Thurrock Council celebrates Essex Pride

15 June 2018
Thurrock Council is flying the rainbow flag at the Civic Offices to celebrate Essex Pride.
The flag raising ceremony – which took place on Friday 15 June – brought together Cllr Barbara Rice, Mayor of Thurrock, residents and members of Thurrock Council staff including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Network.

Celebrating Commonwealth Day in Thurrock

6 March 2018
Thurrock Council will join organisations and groups worldwide at 10am on Monday 12 March in raising the Commonwealth flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day as part of the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' initiative. 
Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is now in its fourth year and sees organisations from across the commonwealth raise the flag to celebrate the values the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.

International Women's Day 2018

1 March 2018
Thurrock Council is hosting a number of events in Grays as part of International Women's Day on Thursday 8 March.
The theme of this year’s events is #PressForProgress, asking everyone to take positive action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

Council jumps 135 places in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

1 February 2018
Results of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index have revealed Thurrock Council moved up 135 places in the official ranking – an increase of 31% compared to results from 2016. The authority now sits within the top half of organisations across the country who took part in the assessment.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

30 January 2018
Over 100 people, young and old, braved the cold weather last week (Friday 26 January) at Palmer's Rest Garden in High View Avenue to pay their respects and mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The annual event – this year themed on 'The Power of Words' – reminds us to condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism, and to value a free, tolerant and democratic society.
Rev Canon Darren Barlow opened the event and led the service. Children and their teachers from local schools joined the commemoration.

Transgender Day of Remembrance observed

23 November 2017
Thurrock Council hosted a special flag raising event on Monday 20 November to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The cabinet member responsible for equalities and diversity, Cllr Deb Huelin, joined residents and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Forum, to raise the Transgender Pride Flag outside the Civic Offices, Grays.
Residents and staff were also invited to a networking event in the afternoon, which offered transgender support and advice from the council’s LGBT+ Forum.

LGBT+ Together

1 June 2017
Thurrock Council is hosting a meeting later this month (June) which is aimed at exploring what life in the borough is like for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people.
There is no support group in Thurrock for the LGBT+ community and the meeting will see whether there is enough interest to set one up.
Lyn Carpenter, Thurrock Council's Chief Executive said: "The meeting is open to anybody who identifies themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Be Bold for Change this International Women's Day

1 March 2017
Thurrock Council is hosting a number of events as part of International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The theme of this year’s event is #BeBoldForChange, asking everyone to take ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.
On the day, residents are invited to come along to Civic Offices, between 10am and 4pm, to meet and talk to groups making Thurrock a better place for women.
There will also be a 'walk and talk', starting from outside Civic Offices at 2pm, where residents can find out more and make new connections on the go.

"How will life go on?"

31 January 2017
Around 150 people, young and old, braved Friday's (27 January) weather to spend 90 minutes at the Palmer's Rest Garden in High View Avenue to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Thurrock has been holding events there on International Holocaust Memorial Day – the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp – for several years.
This year children joined the commemoration from seven Thurrock schools: