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The residents and staff of Smyth Lodge take advantage of the rainbow themed party to celebrate the pride. Image: Care UK

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A care home in Sidcup, London hosted a very special celebration to mark its 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 that day, the home’s living room was adorned with pride flags and messages of inclusion, while residents had the opportunity to stomp their feet and sing iconic LGBTQIA + anthems from all decades.

The Smyth Lodge team organized a range of activities including flag-making, song and dance, all of which promoted the message of inclusion for residents.

Tracey Cheeseman, House Manager at Smyth Lodge, said: “Here at Smyth Lodge we are committed to making the house a welcoming and supportive place for everyone, which is why we were so thrilled. to be able to show our support with special pride. Party.

“No matter how old or young we are, it is important to celebrate our differences and promote life in a society where everyone is free to be who they want to be.

“Pride provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of the LGBTQIA + community and it was fantastic to decorate the house with all the colors of the rainbow in preparation for the celebration.

“We were very lucky to have the sun too, which only added to the excitement of the day. We are already looking forward to bringing out our rainbow flags soon for our next event. “

Smyth Lodge team members participated in equality and diversity training as part of the house’s commitment to creating an open and welcoming environment, supported by Care UK’s LGBTQ + network, which provides training and advice to team members on related issues, as well as developing an open culture in each care home.

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