Pride and Blognovice

So my fellow IW Pride Committee members have convinced me to join in with our new blog all about Pride.  You’d think being in my late 40s that blogging would be something that I would have been really au fait with but no, I am a Blog novice.   An avid Facebooker, less frequent tweeter and having only just discovered the joy of face altering on Snapchat, blogging has never really been on my radar.

I ask myself, is it like writing a diary?  Something that I have never really been disciplined enough to do and the purpose of which is probably to unburden issues or write down your inner thoughts – definitely not a diary then!  A place to share my experiences of all things IW Pride related seems to be the ticket.  

I joined the Committee as Treasurer in January 2017 just as we were dealing with the unexpected massive interest in Iw Pride because of a local media furore.  The support and positivity that we received as a result gave us all the resolve to work harder than ever to make the first IW Pride happen and an event to remember for all the right reasons.

The launch in February was fantastic and helped us to raise much needed funds towards all the costs involved with putting on a free event.  Personally, having a glitter beard was a new life experience and one which hung around for a few days with shiny dots appearing in the most unexpected of places, despite vigorous scrubbing with a nailbrush.   It was so good to see so many people enjoying the performances and music put on for free by all those artists who took part.  

After the party, which exceeded all our expectations in terms of fund raising, comes the serious business of finding more money.  It is clear that there will be very little public money to help us but we are getting great support from unions and local businesses and hope to bring in some key sponsors to help with the costs of the day.   There will be many more fund raising events happening up until the big day on 15th July – I really hope to meet you at one or all of these.  If you are looking for a quick and easy way to give to IW Pride we have launched our new website which incorpates a link to Just Giving an easy way to give – as they say ‘every little helps’.

We are all working hard to spread the word about IW Pride and today I was waiting eagerly to receive our printed leaflet, coming to a business or information point near you soon.  It looks great and I am really pleased with how the design, which I pulled together, has turned out.  Grab one to find more about what we are planning.

Ok so blogging it turns out is not so strange after all – hope you enjoyed reading and check back for more.



Too many emails and square eyes…

In order to make IW Pride as successful as it can be and for it reach its full potential we need a number of properties all to be present and In place by the big day 15th July 2017. Namely a site, people to attend and then the paper stuff to pay for all the amazing things we want to provide for our Proud Pride Island. Of course there is more than just this to do in fact the more you look at it the to do list is never ending. 

Today my day was spent tapping away at my laptop with a steady supply of tea, some not so healthy snacks and a dog seeking my attention. 

I was tapping away, getting the website in a good place to expand and adding more information. I was also sending out lots and lots of emails trying to get local businesses onboard in hope that some support from our lovely islanders will help our Pride dream become a reality. 

The whole team, the committee, the working groups and our newly appointed Events Operations Team are all working mega hard to achieve this big dream for you all. And it’s great! It’s satisfying seeing some results. But we have lots more to do.

Are we mad? Not at all, we know we can do this!

See you on the other side…
Matt xx 

Social Media @IWPride spreads its wings!


As with anything in life, sometimes our best laid plans don’t always go as we may wish. This was very much the case in the early days of setting up social media accounts for IWPride!

There was a plan, a neat timetable that allowed us to discuss, take stock and do things in a timely manner. Sadly, a columnist decided to put their own view about Pride into the public domain. Whilst shocking and a challenging read, we did not quite expect the local and indeed National reaction!

Our plan was out the window! Suddenly a lot of eyes were on us and people were frantically wishing to tweet, retweet, tag in Facebook and look for further information and ways of contacting and interacting with Pride.

Overnight, we created our social media presence swiftly but rather unplanned. Fortunately, with experienced people involved, a professional and natural presence appeared online which people immediately connected and interacted with!

Our social media platforms are, and will continue to be, a vital tool in promoting Pride, spreading details of events and gaining support!

Already, we have seen a number of people volunteer their time, turn up to organised events and show an interest in Pride. Now we need to build on this and continue to interact in new and innovative ways that continue to entice new people to our platforms, whilst continuing to engage those already following us.

Plans won’t always be stuck to, we will be flexible and respond to current affairs. We won’t always get it right, but we will always aim to be positive, reasoned and fair and will always respond to requests and comments!

Please spread the word of all of IWPride social platforms and please please please continue to engage and socially interact with us!

Much Love!

Social media team

IWPride xx

IW Pride on WordPress…a rollercoaster ride but ridden with Pride! 

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

This will be the place to come for quick news bites, thoughts, feelings and discoveries of the trials and tribulations of those people working hard to put on the debut Pride event on the Isle of Wight.
I’m sure at times it’s going to get interesting, stressful and possibly even fun!  Well this is where we will air our blood sweat and tears and you can get an insight of what we are doing day by day!
I hope you enjoy reading our blog, I’m sure it will be a rollercoaster ride but ridden with Pride!