My role at Allsorts is to oversee the management of the project, including funding. I talk to NHS and local authority commissioners and grant funders and try to raise as much money as I can so we can run our vital services. I also act as the liaison between the staff and our wonderful team of trustees. Finally, I meet with lots of other community and voluntary sector managers to develop working partnerships and close cooperation so that both on a local & county level here in Brighton and Hove and Sussex and nationally, we can provide the best possible services for children and young people.
I have been involved with Allsorts for nearly 6 years. My role as Co-Director is varied & wide ranging and I primarily look after the operational side of the project. I’m responsible for the finances, fundraising, PR & promotions, website management and our social media channels to name just a few things!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
The Rainbow Flag Award Project Worker at Allsorts Youth Project, lead for the South East region. At Allsorts, Reuben delivers workshops in schools around homo/bi/transphobic behaviour and language with support from the young people’s Peer Educator team. Reuben is also the Development Worker, overseeing our youth volunteering programmes and exploring ways that Allsorts can reach more young people that might benefit from our support.
As an advocate I support young LGBT people aged between 16-25 facing hardship to explore their options, gather information and make decisions in difficult situations which affect their lives. I also help young people to speak up about what they want and need in difficult situations, organise and attend appointments with other services, doctors or social workers and defend and safeguard their rights. Advocacy helps people feel more empowered and in control of their lives and learn the skills to advocate for themselves.
I support the delivery of our LGBTU+ youth service in West Sussex. We run groups and provide 1:1 support in Horsham, Chichester, and Worthing. I also lead on BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee) inclusion at Allsorts - please see my blog posts for more details! I love being part of the development of Allsorts, and feel really privileged work with so many fantastic young people and colleagues; every one of whom makes this community something to be really proud of.
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!
My job involves keeping the office running smoothly, answering phones, reading emails, and lots and lots of filing and inputting of data. I also analyse this data and turn it into statistics and useful information, which we then use for funding bids, and to let people know what we do and how we're doing it! Our office is a busy place, with lots going on all the time, but there's a plentiful supply of coffee and lots of lovely people to work with so it's never a dull moment!
My name is Luna and I am a Staffordshire Bull Terrier that was adopted by my Dad, Reuben, from the RSPCA in 2014. Sometimes people assume that I am aggressive since there are a lot of stereotypes about bull breeds like me, but I know that all dogs can be loving and happy in the right environments like I have with my family. I’m training to be a therapy dog and come to the Allsorts offices a few times a week. I love watching all the staff work while I lounge in my bed after a walk at the beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I started volunteering to give back to the LGBT+ community in Brighton.
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.