Since 2012, ReachOUT has existed to promote, preserve and protect the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersex refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE EQUALITY AND DIGNITY OF THOSE SEEKING REFUGE FROM HARM IN THE UK DUE TO THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND/OR GENDER IDENTITY.
WHY OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS US
REACHOUT WORKS TO HELP LGBT+ REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS BOOST THIR SELF ESTEEM TO BECOME ACTIVE, CONFIDENT AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITIES WITHIN WHICH THEY LIVE. REACHOUT PROVIDES A SAFE SPACE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO START TO REBUILD A SENSE OF SECURITY AND SELF WORTH AFTER EXPERIENCING PERSECUTION DUE TO THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND/OR GENDER IDENTITY.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR...
Nominated for 'LGBT Community Organisation of the Year' by the National Diversity Role Model Awards in 2014.
Delivered LGBT+ refugee & asylum sensitivity training to over 200 participants in a variety of sectors.
Established strong links with student groups across Leeds, as well as the LGBT+ sector and refugee services across Yorkshire.
Hosted a variety of capacity-building activities, including yoga, self-defence and relationship coaching.
We currently support 69 individuals from 19 different countries.