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Our Journey

Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bi, trans or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (LGBT+).Founded in 1999, Allsorts Youth Project has been delivering LGBT+ youth services for 25 years!  In that time a lot has changed for LGBT+ people in the UK. Section 28 was repealed in 2000, the age of consent was equalised in 2001, the Gender Recognition Act (2004) and Equalities Act (2010) were introduced, and the Marriage Act brought the UK closer to marriage equality in 2013 and we have celebrated every step of the way, adapting to changing times whilst seeing and acknowledging that there is still so much more to do.Allsorts challenges exclusion, prejudice, and discrimination in all areas of their lives with a three-pronged approach, grounded in youth and community work:

  • Youth service: youth groups and activities, one-to-one support, and volunteering opportunities.
  • Parents & Carers service: peer support groups, family activities, and one-to-one support
  • Training service: to the wider community, so that all spaces can be safer and more inclusive for LGBT+ people.

In recent years, the project has grown and we now offer services across Sussex, from our delivery hubs;

  • Brighton & Hove
  • Chichester
  • Worthing
  • Horsham
  • Crawley
  • Hastings
  • Eastbourne


1999 -

Allsorts Youth Project is founded by Jess Wood MBE & James Newton

2002 -

LGBT+ Training & Peer Education begins

2006 -

Allsorts becomes Trans Inclusive

2008 -

Open Minds group providing mental health support & wellbeing activities is formed

2012 -

Transformers (ages 16-21) trans group in Brighton is formed
Under 16s
(ages 12-15) LGBT+ group in Brighton is formed

2013 -

Parents/Carers group is formed
Trans Awareness Training
delivered to schools/organisations

2014 -

Kids Group (ages 5-11) for trans and/or gender-exploring primary school aged children is formed
School Contracts
begin with schools in Brighton & Hove

2016 -

Rainbow Flag Award is established and Allsorts becomes South East delivery partner
Urgent Need Advocacy Service launched in partnership with MindOut

2017 -

West Sussex pilot scheme launches in Horsham & Chichester

2019 -

Jess Wood OBE retires, and Katie Vincent is appointed new CEO
West Sussex groups expand to Worthing
Launch of POC inclusion pilot
Launch of youth-led podcast, "Allsorts of Thoughts"
Advocacy Service & Schools Work
expand to West Sussex

2020 -

Online Services made available in light of COVID-19 lockdown

2021 -

Hybrid Approach of online & in-person services continues
YPOC Group
established in Brighton for LGBT+ young people of colour
LGBT+ youth groups expand to Hastings

2022 -

LGBT+ youth groups expand to Crawley & Eastbourne
GIDS Pilot Project
launched, offering 4-week programme for young people and families on the waiting list or being seen by GIDS.

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.