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, and our training is being postponed or moving virtual.
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.
Hannah Deane is an Education Development Officer with the Proud Trust. She also works in digital marketing with a variety of small businesses and organisations, and loves it when a marketing plan comes together! Being outside in nature with her family is what makes her smile.
Amy works alongside Hannah as an 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.
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.
Markus is a Community Café Worker at Sidney St. Café. He has volunteered in the café once before in 2016 and is happy to be back. When he is not working in the café, he is a part-time wizard working the arts. He is also an electronic music producer and loves listening to music, going to concerts and clubbing. Another thing he loves is hiking and being out in nature.
Emily is the training admin worker 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.
Jess is our social media and marketing assistant. She also works as a youth worker across The Proud Trust’s Cheshire West and Chester groups. 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.
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!
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!
Kelly coordinates the Cheshire West and Chester youth groups called “Phoenix”. She is also a youth worker at Femolition Squad, The Proud Trust’s youth group for young trans women and femmes. 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.
Bob is an assistant worker for Rochdale Inside Out and Stockport Wednesdays, and loves doing cheesy feel-good activities. She isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get involved in any crazy activity everyone wants. After learning as a volunteer, she has developed a passion for helping and supporting young people, especially with regards to their mental health. With help from her four cats at home, she’s now a youth worker and loves her role.
Jackie is a cover youth worker with The Proud Trust, which means you’ll find her here, there and everywhere! 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.
Liv is a youth worker and coordinator with The Proud Trust. Whilst many aspects of her job inspire her, she is especially excited about supporting Sprinkles, our new under-12s group. 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.
Lyndsey is The Proud Trust’s Social Media and Marketing Assistant. They post and chat on our social media platforms to let you know about how we may be able to support you, and aim to encourage a supportive online community. Their favourite past time is shooting a basketball at the local park with friends (rarely does it turn into a game due to lots of talking), and getting pick and mix sweets from the nearest newsagents.
Nice is a café worker at The Proud Trust. They cook fresh food every day and help run the Sidney Street Café. Nice also trains volunteers who join the café team. 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.
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.
Mattie is a youth work coordinator at The Proud Trust. They run Turtles and Femolition Squad, which are trans youth groups. They also assist with Afternoon TEA, Planet Rainbow and Sprinkles. Mattie is passionate about young people, wellbeing and education. They apply these value to their roles outside The Proud Turst as a scout leader, a facilitator at Manchester Museum, and a facilitator with Connect and Mxer, which are adult trans and non-binary groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salford is proud to support it’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
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.
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.
The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
This is done by:
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.
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.
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.
We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack is the central admin worker and IT support; 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.
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 […]
Geoffrey has been a trustee of the Proud Trust since 2016, having volunteered for LGBT charities for 20 years. He is also chair of one of the largest Home-Start charities in the UK (HOST). Formerly a member of the Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Advisory Committee and Community Panel Chair with the Youth Offending Service, he is now a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Thorn Cross.
Geoffrey has 36 years of experience in secondary education, with over 20 in senior leadership roles as Assistant and then Deputy Head Teacher. He has been responsible for; pupil well-being, behaviour and attendance as well as performance management/appraisal, professional development, capability, recruitment, teacher training and quality assurance. In these roles he has supported other schools/LAs in the East Midlands and across the North of England in the development of health education, assessment/records of achievement and in-school behaviour units.
As well as his teaching and leadership roles Geoffrey also has 15 years’ experience of […]
Nichola runs our Young Women’s Health Project and Wythshawe groups, 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.
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.
Max works as the assistant manager at Sidney Street Café. Max’s goals are to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all staff, volunteers and customers. Max also supports volunteers and other workers to expand their skills and knowledge when cooking delicious homemade food! Max enjoys going to metal gigs and festivals in his spare time. His favourite festival experience was Bloodstock 2018.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our over-arching aim is to make our schools safe and inclusive for everyone.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hebe is the lead worker for LGYM and Trafford and community fundraising. She also coordinates Creative Cafe In her space time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and making sure she has space to be creative, drawing and experimenting with different materials.
Kat Malin-August is a Chartered Management Accountant working within the charity sector as a Business Manager. 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 two all-female rock bands, and travels Europe volunteering as a roller derby official.
Ali Ronan went to university in the late 60s and got involved in community work – firstly in adventure playgrounds in Stoke and then as a centre-based youth worker in Lancashire, moving onto detached work and running creative/arts/music projects on large estates in Blackburn and Oldham, before becoming training manager for Stockport Youth service and then a lecturer on the YCW Degree course at MMU, ‘retiring’ two years ago..
‘I have always worked on the ‘edge’ of things feeling a particular affinity with young people who feel compromised by the very idea of ‘normal’. Most of the young people I have known felt silenced or ignored and this was the core of all my work, to give people a sense of their own voice. I worked as girls’ worker in Blackburn for 6 years during the heady days of the 80s. I have been involved in LGBT youth work for the last 25 years- I am a founder member of Feminist Webs – now developing the […]
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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 www.clairemooney.co.uk
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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:
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 […]
Sam arrived at The Proud Trust age 17 as a young person and never left! A trans youth work specialist, Sam works on our trans youth groups as well as Wednesdays (Stockport), Planet Rainbow (Bolton) and the under-12s LGBt+ groups. He works with young people to create loving, affirming and welcoming spaces. He has special interests in trans body confidence and in the intersections of LGBT+ identities and faith, having gained a BA/MA in Religions & Theology at the University of Manchester.
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).
Ali manages the LGBT+ Centre in Manchester and delivers the nationally recognised LGBT+ inclusive programme, Sexuality aGender. She is a professionally qualified youth and community worker and has been working in local authority and charity settings since 2006. As a working-class, Welsh lesbian, she is proud to have gained a Master’s Degree in Education and Society from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University. She continues to collaborate with Universities through research projects and
publications, most recently working as an advisor to a NIHR-funded project looking at LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health (2019-2022). When she is not using her charity work and academic insight to get stuff done, she enjoys running, acrobalance, and red wine.
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!
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.
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.
Matty is a Youth Work & Peer Support Coordinator, youth worker with Rochdale, Wythenshawe, & trans groups, peer support project facilitator and gender explorer. Their LGBT+ role model is Kate Bornstein, who taught them that gender doesn’t have to be a battlefield, it can be the playground.