Meet our Team

Jess Wood MBE

Jess Wood MBE

Founder & Strategic Director

My role at Allsorts is to oversee the management of the project, including funding. I talk to NHS and local authority commissioners and grant funders and try to raise as much money as I can so we can run our vital services. I also act as the liaison between the staff and our wonderful team of trustees. Finally, I meet with lots of other community and voluntary sector managers to develop working partnerships and close cooperation so that both on a local & county level here in Brighton and Hove and Sussex and nationally, we can provide the best possible services for children and young people.

Favourite Food

Chips

Favourite Hobby

Gardening and Kung Fu

Favourite City:

Jerusalem
Ben Dew

Ben Dew

Operations Director and Education & Training Manager

My work includes supervising and supporting our staff team to deliver our various groups and services to young people. I am also responsible for ensuring we have effective systems in place to guarantee the smooth running of the project. I run student workshops and staff training in schools and other organisations focusing on LGBT awareness and challenging homo/bi/transphobic behaviour and language in schools and workplaces. I also offer one to one support to students and information and advice to staff about supporting LGBT students in schools.

Favourite Food

My Husband's homemade 'Doro Wat'

Favourite Hobby

Watching Liverpool FC win

Favourite City:

Berlin and Liverpool
Ryan Gingell

Ryan Gingell

Project Manager & Trans Team Coordinator

My primary area of work is supporting trans and gender questioning children and young people under 19, including leading the Kids Group for primary age children and supporting the delivery of our under 16s group TAG. I also lead Trans Awareness Training for professionals and work with primary and secondary schools, delivering student workshops, staff training and liaising with professionals in how best to support their LGBTU students. My other key area is supervising and supporting our amazing staff team!

Favourite Food

My Grandma's leek and potato soup!

Favourite Hobby

Swimming or playing Playstation

Favourite City:

Ew not cities. I like fields!!
Katie Vincent

Katie Vincent

Business & Media Manager

My role is varied and wide ranging from working directly with Jess Wood to ensure the smooth running of the business & financial side of the project to being responsible for our website, social media channels alongside working on fundraising opportunities. I’ve been a community volunteer at Allsorts for the last four years and still love attending drop in every other week.

Favourite Food

BBQ

Favourite Hobby

Photography & Old School BMX

Favourite City:

New York, Berlin & Brighton
Anna Roscher

Anna Roscher

LGBT Youth Support Worker (Lead Mental Health)

I anchor the weekly over 16’s LGBTU Drop-in and run our monthly mental health and wellbeing group, Open Minds. I also co-run No Dress Code, our young womens work with Jo and work at TAG - our under 16’s group - as well as offering one-to-one support. I absolutely love being part of an organisation as fantastic as Allsorts and feel really passionate about providing safe spaces and empowering support for LGBTU young people!

Favourite Food

Pumpkin Katsu Curry, yum!

Favourite Hobby

Writing/ gardening/ taking photos/ seeing art/ drinking tea with friends!

Favourite City:

Berlin is wunderbar
Jo Ansell

Jo Ansell

Youth Support and Education Worker

I lead on the under 16's group TAG. I am also involved in campaigns work; youth volunteering and 1:1 individual support. I also go into schools to support the schools work that the team offers. I really enjoy meeting young people and getting to know them. I feel that I am privileged to be able to get to encourage and support young people to get involved with Allsorts. I really enjoy and value being part of the team. I love the roles that I have with Allsorts!

Favourite Food

Tapas

Favourite Hobby

Hanging out in sunny (when the sun is shining) cafes drinking tasty coffee!

Favourite City:

Edinburgh
Maeve Devine

Maeve Devine

Trans Youth Support Worker

Transformers aims to provide a safe, stimulating and non judgmental environment for young people who are trans or gender questioning. We hope to provide a platform for young people to voice their opinions through discussion, art, games and simply by meeting and spending time with like minded individuals.

Favourite Food

Vegan Indian food

Favourite Hobby

Playing in Bands, Writing short stories, Reading up on the history of Witchcraft and the Occult. Looking after my friends pets.

Favourite City:

Cities are cool but I prefer forests and hills. I love a good reservoir
Reuben Davidson

Reuben Davidson

Trans Youth Support Worker & Rainbow Flag Award Project Worker for the South-East

I co-facilitate Transformers and I also support in the running of TAG & Tuesday night LGBTU drop-in space. I deliver workshops in schools around homo/bi/transphobic behaviour and language with support from the young people’s Peer Educator team and provide short term emotional support mainly for trans and gender questioning young people. As the Rainbow Flag Award worker, I deliver a project funded by the DfE which aims to train school communities around LGBT inclusion and tackling homo/bi/transphobic bullying.

Favourite Food

Burritos

Favourite Hobby

Weight lifting and dog-walking

Favourite City:

Toronto, Canada
Liam O’Hare

Liam O’Hare

Advocacy worker

As an advocate I support young LGBT people aged between 16-25 facing hardship to explore their options, gather information and make decisions in difficult situations which affect their lives. I also help young people to speak up about what they want and need in difficult situations, organise and attend appointments with other services, doctors or social workers and defend and safeguard their rights. Advocacy helps people feel more empowered and in control of their lives and learn the skills to advocate for themselves.

Favourite Food

Mountains and mountains of sushi

Favourite Hobby

Getting really well-read on historical linguistics but trying to pretend it's cool

Favourite City:

Lisbon
JP Schofield

JP Schofield

LGBT Youth Support Development Worker (West Sussex)

My role is to develop and deliver a new LGBT youth service project in Horsham and the wider West Sussex area. Allsorts West Sussex aims to provide one-to-one support work and regular young people’s groups for LGBTU young people between the ages of 11-19 years old. In addition to my work in West Sussex, I also support across both TAG and the weekly over 16's drop-in in Brighton.

Favourite Food

Vegemite and Crisp sandwich

Favourite Hobby

REM

Favourite City:

Reykjavik, Iceland
Freya Benson

Freya Benson

Data/ Admin support worker, Lead Volunteer & Trustee

My job involves keeping the office running smoothly, answering phones, reading emails, and lots and lots of filing and inputting of data. I also analyse this data and turn it into statistics and useful information, which we then use for funding bids, and to let people know what we do and how we're doing it! Our office is a busy place, with lots going on all the time, but there's a plentiful supply of coffee and lots of lovely people to work with so it's never a dull moment!

Favourite Food

Nachos!!! (with lots of cheese, salsa, guacamole and veggie chilli!)

Favourite Hobby

Writing, travelling to new and exciting places, garden times!

Favourite City:

Granada, Spain

Rob

Allsorts is the highlight of my week. I usually work in the kitchen helping young people to prepare food for drop-in. It gives me a chance to really connect and have fun with young people. Allsorts provides an amazing service that makes a difference for so many and I'm so proud to be part of that. Being a volunteer allows me to focus on something outside of everyday life and I find that really rewarding. I LOVE volunteering at Allsorts!

Marina

I have been a volunteer for over 2 years now and I love it. I think the drop in is an amazing service that Allsorts provides and I would have loved to have the same support when I was younger. As a volunteer I get to do what I really love which is helping the LGBTQU community and I get so much in return.

Tate

I have been volunteering with Allsorts since August 2016 and have loved every minute of it so far. I help out at drop in and within that Open Minds and also at Transformers. I love getting to know the young people that come and being able to listen to what's happening in their lives and offer support. There is lots of fun to be had too getting creative in art projects and playing games etc. The staff team and other volunteers are really supportive.

Chris

I have been a volunteer at Allsorts for nearly 15 years. I started volunteering so I could put something back into my community which was lacking when I came out all them years ago. It's great to bump into people who have accessed Allsorts over the years and seeing them as much older adults. Allsorts is like a club all the past members can still contribute by cheering us at pride events and supporting us and it's great to bump into them.

Laura

I really enjoy volunteering with AllSorts, it's such a wonderful supportive and safe place for young LGBTQU people to come and discover themselves. It's given me the opportunity to do something I care about while also sharing my own experiences as an LGBTQ person and developing new relationships along the way!

Chris

Allsorts is a great space for young people to be themselves, to be social and gain confidence and self belief. To share in this experience is extremely rewarding. It gives me another way of connecting with my local community; to understand further and celebrate diversity and to offer advice and experiences of growing up in a society that still has faces social obstacles. So often, young people can teach us about who we are and maybe more importantly, who we strive to be - this is one such place.

Jason

I started volunteering to give back to the LGBT+ community in Brighton.

Kate

Allsorts drop in is an amazing space and the young people are ace. Allsorts do great work making a difference with young people who face lots of issues that resonate with my own experiences in the 1980s, as well as new challenges. It is exciting to be part of the team.

Helen Charles

Trustee

Allsorts Youth Project supports a better, healthier, happier community of QLGBTU children and young people. Jess welcomed me as a trustee after I had volunteered on and off since Allsorts was a “baby”. I attend the Drop-in to help out or co-ordinate discussions/ workshops: e.g. around BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) or BAME (Black & Asian Minority Ethnic) or YPOC (Young People of Colour). I offer commitment and skills in a range of ways including: reflective supervision, making sure our policies and procedures are up-to-date, supporting young people at Pride, helping to formulate strategic reviews & attending regular management committee meetings.

Iain Gowers

Trustee

I have over 25 years experience of LGBTU volunteering work, having previously been a member, employee and a Trustee of several different charities and my areas of interest in particular are, IT, marketing, promotion, donations. website management and development. I have volunteered for Allsorts since 2001, being a drop in volunteer for 10 years and then a trustee.

Olu Jenzen

Trustee

I have collaborated with staff, volunteers and young people at Allsorts running various media research projects for a number of years, which has been a fantastic experience. As a trustee I get the opportunity to contribute to the work of the organisation beyond the ‘researcher’ role. I have a background in LGBTQ activism and a broad interest in LGBTQ youth culture, politics and community work.

Anna Gianfrancesco

Chair

Moved to Brighton in 1995 and met Jess in 2007 while doing an Open House. She persuaded me to become a trustee, which I did and was then chair for about 5 years. I then took a break for a couple of years and came back in about 2014. Since then I have been the treasurer & I'm currently the Chair.

Marianne Lemond

Deputy Chair

I’ve been involved in the work of Allsorts Youth Project for over a decade now – first as a Community Volunteer, then as a paid worker (Volunteering Development Worker, and then Project Manager) and now as a trustee. Allsorts is an amazing organisation that provides a vital service for LGBTU young people, and I’m proud to be a part of it. As Deputy Chair and Strategic Lead, I’m responsible for helping to develop the strategic vision of the organisation. I’m able to bring my experience of both volunteering and working for Allsorts to the role, along with the experience of my current position as an Equality and Diversity Advisor at the University of Brighton.

Allsorts Youth Project Ltd © is registered charity in England & Wales and regulated by the Charity Commission under number 1123014 and a Company Limited by Guarantee under number 04154118.  
Registered office address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AE.