It’s Charity Tuesday and this week we are featuring Allsorts, a Brighton based charity to support and empower young people under twenty-six who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (LGBTU).
Founded in October 1999 by Jess Wood and James Newton to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth of Brighton and Hove. Allsorts provide a variety of services for LGBTU young people, staffed by three full time staff, three-part time staff and a team of volunteers. Since November 2000 the project has received funding from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, Comic Relief, Brighton and Hove City council, Brighton Pride and the Big Lottery Fund to name but a few. Their mission statement is; ‘Allsorts Youth Project supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people to take a lead in raising awareness of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and challenge prejudice and discrimination in all areas of young people’s lives.’
Allsorts have a range of services, from a number of support groups such as a Trans & Gender Questioning Group, Health and Wellbeing Activities and groups for those under 16 and under 11. They also offer homophobia/biphobia/transphobia awareness training for staff at schools, colleges, youth services and other community organisations as well as awareness projects aimed at young people.
Allsorts also have The Hub. The Hub is a campaigning and engagement project for LGBTU youth aged 16-25. They represent the LGBTU youth by promoting awareness of their issues and rights in the community. They run mini campaigns around specific issues that link with national and international campaigns as well as help organise and run fundraising events as wells delivering workshops in schools and other youth settings. There is also a drop-in volunteer scheme for other members of the community. The drop-in space at Allsorts is vital as it gives LGBTU young people access to information and support as well as providing them with activities designed to promote their well-being.
There are lots of ways you can donate to Allsorts, from fundraising, to a Give as You Earn scheme to selling items on eBay for the charity. To find out more about volunteering, head to their website. You can also follow them on Twitter.
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