Meet the Team

Chris @ PACE 

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Who are you?
I am Chris, and I am the Youth Advocate here at PACE.

What were you doing before that?
Before working here, I worked as a Housing Support Worker and a Project Worker in a homeless hostel.

What do you do now?
Now I support LGBT people who are under the age of 25 with a range of issues in order to increase their sense of wellbeing and improve the quality of their lives.

How do you support young people?
I support young people firstly by listening which helps me to get a good understanding of their issues. Then I look at ways to help them find solutions and support them in implementing changes and taking action that will help them achieve their aims.
I can support young people with a range of issues including housing, mental health, sexual health, dealing with discrimination and accessing other specialist services which they may need such as counselling. My aim is to help young people get their voices heard and support them in reaching their goals.

What can we expect from working with you?
You can expect someone who is open, friendly and focused on listening to your views. I will follow your lead in terms of exploring what you want doing and how you want to go about it.

What song would you like to hear again for the first time?
The song I’d like to hear again for the first time is a song called Joga by Bjork. It came out back in the 90s and the first time I heard it, I was blown away. I’ve loved Bjork ever since.


Nick @ AKT 

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Who are you?

I’m Nic, I’m 25 and I’m the Jigsaw Worker for the Albert Kennedy Trust.

What were you doing before that?
Before I worked for AKT, I was a youth worker, working mostly with young LGBT people. I’ve also been a teaching assistant in a secondary school and a Pupil Referral Unit.

What do you do now?
I work with young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people who are homeless and try and help them find suitable accommodation. I also try and help young people who are struggling with their financial situation or have got into debt to sort out their problems.

How do you support young people?
I sit down and have a chat with the young person having problems, so I can listen to them and find out the best way to help. Then we can work together to try and find a solution to their problem, whether it’s just about housing, or benefits or debt. I also work with the other Jigsaw workers to make sure people are supported for other things they may be going through, such as domestic violence or mental health problems.

What can we expect from working with you?
Help with your housing situation and some advice or signposting for any financial issues you may be having alongside that.

Sarah @ Galop 

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Who are you?

I’m a caseworker, researcher, and activist whose focus is on LGBTQ, mental health, and anti-violence support.

What were you doing before?
I recently finished an MA in Social Work and I was (and still am when I get the time!) researching
transgender people’s experiences of domestic abuse. I last was a student social worker for the Albert Kennedy Trust and hosted the Being Ourselves: Trans* and Intersex Awareness Day.

What do you do now?
I work at Galop as a Jigsaw Caseworker (youth) and as a Domestic Abuse Project Caseworker (adults).

How do you support young people?
I can provide ongoing emotional and practical support. Every person I see I work with according to their needs and what they would like, which can include risk assessments, safety planning,
referrals, police liaison, advocacy, complaints, or just someone to listen and to share a cup of tea with.

What can we expect from working with you?
People tell me that I’m friendly, trust-worthy, and dedicated. Nobody is just a case file to me, so if you work with me expect that I’m going to genuinely listen to what’s been going on for you.

What song would you like to hear again for the first time?
Ani DiFranco’s “In or Out” (Check out her music— she’s a bisexual, feminist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer!)

Hussina @ Stonewall Housing 

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Who are you?
I am Hussina… Jack of some trades and definitely a master of none.

What were you doing before?
Prior to working with Stonewall, I was working for the Terrence Higgins Trust as their LGBT Youth Worker for the NRG Youth group. Cardboard Citizens and Oxfam.

What do you do now?
I currently work as the Jigsaw Youth Housing Advisor. On my days off I’m a creative of sorts facilitating young people and developing my independent Arts projects.

How do you support young people?
I provide support and guidance on housing issues for the LGBT community, particularly young people. I help house homeless young people in our supported accommodation and engage them with LGBT partner organisations.

What can we expect from working with you?
You can expect a confidential and reliable support service from me, focusing on your particular needs with an objective on personal development.

What song do you wish you could hear again for the first time?
Right now, off the top of my head, if I could pick a song to hear again for the first time it would be…The Fugees’s ‘Ready or Not’…timeless.

Michael Turnbull @ LGBT Jigsaw

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Who Are You?
Hi I’m Michael and I run the LGBT Jigsaw website as well as their Social Media.

What were you doing before that?
I was looking after Digital campaigns for artists signed to Universal Music. I’ve always written for a broad range of magazines and provided content for various websites.

What do you do?
I am currently running LGBT Jigsaw’s website, Facebook, Twitter profiles. So I’ll be posting up to the minute news whether that’s from the world of entertainment, politics or anything in between. I’ll also be letting you know any upcoming events that you may want to go to. The most important thing is that they are of interest to you. So if there is anything you want to see more of let me know.
I’ve also written a Guide Book in case you ever find yourself without a place to stay. For more information see xxxxx

How do you support young people?
I’ll be bringing you all the information you might need, whether that’s about LGBT events happening in your area or the up to the minute news and also offer advice on where to go if you find yourself without a place to stay.

What can we expect from working with you?
Well, I hope stuff that you’ll find interesting and informative. It’ll be fun, political and offer advice too. But I really want to hear from you too, so if there’s anything you want to message me about – get in touch through the LGBT Jigsaw Facebook Page.

What song would you like to hear again for the first time?
I think Anytime You Need A Friend by Mariah Carey. I’m a big fan of Mariah’s, whether it’s for being a diva or that amazing voice. I think this was one of the first songs I heard of hers and I really connected with the gospel element of it. But I’ve played it so much over the years that I have to skip it now.