COVID-19 support

Free2B is now offering our 1:1 and group services online in order to continue to provide support during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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We provide safe spaces to support LGBTQ+ communities

Free2B Alliance is a London based community organisation, supporting LGBTQ+ young people and their parents.

We provide 1:1 and group services in schools and in the community including trans groups, with all of our provisions co-developed with our members. We challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and we provide LGBTQ+ awareness training to schools and organisations to promote inclusivity.

We seek to provide safe spaces and champion empowerment, acceptance and a place where you are Free2B!

our mission

Free2B improves LGBTQ+ lives by providing responsive wellbeing support, safe spaces and proactive education, empowering local communities to address discrimination.

OUR values

Listening

Encouraging participation & actively listening to our members

Our activities and services are driven by the needs of our members. Everyone is encouraged to participate and we actively listen to ideas that are shared to inform Free2B's decisions.

Collaborating

Strengthening the shared voice and championing inclusion                               

Our partnerships reinforce the shared voice and collective change across society. By collaborating with allies, we boost the success of LGBTQ+ activities and increase the reach of Free2B support.

Respecting

Celebrating diversity and respecting individuals                                                      

Inclusivity is key to Free2B's culture and as part of this, we treat differences with the respect they deserve. Our belief is that diversity enlightens individuals, enhances communities and enriches society.

educating

Challenging discrimination without confrontation                                                 

We recognise that others may hold views that do not align with our values. Our training and education schemes for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals in society adhere to our non-confrontational ethos.

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU

LGBTQ+ YOUNG
PEOPLE

Our groups & 1:1 support provide a safe, social space for LGBTQ+ youth including trans young people

Parent
Support

Monthly peer support group & 1:1 support for parents of trans and gender variant children

Training foR
Organisations

Bespoke and package training
offers to support the development of LGBTQ+ inclusive environments

MEET THE TEAM

Katelyn Farrenson, Patron (she/her)

We are delighted to receive the support of Katelyn Farrenson as our Patron. Katelyn has been teaching in Secondary schools for over 15 years...

Lucie Brooke, Director & Co-founder (she/her)

Lucie is our Principal Lead with responsibility for overseeing day to day operations

Nicki Ryan, Director & Co-founder (she/her)

Nicki is our Lead Community Support Worker with responsibility for service delivery across our youth, parent and training provisions...

Colin Wimsett, Director (he/him)

Colin is a non-executive Director supporting the operational functions of Free2B...

LIANNE O’DONNELL, COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER (SHE/THEY)

Lianne is a Community Support Worker based in Merton. She brings extensive experience providing 1:1...

EMILY COOKSON-WILLIAMS, YOUTH WORKER (THEY/THEM)

Emily is our Lead youth Worker at The Gap youth club with extensive experience working with young people...

Tunde Balogun, Sessional Project Worker (she/her)

Tunde supports our youth project work within schools, at events and at The Gap youth club...

Georgina Wilkinson – Youth Counsellor (She/Her)

Georgina is our Youth Counsellor providing therapeutic support as part of our youth service provision.

Jane Hughes, Book Keeper (she/her)

Jane oversees our accounts and is a professional qualified accountant with over twenty years of experience...

free2b advisory panel

Aaron

Voluntary sector

Sarah

Marketing / comms

Dunni

Human Resources

Kyla

Fundraising

Amish

Strategic development

Katelyn

Education / safeguarding

SUPPORTERS

We would like to say a special thank you to each and every individual who has made a donation to Free2B and to all those who have fundraised on our behalf!

LGBTQ Drive – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Children in Need – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Wandsworth Oasis – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Battersea Crime Prevention Panel – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Wandsworth Youth – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Community Fund  – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Wimbledon Foundation – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Jack Petchey Foundation – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Momark – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
City Bridge – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London
Young Londoners – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London

THANK YOU LGBTQ DRIVE!

We are delighted to announce that LGBTQ Drive have generously offered to sponsor Free2B over the coming 12 months!!!

The fabulous Nigel Cullen set up LGBTQ Drive to support the LGBTQ community and enable individuals to feel confident in themselves and not have to hide their identity.

Learning to drive can be stressful enough, so the last thing a
person needs is the added stress of having to hide their true self.
LGBTQ Drive will be donating a whopping £25 for every LGBTQ customer that signs up for lessons over the coming year…
So to help us make the most of this amazing offer…make sure you book your driving lessons with LGBTQ Drive! And don’t forget to check out our monthly updates to see how much has been donated…

LGBTQ Drive – Free2B Alliance Sponsor – London

What do Individuals & Organisations Say about us?

  • I just wanted to thank the team at Free2b Alliance. You have given us the right support and advice at just the right time. Not having experienced it before it has sometimes been hard to negotiate our way through developing the right approach for a child who is transitioning; your straightforward, sensitive, caring and informative advice has been a life-line. Thank you!

    Jonathan Whitfield, Headteacher,
    Woodingdean Primary School

  • I used to go to the Gap a few years ago and I just wanted to say thank you to you and the other workers at the youth club for making it such a warm and welcoming place. Although I haven't attended lately it's something I hold close to me and know I really needed at the time. Thank you for giving me something that school and home couldn't provide for me.

    Gap Member

  • The GAP allows me to volunteer near home, making a difference and direct impact to my local community. This youth club creates a safe space for young GLBT people that did not exist when I was young. I am proud to be part of it.

    Alexis, Volunteer

  • I am the mother of an 11 year old transgender boy who has lived (for most purposes) as a male since toddlerhood but transitioned at his all-girls school only last September. Nicki has provided invaluable support and advice to my son and to me over the past year or so. We both love Nicki and trust her implicitly. My son in particular really opens up to her and seems actually to listen to her gentle suggestions! She is highly professional, exceptionally well-informed and trained, and thoroughly in touch with the needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ young people and the community in general. More importantly, she is a warm, genuine, respectful, intelligent and intuitive person, who has transformed the lives of many LGBTQ+ young people who come to her, often in circumstances where there is nowhere else to turn. She is like a surrogate parent, street-smart older sibling and wise community leader combined!

    Lisa, Parent

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