In 1999, with James Newton, I set up Allsorts Youth Project. In those early days we had no funding but a lot of enthusiasm. We were highly motivated to provide something for LGBTU young people because at the time there was almost no support services available in Brighton, and we saw a great need.
Our first grant was for £1000, our second for £5000 but then the next one, from The Diana Fund, was for £220,000! Since then we've had fantastic support from Comic Relief and Children in Need and local support from the LGBT Rainbow Fund. Over the years the project has gone from strength to strength.
One of the biggest changes in recent years has been the huge numbers of under 16's attending the project following the development of contracts with all of our local secondary schools. We have also developed innovative and unique support work for trans children and young people - kids group.
All charities face uncertain times in these days of local authority cuts and economic austerity. Allsorts could not thrive without its strong band of community volunteers who will be needed more and more as we go forward.
Please come and join us so that all our LGBTU children and young people can find safe and supported spaces in a world of increasing hostility to freedom and universal human rights.