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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, but in the interim period we're running a Virtual LGBT+ Centre. Details of upcoming events with how to book can be found here.

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.

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6th August 2019

Sam Cresswell – Trans Youth Coordinator

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.

Sam’s expertise covers:
  • Trans and non-binary young people
  • Under 12s
  • Faith
  • LGBT+ issues

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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

Ali Hanbury – LGBT+ Centre Manager

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).  

 

Ali’s expertise covers:
  • Academic research
  • Feminism
  • Youth work
  • RSE
  • Capital developments
  • Building management
  • Collaborate working

 

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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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