We are LGBTIQ+ colleagues, friends & activists who work in the Homeless sector & have lived experience of homelessness & the complex issues our community face. We volunteered to launch this service alongside the mega-talented & supportive LGBTIQ+ community in London.
Heather & Carla attaching the banner to the Pride Punx float at London Pride 2017
The Outside Project is a crisis night shelter service 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. We will:
*No hard/fast rule, case by case discussions
HOW LONG WILL WE BE OPEN FOR?
We will have an initial 2 month pilot. Winter Shelters are open from as early as October until as late as April. Some shut down over Christmas, referring into the Pan London service run by CRISIS – CRISIS at Christmas. We would like to operate for the full six months – mid October to mid-march & throughout Christmas & eventually all year round.
Where appropriate, referral agencies will take responsibility for the on-going casework & move on of their clients.
We will work with them to ensure our guests feel that their LGBTIQ+ identity is considered & supported during this process.
VISIBILITY, FUNDRAISING & PROMOTION
Our Crowdfunder page: TheOutsideProjectChristmas
Our first crowdfunding page raised £11461.
We use facebook to organise & promote all events. We have our largest following on this platform.
Twitter & Instagram: @LGBTIQoutside
Daniel Vs. The World & Meth at Her Upstairs – Queer Goes Nothing Fundraiser
Amongst the LGBTIQ+ community:
LGBTIQ+ venues & business’ have been very supportive of the project, often approaching us to organise fundraising events & inviting us to present the project. We will continue to build relationships & attend events within the scene to reach people. In future, we would like to discuss sponsorship & sell merchandise such as t-shirts, stickers/signage & badges with the Outside project Logo.
The wider community/non-scene:
To raise awareness of our service within the LGBTIQ+ community & wider London communities, we will aim to attend as many community events as possible on the bus eg: London Pride, Black Pride, Trans Pride, Lambeth Country fair etc. We would like to attend festivals such as Queer Spirit, Glastonbury, Grassmovement & Shamballa during the summer period as part of the health & wellbeing support services, raising LGBTIQ+ rights awareness & promoting a drug & alcohol free spaces. We will rent out bunks for the night in exchange for a donation. We will offer free bunks to the health & wellbeing services for festival go-ers.
Local Community Outreach:
Wherever the bus is parked we will do community outreach improving awareness & services locally. It would be especially helpful for us to attend HPU’s, homelessness services, physical & mental health services & drug & alcohol services.
We believe that 1-1 face to face contact is needed in as many services as possible to raise awareness of our service, our guest’s needs & support services to make any changes needed.
We will invite sponsored volunteers to stay at the shelter/on the bus in the weeks leading up to opening & access a support service that our guests will likely access e.g: a daycentre. This will be a great way to recruit & train volunteers, fundraise, promote the service & raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ needs in the services we will be signposting our guests to over the following months. The sponsored volunteer’s donation will also fund the volunteers suggested improvement for the support service e.g: start-up of an LGBTIQ+ forum, rainbow/trans flags, rainbow lanyards, badges & accessible signage for bathrooms.
We have presented the project at several appropriate meetings within the sector such as the East London Delivery Board, Homeless Links Outreach worker forum, Pan London Outreach Womens Network & the local council (to where the shelter will be based) multi-agency Homelessness tasking & targeting meeting. We will continue to attend relevant meetings & encourage the sector to increase awareness amongst their teams about the specific needs of the LGBTIQ+ community.