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Equality and Diversity Week is declared a great success

20 Feb 2017
Equality and Diversity Week is declared a great success

Question: What do guide dog puppies have in common with men's health, world fashion and history, LGBT rights, and an inspirational Paralympic archer?

Answer: They were all part of New College Telford's action-packed Equality and Diversity Week, which took place around the campus during the week of February 13-17.

The programme, which students helped to plan and organise, was split into five themes – Race & Culture, Sexuality, Faith, Disability, and Gender - and was declared a fabulous success, attracting interest from the media, and lots of new social media followers.

It all kicked off with an internationally-themed cultural event, offering students the chance to try on a range of saris and henna designs, and learn more about world food.

The centrepiece of Tuesday's programme – and the biggest event of the whole week - was a colourful Pride carnival and march around the campus, promoting LGBT issues. The afternoon also included a British Sign Language taster session.

On the Wednesday, the college then hosted a discussion, to consider the question of how faith supports community action.

Day four kicked off with a visit from Paralympic archer Jo Frith who gave an inspirational talk and demonstration, and then it was time for guide dogs to take centre stage in the college's 'puppy room', promoting the work done to train dogs for the blind.

The week rounded off with a Friday 'male matters' stall promoting men's health and happiness, before a talk from trailblazer Caroline Paige, who trained at RAF Shawbury and was the first transgender officer to serve openly in the UK Armed Forces. She is closely involved with the Shrewsbury LGBT History Festival.

  • Check out the New College Telford Facebook page (@NewCollegeTelford) for lots more pictures from the week's activities