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.
Christmas is over, but our service is needed year round. Are you in crisis, homeless, sofa-surfing, survival sex-working? Reach us & Stonewall Housing:
☎️ tel: 0207 359 5767 (10am-1pm)
💻 online referral: CLICK HERE
The Outside Project Camden Hub. Castlehaven Community Association, 23 Castlehaven Road NW1 8RU
Origin Housing, St Richards House, 110 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BS
London Friend, 86 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DN
Monthly drop in sessions
cliniQ, 56 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AQ (for trans people)
Camden LGBT Forum Hub at Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
All services are free and confidential and all the venues are accessible for people with disabilities. No appointments necessary. (Pre-arranged appointments can be made for between 15.30 and 17.00) #homelesslgbtiqsolidarity #LGBTIQcommunitycentre #identityresponsiveservices
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 an LGBTIQ+ Community Centre at its heart to reach those more at risk of rough sleeping & bring together marginalised groups so that they do not feel left ‘outside’. The centre is a mix of cultural and artistic hub, offering safe daytime refuge & social space alongside queer led services, pop-up businesses & co-working space for marginalised groups. Holistic case work, advice, housing & employment support is delivered through our support team and partnerships with Stonewall Housing and other LGBTIQ+ and homelessness organisations.
There are so many incredible LGBTIQ+ and homelessness groups resident within the centre. Our long term collaborators have been Queerseum, Museum of Homelessness, Streets Kitchen,African Rainbow Family, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, Friends of the Joiners Arms and Save the Black Cap. We have welcomed new groups such as the Queer Youth Artist Collective, Voices4 and London Interesex and Trans Community Hub.
The Outside Project is a homeless/crisis shelter & LGBTIQ+ 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 regularly host & attend events & fundraisers to promote the project, reaching 'hidden homeless' 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 such as Pride events, Festival's, Lush soap shops & the Lush Summit, Teen Challenge, Gendered Intelligence Super Camp.
We are very active on social media, building a large following across sites.