The Outside Project and Cardboard Citizens have joined forces on a series of workshops for people who identify as LGBTQIA+, are aged 16-25, and are affected by homelessness.

Participants will join together in workshops using theatre games, exercises and techniques over six weeks in May and June 2021, before a concluding week-long residency. The workshops will be led by Cardboard Citizens’ Associate Director Terry O’Leary, and supported by Youth Ambassadors from both organisations. The workshops will be held in a supportive and safe environment, with appropriate COVID-19 distancing in place.

The aim is to build friendships, share experiences, learn new skills, and produce a performance that reflects the lives of queer young people in London. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain PEARL employment qualifications.

The participants will include current Outside Project guests and community members, as well as people referred from other services including AKT, Gendered Intelligence, Single Homeless Project, Centrepoint, and more. The  project is funded by John Lyon’s Charity.

The Outside Project is an LGBTIQ+ Community Shelter, Centre and Domestic Abuse Refuge in response to those within the LGBTIQ+ community who feel endangered, who are homeless, ‘hidden’ homeless and feel that they are on the outside of services due to historical and present prejudice in society and in their homes.

Cardboard Citizens is the UK’s leading homelessness theatre company, and has been telling stories of homelessness inspired by its community of people with and without lived experience of housing instability for 30 years.

The project is supported by John Lyon’s Charity.