03 Dec 2018
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My issue with the term ‘Straight Allies’

As we were getting ready for our first company participation with Pride in London, it made me think about my involvement and role in the Pride Network.

As an ally, this festival isn’t about me. I don’t have the experience of growing up in a world where the image of romantic love portrayed in all media isn’t something that fits with me. I’ve never felt uncomfortable, let alone fearful, about showing the person I love affection in public. I’ve never felt I had to be deliberately ambiguous

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04 Jul 2018
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Sean Haley and Chris Bray holding hands

A time for allies to show themselves #PrideMatters

This year Sodexo UK & Ireland will march in the Pride in London LGBT parade for the first time. Our participation is a demonstration of our alliances for solidarity. As a company Sodexo strives to make everyone’s quality of life better, including the people who work with us, the people we serve and people in the communities where we live and work. I believe that feeling free to be yourself is fundamental and improves your quality of life.

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29 Jun 2018
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Closing the disability gap

In the UK 16% of working age adults report having a disability. While 80.6% of people without disabilities are employed, the figure for those with disabilities is only 49.2%. Recognising this “disability gap” the Government has set a target for more than one million more disabled people to be in work by 2027.

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20 Jun 2018
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Rachel Jones and Liz Marlow

Rachel Jones working parent podcast

Rachel Jones, head of talent for Sodexo UK & Ireland, talks about how she’s been able to build a career whilst being a mum of two small children. Rachel (pictured left) talks about her experiences and what she has, and hasn’t, needed to compromise on. The interview is conducted by Liz Marlow (pictured right), social media manager and co-founder […]

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11 Jun 2018
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Post-Natal Depression: An Employee’s Experience

This time last year I described myself as a wife, a daughter, an auntie, a writer, a trainer.

Also sub-fertile, unexplained infertility. So add confused, vulnerable and angry to the list.

The world didn’t see me – they saw a smile, my deep set habitual insecurities bubbled and sometimes surfaced, but I showed a smile.

I dealt with 2 years of disappointments and uncertainty by working hard, I got stressed, took life seriously and didn’t know when to stop or say no. I didn’t accept help well before, I was always the type that drives past the ‘road ahead closed’ sign- I thought I knew better than the professionals. I was naive and hopeful and also unaware that mental health is as important as physical.

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16 May 2018
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Chris Bray wearing purple for IDAHOBIT

Get Ready For IDAHOBIT!

Every year the global LGBT community identifies one specific focus for the celebrations of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) which is recognised in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. The leads to lots of activity,  with 1,600 events reported from 1280 organisations in 2014 alone.

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