What are The Outside Project’s hopes for the future?
We’re in the process of opening our community centre in Southwark, which will be accessible to LGBTIQ+ people from any London borough, and are launching new groups and programmes at this location, such as the Queer Leaders Forum and the re-launched Cafe Queero Drop-In. After all the work grassroots and community groups have done over the pandemic, we don’t want to lose momentum, and we hope that the new community centre will facilitate this.
Is there an organisation or group you would like to see recognised for their support for people in Camden during the pandemic?
We’d like to recognise all the staff at Castlehaven Community Association, particularly Tricia, who have worked throughout the pandemic supporting local residents. They also opened their doors and community park to us on Christmas Day for our Christmas dinner takeaway service and for our Outsider Pride picnic event. They provide a best practice example for how mainstream community centres can support the entirety of their community, including LGBTIQ+ people.