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 centre@theproudtrust.org

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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Media releases

The Proud Trust current press releases can be found below

After years of successful fundraising, The Proud Trust is delighted that it has finally started rebuilding its LGBT+ Centre in Manchester’s city centre this week.

Based just off the bustling Oxford Road corridor, the current unassuming community centre has been standing since 1988 and was the first of its kind in the UK, but after three decades of continuous use is no longer able to meet the needs of the growing charity which last year supported over 20,000 people.

Now, following years of fundraising which saw a massive £2.5mn raised from donors including Big Lottery, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, as well as from members of the public, the time has finally come to bid a fond farewell to this life-saving space and begin building its replacement. In its place will stand a three-storey, purpose-built community centre with a vibrant and inclusive community café, alongside a large community room, library, and a city-centre roof garden. The new centre will support LGBT+ people from […]

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Whilst most of us are indoors at the moment, many people are discovering new podcasts or listening to podcasts for the first time.

Two youth organisations, The Young Women’s Health Project and The Proud Trust have teamed up to provide this fresh look at young lesbian, bisexual and pansexual women’s (LBP) lives, through a series of podcasts made by young women.

Ever wondered how autistic young lesbians work out their sexuality and gender?

Ever thought about what it’s like to try and come out as a lesbian in a Bengali family?

Ever considered what women-only spaces mean to young lesbian, bi and pansexual women?

Inspired by BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Listening Project’ these unique, intimate conversations, are a rare window into young LBP women’s lives in all their colourful complexities of faith, race, disability, family and friendship.

Young women and their youth workers from […]

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Powering up a rainbow JCB digger, VIPs including the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham MP, and the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Mr Warren J Smith KStJ JP Dlitt LLD, donned hard hats and brightly coloured high vis jackets to help The Proud Trust charity launch its Christmas ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign.

The event marked the start of building works for a new £2.4million development for LGBT+ people in the North West that will replace the current centre on Sidney Street in Manchester, which, having served the community for over 30 years, is no longer fit for purpose.

The Proud Trust (www.theproudtrust.org) is calling on both individuals and corporate supporters to consider ‘buying a brick’ this Christmas as an alternative gift for loved ones and help to raise the final £150,000 needed for the new premises.

Donations of £100 for individuals, or £1000 for corporates, can be made via the charity’s website: www.theproudtrust.org/shop/buy-a-brick/. All supporters receive a certificate and will […]

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The Proud Trust launches ‘Transcriptions’ – the first writing competition exclusively for 11-19 year old trans/non-binary young people.

This summer, The Proud Trust is encouraging young writing stars of the future to put pen to paper and enter its new ‘Transcriptions’ writing competition for trans/non-binary 11-19 year olds, with the chance to get their work published and win a share of a £400 cash prize.

The LGBT+ charity hopes to capture young imaginations and encourage thinking about bigger issues, whilst developing writing abilities across the nation.  Their new ‘Transcriptions’ competition is now open and runs until 31st October 2019 and every young person that enters will receive a certificate to celebrate their work.

The winners will be announced by 30th November 2019 and will get their work published, plus a share of a £400 cash prize.  This is the first competition of its kind to be solely for trans-non binary young people and demonstrates The Proud Trusts commitment to supporting this important group. […]

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