Organising Group Biographies

Rainbow Playground has been organised and supported by a range of organisations, individuals and young people. A young people’s planning group and an organisations planning group have been meeting, planning , designing and creating the event for the past 12 months.

Here is a little bit of info about the people involved:

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

Liam 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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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