Comic Relief and Children in Need fund Allsorts trans children and youth work

May 10th, 2013 by

Allsorts are delighted to announce that their pilot trans children and youth project will be expanding in 2013 thanks to new funding from Comic Relief and Children in Need. They have been awarded a total of £130,000 over three years to fund a trans children and young people’s team of three workers. This groundbreaking service, one of the only trans youth projects in the UK, will offer Transformers, a twice monthly group for 16-25 year olds and two support groups for children under-16s and 13 and under. The team will also provide 121 support and advice and information for parents/carers and youth practitioners, as well as providing guidance for teachers and other support staff in schools.

Jess Wood MBE, the Project Director says: ‘Trans children and young people are often bullied and isolated in school, college and at work. As a result, trans children and young people can face a tough journey to express their deeper identity. There is little understanding of what trans children and young people need and this project will not only help the children and young people involved and their families but also help to raise awareness throughout the city especially in our schools.’

Elliot Klimek, the Trans Team Leader says: ‘The new funding for the trans work is brilliant news. One of our primary aims is to reduce feelings of isolation for the trans and gender questioning young people because we are all too aware of the impact these feelings can have on their self-esteem and mental well-being. The young people we work with are creative and inspiring and with their input I hope that Allsorts trans youth project can be a catalyst for greater trans inclusivity in the wider community.’

Allsorts was set up in 1999 and runs a weekly drop-in for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people and a variety of support groups for young men, young women, bi young people and the under 16s. LGBT young people from the project train as peer-educators and lead workshops in schools to combat homophobic, bi and transphobic bullying They also create LGBT youth resources like posters, stickers and and books about their experiences. Their vibrant social media presence has enabled LGBT young volunteers to campaign on behalf of LGBT young people across the UK.

For more details about Transformers or Allsorts, go to ww.allsortsyouth.org.uk or to speak with Elliot, call the Allsorts Office, 01273 721211.