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Closed 19/10/2017

raised of £10,000 target by 230 supporters

    Weʼve raised £11,461 to start the UK's 1st LGBTIQ+ CRISIS HOMELESS SHELTER Colleagues, friends & activists creating a free, independent, grassroots project

    Funded on Thursday, 19th October 2017

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    We have reached the £8k target to buy Status Quo's first tour bus to use as a crisis, homeless winter shelter for the LGBTIQ+ community here in London! It has 12 bunks & all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay whilst we work to support guests to safety. We are continuing to fundraise for the initial start up costs of the project eg: first aid kits, training, laundry & kitchen appliances & the endless amount of socks & shower gel we will need.

    Why are we LGBTIQ+ specific?
    Our community are at a higher risk of domestic violence, abuse by family, sexual violence, drug & alcohol addiction, mental illness, self harming, poverty, discrimination at home & work, hate crimes & 1/4 of all homeless youth identify as LGBTIQ+ (there has been no data collected for 25+)

    We are less likely to seek support from ‘mainstream’ services due to the ongoing prejudice & stigma we face.
    The question isn’t why do we need an LGBTIQ+ shelter – the question is why don’t we already have one?

    Thats what we asked ourselves, & during the closure of the winter shelters 2016/17 we started to develop this grassroots, independent project.

    Who are we?
    We are LGBTIQ+ colleagues, friends & activists who work in the Homeless sector & have lived experience of homelessness & the complex issues our community face.

    When will it open?
    We are planning to open for winter 2017. Our goal is to be open year round depending on on-going support & funding.

    What can I do to help?
    Funding: Please donate as much as you can towards the project.
    If you are planning an event/marathon etc & would like to make us the beneficiary please get in touch so we can promote you.
    If you are interested in making a pledge to buy advertising space on the side/back of the bus to support us with funding, please contact

    Volunteers: We are recruiting. Please email for the role & application form.

    Keep up to date through our & twitter/Instagram - @LGBTQoutside

    Thankyou for your support!
    The Outside Project Team



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      Page last updated on: 10/19/2017 07.46



      • Pip


        Oct 19, 2017


      • Cecile C

        Cecile C

        Oct 18, 2017


      • Team AFP

        Team AFP

        Oct 18, 2017

        Merch takings from "Who Dragged Amanda Palmer?" :) <3


      • Her Upstairs

        Her Upstairs

        Oct 18, 2017


      • Anonymous


        Oct 18, 2017

        This project is wonderful. I wish you all the luck in the world

      • Anonymous


        Oct 17, 2017


      • Anonymous


        Oct 17, 2017

        Here's to success!

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      Carla Ecola

      Carla Ecola


      Carla Ecola- Founder & manager. Several years experience working on the LGBTIQ+ scene & within frontline homelessness services in London - currently an outreach worker. Lived experience of LGBTIQ+ complex & homelessness issues.

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