Ageas Insurance is proud to announce it is partnering Bourne Free, Bournemouth’s 2019 Pride festival.

In its fifteenth year of running, Bournemouth’s annual celebration of diversity and inclusion takes place between the 12th and 14th July under the theme ‘paint the World with your pride’.

The partnership followed a suggestion from employees looking to help spread the message of inclusion and diversity throughout the wider community, while delivering on Ageas’s commitment to provide a diverse, inclusive, supportive and welcoming place of work.

 Ageas employee, Ashley Mann said – Our partnership with Bourne Free 2019 is completely organic and has grown from a small group of current employees who feel that Ageas should share its diversity ethos with everyone else and what better way to do that than at one of the biggest events in Bournemouth. I am proud that we can give the LGBT community trust in us as a safe and supportive employer.

Ageas employs over 3,000 people across the UK, 750 of who are based in Bournemouth servicing the needs of its motor, home and travel insurance customers. In addition to offering financial support for the event to take place, Ageas employees will also be volunteering, giving their time and energy to help make the two-day event a success.

Lyn Nicholls, HR Director, Ageas Insurance said:

We’re really proud of being a diverse, progressive and inclusive organisation that offers opportunities regardless of the sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or physical ability of the person. This is an exciting opportunity to support another organisation that celebrates inclusion and contribute to Dorset’s biggest Pride march.

Bourne Free started in 2004 as a response to a planned visit to Bournemouth by an organisation claiming that homosexuality was wrong. The celebration of diversity that was organised to counter this event became an annual celebration in the heart of Bournemouth. Here everyone can see and celebrate the diversities in the community.

The weekend starts with a Friday family fun night featuring activities, games and an open air film show. Saturday starts with the parade through Bournemouth town, followed by live events at the Triangle and performances at the band stand in the Lower Gardens. Sunday offers multi-faith celebrations and a big tidy-up.

Louise Clarke, Chair of the Bourne Free Trustees said;

It’s great to see such a significant local employer taking action to become a truly inclusive employer and celebrating diversity with us as partners in this year’s event . Their support both financially and practically will help us make the fifteenth year of Bourne Free an outstanding success. Get ready Bournemouth we’re going to bring some colour to your World.