|These are times we never could have imagined just a few weeks ago. As you’ll know, this crisis represents a really desperate time for many of our siblings – particularly those who are older, with underlying health issues, homeless, refugees and QTIPOC. In times like this, our immediate instinct is to lean closer into our community. It has been inspiring to see our community find unique ways to unite in solidarity over the last couple of weeks in the face of it all. Our volunteers are in awe of all the amazing work being done by all our queer siblings. We will do everything we can to continue to stand with them in solidarity.|
Earlier this year we had made great progress with the project, we’d secured backing from Sadiq Khan to help us deliver the centre in his next term as Mayor of London. Due to the crisis, the Mayoral – and all other elections – have been postponed. We were also working on a bid proposal for a space which was due to be submitted early this summer. Of course, we are now unsure where this stands. Nevertheless, our work to bring the Centre to life continues. Once this crisis is over, community spaces will be more needed than ever.
Over the last few weeks, we have been speaking to LGBTQ+ charities to find out how we can support them through this crisis by lending our capacity and skills and working collaboratively to find out how we can be most effective. We’re pleased to be able to help them continue their vital work. For example, this week we were happy to help our friends at ELOP with sourcing the tech they need to stay connected and continue their vital work throughout this crisis.
We’ve also been focusing efforts on sharing the brilliant work that’s being done in our community, and the causes that need urgent awareness, fundraising and signal boosting. We want to put a spotlight on some of these brilliant causes now, and ask that you give them your support. We are particularly asking allies to donate to these causes if they can.
We have developed a list of resources available to the public for Coronavirus information and relief. Check it out here and please feel free to email us if you have something you want to add to the list.
|We are hoping that you are all staying well and encourage all who can to stay inside and follow social distancing guidelines. |
London LGBTQ+ Community Centre Project Volunteers.