We are LGBTIQ+ colleagues, friends & activists who work in the Homeless sector & have lived experience of homelessness & the unique, complex issues our community face. We volunteered to launch the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Crisis/Homeless Shelter & Community Centre. We launched publicly at London Pride 2017, campaigning alongside the passionate & talented LGBTIQ+ community of activists & artists.
During the summer 2017 we crowdfunded £11.5k. This enabled us to buy a 12 bed tour bus to host the shelter that winter. Through ongoing support from the community & grant funding from the local authority we were able to deliver a professional shelter &demonstrating the need for this vital service on a year round basis.
The shelter has a community centre at its heart to reach those more at risk of rough sleeping & bring together our community so that marginalised groups do not feel left ‘outside’. The centre will be a mix of cultural & artistic hub, offering safe daytime refuge & cafe space alongside queer led services, pop-up businesses & co-working space for marginalised groups. Holistic case work, advice, housing & employment support will be delivered by Stonewall Housing.
We will be collaborating with several LGBTIQ+ groups to make good use of the space, such as Queerseum, African Rainbow Family & Friends of the Joiners Arms.
The Outside Project is a homeless/crisis shelter & Community Centre in response to those within the LGBTIQ+ community who feel endangered, who are homeless, ‘hidden’ homeless & feel that they are on the outside of services due to historical & present prejudice in society & in their homes. Our aims:
We host & attend events & fundraisers to promote the project, reaching members of the community that hadn’t considered themselves to be in crisis or at risk of homelessness. We run workshops & sober spaces at community events eg: Pride events, Grassmovement Festival, Lush on Oxford Street & the Lush Summit, Teen Challenge, Trans Pride, youth camps.
We are very active on social media, building a large following across sites.
We are happy to attend team meetings & services to encourage better practise in services. It is especially helpful for us to attend HPU’s, homelessness services, physical, mental & sexual health services & drug & alcohol services.
We have presented the project at several appropriate meetings within the sector such as the East London Delivery Board, Homeless Link’s Outreach worker forum, Pan London Outreach Womens Network, Domestic Violence conferences, & Council & local service team meetings.
If you would like a member of our team to attend your service or deliver a workshop at your event, please contact Carla.