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Former Mayor of Brighton and Hove becomes an Allsorts Trustee

Besi Besemar August 17, 2015

Bill Randall, former Mayor and ex-Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, has become a trustee of Allsorts – the Brighton-based project that supports and empowers young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Bill Randall
Bill Randall

Allsorts, a registered charity was founded by Jess Wood, the organisation’s director in 1999 along with James Newton and provides a variety of services for LGBTU young people, among them weekly drop-ins, a mental health and well-being group and a Trans Kids group. Its youth volunteering hub offers opportunities in campaigning, fund-raising, educating and offering peer support.

Allsorts works in partnership with a wide range of third-sector organisations, public services and schools, colleges and universities as well as running a parent support group.

Bill said;¬†“Allsorts was one of the charities I supported during my year as Mayor of Brighton and Hove, and I was deeply impressed with the support it gives to young LGBTU people, many of whom are very vulnerable. The other major strand of Allsorts’ work is equally important: working in schools, colleges and universities to combat homophobia¬†and spread greater understanding about the LGBTU community.

“Allsorts is a truly democratic group and uses the talents of those it works with. Young people are involved in the organisation at every level from trustee to volunteer. Indeed, two young and very impressive trustees interviewed me as part of my selection process. I look forward to working with them, the other trustees, the staff and other volunteers for an organisation that does so much to support and empower young LGBTU people in our city. I will enjoy sharing in the fun that surrounds so much of Allsorts‚Äô work.”

Bill became an honorary alderman of the City of Brighton and Hove, in July 2015 as a mark of recognition for the work and commitment he gave as a former councillor to Hanover and Elm Grove Ward and the city.

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