride Month with us.
It was a pleasure to work along side other volunteers from Salisbury Pride & Trowbridge Pride. We loved teaming up with them and can't wait to do it again
LGBTQ+ support is all year-round
On 1st July we led the Pride 365 (LGBTQ+ support is all year) campaign.
We changed our logo to black and white along with the other pride organisations to raise awareness of year round support not just for pride month.
We all released a statement asking companies to think about what else they could do in the other 11 months of the year to support the LGBTQ+ community and not just for Pride month. Check out the Our original post here.
Over 30 Pride organisations took part, including UK Pride organisers network, London Pride and Pride Cymru to name a few. What started off as a solo campaign quickly spread
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Pop up Space
On October 31st 2020, we launched our LGBTQ+ Pop-up space once again to support the LGBTQ+ community and provide a pride hub to bring the commuity together.
The Pop up shop isn't just a shop, but a place that provided so much more
Provides a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community
A chance to meet the Pride committee
An opportunity to purchase Pride gifts that also raise much needed funds for Swindon & Wiltshire Pride.
Pick up LGBTQ+ information in our improved LGBTQ+ Info Zone
Free Sanitary products
Since the start of 2021, we have been raising funds for Prospect Hospise.
We recently lost one of our dear friends from within the community and we wanted to show our appreciation for the loving care that was provided by Prospect Hospice.
Your donations to Prospect Hospice mean that they can make a difference to thousands of people who need their services, even during a global pandemic.
We have been hosting online shows with a range of singers and bands to entertain the community. Through the online shows we have raised a fantastic £300 for Prospect Hospice.
Over Easter weekend we organised a fun and free easter trail, encoraging families to take part, ensure the outside and there was also a chance of winning a prize as well.
We scattered posters throughout Swindon's central park (GWR park), each with a letter on. Famililies were encoraged to find all 11 letters, work out the easter phrase and enter out competition to win a easter prize.
GWR park is visted by 1000s of people a year.
We raised £345 for Swindon Food Collective as well as raising awareness of donating food at the drop off points. We did this hosting online shows on our Facebook page on Fridays and Sundays during lockdown.
We made and gave out 500 facemasks for free to support the community.
We opened an LGBTQ+ pop-up shop for seven days. Providing support, information and a place to buy Pride merchandise.
361 people visited us over the week, with many of them leaving their houses for the first time since lockdown.
Over the last 12 months, we have raised over £5,000 through our fundraisers, helping us put on our annual Pride event and help keep Pride free.
With the loss of Swindon's permanent LGBTQ+
venues, it's been more important than ever to hold our monthly fundraisers. These are an important opportunity for us to bring the community together and provide them with a safe space to be themselves.
LGBT History Month
On 1st February 2020, we raised a Pride flag to celebrate LGBT History Month. We work closely with InSwindon who manage Swindon Town Centre. They raised our Pride flag for the entire month of February in celebration of LGBT history month.
We also hosted our second Pride Pop Up Shop to celebrate the month. We celebrated the story of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride with our local newspaper. We lit up a roundabout in rainbow colours and used our social media channels to educate and celebrate LGBT History Month.
It's important to promote Pride at local LGBTQ+ events and be visible and educate at non LGBTQ+ events.
In 2019 we attended Swindon's Festival of Christmas, Pride in Gloucestershire, Swindon Old Town Festival, Great Western Hospital, and Armed Forces Day.
We use these events to promote Pride, educate on LGBTQ+ services, and engage with all of the community.
The UK now has 45 million social media users, equating to 67% of the population.
That's why we are active across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with a total of over 15k followers.
We use our channels to engage, educate, celebrate and promote events and services.
Pride Pop Up Space
In December 2019 we set up our first Pride Pop Up Shop, to provide a space for LGBTQ+ members of the community that was easily accessible and visible.
The Swindon & Wiltshire Pride committee has volunteered over 120 hours in setting up and running 2 weekends of the Pride Pop Up Shop.
This space has been used for raising money for Pride, Drag Queen Story Hour, LGBTQ+ information, Out Of The Can youth group and a Police surgery to report hate crime.
Volunteers are an extremely important part of helping make Pride happen.
In 2019 over 90 Volunteers helped make Pride happen. Helping us set up the event, litter pick, stewarding and marshaling vehicles safely into the park.
After Pride 2019 we held a BBQ for our volunteers as a big THANK YOU for all their hard work.
On December 1st 2019 we hosted a fundraiser in aid of World Aids Day.
We managed to raise £355 in one evening with all proceeds going to The Terrance Higgins Trust.
In 2018 we unveiled our secret project,
Rainbow Walk was installed by the committee of 2018 and friends. It represents Swindon's continuing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community.
The scheme was completed with donations from local branches of B&Q, Wicks and Homebase who all donated materials for the project as well as local business, Newjax, who pressure washed the steps.