Weʼre raising £10,000 to start the UK's 1st LGBTIQ+ CRISIS HOMELESS SHELTER Colleagues, friends & activists creating a free, independent, grassroots project
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We are fundraising 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.
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 you?
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 carla.ecola@LGBTQoutside.org
Volunteers: As soon as we have the venue we will be advertising for volunteers. Until then, please help us to make this happen by supporting our promotion & fundraising, sharing events & the Just Giving page.
Keep up to date through our Facebook.com/TheOutsideProject & twitter - @LGBTQoutside
Thankyou for your support!
The Outside Project Team
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Aug 21, 2017
Thank you and all the best! x
Aug 19, 2017
Great idea. Much needed.
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Aug 14, 2017
Dalston Superstore Bucket Collection. Thankyou!
Aug 14, 2017
Deptford Community Pride & Buster Mantis afterparty - raffle, cake sale & bucket collection. Thankyou to everyone for your support. We had such a great day! 🌈🚌❤️
Aug 13, 2017
Well done guys!
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About the fundraiser
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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