Housing Associations March With Pride
Three hundred representatives from 15 housing organisations across Merseyside - including Helena Partnerships - were among 52,000 revellers at Liverpool's third pride festival.
The Homes for Everyone group, this year one of the main sponsors, marched proudly together at the festival on August 4, which transformed Liverpool's streets into a rainbow of colour.
The theme for this year's Pride was 'Nautical but Nice', helping to commemorate 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic.
Homes for Everyone paraded a nautical themed, zero-carbon float in the procession through Liverpool city centre and to the main festival site at the Pier Head.
The float was prepared especially by One Vision Housing's Property Service Team with materials supplied by Roger Haydocks Ltd.
Jon Farrell, Chair of the Homes for Everyone group, said: "Homes for Everyone has gone from strength to strength and the fantastic turnout of staff and tenants, not to mention their friends and partners, was overwhelming.
"Despite the rain, everyone kept in fine spirits and marched with pride sending out a clear message across Merseyside of our support and commitment to diversity. A truly spectacular event and we very much look forward to continuing this successful partnership of Registered Providers for many more years to come."
By being involved in Liverpool Pride, Homes for Everyone hopes to promote housing associations as organisations committed to diversity - giving customers and staff the confidence that they will be treated fairly and with respect no matter who they are.
It also aims to promote its LGBT-led focus groups for customers and staff and encourage more to get involved to make sure their voice is heard.
Homes for Everyone is made up of:
Riverside Pierhead Housing One Vision Housing
Wirral Partnership Homes Your Housing Group Steve Biko Housing
Knowsley Housing Trust Plus Dane Group
The Regenda Group Venture Housing Association
Liverpool Mutual Homes South Liverpool Homes
Symphony Housing Group Helena Homes
Villages Housing Liverpool City Council.
14 August 2012
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