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Pride In Our Future

Pride In Our Future

Have your say and shape the future of Manchester Pride.

Earlier this year we promised to consult with Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ community into the future direction of the Manchester Pride Charity. We are now inviting you to provide your views on our grant making policy and the future developments in the format and delivery of Manchester Pride Festival.

Named ‘Pride in our Future’, the process will be overseen by research agency Mustard who will be coming onboard as an independent and unbiased evaluator. Mustard will formulate the research methodology, collate, analyse and evaluate all the data independently, before reporting their findings back to Manchester Pride's board of trustees who will be assisted by an independent advisor to review the findings and make recommendations for the future of Manchester Pride. 


A summary of the results will be published by the Board of Trustees together with an action plan later in the year, which will shape the direction of the charity in 2022 and beyond.

The purpose of this review is to listen carefully to our community and other stakeholders, and to seek their views on the outcomes and impacts of the Manchester Pride Charity. This is an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to give us their valuable feedback on everything from grant making to the format of our Festival.

We have designed the review in a way that ensures there are multiple ways to engage and that every opportunity is created to maximise accessibility and reduce digital exclusion.

There will be several ways people can ensure their voice is heard:

1. 6 digital listening groups over three weeks open to all:

Wednesday 27th October - 12-1:30pm - register here
Thursday 28th October - 5:30-7:00pm - register here
Wednesday 3rd November 12-1:30pm - register here
Thursday 4th November - 5:30-7:00pm - register here
Wednesday 10th November - 12-1:30pm - register here
Thursday 11th November - 5:30-7:00pm - register here

2. Dedicated email inbox for open feedback - haveyoursay@manchesterpride.com

3. Dedicated telephone line for those who do not have access to digital means – running 3 days a week 

FREE PHONE NUMBER: 0800 0912770
The phone line will be live from Wednesday 20th October to Friday 12th November and will be open Mon/Weds/Fri - between 11-1pm and 2pm-4pm

4. Online Surveys 
The Pride In Our Future online survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. 

5. Paper survey with free post envelopes
You can request a paper survey by calling 0800 0912770 during the operating hours detailed above, or request one via info@manchesterpride.com 

6. A full day, in-person consultation session
Taking place at HOME on Sunday 21st November from 11am - 3:30pm. The day will comprise of interactive workshops. Complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided.

When you attend the session, we ask you to take our Humanity Pledge below to ensure we can create a safe, open space for all:

I believe that every individual is entitled to dignity, value and respect, without prejudice towards gender, sex, sexuality, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, creed, language, age, class, wealth, pregnancy, marital status or any other marginalised and protected characteristic, including intersectional identities.

I will treat all people with dignity, empathy and respect and uphold their rights, even when I disagree with their opinions.

I will, through both my words and actions, show respect and empathy for others at all times during the workshops.

I will endeavour to not make assumptions about the identities, beliefs or experiences of any other participants or moderators at the workshops.

I have not come to share derogatory, hateful or oppressive opinions or views.

I understand that if I, at any point, fail to comply with these pledges, I will be asked to leave the workshops.

Find further information and register here

In addition to the consultation, the Charity will be hosting round table discussions with other Pride organisations and liaising directly with LGBTQ+ community groups and organisations across the city-region.

You are able to submit your feedback by one of the means above before Monday 22nd November.

Manchester Pride has been dedicated to campaigning, celebrating, raising awareness and supporting the LGBTQ+ community for the past two decades.

COVID-19 had a big impact on our organisation - it significantly reduced our income during 2020 following the postponement of the Manchester Pride Festival, our main source of revenue. This meant some tough decisions had to be made in order to safeguard the charity. Our trustees recognise some of the choices taken were not universally popular. So, while we are thankful that this year’s event was able to take place and we can begin to recover from the impact COVID has had on the charity, the charity is keen to take stock of where we are and where we should head.

This consultation is about shaping the future of Manchester Pride, helping us grow sustainably, and ensuring we continue to be a pioneering and transformative organisation that assists and empowers the city’s LGBTQ+ community.

To find out more about how Manchester Pride supported the LGBTQ+ community during 2020 please take a look at our Annual Review.
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