I am the LGBT Lead for both staff and residents at HMP Northumberland. I am a member of both the Sodexo Pride Network, and establishment contact for PiPP (Pride in Prison & Probation).
Over the past 12 months we have established a resident LGBT Group and have regular events and celebrate various festivals and significant days (Trans Day of Remembrance, International Day Against Homophobia, etc.)
Chairing a committee is very new to me, and it is definitely a learning curve; but am loving the challenge (most of the time!)
I love live music and am a HUGE Celine Dion fan (No laughter!!!!). Also a big fan of musical theatre, travelling and food. Food is always high on my priority list, and love nothing better than a nice meal with good friends.
This is one of the most exciting projects I have ever worked on, and am so proud to be a part of it. We have an amazing dedicated committee who can’t wait to get LGBT visibility and equality into Northumberland.
I have held various roles over the past 11 years in the voluntary, private and public sectors, including being on management committees of charities. I have a keen interest in equality & diversity and the development of LGBT+ rights in our region and internationally
I love to travel and really enjoy learning about culture whilst my favourite music is RnB.
A real opportunity to bring communities together at a local level, raise awareness and support one another as one.
Social Inclusion has always been close to my heart. I was raised with strong values and believe everyone is of equal worth. Yet I also have far too much personal experience of seeing LGBT+ friends and neighbours suffering discrimination. Misunderstanding, rejection, oppression. As a member of the “privileged” group, I speak up when I see misunderstanding or unfair treatment. I think it’s incredibly powerful when the privileged group joins in the mission to improve things for everyone!
I’m a core member of Sanctuary Network Morpeth, an informal group providing support to refugees and asylum seekers living in Northumberland. We do fundraisers, put on children’s parties, provide clothing and household goods, and now fund a weekly drop-in.
I regularly volunteer at Sunday Assembly Newcastle. I’m often on welcoming duty, and I enjoy snaffling the tea and cakes afterwards.
Most of all I love keeping chickens! They hardly ever lay an egg. It really doesn’t matter, I get a lot of joy from watching them Just Being Chickens.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to get my home county of Northumberland on the map for LGBT+ inclusion. An opportunity to change hearts and minds. Let’s do this!
I have been a Trans activist for two years. I am a Trade Union Rep for UNISON, who I am proud to say have Equality and Diversity at the heart of everything they do. I am currently the Chair of my NHS Trust’s LGBT+ Network, my UNISON Branch LGBT Officer, Wansbeck CLP LGBT Officer and most recently I have been elected as a Co-Chair for UNISON Northern Region’s LGBT Group.
I play drums in a band and enjoy watching movies.
It was something I had discussed with peers in the past and when the opportunity arose to get involved I jumped at the chance! This could just be the proudest achievement of my life!
My background in local government
allows me to assist in terms of networking – outreaching to
individuals and organisations who could potentially work with
Northumberland Pride to help us achieve our goals.
I love to get out and run as an antidote to long hours spent in committee rooms and valuing boxes of books. I am originally from Cornwall and love to be by the sea – so much of my time was spent either in it or beside it growing up in my native county. Other than that I love choral singing and have belonged to various choirs. I play guitar and in my spare time work as a volunteer for an Aid organisation at festivals such as Glastonbury and Latitude.
Apart from that I am a postgraduate with a Masters in history – my area of interest being the Levellers and their role in the English Civil War.
A fantastic opportunity to engage with our local community and throughout Northumberland. I am very excited and proud to be part of the very first Northumberland Pride.
Worked in public health for 18 years covering a range of areas including HIV prevention, sexual health, drugs and equality diversity, prior I was a fitness instructor teaching classes across the North East region (I can still do a grapevine ha!) and I have experience serving on a board of a former LGBT charity.
Throughout the last 18 years I have supported various Pride events across the North East the main being Newcastle where I have had the privilege to be part of the Steve Paske Health Zone Working Group.
Theme parks especially roller coasters are my passion as well as cars and the permanent search for a good coffee at a place to watch the world go by, I regularly train at the gym too.
Exciting and unique opportunity to work with our community across Northumberland on an inaugural Pride, the journey has started lets see where it leads!