Meet our Team

Katie Vincent

Katie Vincent

CEO

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I have been involved with Allsorts for over 7 years. In my role as CEO I oversee the whole charity from strategic, financial and performance oversight to ensuring we get funding for the work we do. When I get a spare moment, I can also be found at some of our youth groups, checking in with the young people that attend, ensuring that their voices are heard and kept at the heart of our work!

Favourite Food

BBQ & Burgers

Favourite Hobby

Photography, Snowboarding, SUP'ing & Old School BMX

Favourite City:

I'm Brighton born & bred so it has to be my hometown!
Billijean Summerbell

Billijean Summerbell

Deputy CEO & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

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I have been involved with LGBT+ Youth services for over 15 years mainly working for the voluntary sector. My background is youth work, management and community development. I’m very passionate about reaching out to hidden groups within the LGBT+ community. I love it when a new project is developed from the ideas and influence of young people.

Favourite Food

My Mams Sunday lunch

Favourite Hobby

Walking and Gigs - I love my music!

Favourite City:

I have to say Durham (best cathedral on the planet)
Ryan Gingell

Ryan Gingell

Brighton & Hove Project Manager & Safeguarding Lead

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My primary area of work is supporting trans and gender questioning children and young people under 19, including leading the Kids Group for primary age children and supporting the delivery of our under 16s group TAG. I also lead Trans Awareness Training for professionals and work with primary and secondary schools, delivering student workshops, staff training and liaising with professionals in how best to support their LGBTU students. My other key area is supervising and supporting our amazing staff team!

Favourite Food

My Grandma's leek and potato soup!

Favourite Hobby

Swimming or playing Playstation

Favourite City:

Ew not cities. I like fields!!
JP Schofield

JP Schofield

West Sussex Project Manager & Advocacy Lead

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My role is to lead our LGBT youth service project in West Sussex. Allsorts West Sussex provides one-to-one emotional support work and regular young people’s groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Unsure young people between the ages of 11-19 years old. We currently deliver LGBT-specific support and safer spaces in Horsham, Chichester, Worthing and the wider West Sussex area. I oversee the delivery of the West Sussex project and the supervision of the Allsorts' West Sussex staff team. In addition to my work in West Sussex, I also co-facilitate the delivery of our monthly Transformers group for Trans, non-binary and gender diverse young people in Brighton.

Favourite Food

Pumpkin, sun-blush tomato, feta and pine nut pizza

Favourite Hobby

Hand-balancing (I like being upside down)

Favourite City:

Reykjavik, Iceland
Ben Dew

Ben Dew

Training & Education Manager & Family Support Lead

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I run student workshops and staff training in schools and other organisations focusing on LGBT awareness and challenging homo/bi/transphobic behaviour and language in schools and workplaces. I also offer one to one support to students and information and advice to staff about supporting LGBT students in schools.

Favourite Food

My Husband's homemade 'Doro Wat'

Favourite Hobby

Watching Liverpool FC win

Favourite City:

Berlin and Liverpool
Anna Roscher

Anna Roscher

LGBT Youth Support Worker

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I lead the weekly over 16’s LGBTU Drop-in and run our monthly mental health and wellbeing group and activities programme, Open Minds. I also work in West Sussex every Thursday, co-delivering LGBTU youth groups in Chichester and Horsham, as well as offering 1:1 emotional support through the Talk It Out service in Brighton. I absolutely love being part of an organisation as fantastic as Allsorts and feel really passionate about providing safe and empowering spaces and support for LGBTU young people!

Favourite Food

Pumpkin Katsu Curry, yum!

Favourite Hobby

Photography/hanging out with friends/drinking coffee in cafes with a good book/exploring new places!

Favourite City:

Berlin is wunderbar
Jo Ansell

Jo Ansell

Youth Support and Education Worker

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I lead on the under 16's group TAG. I am also involved in campaigns work; youth volunteering and 1:1 individual support. I also go into schools to support the schools work that the team offers. 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 Allsorts. I really enjoy and value being part of the team. I love the roles that I have with Allsorts!

Favourite Food

Tapas

Favourite Hobby

Hanging out in sunny (when the sun is shining) cafes drinking tasty coffee!

Favourite City:

Edinburgh
Karla Coppendale

Karla Coppendale

Advocacy worker

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I support 11-19 year old LGBT+ people in West Sussex and 16-25 year old LGBT+ people in Brighton and Hove. My Role is to support young people to explore the options they have when facing difficult situations. I help support young people in providing information on practical issues they may be facing and explore what steps are available to take next. I help young people to speak up about what outcome they want from difficult situations and I can help to organise and attend appointments with agencies such as health services and social services. My aim is to help facilitate the information and choices young people have and empower the young person to pick what option is best for them so they can learn to advocate for themselves.

Favourite Food

Roast Dinners/Goulash

Favourite Hobby

Reading about Psychology and creative writing

Favourite City:

Gili Air (It's an Island not a City - but I got to swim with sharks!)
Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones

LGBT Youth Support Worker

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My role at Allsorts is to help run our youth services across West Sussex. We currently provide groups in Horsham, Chichester and Worthing and I support our team in delivering activities and games. I particularly enjoy uno, ping pong and pool. I've been with the team since it's beginning in W. Sussex and it's been an amazing journey moving from a voluntary role to being a youth support worker, and watching the groups grow. I'm incredibly proud to be a part of the team!

Favourite Food

Tiramisu! It's like eating delicious clouds ^_^

Favourite Hobby

Exploring new places and reading.

Favourite City:

Zanzibar (It's an island not a city, but I love the sun and the sea!)
John Ward

John Ward

LGBT Youth Support Worker

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As a youth support worker I am involved in the Tuesday over 16’s Drop-In, our under 16’s TAG group and our trans support group Transformers. I am also involved in our work in schools, offering 1:1 emotional support for LGBTU young people. I feel very proud to be part of the support and help offered by Allsorts and have been supporting the project for a couple of years as a volunteer before stepping in to my new role as a LGBT youth support worker. I love seeing how the young people who use Allsorts grow in to such excellent people and feel honoured to be a part of it.

Favourite Food

Dahl

Favourite Hobby

Origami

Favourite City:

Bangkok
Marquita Smith

Marquita Smith

BAME Inclusion worker

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My role is to support with BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethinic) inclusion, by providing specific support for BAME/PoC youth in groups. Engaging with BAME, refugee and asylum seeker youth initiatives to ensure there is representation for BAME LGBT+ youth. I am also forming LGBT+ BAME networks and allied focus groups. I am incredibly excited about being part of an organisation that are creating safe spaces for LGBTU youth and recognise the disproportionate discrimination that BAME people face within the LGBT+ community.

Favourite Food

I love a Sunday roast and as you can tell by the picture, cake!

Favourite Hobby

Sport and fitness all the way!

Favourite City:

I've been privileged to travel quite a bit and am still not a fan of cities. I love an island like Koh Mak to chill by the sea without too many humans.
Reuben Davidson

Reuben Davidson

LGBT Youth Development Worker

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I am the LGBT Youth Development Worker at Allsorts, which means that I facilitate different ways that young people can contribute to the community and develop their skills and interests. I also manage the Adult Community Volunteers that help the staff to run groups, deliver LGBT awareness sessions to professionals and explore ways that Allsorts can reach more young people that might benefit from our support.

Favourite Food

Chocolate with nuts in it

Favourite Hobby

Selling stuff online and dog-walking

Favourite City:

Toronto, Canada
Effie Fowler

Effie Fowler

Communications & Fundraising Officer

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As fundraiser at Allsorts, my key role is to maintain and expand on our sources of income for the project. I’ll be working with Katie in applying for grants, and am also here to ensure the smooth-running and promotion of ongoing and upcoming fundraising campaigns. I celebrate the successes of our wonderful fundraising individuals and reach out to our generous donors. It is a joy to be involved in such a vital and effective organisation and I am excited to be a part of its growing team and community.

Favourite Food

Anything greasy and vegan... also paella

Favourite Hobby

I love live music when out of the house and gaming indoors (board/card & consoles)

Favourite City:

Barcelona

Iain Gowers

Trustee

I have over 25 years experience of LGBTU volunteering work, having previously been a member, employee and a Trustee of several different charities and my areas of interest in particular are, IT, marketing, promotion, donations. website management and development. I have volunteered for Allsorts since 2001, being a drop in volunteer for 10 years and then a trustee.

Olu Jenzen

Trustee

I have collaborated with staff, volunteers and young people at Allsorts running various media research projects for a number of years, which has been a fantastic experience. As a trustee I get the opportunity to contribute to the work of the organisation beyond the ‘researcher’ role. I have a background in LGBTQ activism and a broad interest in LGBTQ youth culture, politics and community work.

Trudy Ward

Chair

I am honoured to serve as Chair of the Trustees for such an innovative and contemporary youth project that has at its core the best interest of LGBTU children and young people; supporting their health and wellbeing and enabling them to thrive in todays world. I bring to the Trustee role extensive experience and leadership in healthcare practice, operations and governance, including regulatory compliance and delivering safe, effective, compassionate and responsive services.

James Ravenhill

Treasurer

With a strong belief that all (young) people have a right to explore and talk about their identities, without fear of ridicule, judgement, or threat to their safety, I am really proud to sit on the board of Trustees at Allsorts Youth Project. I have worked with adolescents and young adults for a number of years, first as a sixth form teacher, and now as a Lecturer in Psychology. I currently teach on a number of undergraduate courses, including those on sexualities, and my research interests are in masculinities, gay identities, gay men's health, and sexuality among marginalised people.

Lorna Simm

Trustee

I am passionate about providing young people with opportunities and support so that they can fully enjoy their growth from childhood in to early adulthood. I have been involved in school governance at both primary and secondary levels for 8 years and bring with me experience of safeguarding, strategic planning, marketing and inclusion. Being involved in Allsorts has been a great privilege and meeting and hearing from young LGBTU young people about the positive impact Allsorts has had on their lives further deepens my commitment to doing everything I can so that LGBTU young people can thrive, enjoying the freedom to pursue any opportunity.

Peter Allan

Trustee

I have always believed that young people should be able to be the best they can be; in an open, supported and non-judgemental space. In my short time as a Trustee at Allsorts Youth Project, I have witnessed first-hand how this is the ethos of this long established and respected organisation. With an extensive background in community safety, I hope to be able to bring my experience to the advocacy work of Allsorts, as it supports young people right across Sussex and beyond, as they discover more about themselves, to be able to assume their rightful place in an increasingly complex and challenging world. I am proud to be a Trustee of Allsorts, and hope that I can play a small part in its essential work in supporting LGBTU young people.

Simon Orchard

Trustee

Having worked with young people for the past 25 years in universities and schools and seen directly the challenges that they face when exploring their identity, I am extremely proud to support the work of Allsorts Youth Project. My particular interests are in education and providing role models for LGBTU in schools, proving them with opportunities to speak openly and helping them to become the person that they want to be. I hope to play a small part in supporting Allsorts reach out to more young people.

Ben Miles

Trustee

Both my parents were teachers and I’m an experienced local government officer, so I have a bit of a passion for public service. My partner encouraged me to become more involved with the LGBTQ community after he became chair of the LGBTQ society at Sussex University, so I started volunteering for Allsorts at the drop-in session in Brighton. I quickly realised what an amazing organisation Allsorts is, and how much good it does for young LGBTQ people. When the opportunity came, I jumped at the opportunity to become a trustee. I still volunteer at the drop-in sessions, which I love, but being a trustee means I get to use my experience as a strategic leader too. It’s the best of both worlds.

Mike Jones

Trustee

My background is of working in sexual health services within the NHS and with the voluntary sector for many years. Prior to that I worked with charities supporting the homeless and people experiencing mental illness. I’ve also served as a Councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council. . Throughout this time I’ve always been aware of the particular challenges facing young LQBTQ+ people. It was always reassuring to know I could refer a young LGBTQ+ person to the safe space and support provided by Allsorts. I’m therefore delighted to be a Trustee of Allsorts and very proud to be part of Allsorts continuing work supporting and building confidence in our young people.

Jasmine

I have been volunteering for around 8 months now, being an Allsorts volunteer means the world to me! I love coming to the groups, preparing food, playing games with young people and being a friendly face. It’s always a pleasure and I hope to volunteer for many years to come. If you’re thinking about volunteering, do it!

Caro

I am originally from Argentina, and I am now living and working in Brighton. I am passionate about connecting with young people and giving back to the LGBT community - as I would have appreciated similar support when I was younger. I started volunteering at Allsorts recently and am impressed with all the amazing work that they do!

Olivia

I'm a volunteer and trainee youth worker with Allsorts. This means I'm lucky enough to see all the different parts of Allsorts including meeting all the young people across each Brighton and West Sussex group, attending residentials, planning activities and haunting the office! The young people at Allsorts continuously astound me with their courage, intelligence and boundless talent! As an LGBTQ+ adult, it provides me with confidence in my own identity and a newfound faith in the future of the LGBTQ+ community. I'm eternally grateful to their service

Steve

Pure enthusiasm emanates throughout the group at all levels and I am looking forward to being part of this group and to meeting so many wonderful people. I love volunteering and in the past, I have helped out at IT Centres as well as being an active member of a resident's panel. I hope to be, to the young people, the person I wantred to know when I was a younger person.

Samantha

I am so glad I started volunteering at Allsorts and really look forward to my Tuesday evenings assisting at the Drop-in. The young people amaze me each week with the openness and kindness they bring so freely, to adults, to their friends and in welcoming new visitors. It is beyond worthwhile to be able to help facilitate safe and supportive spaces for them. Allsorts staff members have been consistently warm, helpful and encouraging. My fellow volunteers are amazing, great company and I have made friendships that have been an extra bonus! These elements combined make volunteering a truly rewarding activity that has gone over and above my expectations. I would love to continue to be a part of the organisation for a long time!

Rob

Allsorts is the highlight of my week. I usually work in the kitchen helping young people to prepare food for drop-in. It gives me a chance to really connect and have fun with young people. Allsorts provides an amazing service that makes a difference for so many and I'm so proud to be part of that. Being a volunteer allows me to focus on something outside of everyday life and I find that really rewarding. I LOVE volunteering at Allsorts!

Marina

I have been a volunteer for over 2 years now and I love it. I think the drop in is an amazing service that Allsorts provides and I would have loved to have the same support when I was younger. As a volunteer I get to do what I really love which is helping the LGBTQU community and I get so much in return.

Chris

I have been a volunteer at Allsorts for nearly 15 years. I started volunteering so I could put something back into my community which was lacking when I came out all them years ago. It's great to bump into people who have accessed Allsorts over the years and seeing them as much older adults. Allsorts is like a club all the past members can still contribute by cheering us at pride events and supporting us and it's great to bump into them.

Chris

Allsorts is a great space for young people to be themselves, to be social and gain confidence and self belief. To share in this experience is extremely rewarding. It gives me another way of connecting with my local community; to understand further and celebrate diversity and to offer advice and experiences of growing up in a society that still has faces social obstacles. So often, young people can teach us about who we are and maybe more importantly, who we strive to be - this is one such place.

Jason

I started volunteering to give back to the LGBT+ community in Brighton.

Charlie

I love volunteering at Allsorts because it's fun, friendly and it's important to me to help young people access the sort of group I would have loved to have the opportunity to be part of when I was younger! I'm non-binary and it's great to be part of something like Allsorts, the young people are brilliant and the volunteers and staff are so friendly and welcoming. As well as volunteering I work in the charity sector in Brighton in inclusive sport, and I love cycling, art and spending time by the sea.

Kate

Allsorts drop in is an amazing space and the young people are ace. Allsorts do great work making a difference with young people who face lots of issues that resonate with my own experiences in the 1980s, as well as new challenges. It is exciting to be part of the team.

Allsorts Youth Project Ltd © is registered charity in England & Wales and regulated by the Charity Commission under number 1123014 and a Company Limited by Guarantee under number 04154118. Registered office address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AE.