Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

The Proud Trust is now operating digitally, as we make significant changes to how we operate in this time of international concern.

All youth groups and 1-1s (face-to-face contact) are not running in their usual venues and are being delivered virtually instead.

Our LGBT+ Centre is closed, if you want to get in touch, contact us at

Our face to face training is also postponed, but some courses have moved virtual. Information on upcoming virtual training, can be found here.

Youth workers will be sending out Google Hangout links for our group work and 1-1 support. Please contact us if you have any questions.

We are still here for you and all LGBT+ young people.

Please share this with young people or colleagues where relevant.

15th December 2020

Luke Ives

Luke joined The Proud Trust as a trustee in January 2020. Luke is Social Value and Inclusion and Diversity Specialist at Jacobs Engineering; responsible for recognising, creating and implementing plans to promote inclusion and diversity within the organisation – from socio-economic to LGBTQ+ inclusion. A significant part of the role is promoting, developing and implementing programmes to enhance employee understanding on inclusions issues.

He is also the Communications Strategist for Jacobs’ internal LGBTQ+ Network, Prism, and is a member of the Building Equality Executive committee – an alliance of 50+ construction, engineering and built environment organisations that are passionate about working together and harnessing their collective power to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion, to ensure the industry is wholly welcoming, inclusive and supportive of our LGBTQ+ community.

Luke has been instrumental in creating open and safe workplaces for the LGBTQ+ community through developing free training resources to educate others on the key issues faced by our community. Luke is an OUTstanding Yahoo Finance Top 50 Future Leader and […]

9th December 2020

Lydia Shaw

Lydia moved to Manchester from Yorkshire (via London) three years ago and joined the Proud Trust as a Trustee in February 2020 and brings with her eight years experience in Marketing, a love of art and Viscount biscuits.

She currently works at an integrated creative agency within Manchester.  In her spare time, Lydia likes to go paint, visit restaurants, run a peer-learning blog for marketers and talk about food to anybody who will listen.

3rd December 2020

Heather Graham

Heather joined the Proud Trust as a Trustee in March 2018.  Heather is Head of Human Resources for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester and has been at the University since 2004.  She has spent all of her working life (longer than she cares to remember) in Human Resources in both the public and private sector and throughout that time has had close involvement in matters relating to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, in addition to the full range of HR activities.  Heather first became aware of the Proud Trust through the University and attended a presentation that involved some of the young people who use the Trust talking about their experiences and how TPT had supported them, which she found inspirational.  When the opportunity to become a Trustee arose Heather jumped at the chance.  Heather is married to her childhood sweetheart, Paul and they have two sons Mat, 22 and Christy 18. In her […]

2nd December 2020

Elfin Brook

Elfin is the Spaces Coordinator at The Proud Trust and our One-to-One Case Worker, supporting LGBT+ young people in accessing education and employment, and with advocacy across a broad spectrum of issues. They also assist in the running of the Proud Futures programme. With a background in case work, community development and healthcare, Elfin thrives in helping others to identify opportunity and resolution. They’re also an avid cat lover and collector of computer game consoles from times gone by.

2nd December 2020

Ashleigh Talbot

Ashleigh is the Proud Trust’s Social Action Coordinator, working on the Trans Team. After many years of involvement in Manchester’s LGBT charities, Ashleigh has taken on this role to try and press for real change for young people. In her spare time she is a musician and artist, and is described by her girlfriend as a “chaotic lesbian witch”, but she’s not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

28th October 2020

Mitchell Porter

Mitchell is the Youth Work Coordinator for the Rochdale and Stockport LGBT+ youth groups. Prior to The Proud Trust, they gained a lot of experience working with young people, but are thrilled to be working with LGBT+ communities now! In their spare time, they enjoy playing board games and cooking food from different corners of the world.

28th October 2020

Sophie Sims

Sophie works as a Training Coordinator, specialising in delivering our trans and non-binary related training. She delivers this to young people and adults, including teachers, social workers, people in healthcare. She has years of experience working in education, and a masters degree in politics. She loves philosophy, octopuses, and rock ‘n’ roll.

28th October 2020

Aphre Powell

Aphre works as a Trans Care Navigator and is passionate about supporting and empowering young trans and non-binary people. Outside The Proud Trust, they spend their time reading voraciously, singing in a choir and experimenting with new recipes. Aphre is the proud parent of two human children and a three year old pug.

28th October 2020

Chris Fielding

Chris is a Youth Work Assistant for the Cheshire West and Chester LGBT+ youth groups. They are a third year Youth and Community Work student at university, with a vision to make a difference. They play ukulele and their favourite colour is yellow!

28th October 2020

Anais Puddoo

Anaïs is the Youth Work Assistant for the Rochdale LGBT+ youth group. In her spare time she is studying for her Masters in Psychology, and hopes to work with young people as a clinical psychologist in the future. She is originally from Mauritius, so quite naturally her happy place is the beach!

2nd October 2020

Sarah Christie

Sarah Christie is the Youth Work Manager, and supports the team of youth workers who run all of The Proud Trust’s groups across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Sarah has a background of working in arts-based youth charities, and is passionate about finding creative ways to support and empower young people. Outside of work, Sarah can often be found watching films: sometimes at the community cinema she co-runs, though more usually at home in the company of her movie-loving cat.

21st April 2020

Give Us A Shout

In a crisis? Anxious? Worried? Stressed?
Get 24/7 help from our team of Crisis Volunteers

24/7 text (SMS) support line: 85258


21st April 2020


Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)


21st April 2020

Victim Support

Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)


21st April 2020

Rape Crisis

To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)


21st April 2020

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)


21st April 2020

Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)


21st April 2020

National Gambling Helpline

Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)


21st April 2020

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)


21st April 2020


Provides a free, confidential and independent service for all LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, violence or abuse, however or whenever it happened.

T: 020 7704 2040 (ask to speak to someone from the Sexual Violence Support Service)



21st April 2020

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 999 5428

Monday to Friday

10:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday to Thursday

10:00am – 8:00pm

21st April 2020


Support around gender identity / being trans.

text MERMAIDS to


for free 24/7 crisis support all across the UK.

All texts are answered by trained volunteers with support from experienced clinical

Tel: 0844 334 0550*

Mobile: 0344 334 0550



21st April 2020


Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm)

21st April 2020


Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most:

Peer support forum:


21st April 2020

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)


21st April 2020


A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)


21st April 2020

OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge


21st April 2020

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge


21st April 2020


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)


21st April 2020

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.


21st April 2020

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)


21st April 2020


Advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.

Call: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07860039967

21st April 2020

Young Minds

The Young Minds crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258

21st April 2020


Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)


21st April 2020


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)


21st April 2020


For any problems you are facing.

Tel:  0800 1111


21st April 2020


Call 111, option 2 to access first response services

14th April 2020

For immediate help

Call 111, option 2 to access first response services

14th April 2020


Helpline – call for free on 0808 808 2121

2.00pm – 11.00pm every day

14th April 2020

Young Minds Crisis Messenger

Text YM to 85258

28th November 2019

Amy Fielder

Amy works as our LGBT+ Education Development Officer. She began teaching straight out of university and continues to teach secondary school science on her days away from The Proud Trust. Amy became particularly interested in creating a more LGBT+ inclusive curriculum after creating an LGBT+ safe space and classroom resources that celebrated diversity, whilst living in Newcastle.

6th August 2019

Sally Carr MBE – Operational Director

Sally Carr MBE is The Proud Trust’s Operational Director. She has dedicated her life to ensuring LGBT+ young people feel safer and happier in every area of their lives. An innovative and creative leader, Sally is passionate about youth work, informal learning opportunities, and fruit gums. She is a Trustee of the National Youth Agency and a Director of Pride Sports (UK) where she drives the agenda on LGBT+ young people’s access and inclusion across services. As a Patron of The Pankhurst Trust, Sally is committed to ensuring that feminist values are embedded across all of her work.

Sally’s expertise covers:

  • Safeguarding
  • Sport
  • Arts and Culture
  • Youth work
  • Youth Policy
  • Health
  • Hate Crime

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6th August 2019

Chloe Cousins – Coordinator

Chloe is the lead worker for The Proud Trust’s programme for LGBT+ young people of colour and the co-founder of the COLOURS Youth Network for staff and young people. Chloe is also a trainer and resource designer on The Proud Trust’s training team. Outside of work, Chloe is the strategic lead for Rainbow Noir, a social and community action group in Manchester for LGBT+ people of colour, which exists to celebrate and platform LGBT+ people of colour and create spaces to come together away from activism. Chloe really loves looking after her plant family, admiring trainers, dancing, exploring queer spaces, being in the sun and eating cake!


Chloe’s expertise covers:

  • LGBT youth work
  • LGBT youth work in education and youth settings
  • LGBT inclusion in education – primary, secondary and college
  • Young people of colour  BAME (intersection of LGBT identity)
  • Allies 
  • LGBT young people and faith (if Sam and Amelia are not available)
  • Training 


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6th August 2019

Amelia Lee – Strategic Director

Amelia is The Proud Trust’s Strategic Director. She dreamed of being Prime Minister or Pope when she was young. As she grew older she learned more about discrimination and oppression, and her own sexuality. She became passionate about global LGBT+ rights, social justice and environmental issues. After studying at the University of Manchester, she completed a post graduate Diploma in Law, but was drawn more towards social enterprise in order to make a social change. She co-founded The Proud Trust 15 years ago, and continues to co-lead the organisation. She has been active in local politics and the Cooperative movement, and is active on the boards of The Empowerment People and Voluntary Youth Manchester.  She still looks forward to the day when an out lesbian becomes Pope (or Prime Minister).

Amelia’s expertise covers:

  • LGBT+ young people (trends/ developments/ research)
  • Policy and government LGBT+ changes
  • Youth Participation
  • LGBT+ work in schools
  • Running charities and social enterprises
  • Faith and LGBT+ identities
  • Trans health sector developments
  • Feminism and being trans positive (the […]
6th August 2019

Rachel Williams – Training and Education Manager

Rachel has managed our training and education programme since 2012 and now leads our national Rainbow Flag Award. They are a professionally qualified youth and community worker with a background in local authority LGBT+ youth work. Rachel also oversees the development of our pioneering and bold educational resources. 

Rachel’s expertise covers:

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11th July 2019

Jess Bonson

Jess is the Youth Work Coordinator for the Wythenshawe LGBT+ youth group, as well as our Social Media and Marketing Assistant. Jess is a graduate of History from the University of Manchester. At groups, she can usually be found immersed in craft projects, talking about music and encouraging people to get out into the great outdoors. She enjoys learning about the rich history of LGBT+ people and rights.

11th July 2019

Judith Crichton

Judith works as the Finance Manager with The Proud Trust. She is a qualified accountant with many years of experience working in the charity sector. Working with The Proud Trust allows her to exercise her commitment to social conscience and help & support young people in the process. She loves cycling, running and anything outdoors – she’s been known to cycle from Manchester to Ellesmere Port for a meeting!

11th July 2019

Rachael Baker

Rachael is the Finance Worker for The Proud Trust. Her main priority when looking for jobs after university was to make a useful contribution to society and have a job that was really worth doing, something that this position definitely fulfils. When she’s not processing invoices, she can be found at home, baking!

11th July 2019

Kelly Stubbs

Kelly is the Youth Work Coordinator for the Cheshire West and Chester LGBT+ youth groups called “Phoenix”. She is also the Youth Work Assistant on the trans specific youth groups. She has needed time for the language and understanding of gender to develop, so that she has become able to fully express herself. She is a conceptual artist and has a long history of social campaigning, which informed her coordination of Liverpool’s inaugural Trans Pride March in 2019. Kelly is a qualified educator with loads of classroom experience, which has influenced her communal and inclusive approach.

4th March 2019

Jackie Waldrom

Jackie is a Youth Work Assistant with The Proud Trust, working across several groups. When she’s not having a good chat with young people, she’s studying for her Counselling & Psychotherapy Masters in Liverpool. Her biggest driver and passion is enabling young people to figure out and celebrate who they are! In her down-time she enjoys creating character journeys of her own, in writing novels of any genre.

10th December 2018

Liv Ouwehand

Liv is a Youth Work and Special Projects Coordinator with The Proud Trust. Working with The Proud trust unites Liv’s desire for LGBT+ community-building with plenty of opportunities to dine out on Jaffa Cakes. She loves seeing young people across The Proud Trust support one another and grow into confident self-advocates.

14th November 2018

Nice Butler-Walsh

Nice is the Youth Work Assistant on the Trafford LGBT+ youth group. Nice is passionate about food, having learnt from a young age from their dida (grandma). Outside of The Proud Trust, Nice enjoys making zines about wrestling and the perils of learning guitar with long hair.

17th October 2018

Amelia Lee on 5live

Check out Strategic Director Amelia Lee on 5live this week

15th October 2018

LGBT+ Groups in Schools – A Celebration!

Following the publication of our latest guide – “How to Set Up an LGBT+ Group in a School“, we’re delighted to announce details of an upcoming event, celebrating these groups!

Being held on 31 January 2019, at Coop HQ in Manchester, we will be showcasing some of the work that is being developed by young people in four Manchester Coop Academies. In addition to this, we’re seeking other schools to showcase their LGBT+ group’s work – apply here.

This event is perfect for any school staff that currently run, or are thinking about starting, an LGBT+ group in their school. The event will be a chance to help shape a upcoming network – the LGBT+ GSA (Groups in Schools Alliance). 

Find the event flyer here. Book your place on the event here.

12th October 2018

Sexuality aGender v2 Training is Back!

Join us for an interactive day of training that has been heavily subsidised at just £30 per place (usually £140)!

Sexuality aGender v2 is a pioneering, inclusive, sexual health toolkit. Our “train the trainer” style course will enable you to engage with young people in a meaningful conversation about gender identity, sexuality and sexual health using the toolkit. This will in turn help them explore who they are and what they want, in a safe, supported way, free from assumptions. 

Book here for events in:

7th October 2018

30 Years Queer

On 24th November there will be a day of free, exciting community events as well as an after party to let you hair down! 

Manchester is the only city with a purpose-built LGBT+ Centre and this year we celebrate 30 years since we opened! Check here for updates. Open to all! 

6th October 2018

Tesco Bags Of Help Success!

The Proud Trust are delighted to have been awarded the top grant of £8,000 following two months of in-store voting. During July and Aug customers were provided with voting chips in a special Manchester Pride scheme which saw three local LGBT+ charities all receive grants. The money is helping to fund our Pride events as well as the LGBT+ Centre’s 30th birthday celebrations in November. Thank you to everyone who helped us come out on top!

4th October 2018

Sapphormation. A Festival For Women Who Love Women

Saturday 3rd November.

This years theme is defiance and the programme reflects this with workshops and activities around creative defiance, voices of defiance, actions of defiance, sisters of defiance and joys of defiance.

Take a look at to view the full programme
visit to book a ticket  

2nd October 2018

Ever Been To The ‘Gay Centre’ In Manchester?

This November we are celebrating 30 years since we opened. Yes, you heard right, we’ve been here for three decades! As part of our celebrations on 24th November we are looking to hear from you! Share your stories, your photos, your memories. Did you meet your one true love here? Did you come out and join a group? Have you volunteered or worked here? Please use this form or email and all entries will be added to our history wall!

13th August 2018

Ben Copperwheat

As a designer, artist, and educator, Ben Copperwheat produces wearable art clothing, fine art, interior pieces, and provides creative print textile design and direction to some of the top brands worldwide. Ben has created textile collections and brand direction for Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Edun, Pret A Surf, Victorinox Swiss Army, Stephen Burrows, 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and Daryl K, his work is commissioned by personalities and organizations like Beyoncé and Blue Ivy, Boy George, Liza Minnelli, Pat Cleveland, Isabella Blow, and David Collins Studio. In 2016, Ben joined the Art/Fashion group of artists founded and curated by the New York City, legendary stylist, Patricia Field. Ben Copperwheat graduated with an MA Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2001 and lives and works in New York City since 2003. Ben became a patron of The Proud Trust in September 2017, following a talk and workshop with young people and supporters of the trust.

1st August 2018

Scott Lauchlan-Ford

Scott is a youth worker and mental health practitioner at 42nd Street and heads up the LGBTQ+ work there. He can also be found scurrying around Greater Manchester running wellbeing workshops in schools & colleges and whenever he gets a chance updates our LGBTQ+ website

1st August 2018

Jack Tielemans

Jack works with The Proud Trust as administrator (and occasional IT guy); in his other life, he’s a writer and lifelong nerd. He’s published several books and short stories in the fantasy, SF and romance genres under various pen names, and has recently graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing from MMU.

1st August 2018

Ali Hanbury

The LGBT Centre Manager. My LGBT role model is: Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women’s Library. In my spare time I like to: Daydream

1st August 2018

Matty Donaldson

Hello! I am an LGBT+ youth worker at The Proud Trust where I run some LGBT+ groups, do some one-to-one work, and also some stuff in schools.   I will be your point of contact during Rainbow Playground for all the sports activities so any questions, worries or concerns come say hi and I will help you out.  I’m not someone who would ever be described as a “sporty” person, but despite that I actually really enjoy sports and I play roller derby in my free.  Therefore I’d urge all of you to give something new a go, whether you’re sporty or not, and just have fun with it!

1st August 2018


Contact is where young people change their lives through the arts, and audiences of all ages experience exciting new shows. We are the leading national theatre and arts venue to place young people at the decision-making heart of everything.  At Contact, young people aged 13-30 genuinely lead, working alongside staff in deciding the artistic programme, making staff appointments and act as full Board members.

The result is an outstanding, diverse and accessible artistic programme for everyone.

1st August 2018

Cath Hayes

121 Programme Manager. Favourite passtime  Sitting down. With the perfect cup of tea. On my desert island I would need Yorkshire tea bags (tea is a theme), music and my small brown dog. LGBT hero..all the people who fought for the freedoms we have today..and those who continue to fight.

1st August 2018

Sally Carr MBE

Operational Director. I manage all the staff who work with young people in youth and support  groups; and I help to plan the programme to meet young peoples needs. Who would play you in a film? I’d like to play a mash up of revolutionary and inspirational women from across time and across the globe.

If you were crash landed on a desert island what 3 things would you prioritise for survival? Water, shelter, fire.

1st August 2018

Sam Cresswell

Trans Youth Worker. I run Afternoon Tea (trans youth group) twice a month, and run our annual trans youth residential. Something I am proud of is: The Afternoon Tea youth group. It has grown so much since it started in 2012 and is now a wonderful group of young people, and a pleasure to work with. Favourite past time: I have two. The first is playing with my two cats, the second is organising my coin collection (I am a big nerd and have over 1000!)

1st August 2018

Chloe Cousins

Youth Work Coordinator. I’m the lead worker for Fusion and Oldham and also do outreach work in schools, colleges and youth groups. “Hiya! I will be floating around on the day and be on hand to give information about the day and make sure you have found the right place at the right time for the activities!

1st August 2018

Anna Horton Cremin

I’m Anna, an artist based in Manchester. I use games and play to bring people together in new and unexpected ways. I often use playful interventions to talk about complex issues and what we want our future world to be like. Come and find the double-decker bus to play and create some of these games!

1st August 2018

Siobhan O’Connor

Hi, I use pronouns she/her. I’m a Community Officer working at Manchester Central Library in Archives+. My role involves promoting the archive collections to young people through creative projects, bringing to life Manchester’s rich history. I lead a team of young volunteers, digital journalists, who search through the hidden gems in our collections, producing blogs and digitising images to share on our social media platforms.

Some of my favourite things are: my dog Saphi, 80s music and fave film Eraserhead!

1st August 2018

Carina Badger

I’m Carina, I use she/her pronouns and my nickname is Badger.  With Sam Cresswell, we’ll be running the “Big Ideas” area which will have a range of talks and workshops including: #askalawyer, Activism Bootcamp workshop, philosophy and politics.  Sessions are 40 minutes –  you can check out the programme on the website.

1st August 2018

Paula Carley

Hi My name’s Paula Carley, pronoun she, her. I work with Manchester Libraries. One of my main roles is to organise projects and activities, all the lovely things! My background and passion is arts,  especially digital. My fave things in life are creating, coffee, film, books,  my lovely dogs …and family & friends!

30th May 2018

Mattie Davies

Mattie is a Youth Work Coordinator at The Proud Trust, working on the trans youth programme. Mattie is passionate about young people, wellbeing and education. They apply these value to their roles outside The Proud Trust as a scout leader, a facilitator at Manchester Museum, and a facilitator with Connect and Mxer, which are adult trans and non-binary groups.

24th April 2018



24th April 2018

National Trans Youth Network

The National Trans Youth Network is a network of trans youth groups across the UK. We represent young trans people across all areas of the UK, with groups from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We also represent the people who work with young trans people in their groups, and some groups who support young LGBTQ people generally.

24th April 2018


Our specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team sees children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing intense worries and distressing feelings. They also work with parents, wider family members and other key adults to understand problems better and decide what will help to make a difference.

24th April 2018

Sow the City

Growing food in cities makes a lot of sense – gardens, allotments, patios, rooftops and window-ledges all have the potential to provide us with an abundance of free and nutritious food. Plus food grown in urban environments can help reduce food transportation, create jobs, and strengthen communities. We all have food in common – we eat it, crave it, and dream about it. So let’s celebrate and grow it. Sow the City is an award winning social enterprise based in Manchester. Established in 2009 with a few packets of seeds and some compost, we’re now the leading specialist food-growing company in the city.

24th April 2018

Manchester Health Care Commissioning


24th April 2018

Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority

In his manifesto, the Mayor pledged to create a ‘gender-balanced Youth Combined Authority, representative of all the boroughs of Greater Manchester and reflecting its full diversity.’

At the Combined Authority meeting in September 2017, the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority (YCA) was approved by council leaders – the first of its kind in the country. It will give young people in the area the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making.

24th April 2018

Youth Focus Northwest

Youth Focus NW is a strategic hub with youth work values at the heart of every piece of work.

Across the North West of England and beyond our work is driven by a desire to improve the lives of young people.

We like to make things happen and our belief in young people, listening to their voices and moving from voice to power underpins everything.

24th April 2018


Manchester’s RADEQUAL Campaign and grant programme was launched in September 2016 to build community resilience and empower and enable voluntary and community sector organisations and communities to come together to challenge hate, prejudice and extremism.

24th April 2018

Salford LGBT MAF

Salford is proud to support it’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

24th April 2018

Bolton LGBT Partnership

Bolton LGBT Partnership is a network of key stakeholders in the Bolton area.

The partnership aims to reduce hate crime, increase LGBT inclusion; awareness, workplace equality and access to service provision in the town. The partnership was set up in 2015 in response to rising hate crime in Bolton. We are unfunded & voluntary.

24th April 2018


BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland. Since 2003, we have worked with LGBTI+ young people, between 14 and 23 years, to create a world where they are equal, safe, and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences. We also advocate and campaign on behalf of young LGBTI+ people, and offer a specialised LGBTI+ youth service with a focus on mental and sexual health, alongside drug and alcohol support. We respond to the needs of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland and we help them thrive.

24th April 2018

LGBT Youth Scotland


24th April 2018

Turku University


24th April 2018

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


24th April 2018

LGBT History Month

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

This is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
24th April 2018

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council


24th April 2018

Connections Trust

Rochdale Connections Trust (RCT) provides:
• One to one mentoring.
• Drop in facilities to promote socialisation
• Help with building confidence and raising self esteem
• Steering young people away from offending behaviour
• Support with problems at home, (domestic violence, parents using drugs or excessive alcohol, neglect, social isolation, not getting along with parent’s new partner etc).
• Support for parents including addressing the issues/barriers to work.
• Freedom course which is aimed at women to prepare them to identify potential abusive relationships.

24th April 2018

Early Break

Charity offering free information, advice and support for young people and families with substance misuse related issues
24th April 2018

Safer Person Project

The Safer Person Project is a course for young people that builds up key skills in supporting their friends. These skills will equip them to be better friends generally, as well as offering young people who participate an opportunity to explore a variety of topics. During the course young people will also learn what support is available in the local area.

24th April 2018

Royal Exchange Theatre

Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, you need only step inside to begin a journey into the world of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Come on in, see what makes us tick and share in our excitement for the future.

24th April 2018

Environment Agency

We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

24th April 2018

Gaddum Centre

We work with children, adults and families, and offer a range of services, listening, advising and supporting them to a better tomorrow.

24th April 2018

The Empowerment People

The EMPOWERMENT PEOPLE is an ethical company (number 08586155) set up by people who are passionate about equality and equal opportunities for everyone.

24th April 2018

Young Womens’ Health Project

A group run by and for young lesbian, bisexual and pansexual women aged 14-25, aiming to improve physical, emotional, self care, social awarness and well being.

24th April 2018

Frodsham Youth Association

Youth club for young people aged 8-19 from Frodsham and the surrounding areas. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights plus a monthly teenage market and an LGBT group.

24th April 2018

3 Circles Fostering

Three Circles Fostering is an independent fostering agency in the North West and was established by individuals who have a wealth of professional experience in both social work and education. We believe that every child should live in a nurturing and supportive family who will keep them safe and encourage them to realise their dreams.

24th April 2018

Manchester Libraries/Archives Plus

Archives+ has created an archive centre of excellence in the heart of Manchester.  The project brings together statutory, university and voluntary organisations to provide a holistic range of archive and heritage services from one location.  Archives+ raises awareness of and provides easy access to our histories for the broadest possible audiences.

24th April 2018


HOME is Manchester’s centre for contemporary theatre, film, art, music and more. Explore our exciting programme to discover new art, new experiences and new stories, from our city and across the world.

24th April 2018

Manchester Libraries

24th April 2018

Greater Sport

GreaterSport is a high performing charity passionate about changing lives through physical activity and sport. Our vision is to make Greater Manchester the most active region in England. We are also the County Sport Partnership (CSP) for Greater Manchester, one of a network across the country who have some core responsibilities supported by Sport England.

24th April 2018

Water Adventure Centre

The Water Adventure Centre is a vibrant youth centre with a difference. Our exciting activities focus on building confidence and self-esteem, whilst encouraging children and young people to take responsibility for themselves, others and our environment.

14th March 2018

Lancaster University

14th March 2018

True Vision

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.

True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it.

13th March 2018

The Kite Trust
The Kite Trust is proud to promote the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire; raising awareness, supporting, and educating our local communities.

13th March 2018

Allsorts is a project based in Brighton that supports and empowers young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

13th March 2018

DISC North East supports LGBT young people aged 11-25, and their families. We offer tailored support to encourage and enable young people to empower themselves, build confidence and reach their full potential.

13th March 2018

Tea and Cake Afternoon

Catherine Lamb from University of Sunderland recently ran a fundraiser for us during LGBT History Month. Despite the snow folks rallied round and turned up, raising £35. Thank you to all involved. Find out how you can support us here.

13th March 2018

Book Review

Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists, by L.M. Brown. 

Our very own Ali Hanbury recently read and reviewed this thought-provoking book for the journal Women’s Studies International. In the review she speaks about how the book gives some great examples of women’s activism in the USA; promotes a call for collectivism, and challenges the idea of ‘exceptional girls’ and ‘individual leadership’. Access it here.
13th March 2018

KIC-out – The Voice Of LGBT Youth In Care

KIC-out is a group for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people or those exploring their gender or sexuality who have experience of being in care. It’s a safe space to meet new people and to gain additional support.

The next KIC-out meeting has been arranged for Saturday 14th April, 1pm – 3pm. Food will be provided!
Click here to download more information.
13th March 2018

LGBTQ+ Board Games

Are you 18-25 years old? Join us for an informal night of board games with other like-minded LGBTQ+ people. Meeting the fourth Thursdayof each month at the LGBT centre, M1 7HB . Details and booking here.

13th March 2018

Feed Your Head

Feed Your Head is an intergenerational discussion group for women to come together, meet other women and discuss issues that matter.

Come and join us on 15th March 2018, where the theme will be: Working Class Women in Politics.

Also joining us will be local Councillor Sarah Judge, to discuss her personal journey into politics as a working class woman, the input of working class women in the fight to get the vote, and the general lack of women representation in politics today.
Click here for tickets.

13th March 2018

Art Activist

Art Activist is a creative project that promotes Artivism – using art and performance as a means of raising awareness of a particular issue, and as a vehicle to evoke change.

This can mean:

  • Visual art (painting, sculpture, drawing, photographs, film)
  • Creative writing (including poetry, fiction and non-fiction)
  • Performance (e.g. acting, singing, dancing, spoken word)

Art Activist acts as a bridge between two significant events in the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities) calendar:

  • LGBT History Month is an annual celebration that takes place in February (in the UK). It recognises the struggles and triumphs of LGBT+ people and encourages people to be open and inclusive of LGBT+ people in all communities.
  • International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is held on May 17 each year, as this is the date in 1990, that the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental illness. Sometimes it is called IDAHOBIT, in recognition of biphobia and transphobia.

Responding to the theme set for LGBT History Month, Art Activist encourages […]

13th March 2018

Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority (GMCYA) 

The Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority (GMCYA) is a scheme to ensure that young people in the area the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making. The Proud Trust have been successful in securing two places on the GMCYA, which will help ensure that LGBT+ young people’s needs are  being highlighted and decisions informed.

Managed by Youth Focus North West, the GMCYA is accountable to Andy Burnham, the elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. The UK Youth Parliament poll has over recent years prioritised the needs of LGBT+ young people and we are pleased to be able to inform action on these in Greater Manchester.
13th March 2018

Rainbow Playground

Rainbow Playground is a Pride festival for LGBT+ young people. The idea has come directly from young people who want a safe and fun space to celebrate their identities with other LGBT+ young people. A young people’s planning group will start to meet from April, alongside the interagency planning board.

The event is free and will take place on Thursday 23rd August in Manchester, with 250 places available for young people. We are grateful to receive funding from Manchester Pride and Greater Sports towards the event, and in kind support from Manchester Metropolitan University. Contact for further information. Publicity and booking forms will be available soon.
13th February 2018

Rainbow Noir 5th Birthday Celebration

Rainbow Noir, Manchester’s LGBTQI group for people of colour are celebrating their 5th birthday on the 17th and 18th of February with an amazing line up including dance workshops, food, films, discussion space, a drag king workshop and more. Friends, family and allies welcome! Join in the celebrations at LGBT Foundation on the Saturday and The LGBT+ Centre on the Sunday!
Find out more here
1st February 2018

February is LGBT History Month – Our Education Pack is Here!

We’re thrilled to bring you the LGBT History Month Resource and Education Pack for 2018, in conjunction with Schools OUT UK. We’re also delighted that Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey, co-founder of Harvey Milk Foundation and international LGBT rights campaigner, has also contributed, by writing the foreword.

This three session pack will help you bring LGBT awareness into your youth groups or classrooms, and could be delivered as part of PSHE, history or geography! This years pack has been quality assured by the PSHE Association:

A very limited number of physical packs have been printed and are available through our shop.As usual, we have also prepared a PowerPoint for introducing LGBT History Month 2018 in your groups, assemblies and tutor times, find it here:

We’d love to know what you think about our LGBT History Month packs and other free termly resources, as well as ideas […]

28th January 2018

Trans Awareness Training – With A Twist!

We’re very pleased to be working again with Action Transport Theatre – a leading, professional young people’s theatre company. In this series of trans awareness training days, we are very excited to be piloting a brand new performance piece which has been especially created with a group of trans and non-binary young people, to take you on a deeper journey into your understanding of working with trans and gender non-conforming young people.

Open to all but heavily subsidised for Cheshire West and Chester professionals:

Friday 23rd February – Police, Youth Offending Team and Community Safety – book here.
Monday 26th February – Primary Schools – book here.
Tuesday 27th February – Secondary Schools – book here.
Thursday 1 March – Professionals who work with young people, including Youth Workers, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, School Nurses, etc – book here.

The event flyer can be found […]

23rd January 2018

Jack Tielemans

Jack is a Trans Health Care Navigator, creating resources to help young trans people advocate for themselves, as well as being the central administrator and IT support worker; he loves working with The Proud Trust to help create the supportive community he wished for as a young person. Outside of The Proud Trust, he is a writer and creative writing coach, with an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a fan of SF/F, tattoos, and roleplaying games.

5th January 2018

Inclusive RSE Pack and Training

The Proud Trust has developed Sexuality aGender v2, an inclusive sexual health package for ALL young people, recommended for ages 13 and up. This toolkit will enable you to engage with young people on topics of sexuality, sexual health and gender identity – available now through our shop.

Also available with a one-day training course, which is heavily subsidised by the Tampon Tax Fund, and is a great opportunity to help young people explore their identities and ask questions in a safe, supportive setting. The next training day is Jan 25th in Kendal, Cumbria and can be booked here.

Please email if you have any further questions.

5th January 2018

Work For Us – Training Coordinator

The Proud Trust is seeking a dynamic and motivated Training Coordinator for our North West Regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT+) Education and Training Programme.
Find out more here. Deadline 12 January 2018.

4th January 2018

Welcome The Peer Support Team 2018!

Our Peer Supporters are ready and raring to go!  They are a friendly bunch of LGBT+ young people who deliver one-to-one support online, face-to-face, or by phone. We welcome self-referrals and requests from professionals who work with young people.

More info on the Peer Support Project can be found here, or by contacting

7th December 2017

Feed Your Head

Intergenerational women’s workshops. Run by women for women

18th January – Assertiveness and confidence
15th February – Sexual pleasure
15th March – Women in politics

At The LGBT+ Centre, Sidney Street, M1 7HB
Workshops are free. You can enjoy homemade vegetarian soup, bread and
drink for £5 from Sidney Street Cafe.

For more information contact

7th December 2017

30 Years Queer

Lucy, our Marketing Manager, has put her newly developed skills to good use by creating 20 one-of-a-kind pottery houses! They were sold at the launch of our #30YearsQueer event at the end of November, raising a delightful £55 for The Proud Trust. Did you buy one? If so please take a picture and tweet it using #30YearsQueer For enquires about our year of celebrations please email
7th December 2017

Work For Us – Training Coordinator

The Proud Trust is seeking a dynamic and motivated Training Coordinator for our North West Regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT+) Education and Training Programme.
Find out more here.
7th December 2017

Looking for the perfect way to donate to The Proud Trust?

Buy our limited edition Christmas cards whilst you can!
7th November 2017

Inclusive Sexual Health: Sexuality aGender v2

For many years, the LGBT+ young people that we work with have been telling us that their needs are not being met through the sexual health education that they have received through mainstream education.

We have created a brand new, pioneering inclusive sexual health toolkit – Sexuality aGender. This is not a toolkit just for use with LGBT+ young people, it is a toolkit that enables a broader set of conversations with all young people.

Sexuality aGender v2 is just about to be launched, soon to be available through our shop, also with free training in Winter 2017/18 here:

6th November 2017

Emma Hawley

Emma joined The Proud Trust as a trustee in September 2016. She has worked as a manager within the voluntary sector and youth services since 2002; with responsibility for services that support young people across areas including: anti-trafficking, HIV, volunteering, advocacy, missing from home, LGBT youth groups, Sure Start and family support.

Emma has been involved with work around equality and diversity within her current organisation for a number of years through membership of the regional E&D forum & regional and national LGBT staff forums, and is passionate about ensuring that organisations recognise and value diversity within their staff teams and service provision.

Having completed the Manchester marathon and her 2nd degree kickboxing black belt, Emma  is currently looking for her next sporting challenge. In her spare time she knits, crochets & bakes and would love to have more time to learn new skills and get more involved with craftivism.  Emma has recently become President of the WI group which she established […]

2nd November 2017

Creative Cafe

Creative Cafe is a group for anyone over 16 who identifies as LGBT+ and would like a safe, relaxed and judgement-free environment to be creative and learn new skills. We particularly would like to encourage women to come along. We do screen printing, cross stitch, poetry and more, all materials are provided free of charge. Each session is different, always filled with something political or radical to make you think! We meet first and last Thursday 2pm-5pm. Contact for more info.

2nd November 2017

Anti-Bullying Week, November 2017

Being marked 13-17 November this year, The Anti-Bullying Alliance has chosen the theme “All Different, All Equal” for Anti-Bullying Week this year.

We have created a simple to use PowerPoint for you to explore, with young people, whether we are in fact “All Equal”. Recognising and celebrating our differences can help us a long way into really achieving true, and real, equality.

Find this resource, plus our previous termly resources, here.

2nd November 2017

Vote For Sidney Street Cafe!

Voting is underway for the Aviva Community Fund and our wonderful Sidney Street Cafe are in the running! Your votes could help them reach the final judging panel, so they can continue serving delicious veggie and vegan food. Simply register and receive 10 votes, we hope you’ll use some for us!

31st October 2017

Geoffrey Thomas, Chair

Geoffrey has volunteered for LGBT charities for over 20 years and became Chair of Trustees in 2020, having become a trustee in 2016. He has considerable experience of senior leadership in secondary education, including membership of governing bodies and supporting school development in the East Midlands and across the north of England. He is also Chair of one of the largest Home-Start charities in the UK (Homestart-HOST). Formerly a member of the Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Advisory Committee and Community Panel Chair with the Youth Offending Service, he is now Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Thorn Cross and a magistrate in Greater Manchester.

8th October 2017

30 Years Queer

Join us as we launch 12 months of celebrations to mark The LGBT+ Centre’s 30th birthday. As the UK’s only purpose-built LGBT+ centre still standing, it’s time to celebrate our past and safeguard our future! Hear from community activists, celebrity supporters and pledge your commitment to raise our profile and raise more funds! This is a free event but booking is essential and places are limited. Bookings only via
For enquires please email

3rd October 2017

Sarah Lanchin

Youth Worker

3rd October 2017

Nichola Langton

Nichola is the Youth Work Coordinator on our Young Women’s Health Project, and is a support worker with Fusion. She is a larger-than-life character, full of love and laughter. As a local woman, Nichola embraces the lives of LGBT+ young people across Wythenshawe. Nichola strives to ensure the continual work with young lesbians, bisexual and pansexual women is fun and safe, and the young women gain a strong sense of belief and belonging. Nichola is a dedicated mother of a daughter and a proud owner of an old, blind rescue dog.

20th September 2017

Save The Date For Sapphormation

Manchester’s festival for women who love women, is back for another weekend of feminist fun and frolics on 11th and 12th November 2017.

With a packed programme of activities, events and food, this year’s theme of ‘against the grain’ is sure to please and provoke!

Keep up-to-date with announcements on facebook, twitter or our website.

As ever the festival will be hosted at Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre, 49-51 Sidney Street, M1 7HB.

17th September 2017

Recruiting LGBT+ Peer Supporters

Are you LGBT+? Are you aged 16-25? Can you commit to offering 1-2-1 support to other LGBT+ young people?

We are now recruiting! There will be a training residential on 3rd – 5th November.

For more information or to request a recruitment pack contact – Matty

12th September 2017

BSL Sign Language Bookmark

Inspired by some of the young people that attend the Phoenix LGBT+ youth groups in Chester and Ellesmere Port, the group has been hard at work designing and developing a rather wonderful BSL sign language bookmark.
The lenticular print used allows the demonstration of the signs for “lesbian”, “gay”, “bisexual” and “trans”, through movement of the bookmark.

A limited number of these bookmarks have been made, get yours from our online shop!

Created in partnership with Deafness Support Network and Chester Pride.

7th September 2017

Workshop For Trans and Non-Binary Young People To Design New Research Project!

Join us for a workshop to decide what area of trans and non-binary people’s experiences should be the focus for a new piece of research.

Come along on Saturday 16th September, 12-3pm to the Manchester LGBT+ Centre. Free lunch and a £10 gift voucher to all participants! Workshop for trans and non-binary folk aged 13-25.
For more information contact Matty – 07873351702.

1st September 2017

Cath Hayes

Cath is the One-to-One Manager. She has worked with young people for over 30 years. Before joining The Proud Trust she worked for the NHS and volunteered with a wide range of young people focused organisations. She has always been committed to supporting and championing young people. Outside of work, Cath has a healthy obsession with her small brown terrier and enjoys terrier-type adventuring.

14th August 2017

Eight Ways To Prepare For Your First (Or 100th) Manchester Pride

Here at the LGBT young people’s organisation, The Proud Trust, we have been gearing up for another year of Manchester Pride celebrations! We are proud to be running a host of free Summer events for young people aged 14-25, and their families, before marching and dancing to the theme of “Graduation” at the Pride Parade on 26th August 2017.

For some of our staff and young people, this year’s Manchester Pride is not their first rodeo, but for those who are curious to come along for the first time, we have penned some stories of our own first Pride experiences and come up with some recommendations.

Read them here.

12th August 2017

Parents Pride

Join us for our Parents Pride just before the ‘Big Weekend’. This is a fun and relaxed event for adults who support our work.

Please come to enjoy a relaxing ‘afternoon tea’ catered by our very own Sidney St. Cafe.
Tuesday 22nd August 6.30-8.30pm.

Tickets are £7.50 book here.
For more information contact:

4th August 2017

Happily Ever After – Back on Tour

We are so pleased to announce that Happily Ever After, our beautiful play and project with Action Transport Theatre, will be back on tour in the autumn.

The queen is growing impatient. Her lazy son will never be king until he grows up, gets married and starts acting like one.

She invites hundreds of princesses from across the land, hoping to find the perfect bride for the prince, but he isn’t impressed by any of them. Then one day a princess arrives accompanied by her brother…

Tour dates and venues here!

28th July 2017

Calling Trans, Non-Binary and/or Gender Variant Young People For New Project!

With thanks to funding from Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Proud Trust are again working with youth theatre company Action Transport Theatre, this time to create a performance piece which explores gender and trans identities.The piece will be performed by our two trans and queer actors and form part of a programme of educational training events aimed at teachers, social workers and healthcare professionals.

We are looking to create the performance piece from scratch with young people leading decisions on what topics to cover and how to deliver them. To kick start this process we would like to invite you to two days of workshops over the summer holidays.

Thursday 17th August & Friday 18th August
Ellesmere Port (near Whitby Hall)

You will not be require to act or perform at these workshops unless you choose to – our role is more about directing the actors to perfume the topics we pick. We can also help pay for transport to […]

18th July 2017

Free Young People’s Rights Course

Take part in a FREE Young People’s Rights Course.
8th Aug 11am-5.30pm
9th Aug 1pm-5pm
In association with 42nd Street.
For more information click here

7th July 2017

Summer events 2017

Summer Events For Your Calendar

The Proud Trust have a Summer packed full of events. More information on each event coming soon. For now, make a note of the dates!

14th to 18th August – 11am til 4pm Summer School at The LGBT Centre
22nd Aug – 11 til 1 Animation showcase at the People’s History Museum

22nd Aug – 5.30 til 7.30 Pride Tea for parents at The LGBT Centre

23rd Aug – 1 til 3 Fun sports day at Gartside Gardens

26th Aug – 3.30 til 5.30 LGBT Pride after party at The LGBT Centre
2nd Sept Pride Youth Games in Ellesmere Port

6th July 2017

Pink Box Competition 2017

The Pink Box Competition is an annual event that marks both LGBT History Month (February) and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (17 May). This is the tenth year that the competition has run!

Pink Box 2017 proved to be a roaring success for The Proud Trust as Afternoon TEA, our trans youth group, scooped the gold. Read more here.

3rd July 2017

We are recruiting!

For The Young Lesbian, Bisexual and Pansexual (LBP) Women’s Project Coordinator.

This 16 hour per week role is ideal for a dynamic and capable self-starter who wants to really make a difference for and with Young Lesbian and Bisexual Young Women.

Interested to know more? Click here.

2nd July 2017

Rainbow Flag Award

Our Government Equalities Office funded project for schools,The Rainbow Flag Award, is well underway. A quality assurance framework for schools, (primary, secondary and SEND), this project encourages schools to become more LGBT inclusive and in doing so, eradicate homo/bi/transphobic bullying.

Initial training for our first cohort has just recently happened, with a total of 83 schools receiving training across the project delivery partners.

The Proud Trust is pleased to take these schools through for further interventions on their way to becoming full Rainbow Flag Award schools:

  • Alma Park Primary School
  • Gorse Hill Primary School
  • Primrose Hill Primary School
  • St Andrew’s Methodist Primary School
  • St Philip’s CE Primary School
  • Unsworth Primary School
  • Alder Grange School
  • Dean Trust Ardwick
  • Harper Green School
  • The East Manchester Academy
  • Wardle Academy
  • Wellacre Academy
  • Whitworth Community High School
9th June 2017

BAME LGBT Allies Training

We are running training in July for BAME youth and community workers to expand knowledge on LGBT identities and experiences and to explore what it means to be a BAME LGBT ally. The training is for BAME youth and community workers in Greater Manchester only.

For more information, email

9th June 2017

Well Done To Our Rainbow Runners

Last month we were lucky enough to have seven people run a combined total of 50.2 miles to support LGBT+ youth. Even more impressive is that they managed to fundraise an incredible £1172! A heartfelt thanks to Bex, Dave, Lorcan and the UoM Purple Wave runners and everyone who sponsored them, we couldn’t do this without you!

9th June 2017

Levenshulme Pride

The Proud Trust are pleased to be part of the organising group for Levenshulme’s very first Pride event! Taking place over three days in August this community-led event is a positive response to a public homophobia incident in the area. Residents, community groups and local businesses are coming together to put on a celebration that has inclusion at its heart. The next two public meetings that are open to everyone are: Friday 9th June, 6:30pm at The Klondyke Club Tuesday 11th July, 6:30pm  at The Klondyke Club
15th May 2017

Pink Box Awards 2017

A big thanks to all those who entered the Pink Box competition 2017.

Sixteen entries exhibited and presented their take on LGBT Campaigning in 2017.

The Pink Box runner-ups were:
Fusion BME group for the poster campaign: Do you see me?
Inside Out (Rochdale) for the stereotypes film.
LGYM (Manchester) for their song: Let’s take pride back to its roots.
YOIO (Oldham) for their poetry.
Phoenix (Ellesmere Port and Chester) for their sign language bunting for deaf/LGBT inclusion.
Phoenix (Winsford and Northwich) for their new birth coming out care package.
Rainbow Planet (Bolton) for their dream school project.
Rainbow Reflections (Trafford) for their cross-stitch-adorned suit jacket.
Wednesday’s GYRO (Liverpool) for their zine Poz? Which challenges HIV-stigma.
Wednesday’s (Stockport) for their gender neutral school uniforms.
WyNotLGBTQ (Wythenshawe) for their campaign ‘put stereotypes back into the closet’
Young Women’s Health Project for their song ‘Nana was a suffragette’
Brook Work it Out (Blackburn) for their campaign to the NHS to change rules so that […]

9th May 2017

Saturday tuck shop

The Proud Trust have been running a tuck shop at the Saturday youth group thanks to a kind donation from Swizels Matlow. The tuck shop has provided the young people with an opportunity to have first hand experience of running a small enterprise. The group have have developed skills in budgeting, marketing, customer care skills, and business planning. These skills have helped some individuals to have a role in the group, feel more confident interacting with others and work experience for future employment opportunities In addition to this the young people have enjoyed the sweets and had fun running the shop..
9th May 2017

Getting It Right Free Event

Working together to realise the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans young people in Greater Manchester.

This is a free event to launch and share vital research about LGBT young people’s lives in Greater Manchester today, and how to deliver inclusive services to meet their needs.


Tue 23 May 2017
2:00 – 4:00pm

People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields
Manchester M3 3ER


This research has been created through a collaboration between The Proud Trust, 42nd Street, Albert Kennedy Trust and LGBT Foundation.
We welcome specifically people connected to the children’s and young people’s sector, from front line staff through to managers, commissioners and decision makers, including from education, youth, housing, health and mental health.

9th May 2017

We Are Hiring

Thanks to some wonderful support from our funders and supporters, we are pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a number of paid roles today:

One-to-One Programme Manager aGender Progamme Coordinator (Lesbian, Bisexual and Pansexual Women’s Programme) One-to-one and cover youth worker Cleaner for the LGBT+ Centre

If you are interested in any of these posts, please click on them to take you through to more information about them on our website.
Please share this news throughout your networks and share this link

We are keen to reach a wide range of people with these opportunities. The posts are open to all to apply. We are particularly interested to hear from people who are less well represented in the LGBT+ sector, including Black and Asian people, people from other minoritised ethnicities, and trans people.

9th April 2017

Happily Ever After – On Tour

We’re very pleased to be able to share with you that our pioneering project with Action Transport Theatre is going on national tour!

This beautiful piece of theatre aimed at primary aged children is based on the book “King and King” by Linda de Hann:The queen is growing impatient. Her lazy son will never be king until he grows up, gets married and starts acting like one.

She invites hundreds of princesses from across the land, hoping to find the perfect bride for the prince, but he isn’t impressed by any of them. Then one day a princess arrives accompanied by her brother…

Not to be missed! Tour dates here.

9th April 2017


From our latest Cheshire West and Chester funded project “Trans Inclusion in Education” has come a rather special book and film for primary schools… Imagine a planet where people can do what they want to do and be who they want to be.

Welcome to Alien Nation.

Ours is a story of friendship, solidarity and building bridges.
It is a story about exploring who you are and where you belong.
It is a story about celebrating our differences.

We hope as you journey through space with us that you will learn some new words, some new ways of understanding the world around you, and perhaps some new ways of understanding yourself.  Aimed at primary aged children, Alien Nation is a fun exploration of gender, gender expression, gender roles, and an explanation of different gender identities.

More information and shop here.

3rd January 2017

Trans Youth Conference

A young persons account of the Trans Youth Conference.

“The Trans Youth Conference, although it was an early start, was a day well worth the journey.

On arrival, we were given time to settle in and enjoy the fantastic venue before heading to the presentation, which set the theme for the day: self-care. After that we split off into groups and got started with the first scheduled activity, making bags full of self care tips and zines, as well as analysing what makes us happy as people. The activities were very thought-provoking and definitely tailored for youth, there were activities encouraging active discussions about trans norms, activities that gave us breaks, all activities that allowed us to socialise in a way that made us comfortable.

After lunch in the University canteen, I found a workshop regarding body positivity to be a highlight of the day, it provoked interesting discussion (among trans people themselves) about the cis narrative that trans people must dislike their […]

28th November 2016

How Inclusive is Your Organisation?

Every organisation has a duty to make LGBT people’s identities visible and affirmed.

An easy way to do this is to ‘usualise’ people’s identities through routine monitoring forms.

See here for an easy guide to inclusive monitoring.

See the-classroom website for more info on usualising.

18th November 2016

Challenging prejudice and celebrating differences all year round

We wanted to remind people that our Black History Month Challenging Prejudice and Uniting Communities resource isn’t just for use in October, its a resource to use all year round – whether that’s with students, young people, staff, friends – it’s always relevant to be aware of prejudice and how to challenge it. The activities included are simple to run but cover complex and important issues. You can download it for free by clicking here.
18th November 2016

Celebrate the Centre’s 28th birthday, with a walking tour

When: Sunday 27th November, 2pm
Length: 1 hour
What: This walking tour will tell the story of how Manchester became the first place to build an entirely publicly funded, purpose designed centre for the gay community, just as Thatcher’s government were enacting Section 28.
Meet: Please meet at Manchester Town Hall side entrance, on Lloyd Street (as the xmas markets are on). I will be waving a small rainbow flag! Please note it will end at the LGBT Centre on Sidney Street, just off Oxford Road.

Click here to register your place

10th October 2016

All you need is a bit of love from your Friends..

We are excited to launch our Friends Scheme which has been re-designed with a fresh new look to reflect who we are as a charity.  This is a fantastic way for individuals and companies to get involved with The Proud Trust in a way that suits your budget or skills!  The scheme has two components:

Proud Friend: individuals and companies can donate monthly or annually to become a Friend.  This is a great way for you to support our vital youth groups and project activities.

Proud Ambassador: this is for those with the skills, time and enthusiasm to shout about our cause.  You could organise a fundraising event, offer professional expertise, give a guest talk or provide a free venue.
Friends and Ambassadors receive special invites, discounts, regular updates, website acknowledgement and a twibbon!
Click here for more information

2nd September 2016

LGBT Centre re-build update

After many months and years of research, feasibility studies and consultations we are making good progress with the plans for the LGBT Centre’s re-build. A project of such scale takes a lot of time, energy, skills and money from a medium-sized charity like The Proud Trust. As of September 2016 we have reviewed four options through an appraisal process. This options appraisal considered things like: cost, needs, impact and the funding climate. As a result of this the decision was made that the option for a four-storey building with two floors of supported accommodation was not feasible. Our next stage is to go into more depth to look at two other options. They are a two-storey re-build and a reconfiguration/refurbishment of the current building. With a strong Project Board, staff from The Proud Trust and consultation from our users we are committed to providing a safe and supportive LGBT Centre that meets the demands of our LGBT communities. Thank you […]

1st September 2016

Think Piece

This is a regular new feature on our bulletin where The Proud Trust or one of our partners shares good practice about youth work or working with LGBT+ young people.

Please welcome Tamzin Forster, a freelance creative wellbeing specialist, who is discussing Peer Support in this month’s

Think Piece:

In 2015 Matty Donaldson from The Proud Trust, and I joined forces to create a Peer Support Wellbeing Training Programme. This is designed to enhance and maintain positive mental health. It is based on previous work I have undertaken and The Proud Trust’s Peer Support Project which has run in some form or another since the mid 1990s.

What is peer support?

Peer support models are founded in non-hierarchical, reciprocal relationships. It works on the idea that non-professionals, (e.g. young people), can provide flexible social, emotional and practical support to one another through their personal knowledge and experiences. This role can complement and enhance existing services, bridging the gaps that occur within any service, reaching individuals […]

24th August 2016

Manchester Pride

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Manchester for Manchester Pride this weekend. We will have a walking float and a vehicle float for all young people involved in any of the North West LGBT Youth Groups. After the event we will be having an after-Parade celebration and showcase. Contact for more details.

18th August 2016

Wythenshawe Pride this Saturday!

Organized by young LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans) people who live in & around Wythenshawe, this event aims to show other LGBT young people that they can be out and proud in their local community.

The event is being held at The Forum in Wythenshawe, opened by Carl Austin-Behan (The Mayor), Claire Mooney (Singer) and Annie Wallace (Actress) at 10am and running all day until 3pm.

There will be stalls, facepainting, performances, badge making, cake decorating, a fire engine and lots more!

The event is aimed at the LGBT community but everyone is welcome in particular other young people.

This project is supported by The Forum, Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust, UHSM Hospital and a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.

11th August 2016

Manchester Pride Summer School!

Our Story Hats and Pride Summer School project is supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.

9th August 2016


I’m 15 and I’ve been coming to the group for about a year. It was my mum who found the youth group and suggested I came. She works in equality and diversity so she knew about the Proud Trust. I’ve really enjoyed making new friends and getting the opportunity to talk to others. Everyone here has experienced similar things.

I had been to another young group (not LGBT specific) but it wasn’t as good as this one: it wasn’t so structured. My favourite activities have been going to the park, eating ice cream, the discussion groups and the yoga session.

The group has made me realise I’m more confident than I thought. I tend to worry about other people a lot and not enough about myself. I’ve been depressed in the past and had some difficulties with communicating how I feel. Coming to the group has made it easier for me to talk to people and my communication skills have developed. I’m […]

25th July 2016

Gordon Smith

Gordon is a youth worker who has worked in The Proud Trust since the beginning, and has worked in education and communities for over 30 years. Outside of work, he is an avid science fiction fan and includes films such as Alien, Marvel’s Endgame and Star Wars amongst his favourites. In addition, he enjoys reading and discussing philosophical topics and conspiracy theories – the truth of Area 51 is beneath our feet!

11th July 2016

The Manchester College

11th July 2016

University of Bolton

11th July 2016

University of Brighton

11th July 2016

University of Huddersfield

11th July 2016

Durham University

11th July 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University

11th July 2016

The University of Manchester

11th July 2016

Sex Education Forum

The Sex Education Forum is a membership organisation and works together with its members and other stakeholders to achieve quality sex and relationships education (SRE).

Established in 1987, we believe that ALL children and young people have the right to good SRE.

Our work on SRE is underpinned by evidence, a rights-based approach and the expressed needs of children and young people.

11th July 2016


Macc is the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support organisation for the city of Manchester. Our purpose is to encourage, support and develop VCSE organisations and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. On this website, you can find information about Macc as an organisation: who we are, how we are funded and how our governance works.

11th July 2016


Head and heart for change

IGLYO is working towards a world where young people are able to express and define their own sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and sex characteristics without discrimination, violence or hatred.

11th July 2016

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is the voluntary sector support organisation covering Greater Manchester.

Our vision is of a responsive, accountable and influential voluntary sector in Greater Manchester.
♦ We support voluntary action by local people, including voluntary and community organisations and social enterprise.
♦ We work in partnership with the voluntary, public, private, academic and faith sectors.
♦ We provide collaborative leadership, communications and co-ordination across the city-region, and some direct services.
♦ We support, inform and network local support organisations and collaborate with them to ensure our work adds value to theirs.

11th July 2016

Voluntary Youth Manchester

Voluntary Youth Manchester is an inclusive network that supports voluntary, community and faith organisations who work with young people in Manchester, and works in partnership with a range of others to ensure that young people receive the best outcomes.

11th July 2016

Feminist Webs

Feminist Webs is both an online and real-world ‘women and girls work space’ that acts as an archive and a resource for practitioners, volunteers and young women involved in youth and community work with young women. Our bias is toward work which encourages participation and is from a perspective that focuses on women’s rights and experiences. We pride ourselves on working across the generations in everything we do, and include people in many communities in our work, including people of all races, sexualities, classes, faiths (and of no faith), academics, practitioners, and everyday people who want to see a better world for women.

11th July 2016

Schools Out UK

Our over-arching aim is to make our schools safe and inclusive for everyone.

11th July 2016

Action Transport Theatre

At Action Transport Theatre we don’t believe children are the future. We know they are the now, the present. Their individual ideas and imaginations are relevant today and inspire and inform everything we do. We work with children and young people as creative collaborators, to make professional and aspirational theatre which we share locally, regionally, nationally and internationally from our home in Ellesmere Port…

11th July 2016


Contact‘s vision is a world where young people are empowered by creativity to become leaders in both the arts and their communities.

11th July 2016

Museum of Science and Industry

11th July 2016

Manchester Art Gallery

11th July 2016


Sparkle – The national transgender celebration is the worlds largest transgender event. For the last 14 years we’ve been celebrating with the trans community in July in Manchester, UK.

11th July 2016

CEOP Command

The NCA’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

11th July 2016

Think U Know

LGBT? Get advice online?

11th July 2016

Safer Internet Centre

Welcome to the UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

11th July 2016

Better Internet for Kids

Promoting safe digital habits for children throughout Europe. Has blog posts for trending internet topics and even has a hotline where kids can receive support, and report anything suspicious online.

1st July 2016

Exciting job opportunity at the Sidney St Community Café.

Our friendly and dynamic café is looking for a part-time assistant manager (15 hours per week) to help run our busy and vibrant community café. For more details contact

22nd June 2016

Manchester Parents Group
Manchester Parents Group is a voluntary organisation which supports families and friends of lesbians, gays and bisexuals. We are all parents of lesbian, gay and bisexual sons and daughters and understand the confusion and questions you may have when you first found out your child is gay. We have accepted our children’s sexuality and want to help other parents and family members to do the same. We work to achieve this in various ways

22nd June 2016

Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources.

22nd June 2016

42nd Street
42nd Street: supporting young people to achieve their full potential
Since 1980 42nd Street has been supporting young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing. We work with young people 11 – 25 living in Greater Manchester. Our diverse services include individual therapeutic support, advocacy, projects and activities, and a creative programme via The Horsfall, our new arts space. Our leadership, peer research and volunteering opportunities enable young people to share experience, participate in decision-making and create change. 42nd Street’s Ambassadors campaign to improve young people’s experiences of mental health services and work with peers, youth councils, local authorities and CCGs to influence change. We deliver services at our Manchester city centre base, in community venues, in arts and cultural centres, and in schools and colleges to make sure our services are accessible.

22nd June 2016

Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children

22nd June 2016

Every child deserves the best possible chance to rebuild their life after abuse
That’s why we’re here. That’s what drives all our work. And that’s why – as long as there’s abuse – we will fight for every childhood.

22nd June 2016

Albert Kennedy Trust
AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

13th June 2016

Dave “Murry” Murat

Dave “Murry” Murat hails from Levenshulme and is a delivery manager at an apprenticeship training provider in Manchester. He’s been active in the LGBT community for over 25 years and in his student days was elected as the first LGBT officer for his Poly – way back in 1990. In his spare time, he co-presents an LGBT radio show on ALLFM, and when he isn’t doing this he’s out on his bike trying to ride off the cakes that he likes to bake. But If it’s raining then he’s watching foreign language crime dramas and dreaming of living in France.

3rd June 2016

Pride Youth Games 2016!

Pride Youth Games is for all young people aged between 13-25 who identify as LGBT+. It’s a great opportunity to try some new sports or perfect skills you have already, to meet new people, and most of all, to have some fun!

Click here for more info, or contact

31st May 2016

Hebe Phillips

Hebe is the Youth Work Coordinator for our Manchester and Trafford LGBT+ youth groups. She also coordinates Creative Cafe. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and making sure she has space to be creative, drawing and experimenting with different materials.

23rd May 2016

Calder Valley Lesbian Parents Group

We’re a generally friendly bunch, if we say so ourselves – a group for lesbian parents and their children and for those lesbians hoping to become parents.


23rd May 2016

arms OUT

Are you supporting a child/young person with gender dysphoria?

Want to meet other parents in the same position?

Like to talk about the best way to support you child/teen?

Fancy sharing a cuppa and cakes with people who understand?

armsOUT is a peer support group for the families of children and young people who identify as transgender. The group meets once a month (3rd Wednesday of the month) from 12 ’til 2pm at a confidential town centre location in Chorley, Lancashire. For more details about how to access the group, please contact us on:

01772 717461

23rd May 2016

Manchester Parents Group

Manchester Parents Group is a voluntary organisation which supports families and friends of lesbians, gays and bisexuals. We are all parents of lesbian, gay and bisexual sons and daughters and understand the confusion and questions you may have when you first found out your child is gay. We have accepted our children’s sexuality and want to help other parents and family members to do the same.


23rd May 2016


FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity. We are dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.


23rd May 2016


BEING PROUD AWARDS: Well done to Work It Out (Blackburn) for winning the Youth Group to Be Proud of Award at the Pink Box event last Saturday, and to B You (Wigan) for coming second and Out ‘n’ About (Blackpool) for coming third.PINK BOX COMPETITION:

A massive well done to all ten LGBT youth groups who entered the 2016 Pink Box Competition. The winners were Wednesday’s (Stockport), in second place was Work it Out (Blackburn), and third place went to Afternoon TEA (Greater Manchester trans youth group).

23rd May 2016


Everyone wants to stay mentally and physically well. This site shows you how you can use your natural creative skills to maintain and improve your wellbeing. Pick from dozens of creative activities designed for you by experts in the field of arts and health.

23rd May 2016

Free online support for young people

23rd May 2016

42nd St

Mental Health and Wellbeing, Young People’s Organisation.

Since 1980 42nd Street has been supporting young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.

23rd May 2016

Peer Support Project

Our Peer Support Project for 1-2-1 support from other young people

23rd May 2016

LGBT Switchboards

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm)

Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: 01253 621 834

23rd May 2016

Mermaids Helpline

Support around gender identity / being trans.

Tel: 0844 334 0550*

Mobile: 0344 334 0550



23rd May 2016


For any problems you are facing.

Tel:  0800 1111


23rd May 2016

The Samaritans

Confidential support for suicide, suicidal thoughts, feelings of despair or distress.
Tel: 08457 90 90 90 – 24 hours

23rd May 2016

Kat Malin-August, Treasurer

Kat is a CIMA Qualified Chartered Management Accountant and experienced leader. She specialises in financial forecasting, business planning and contributing to strategic planning. Kat’s current role is working as a Finance Manager in Higher Education. Kat has an ethos of promoting good financial practice to staff of all levels. She is passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Kat moved to from Manchester to Edinburgh in 2018 but has continued her commitment to The Proud Trust and the work it achieves. Kat has been volunteering her finance skills to LGBT charities both local and national since 2013. In her spare time, Kat plays drums in an all-female rock band, and travels Europe volunteering as a roller derby official.

23rd May 2016

Hannah Saxe

Hannah is a solicitor who helps her clients resolve family disputes and is particularly interested in helping them navigate the legal issues associated with creating families, such as surrogacy, donor-conception, co-parenting and adoption. She became a Trustee back in 2016 after coming to speak to the LGBT+ Centre staff about equal marriage. She later discovered that her brother-in-law was a big supporter of TPT after he attended a youth group at the Centre over 25 years ago. When Hannah is not at work she is busy chasing her toddler around the parks and soft-play centres of West Manchester.   

23rd May 2016

Niamh Moore

Niamh Moore is a researcher in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in various capacities with TPT for ten years, and particularly supports TPT on matters of research. She first became involved with TPT through the allotment project and still enjoys coming to the café and getting to eat the produce. Together with TPT she has helped make a YouTube video about the allotment (‘I love you allot’) and has supported the oral history work which has led to the book Pride not Prejudice.

23rd May 2016

Sir Warren Smith Lord-Lieutenant

Sir Warren Smith JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester is a retired property developer, who has a substantial background in the voluntary and charitable sector. He was Chairman of Turning Point, the substance abuse and mental health charity 1995 to 1998 and has chaired a number of public projects in Greater Manchester including the Bridgewater Hall, and Urbis. He is the Honorary Colonel of Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force, President of Greater Manchester Air Training Corps and President of Greater Manchester West Scouts .  He is a Patron of the charity Reclaim.  He is the founder Chairman of Youth United, Greater Manchester, a combined youth organisation with over 40,000 members, and he has supported the Children’s Society with a number of initiatives throughout Greater Manchester, relating to child protection and safeguarding.  He has a profound belief in the contribution young people make to society and to encouraging greater recognition for this contribution.

23rd May 2016

Christine Burns

Christine Burns MBE is an out and proud lesbian trans woman who, although now retired, campaigned for a quarter of a century for the civil rights of trans people and (for the last decade) all diverse communities. She was a leading figure in “Press for Change” for 15 years, developing trans self-awareness, working on the Gender Recognition Act and regularly appeared in the media on the campaign’s behalf. She worked to develop the first ever official guidance about trans health from the Department of Health. She also led for some years on challenging negative reporting in the media. As an independent diversity specialist she chaired the North West Equality and Diversity Group for many years and helped countless organisations develop equality plans, including a five year stint as the Programme Manager for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights at NHS North West. In retirement she has focussed on writing. Her books “Making Equality Work” (in collaboration with former colleagues) and “Pressing […]
23rd May 2016

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride

23rd May 2016

Pura Ariza

Pura Ariza has been a lifetime campaigner for LGBT rights, starting out in campaign groups fighting Clause 28. She was one of the organisers of the first Liverpool LGBT Prides in the 1990s and later moved into trade union work. She is currently a member of the UCU (University and College Union) LGBT Members’ Standing Committee and delegate to the NW TUC LGBT Forum. In her work as an Education lecturer she has taught and written about promoting equality in schools.

“I am honoured and delighted to be a patron of The Proud Trust. In my own lifetime, we have seen changes to LGBT lives which we never would have thought possible, and it’s important to remember that we won these through our own campaigning and activity. I am so pleased to be involved with the next generation of LGBT campaigners who are continuing the fight for equality and liberation. We have a world to win!”

23rd May 2016

Claire Mooney

Claire Mooney is a singer/songwriter who also runs workshops, accepts songwriting commissions and broadcasts on a variety of radio shows. As a well known mover and shaker amongst the North West’s LGBT scene, we are delighted to have Claire as our Patron.  Her songs are passionate, playful and above all politically motivated which makes her an ideal supporter for The Proud Trust.

Claire says “I was proud and pleased when I was asked to be a Patron for The Proud Trust. It’s a phenomenal organisation. I haven’t attended an event yet that hasn’t been uplifting and inspirational. It’s a privilege to support the great work they do, both workers and young people alike”.

Claire also co-hosts the LGBT ALLOUT Radio Show on ALLFM so tune in to keep up-to-date with all things LGBT in the area.

For more info about Claire please visit

23rd May 2016

Alicya Eyo

Alicya Eyo has a long-standing acting career under her belt, and this lovable Liverpudlian is now supporting a North West charity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans young people.

Alicya says: “I’m totally honoured to have this association with The Proud Trust.  Coming from the North West myself, being a lesbian, I’m thrilled to see organisations such as this.  The Proud Trust is doing, and has been doing, some incredible work with our young people which I think is vital in terms of developing confidence, identity and a sense of place in this crazy world! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone involved and doing as much as I can to support them.”


23rd May 2016

Stephen Whittle OBE

“LGBT youth still face tremendous barriers, prejudice, fear and unequal treatment. It is crucial that we work together to give this generation of young people the confidence to continue the battle for full rights and recognition (not simply being forced to accept mere tolerance) is crucial if we want liberation for the generations to follow.”

23rd May 2016

Manchester University’s LGBTQ society

Every Wednesday students from Manchester University’s LGBTQ society meet at the centre from 1-3pm. This is their regular social meeting where any LGBTQ-identifying student from the Uni can attend. For more information see their facebook page

23rd May 2016

Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG)

The Lesbian Immigration Support Group is a Manchester, UK based group of lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum seeking women and their supporters. They offer practical and social support. LISG have an administration office at the LGBT centre and also run variousvolunteer-led drop-in sessions each week. For details please contact LISG on

23rd May 2016

Alcoholics Anonymous

A self help group for those struggling with alcohol use. A group run by recovering addicts who meet regularly to help others stay clean. There are two weekly slots; Monday night from 7:30-9pm and Friday night from 7:30-9pm

23rd May 2016

Narcotics Anonymous

A self help group for those struggling with drug use. A group run by recovering addicts who meet regularly to help others stay clean. There are two weekly slots; Wednesday night’s literature group from 7:30-9pm and a late night Saturday group from 9:30-11pm.

23rd May 2016

Rainbow Noir

Rainbow Noir is a group established for and by queer people of colour in Manchester. The group is a space for socialising, discussions, activism, community organising and ensuring a presence so that queer people of colour’s voices are heard in Manchester. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7pm till 9pm. For more information e-mail

23rd May 2016

Edward Carpenter Community

We are the Edward Carpenter Community (ECC), a UK and international group of gay men who believe we have something special, and that we offer something important to gay men of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

We are open to all men who identify as gay and we particularly encourage disabled, black, older and younger men to come along to our events, and to become a part of our community. Something magical often happens when we get together and take time out of daily routine to play, connect, challenge and share. Come with an open heart, a sense of playfulness and a willingness to contribute yourself, your gifts and passions. Help our community to continue to grow and be place of support and (self-) discovery.

20th May 2016

Rachel Williams

Rachel has managed our training and education programme since 2012 and now leads our national Rainbow Flag Award. They are a professionally qualified youth and community worker with a background in local authority LGBT+ youth work. Rachel also oversees the development of our pioneering and bold educational resources. Outside of work, they consider the Eurovision Song Contests as their Christmas Day, and plot all year about how to win the singles championship at the local tennis club.

20th May 2016

Water Adventure Centre

20th May 2016

Enjoy Arts

enJOY arts work from the belief that participation in the arts is empowering, unifying and should be accessible to all. Our participatory theatre projects are committed to generating inspiring creative experiences which improve relationships with self, others and the environment.

20th May 2016

Pride Sports

Pride Sports is the UK’s LGBT Sports Development and Equity organisation

Pride Sports was founded in 2006 and was the first, and still one of only two organisations in the UK working to challenge homophobia in sport and improve access to sport for all LGBT people across the world.

Pride Sports was established by two LGBT sports enthusiasts, Trevor Burchick and Louise Englefield, who were joined by Sally Carr, a youth work manager with more than twenty years’ experience of working with young LGBT people.  Trevor Burchick stood down as Director in 2012 and was replaced by Dr Anna Verges. Pride Sports works with many international organisations and is a member of the Federation of Gay Games.

Our basic aims are to challenge homophobia in sport and improve access to sport for LGBT people. In working towards these goals we:

  • Campaign for change
  • Educate
  • Promote good practice
  • Actively grow LGBT participation and satisfaction in sport
20th May 2016


Making cycling viable

Our portfolio of cycling development services enables the use of bicycles for everyday journeys. We enthuse individuals, communities and organisations through consultation, promotion, training, travel planning and the provision of quality bikes and equipment. We proactively assist partners, clients and customers to develop an active and sustainable approach to travel, aiming for long-term behaviour change.

Making cycling safer

We make cycling safer by providing the highest quality National Standard cycle training and Bikeability tuition to adults and children, highlighting the challenges faced by cyclists from other road users and giving riders the skill and knowledge to ride in a safe and responsible manner. Our Instructor Training services are of the highest quality and reflect over decade of professional development working with a diverse range of public and private sector clients.

Making cycling better

Our cyclist tuition […]

18th May 2016

Amelia Lee

Amelia is The Proud Trust’s Strategic Director (gets in the money and goes to meetings!). She dreamed of being Prime Minister or Pope when she was young. As she grew older she learned more about discrimination and oppression, and her own sexuality. She became passionate about global LGBT+ rights, social justice and environmental issues. After studying at the University of Manchester, she completed a post graduate Diploma in Law, but was drawn more towards social enterprise in order to make a social change. She co-founded The Proud Trust 15 years ago, and continues to co-lead the organisation. She has been active in local politics and the Cooperative movement, and is active on the boards of The Empowerment People and Voluntary Youth Manchester.  She still looks forward to the day when an out lesbian becomes Pope (or Prime Minister).

18th May 2016

Leia Smith

Leia has worked on The Proud Trust’s trans youth provision for the last 7 years. They enjoy sports, hiking, sci-fi, music and films. Above everything, they believe that everyone should be treated with kindness and have an opportunity to thrive in life.

18th May 2016

Sally Carr MBE

Sally Carr MBE is The Proud Trust’s Operational Director. She has dedicated her life to ensuring LGBT+ young people feel safer and happier in every area of their lives. An innovative and creative leader, Sally is passionate about youth work, informal learning opportunities, and fruit gums. She is a Trustee of the National Youth Agency and a Director of Pride Sports (UK) where she drives the agenda on LGBT+ young people’s access and inclusion across services. As a Patron of The Pankhurst Trust, Sally is committed to ensuring that feminist values are embedded across all of her work.

28th April 2016

People’s History Museum wins Heritage Lottery Funding!

We are delighted that our friends at The People’s History Museum have received £63,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create Never Going Underground: The fight for LGBT+ rights, a large exhibition and events programme commemorating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act).

Read more here