The Rainbow Families committee members are:

Jenny Thompson – Co-Chair


A relatively new member to the Rainbow Family group after my partner moved from Bexhill to Brighton. I work in Worthing in a Sixth Form College and I am really looking forward to being the Co-Chair and helping to make a difference over the coming weeks and months




Lesley McCune – Co-Chair


Lesley is the co-chair of Rainbow Families. She and her partner joined Rainbow Families shortly after their son was born in 2010, and added a daughter to their family in 2012. She has been involved as a committee member in one role or another since joining the group and loves every minute of it. She says “We love the diversity and friendliness of the families within the group and the chance it gives our children to see families just like our own”. Outside of Rainbow Families Lesley works in publishing and continues to strive towards writing that next great novel!

Jenni Tellyn – Secretary / Parents-To-Be Lead

fullsizerenderJenni Tellyn is the Secretary of Rainbow Families and runs the Rainbow Parents-To-Be group for people embarking on their quest to become parents. She joined Rainbow Families in 2011 and co-parents two girls: Isabella, who was born in 2012, and Bibi, who was born in May 2015.




Chaun Wilson – Treasurer

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Project Leads:

Karen Young – Pride / Soft Play Team

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Rosie Hayes – Pride / Adult Socials & Christmas Party


Rosie organises events such as Pride, adult socials and the Christmas Party.

She is married to Dawn and they have a little girl Ella-Rae.

They moved to Brighton from London two years ago and have made lots of great friends in Rainbow Families.






Karen Bruce – Older kids Activities

karen_bruce_200Karen has been a member of Rainbow Families off and on for around 10 years, more recently as lead for older childrens activities which she is really enjoying with her two children (aged 9 and 10). She believes that members’ experience of the group changes as kids get older and start school and there is a tendency for families to drift away from the group but she hopes that with our recent funding we can continue to extend the reach of Rainbow Families to those older age groups. Not only is it a valuable link for the kids to others with similar family situations but also has been a really great support and social network for Karen both as a new mum back in the day and now as a single mum of 2.

Alan Harman – Older Kids Activities / Dads

AlanI have lived in Brighton for three years after having a long association with the city after my partner went to university here. We have two children and we joined Rainbow Families to let them meet other children with families just like ours.

We are planning to organise more events for the older children in the group so any suggestions you have please let me know! I am also keen to try and encourage more dads to the group – so if you know any dads that don’t know about us please get them to join up!


Tammy Grung – Soft Play Team & Social Media

tammy_200Tammy has been on the committee since 2014. She loves being part of Rainbow Families because it provides such great opportunities for our children to know other families who look like ours and families who don’t.

She has made fantastic friends here too. She is responsible for baby and toddler meet, soft play and she is part of the communications team (she runs the Twitter page).



Sue Pickerill – Soft Play Team

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Sarah Turner – Soft Play Team

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Katherine Macdivitt – Baby Meet Team

katherine_2_200Katherine and her partner, Kirstin, joined Rainbow Families when they moved to Brighton in March 2014, with their son Ben. Since their daughter Thea was born in January 2015, Katherine has been helping out with the monthly baby meets (and they also make an effort to get along to the monthly soft plays).

She says, “It’s just great that our kids will be growing up surrounded by other Rainbow Families, and the group has also really helped us feel at home in Brighton”.



Liz Wilson – Pre-school Meet

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Liz Griffiths – Single Parents

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Gabby Looney-Scofield – Adult Socials & Christmas Party

Hi. I am Gabrielle and I joined Rainbow Families in 2016, I moved to Brighton with my wife and twins from London, I work as a nutritionist and a chef.
We love Rainbow Families and have made some great friends within the group, I feel its really important to keep it going, we love attending events and meeting new people.

Maria Mitchell – Well-being

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Rachel Wilkinson – Well-being

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Lisa Harvey-Messina – Camping

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Rachael Holdsworth – History Pin & Oral History

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Kate Everall – Website

img_6908Kate and her wife joined Rainbow families in 2015 after giving birth to their son in April.

In 2016, she became a committee member and her role includes being part of the communications team; working primarily on the website. Kate works full time in the public sector as well as a part time blogger.