Meet the Team

Jess Wood MBE

Jess Wood

Founder and Strategic Director

My job involves fundraising, grant bidding, management and reporting, management of staff, training, networking, partnerships, strategic development, volunteer coordination, recruitment and generally over-seeing the project and ensuring that Allsorts thrives and develops in changing and challenging times.

Ben Dew

Ben Dew

Operations Director & Schools Work Coordinator

I am the Operational Director and Schools Work Coordinator at Allsorts.  My main areas of work include supervising and supporting our staff team, co-running the weekly Allsorts Drop-in; meeting with young people for one to one support sessions.  I also run workshops in schools with our young person’s Peer Educators Team focusing on challenging homo/bi/transphobic behaviour and language in schools and offer one to one support to students and information and advice to staff about supporting LGBT students  in Brighton & Hove Schools.

Ryan Gingell


Team Leader & Trans Team Coordinator

I am the Team Leader and Trans Team Coordinator (Children and Young People). My areas of work include; supervising and supporting staff team and volunteers, co-running the weekly drop-in, groups and 121 support. I work primarily supporting young people under 19 who are trans or gender questioning including leading the Trans Kids group for primary age children. In addition I lead trans awareness training for anyone working with,  or who has the potential of working with, trans/gender questioning children or young people as well as running workshops for students in schools.

Jo Ansell


LGBT Youth Support Worker

I am Jo Ansell and I work for Allsorts Youth Project two days a week. I am one of the members of staff who co-runs the Tuesday night Drop In, I really enjoy meeting young people and getting to know them. I feel that I am privileged to be able to get to encourage and support young people to get involved with activities on offer at Allsorts and to also be part of organising and running activities that they would like to do.

I am involved in making sure that the women’s group ‘No Dress Code’ runs once a month, we work on campaigns, talk about issues that are important to us as women and we have the potential to go on trips out to women specific events or shows! I also co-run the TAG group for the under 16 age range and this is a brilliant opportunity for young people to meet up, get involved with activities, make friends and get support if they want to about anything relevant to them.

Maeve Devine

Maeve (2)

Trans Youth Support Worker

I am the Trans Youth Support worker for Transformers Youth group. Transformers aims to provide a safe, stimulating and non judgmental environment for young people who are trans or gender questioning.  We hope to provide a platform for young people to voice their opinions through discussion, art, games and simply by meeting and spending time with like minded individuals.

Anna Roscher

Anna Roscher

 LGBT Youth Volunteer Coordinator and LGBT Youth Support (Lead Mental Health)

I’m the LGBT Youth Volunteer Coordinator here at Allsorts Youth Project. I oversee the youth volunteering opportunities as well administrative side of things at Allsorts and support the running of drop-in once a week. Together with Jo I co-run No Dress Code, the young womens group, as well as Open Minds, our mental health and wellbeing support group. I love being part of an organisation as fantastic as Allsorts, providing support, and safe and empowering spaces for LGBTU young people!