About us

Our Vision

We envisage an inclusive society where LGBTQ+ young people are healthy, successful and celebrated.

Our Purpose

We support the wellbeing and creativity of LGBTQ+ young people in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and surrounding areas through information, support and groups. We build inclusive communities to tackle inequalities through consultancy, training and education to all sectors.

Our Values

Relevant – Our learning and development is continuous.

Engaging – We are warm and welcoming.

Accessible – We create inclusive communities and safe spaces.

Community Led – We are motivated by the voices of LGBTQ+ young people.

High Quality – Our support and guidance are of the highest quality.

Our History

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 same spirit and core purpose but has developed in terms of its organisational capacity and the services it provides.

For many years, The Kite Club was only one face to face youth group for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people aged under 25 in Cambridge 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 LGBTQ+ issues and developed a stream of training programmes for statutory and corporate professionals.

Since 2014, we amended our constitution, adopted the name ‘The Kite Trust’ and now work extensively with trans and gender questioning young people and their families across the county. In 2020 we adopted a new strategic plan and expanded our work to cover all of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and surrounding areas.

Since 1993, we have grown from a community support group to become a leading organisation working with LGBTQ+ young people.

Our Team

  • Jack Wilkin
    Jack Wilkin Youth Worker
    He/Him
  • Rosie Woolgar
    Rosie Woolgar Programme Manager (Youth Work)
    She/Her
  • Katie Corcoran
    Katie Corcoran Youth Worker
    She/Her
    Get to know
    Katie followed her dream of working in the charitable sector and became a youth worker at The Kite Trust in 2019! Katie loves to inspire young people to pursue wholesome hobbies and interests so she is always keen to talk about her own including: gardening and houseplants, baking, eco-friendly ideas and crafting/DIY!
  • Debi Mordanti
    Debi Mordanti Youth Worker
    She/Her
  • Giugiu Barsuola
    Giugiu Barsuola Youth Worker
    They/Them
  • Victoria Simms
    Victoria Simms Admin Officer
    She/Her
  • Pip Gardner
    Pip Gardner Chief Executive
    They/Them or Ze/Zem

    Get to know

    Pip joined The Kite Trust at the start of 2020, leading the organisation into a new phase of its development. Prior to this, ze worked for Woodcraft Folk and Hull 2017, as well as completing a PhD in Cultural Geography. In zir spare time, ze likes to sew, garden, swim and get outdoors on foot, by bike or on the water!

  • Bethan Rees
    Bethan Rees Programme Manager (Schools & Training)
    She/her
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