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
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.
Thats 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.
The 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.
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.
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.