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.

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.

9th September 2019

Oliver Bliss

Oliver Bliss works freelance with over 10 years experience at Arts Council England, with a specialism in Audience Engagement. He supports individual artists and cultural organisations with their creative practice and business development needs. He has an active passion for supporting the LGBT+ community, having previously volunteered with The Proud Trust and returned as a Trustee. He is involved in supporting the oral history work which has led to the book Pride not Prejudice. He was a part of the coordination team that produced the first National Festival of LGBT History, hosted in Manchester. He has collaborated with organisations such as Homotopia, Liverpool Pride, and the Lesbian Immigration Support Group. In his free time, he enjoys creating YouTube videos through his channel #Bookdraw to champion queer fiction writers and to encourage people to read their work.

23rd July 2019

Emily Doyle

Emily is the Admin Worker for the training team at The Proud Trust. Emily’s favourite things about her role are learning new things, speaking to a variety of people across different sectors and chatting with schools and partners on the Rainbow Flag Award programme. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with family, her horses (though she admitted she falls off them quite often!) and going to the cinema to watch a variety of different films.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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

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.