F ollowing on from last years successful attendance at Pride Cymru, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council once again attended Pride Cymru, to speak to local Pride goers about what they want the Council to consider when delivering services, to help improve the lives of local LGBT+ residents across the region.

They joined forces with 7 other Local Authorities from across South Wales and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to ask members of the South Wales LGBT+ community what matters to them in terms of public service delivery. An impressive 350 people were consulted with, and wide ranging feedback was given.

Feedback given highlighted that there needed to be better support services provided locally for LGBT+ people and specifically for young people within local schools.

As a result of this feedback, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will work closely with 2 local Community LGBT networks to ensure there are appropriate LGBT+ support services in place, and also continue to work with Stonewall to improve support services in local schools for young LGBT+ people.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is extremely proud of the work it is doing to improve sexual orientation and transgender equality throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf.  This good work was officially recognised in this years Stonewall Workplace Equality Index where the Council were ranked at number 78 across the UK and the highest ranking Local Authority in Wales.

Esther James, from the Rhondda Cynon Councils Equality and Diversity Team said ‘Pride Cymru presents a unique opportunity to reach out to our local LGBT residents to find out what really matters to them in terms of Rhondda Cynon Taf Councils service delivery. The fact that we were able to join forces with partner Local Authorities from across South Wales, meant that we were able to target as many people as possible that attended this year’s Pride Cymru.  This feedback gives us meaningful information so we can better target our efforts and our services in order to make Rhondda Cynon Taf a better place to live for our LGBT+ community.  We will look to continue attending Pride Cymru as the feedback gained is invaluable’.

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