Amelia Lee on 5live (October 17, 2018)

Check out Strategic Director Amelia Lee on 5live this week

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book here for events in:

30 Years Queer (October 7, 2018)

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

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

Tesco Bags Of Help Success! (October 6, 2018)

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

Saturday 3rd November.

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

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

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

Tea and Cake Afternoon (March 13, 2018)

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

Book Review (March 13, 2018)

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

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

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

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

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

Feed Your Head (March 13, 2018)

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

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

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

Art Activist (March 13, 2018)

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

This can mean:

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

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

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

Responding to the theme set for LGBT History Month, Art Activist encourages young people to become Artivists, creating art works and performance, to showcase at our annual event on or near IDAHOBIT.

In 2018 the Art Activist showcase event will take place on Saturday 12th May from 12.00pm until 4.00pm at Sugden Sports Centre, M1 7HL.

LGBT+ youth projects are warmly invited to take part, with a prize of £100 for the winning group. Entry form here.

This event is a combination of showcase of art works and our annual Being Proud Awards – the deadline for nominations is 16th April 2018!

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

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

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

The event is free and will take place on Thursday 23rd August in Manchester, with 250 places available for young people. We are grateful to receive funding from Manchester Pride and Greater Sports towards the event, and in kind support from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Contact for further information. Publicity and booking forms will be available soon.
Rainbow Noir, Manchester’s LGBTQI group for people of colour are celebrating their 5th birthday on the 17th and 18th of February with an amazing line up including dance workshops, food, films, discussion space, a drag king workshop and more. Friends, family and allies welcome! Join in the celebrations at LGBT Foundation on the Saturday and The LGBT+ Centre on the Sunday!
Find out more here

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

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

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

We’d love to know what you think about our LGBT History Month packs and other free termly resources, as well as ideas for future ones. Send any feedback to

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

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

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

The event flyer can be found here.

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

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

Please email if you have any further questions.

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

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

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

Feed Your Head (December 7, 2017)

Intergenerational women’s workshops. Run by women for women

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

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

For more information contact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vote For Sidney Street Cafe! (November 2, 2017)

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

30 Years Queer (October 8, 2017)

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

Save The Date For Sapphormation (September 20, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BSL Sign Language Bookmark (September 12, 2017)

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

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

Created in partnership with Deafness Support Network and Chester Pride.

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

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

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

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

Read them here.

Parents Pride (August 12, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tour dates and venues here!

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

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

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

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

Contact for more information, or to tell us you are coming along!

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

Summer events 2017 (July 7, 2017)

Summer Events For Your Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

We are recruiting! (July 3, 2017)

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

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

Interested to know more? Click here.

Rainbow Flag Award (July 2, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, email

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

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

Pink Box Awards 2017 (May 15, 2017)

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

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

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

The finalists were:

1st Prize: Afternoon TEA, Greater Manchester trans youth group, for their interactive equality bus.
2nd Prize: GYRO Tuesdays, Liverpool’s LGBT youth group, for their song, badge and manifesto to ‘Teach the Teachers’.
3rd Prize: GLYSS, Warrington’s LGBT youth group, for their teachers pack, including information about LGBT inclusion, plus relationship and sexual health information.

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

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

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


Tue 23 May 2017
2:00 – 4:00pm

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


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

We Are Hiring (May 9, 2017)
Thanks to some wonderful support from our funders and supporters, we are pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a number of paid roles today:

One-to-One Programme Manager

aGender Progamme Coordinator (Lesbian, Bisexual and Pansexual Women’s Programme)

One-to-one and cover youth worker

Cleaner for the LGBT+ Centre

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

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

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

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

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

Not to be missed! Tour dates here.

From our latest Cheshire West and Chester funded project “Trans Inclusion in Education” has come a rather special book and film for primary schools…

Imagine a planet where people can do what they want to do and be who they want to be.

Welcome to Alien Nation.

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

We hope as you journey through space with us that you will learn some new words, some new ways of understanding the world around you, and perhaps some new ways of understanding yourself. 

Aimed at primary aged children, Alien Nation is a fun exploration of gender, gender expression, gender roles, and an explanation of different gender identities.

More information and shop here.

Trans Youth Conference (January 3, 2017)

A young persons account of the Trans Youth Conference.

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

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

After lunch in the University canteen, I found a workshop regarding body positivity to be a highlight of the day, it provoked interesting discussion (among trans people themselves) about the cis narrative that trans people must dislike their bodies. I left the workshop with an all encompassing message of positivity, that however you feel about your body is valid and wonderful, and you should work to improve and love yourself no matter what stage you’re at.

The day went by in a blur but was incredibly positive. I can tell you this, the activities were very thought-provoking and definitely tailored for youth. There were activities encouraging active discussions about trans norms, activities that gave us breaks, all activities that allowed us to socialise in a way that made us comfortable. It’s a day I’ll remember fondly and hope to attend again next year.”


Rain Egan

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

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

See here for an easy guide to inclusive monitoring.

See the-classroom website for more info on usualising.

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

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

Click here to register your place

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

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

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

LGBT Centre re-build update (September 2, 2016)

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

Think Piece (September 1, 2016)

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

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

Think Piece:

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

What is peer support?

Peer support models are founded in non-hierarchical, reciprocal relationships. It works on the idea that non-professionals, (e.g. young people), can provide flexible social, emotional and practical support to one another through their personal knowledge and experiences. This role can complement and enhance existing services, bridging the gaps that occur within any service, reaching individuals and communities who may otherwise be alienated from or have poor access to services. Evidence shows that a peer support model can enable people to feel more confident, happy and knowledgeable and less isolated.

We trailed our training programme with participants from a youth group and sixth form college in Rochdale. Using The Proud Trust’s existing training, and some new creative tools, we delivered training in peer support skills and stress resilience strategies using evidence-based creative activities. Here are some key elements from our project which show how to build an effective peer support package:

A Flexible Model

Flexibility allows each project to receive good quality training, but with room to tailor it to their specific needs.  A one size fits all model does not work with peer support projects as they all have different aims and practical requirements.

Training Is Practical and Theoretical

We combine practical tools that the Peer Supporters can take away, alongside accessible theory to underpin the effectiveness of the tools. The training is interactive and utilizes multiple delivery methods, which appeals to different learning styles.

The Holistic Approach

Encourages people to take an active role in their own self-care management, benefiting health and wellbeing long-term. Crucially, the project focuses as much on the wellbeing of the Peer Supporter as it does on the person they are supporting. This acknowledges that everyone has mental health and highlights the importance of self-care for people who are supporting others.

Peer Led

The Peer Supporters have input into the design of the programme. This allows the Peer Supporters to have ownership of the project rather than being passive receptors, and it ensures that they can tailor their project to the needs of young people in their area/context.  The group created a pack of the tools they need to deliver peer support, and designed their own creative wellbeing activity to use in their support work.

Meeting Local Need

Through a flexible approach and involving the Peer Supporters in the design of their project, we ensured that each project is tailored to meet the local needs of young people using the service.

Early Intervention

Peer support as a model provides early intervention, helping to provide young people with the support they require before their needs escalate to necessitate professional intervention. It also provides young people with a friendly avenue into supportive services, where they can then be signposted or referred to additional services if necessary, but is more focussed on a social model rather than a medical model of support.

Cost effective

After the initial cost of the training, the peer support project is a low cost service to implement. The Peer Supporters generally volunteer giving their time for free.

Participants have gone on to become mentors, encouraging and supporting others in their own networks, both informally and more formally depending on their setting.

If you would like help setting up a peer support project, either for LGBT young people of young people more generally, then please get in touch with


Tamzin Forster

Freelance Creative Wellbeing Specialist | Design | Photography | Animation | Visual arts and Craft | Workshop facilitator

Manchester Pride (August 24, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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