The residents and team at Smyth Lodge enjoying the rainbow-themed party to celebrate Pride. Image: Care UK
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A care home in Sidcup, in London, held a very special celebration to mark their first LGBTQIA+ Pride event.
Care UK’s Smyth Lodge, on Frognal Avenue, hosted a rainbow-themed party to join in with local Pride celebrations.
On the day, the home’s lounge was adorned with Pride flags and inclusivity messages, while residents had the opportunity to tap their feet and sing along to iconic LGBTQIA+ anthems from across the decades.
The team at Smyth Lodge organised a range of activities, including flag making, singing, and dancing, which all promoted the message of inclusivity for residents to take part in.
Tracey Cheeseman, home manager at Smyth Lodge, said: “Here at Smyth Lodge, we are committed to ensuring the home is a welcoming and supportive place for everyone, which is why we were delighted to be able to show our support with a special Pride celebration.
“Regardless of how old or young we are, it’s important that we celebrate our differences and promote living in a society where everyone is free to be who they want to be.
“Pride offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of the LGBTQIA+ community and it was fantastic to decorate the home with all colours of the rainbow in preparation for the celebration.
“We were very lucky to have the sun shining too, which only added to the vibrancy of the day. We’re already looking forward to getting our rainbow flags out again soon for our next event.”
Team members at Smyth Lodge have taken part in equality and diversity training as part of the home’s dedication to creating an open and warm environment, supported by Care UK’s LGBTQ+ Network, which provides training and guidance to team members on related issues, as well as developing an open culture in every care home.
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