Pride Action North, a leading LGBTQIA+ non-profit in Northumberland, made contributions to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR) Election Assessment Mission for the 2024 UK General Election. The mission’s focused on several constituencies across the UK, including the North Northumberland constituency, following boundary review changes. Pride Action North representatives provided insights into the barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ people in exercising their democratic rights to voting during elections.

Pride Action North are a key stakeholder in our region and raised key issues such as accessibility challenges, a lack of awareness about voting options, barriers to voting and the restrictions voter ID place on members of our communities. Stakeholder engagement is crucial for shaping the recommendations of the CPA BIMR mission, ensuring future elections are inclusive and accessible which particularly affect those that disproportionately affect minority groups.


About CPA UK

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) is a registered charity promoting parliamentary democracy throughout the Commonwealth. Acting as the secretariat for CPA BIMR, it organises training programmes, shares best practices, and conducts election observation missions to enhance democratic processes. For more details on their work and the 2024 election assessment mission, visit the CPA UK’s official website. You can read the mission’s initial findings at uk-eam-preliminary-statement-final.pdf (uk-cpa.org).

📷 [L-R Angela Brudenell- Charity Manager, Darren Irvine-Duffy- Board Member, Hilary Jeune – States of Jersey Independent Observer, Stephen Corpe- Board Member]

Pride Action North has been awarded £55,000 from the Northumberland Inclusive Economy Community Partnership (NIECP) where Northumberland County Council is the Lead Accountable Body for the funding. This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with the North East Combined Authority as the Lead Authority.

The fund is a substantial fund dedicated to supporting the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in South East Northumberland which is part of a broader £1.5 million initiative aimed at fostering inclusive economic growth and community well-being in South East Northumberland.

The revenue grant awarded will be used to launch Roaming Roots, an innovative community project designed to engage young people across various community settings to address social and economic disparities. The project is strategically targeted towards diverse wards, particularly those with limited provisions and inadequate public transport.

Roaming Roots serves as an adaptable catalyst for youth work, primarily operating on a detached basis to ensure flexibility and responsiveness to community needs. At the heart of this project is a strong emphasis on collaboration with local stakeholders, aiming to tackle critical issues such as anti-social behaviour, mental health challenges, well-being concerns, and social isolation.

Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Pride Action North said, “We’re proud to be facilitating and leading such a dynamic and inclusive project for young people in South East Northumberland wards. In areas that lack permanent provision, this project offers a dynamic solution to some of the most pressing social and economic challenges in our region”

One of the key components of Roaming Roots is our commitment to sustainability. The project will use data gathering techniques to understand and address the needs of beneficiaries and stakeholders. This data-driven approach will help consolidate outreach efforts into four main hubs, minimising environmental impact and contributing to broader climate sustainability goals.

The project is also focused on enhancing community resilience and pride through volunteering and upskilling opportunities. By empowering local youth and community members, Roaming Roots aims to create lasting positive impacts on overall well-being, fostering a sense of community cohesion and support.

Angela Brudenell, Charity Manager at Pride Action North, added, “This funding allows us to make a significant impact in the communities we serve. By focusing on collaboration and sustainability, Roaming Roots will not only address immediate needs but also contribute to long-term positive change.”

To find out more about Pride Action’s North  project email support@prideactionnorth.org.uk.

Find out more about the funding at  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Economy-Regeneration/Programmes/Pathways-to-Work/Northumberland-Inclusive-Economy-Community-Partner.aspx or contact Northumberland County Council’s VCS Employability and Communities Lead at adam.gray@northumberland.gov.uk

As Pride Action North takes a bold step forward in its commitment to becoming the leading champion for the LGBTQIA+ community across the North, the charity is opening it’s first office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a strategic move aligned with our three-year plan spanning 2024 to 2027. The new office, on Forth Lane, is central to the city and only a few minutes from Newcastle’s Central Station.

Angela Brudenell, Charity Manager said

“The decision to establish a physical presence in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is not a random choice but an extension of our strategic vision. Informed by our analysis during our strategic review, we recognised the need to enhance organisational capacity and geographical reach. This new office serves as a hub, positioned to address unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ people across Tyne and Wear.

Incorporating inclusivity as a central theme in our strategic plan, this addition reflects our commitment to reducing rural/urban equity gaps, providing access to specialist support, and creating a more inclusive environment where ever you are. We are refocusing resources to ensure that LGBTQIA+ people across our communities find the support they need.

As we celebrate the opening of our new office, we celebrate not only physical expansion but also the embodiment of positive change. Pride Action North is steadfast in its commitment to creating a holistic and inclusive community. This strategic move is a testament to our dedication to fulfilling our mission and values and will see the charity host a physical presence in Ashington and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ people?

Pride Action North (PAN) invites you to be a part of our exciting journey as we continue supporting and championing our communities across the North of England. Working at PAN is not just a job; it’s an opportunity to contribute to a holistic and inclusive community where everyone can thrive.

“At the heart of Pride Action North, we find a community-driven spirit that fuels our commitment to empower lives and champion inclusivity. Working here is not just a job; it’s a shared journey towards creating a space where everyone can thrive. – Angela Brudenell, Charity Manager, Pride Action North

Our Mission and Values: A Guiding Force

At PAN, our mission is clear:

“to create a holistic and inclusive community where everyone can thrive. We are committed to raising awareness through education and collaboration, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.”

These values—Acceptance, Advocate, and Working Together—shape our organisational culture and guide our actions.

PAN’s recently unveiled Three-Year Strategic Plan (2024–2027) is a roadmap for our future, designed to strengthen our position as a leading champion for the LGBTQIA+ community.

As a PAN team member, your work will directly contribute to the strategic priorities outlined in the plan, which include organisational capacity strengthening, enhanced inclusivity, robust partnerships, LGBTQIA+ empowerment, effective communication, and vibrant engagement.

Why Work at Pride Action North?

Mental Health and Wellbeing Worker Role: A Vital Position

As we expand our services to meet the evolving needs of the LGBTQIA+ community, we are actively seeking a Mental Health and Wellbeing Worker. This role is pivotal in supporting LGBTQIA+ children and young people, contributing to the objectives outlined in our strategic plan. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Worker will be responsible for developing, delivering, and supporting various mental health and wellbeing support groups and interventions, ensuring that they receive the necessary support.

“Being a Trustee at Pride Action North is not just about governance; it’s about crafting a narrative of acceptance, advocacy, and unity. Together, we shape a future where everyone, regardless of their identity, finds solace, support, and strength within our vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.” – Erica Rothwell, Trustee, Pride Action North

How to Apply: Join the Pride Action North Team

If you are passionate about mental health, LGBTQIA+ issues, and making a positive impact, we invite you to apply for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Worker role at Pride Action North. Visit www.prideactionnorth.org.uk/careers to find out more.

If you’re interested in other roles with PAN, keep an eye on our career’s page in 2024, as we plan to recruit into other roles.

In a bold move towards a more inclusive future, Pride Action North (PAN) is proud to unveil its transformative three-year strategy, spanning from 2024 to 2027. This strategic roadmap marks a pivotal moment in PAN’s evolution, aiming to solidify its position as the foremost champion for the LGBTQIA+ community in the North of England.

Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Pride Action North said:

“Our journey, started in 2017, has been a testament to the power of conversation and collective voices. From hosting pride to becoming a comprehensive support system for LGBTQIA+ people, PAN has undergone a significant transformation. The three-year strategy is the culmination of a reflective process, and a commitment to addressing emerging community challenges through a clear Theory of Change.”

Our new strategy

PAN’s new strategy seamlessly integrates a fresh brand identity and an expanded suite of services, reflecting our commitment to growth, inclusivity, and empowerment. As we look ahead, eight strategic priorities have been identified to guide us on our mission.

A cornerstone of our strategy is the commitment to refocus power and resources, addressing the unique needs of both rural and urban LGBTQIA+ communities. By doing so, we aim to create a more equitable and accessible support system for everyone.

PAN’s mission, “to create a holistic and inclusive community where everyone can thrive,” is supported by three core values: Acceptance, Advocate, and Working Together. These values guide our actions, ensuring a non-judgmental space, advocacy for equitable rights, and collaborative efforts to make a positive impact.

To effectively respond to the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ people, PAN has developed a Theory of Change. This blueprint outlines how we will address issues such as isolation, access to support, and more. It serves to steer PAN towards meaningful and impactful interventions.

Looking Ahead

As PAN embarks on this exciting journey outlined in our three-year strategy, we invite our stakeholders, supporters, and the LGBTQIA+ community to join hands in shaping a future where Pride Action North stands as a strong, trusted, and indispensable ally.

Angela Brudenell, Charity Manager at Pride Action North said:

“This strategy is not just a roadmap; it’s a commitment to staying true to our mission, values, and the evolving needs of our diverse and vibrant community.”

The future of PAN is promising, and this strategy sets the course for an impactful and prosperous road ahead. You can download and read our new strategy here. If you need this document in a different format, please contact us here.

TOGETHER: WE ARE STRONGER

A NEW major fundraising event celebrating the progress of LGBTQIA+ communities and a charity’s own remarkable development has been launched.

Pride Action North (PAN) is hosting the inaugural Progression Ball and Awards ceremony on February 2, 2024 to mark the beginning of LGBT+ History Month in recognition of the work being carried out by organisations and individuals to make the North East a more inclusive, diverse and accepting place for all.

The event, to be held at the Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, will include a night of entertainment, a three course meal, an exhibition of Gilbert Baker Foundation’s and ReportOUT’s Flag in the Map Project, an auction, raffle and games, and inspirational stories from a range of LGBTQIA+ people.

In addition, there will be an awards ceremony rewarding the efforts of people across the region in promoting and supporting local communities.

The evening will also be a celebration of the transformation PAN has undergone as a charity too. Earlier this year, the organisation was rebranded from
Northumberland Pride to encapsulate the wide range of support services it now provides across the whole of the North East.

To add to the fun, attendees are asked to come dressed in one – or all – of the colours of the Progression flag – the more colourful, the better.

Darren Irvine-Duffy, the charity’s chair, said: “All associated with Pride Action North are extremely excited to be able to launch the inaugural Progression Ball and Awards to celebrate the amazing achievements of LGBTQIA+ people and entire communities.

“PAN itself has been on an incredible journey and 2023 has been a milestone year which resulted in a major rebrand and new website being created, and the
organisation goes from strength to strength by being able to offer a wider range of support and advocacy to more people across a larger geographical area.

“The fact that we are able to stage something as major as the Progression Ball shows just how far we have come as a charity, and we’re going all out to make sure the event is something which forever stays in the memory of all involved.

“This is the perfect opportunity to further unite LGBTQIA+ communities and, to use PAN’s motto, show that ‘together we are stronger’.”

Nominations are now open for the awards in the following categories:

Darren said: “We know first hand of the amazing work which is carried out to support LGBTQIA+ communities across the North East and we look forward to sharing these inspirational tales to a wider audience, and showing a shared appreciation to the people going above and beyond to make sure people feel accepted for exactly who they are.”

The Progression Ball and Awards, to be held on Friday, February 2, is sponsored by Newcastle Building Society, and Ability Consultants, with further sponsorship from Square One Law, NE Youth, Margaret Rose Events, Fluid Bookkeeping, 32West, ReportOUT and Silk Route Spirits.

Chris Keay, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Sponsor of the LGBTQ+ Network at Newcastle Building Society, said: “At Newcastle Building Society supporting inclusivity isn’t just a ‘nice to do’: working proactively to tackle barriers in the workplace is core to how we operate, especially when it comes to attracting the next generation of talent.

“We’re committed to being an inclusive organisation, both as a place to work through our colleague-led inclusive networks, and in our approach to local communities through involvement in this year’s Northern Pride March and support of Newcastle Frontrunners LGBT 5K Race. That’s why it’s a pleasure to help Pride Action North deliver its first awards ceremony, celebrating the achievements of some of the region’s most inspirational LGBTQ+ people.”

Julie Clark, from Ability Consultants, said: “At Ability Consultants, we firmly believe in the power of diversity and inclusion. We are excited to align ourselves with an event that shares our values and works tirelessly to create a more equitable world for all.

“We are honoured to be part of this event and stand alongside the LGBTQIA+ community in their journey towards equality and acceptance. We believe that by working together, we can build a future where diversity is celebrated and all individuals are valued for who they are.”

To book your tickets for the Progression Ball and Awards and to nominate somebody for an award, visit: www.prideactionnorth.org.uk/awards.