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we are Explorers

Safe Spaces for Young People to Explore their Identities

 
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Who We Are

The Young People of Today are the Leaders of Tomorrow

We Are Explorers is a non-profit community group based in Leigh that offers safe spaces, socialisation and support for local LGBTQ+ identifying, exploring and questioning young people.

Explorers is our free youth group for LGBTQ+ 13-19 year olds based at Patrick House in Leigh. Planned activities include movie nights, escape rooms, cooking sessions, art workshops, archery, nature walks, attending Pride events and much more!

As advocates for youth leadership, we actively encourage young people aged 25 and under to join our board of trustees or junior board for those aged under 18.

We also offer workshops to the local community, volunteering and fundraising opportunities. 

Jam Unjarred offers entrepreneurship training, skills and work experience for LGBTQ+ artists, makers and producers from across the North West.


Why not support us today? Sponsor a young person from £2.50 a month, make a one-off donation or host your own Pride-themed fundraiser at work or school!

 

Our Services

We Are Explorers supports the local community in Leigh to help nurture our LGBTQ+ youth.

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Explorers

Youth Group for 13-19 Year Olds

Based in Leigh, Explorers is a fun, free social group for LGBTQ+ identifying, exploring and questioning youth.

Every month has a new theme, a new badge to earn and new exciting activities to get involved with, thanks to our fantastic community links.

Our team of enthusiastic youth workers will support, inspire and empower every young person to achieve their full potential.

Email jam.explorers@yahoo.com for more information.

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Supporters

Workshops for Businesses, Schools and Families

Do you want to:

  • Support your LGBTQ+ employees or students?

  • Make your local business a safe space to the LGBTQ+ community?

  • Meet and mix with other parents, carers and guardians of LGBTQ+ youth?

  • Learn more about the local LGBTQ+ community in Leigh?

We Are Explorers offers a range of bespoke workshops for the local community. Contact us today for further information.

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Fundraisers

Real-life Community Superheroes

As a non-profit organisation, we need your help to keep us going!

Why not have a bake sale in the office, a rainbow-themed dress down day at school or even dare a sponsored skydive?

Make a one-off donation today or make it last a lifetime by sponsoring a young person from as little as £2.50 a month.

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Jam Unjarred

Supporting LGBTQ+ Artists, Authors and Makers

If you identify as LGBTQ+ and are a budding entrepreneur, artist, maker, creator, producer etc., then we need you!


Jam Unjarred is our latest project showcasing the very best of LGBTQ+ produce from across the North West.

We'll give you an online and offline presence to sell your wares, training, skills and confidence in running your own business as well as valuable work experience.

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Trustees

we are Explorers

Our Trustees are our decision-makers, leaders and mountain-movers.

As keen proponents of youth leadership, we aim to have as many under 25 year-olds on our board as possible, to help ensure we're always moving forwards with our young peoples' best interests at heart.

Volunteer Team

Young Trustees

Youth Leadership

For our young people who want to get involved with the decision-making, leadership and politics of running a community interest group.

Our Young Trustees are Explorers aged 13-19 who feedback their thoughts, feelings and decisions back to the board of trustees to ensure that their voices are being heard.

 

Here’s What’s New

Don’t Be the Last to Know!

Say Hello at Wigan Pride!

August 14, 2021

Youth worker Jam will be at the TYSS stall at Wigan Pride representing Explorers!

Say hello, find out more about our new youth group in Leigh and grab some free stuff too!

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Jam with Jam at Pride in Leigh!

August 21st, 2021

Jam along with Jam at Pride in Leigh's event at Spinner's Mill.

There'll be music, freebies and tonnes of information on how to get involved with our new LGBTQ+ youth group, Explorers!

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Join Explorers at their Grand Opening!

TBC - September 2021

Free to all LGBTQ+ identifying, exploring and questioning 13-19 year-olds.

Join us at Patrick House for 2 hours of fun as we begin our journey as Explorers in Leigh.

Email jam.explorers@yahoo.com for more information!

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Contact Us

Interested in getting involved with Explorers and discovering more about our work? Contact us today and see what we have to offer!

Patrick House, 58 Leigh Road, Leigh WN7 1QR

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