About us

Who we are

We are Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people.

We are proud to promote the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire; raising awareness, supporting, and educating our local communities.

Supportive and Guiding

We support, encourage and care.

We provide opportunities to learn and grow.

Safe and Friendly

We are trustworthy, professional and confidential.

We are open, fun and relaxed.

Positive and Inclusive

We nurture confidence, pride and happiness.

We understand and support LGBT+ issues.

Our legacy

The Kite Trust was founded in 1993 by a small group of dedicated and committed local people from all walks of life. From our formation, until 2003, we were known as the Kite Club and from 2003–2016 as SexYOUality. Since our inception, the Kite Trust has retained the spirit and core purpose of its founders but has developed in terms of its organisational capacity and the services it provides.

For many years, the Kite Trust was only able to offer a face to face youth group for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people aged under 25 in Cambridgeshire. This group experienced mixed success and at its height reached numbers of up to 30 young members attending each week.

In 2003, we re-branded and became known as SexYOUality. Over the next 13 years, we increased our activities across the city and Cambridgeshire county. We launched support groups in Ely, Huntingdon and Wisbech. We have worked with local primary and secondary schools to deliver training to staff and students on LGBT+ issues and developed a stream of training programmes for statutory and corporate professionals. Since 2014, we amended our constitution and now work extensively with trans and gender questioning young people and their families across the county.

Despite challenges faced by a reduction of governmental funding, we have been successful in securing both statutory and private funding contracts to support our work streams. Since 1993, we have grown from a community support group to Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people.

Staff

  • Tom Heffer
    Tom Heffer Project Worker: Face-to-face Lead
  • Clare Byford
    Clare Byford Administration Officer
  • Jess Borthwick
    Jess Borthwick Project Worker: Training and Creative Lead
  • Lara Jaffey
    Lara Jaffey Executive Director
  • Bam Pickard
    Bam Pickard Trans Support Worker
  • Lily Quantock
    Lily Quantock Project Worker: Schools and Trans Lead
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