Having suspended Allsorts’ services since 17th March following recommendations from the NHS and Public Health England, we are delighted to announce that all of the specialist LGBT+ youth services offered by Allsorts have been adapted for online suitability, and are now well underway.
I am in awe of the resilience, support and innovation that "Team Allsorts" has exemplified, and am very proud of the timely and efficient manner in which we have worked together to ensure our vital youth services and support to parents/carers have been adapted and maintained. We have been galvanised into action by the challenging circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and I can’t imagine the result being such a success without the commitment and determination of everyone involved.
As of the 6th April, our online youth groups, one-to-one emotional support sessions and advocacy support have launched. Our LGBT+ Youth Support Workers have displayed great creativity in tailoring new sessions and ways of working online, and anticipate the sessions to capture and reimagine the inclusion, safety and peer-led support which has been very much at the heart of Allsorts Youth Project for over 20 years.
Our work, youth consultations and lived experience informs us that being an LGBT+ young person can be a very isolating and lonely experience. With 1 in 4 Allsorts young people surveyed having experienced homo/bi/transphobia at home (March 2020), we have seen and anticipate an increase in loneliness and feelings of isolation at this time. It is paramount that we continue to offer support, be it in one-to-one emotional support sessions, groups or advocacy to vulnerable LGBT+ children and young people.
Alongside our direct specialist youth support, we have also recommenced the provision of our parents/carers support group for parents/carers of trans and gender-questioning children and young people. Last week also saw us deliver our very first LGBT+ inclusion training session online to 50 child psychologists in Surrey. Both sessions received great feedback, and we see great potential in the continuation of these vital services online during the Covid19 pandemic.
As of May, we will be launching our #KeepProud campaign. With your help, we aim to share positive messages to our isolated community whilst raising funds and awareness for Allsorts Youth Project and our online service provision. Now more than ever, we need and value your support. We will be promoting further details of the #KeepProud Crowdfunder in the near future. If you would like to support our indispensable youth services in the meantime, please consider donating to Allsorts here.
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Please be kind, be safe & look after yourselves and each other!Please be kind, be safe & look after yourselves and each other!
Allsorts supports children & young people in various ways such as groups, one-to-one support and other activities.