In West Sussex, Allsorts' free services reach remote areas of the county, enabling young people to access specialist LGBT+ support previously unavailable to them. These services include youth groups, one-to-one support, in-schools emotional support and Advocacy for LGBT+ and Unsure young people ages 11-19 in Worthing, Horsham and Chichester.
In September 2019, 82% of Allsorts young people in West Sussex reported that they had experienced mental health problems. With 90% of young people reporting that Allsorts' 'Talk It Out' service had been of particular help to them. Evidence suggests that this kind of support reduces isolation, a major issue faced by LGBT+ and unsure young people, and improves mental health and wellbeing.
2019 saw the project develop further with the opening of its 3rd group in Worthing. Furthermore, Allsorts has launched an LGBT+ Children and Young People's Advocacy service, lifting the voices of children and young people, empowering them in difficult times, and ensuring their rights are upheld and are also now delivering our 'Talk it Out' service in schools & colleges in the area.
Monthly group offering a safe space for LGBT+ and unsure young people under the age of 16.
Monthly group offering a safe space for LGBT+ and unsure young people over the age of 16.
Funded by the West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS) in partnership with West Sussex County Council