Service users, carers, local partner organisations and members of staff all came together to celebrate equality and diversity at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Opportunity Knocks 2017 event!
Over 100 people from across Lancashire attended the Trust’s annual equality and diversity celebration which focused around ‘Better Health Outcomes’. The event was held at Preston North End Football Ground and was open to the people who use services, their families, carers, partner organisations and health professionals.
The event provided the opportunity for people working in or using services, their carers and partner organisations to review the Trust’s equality and diversity activity and to share ideas for the future. Attendees also had the chance to network and access a market place of information about services and local organisations providing support. The Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle both attended the event which included guest speakers from local organisations, staff and patient stories, marketplace stalls, panel discussions and much more.
Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity Lead at Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust said:
“This year was the eighth, annual Opportunity Knocks event and the most inclusive event we have held to date. We really appreciate those who come along to support us and know that we wouldn’t be able to deliver our equality and diversity agenda without support from the people who use our services, their families, carers and partnership organisations. We truly value the feedback we receive about the Trust and it is that which enables us to shape our services to meet the needs of the diverse community in Lancashire.
“Each year, we aim to meet the needs of everyone in the audience even better and this year we provided British Sign Language interpreters to support people with hearing impairment. This year’s event included a variety of different speakers including service users, staff and our partner organisations all with lived experience stories.
“A huge thank you to everyone that attended the event to support the Trust, provide feedback and raise awareness too. We look forward to celebrating again next year!”
The event took place on Thursday 16 November at Preston North End Football Club. For more information about Equality and Diversity at Lancashire Care please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/ED.