The Outpost Housing Project helps young people to find somewhere safe to live. This is our story . . .
In the early 1990’s a young lesbian called Wendy was faced with a choice of being homeless or continuing to tolerate homophobic abuse at home. In 1992 “The Wendy House” was established by a group of lesbian and gay workers who wanted to create a safe haven for Wendy and for other young men and women in a similar position. A partnership was developed with a local Housing Association keen to work with us and with a history of supporting LGBT people.
The project went through the process of becoming a Registered Charity and, by establishing a regular stream of funding; soon employed an administrator, and two project workers: one male, one female. The workers were then able to take the project forward, setting up the flats, and helping more young people. The project changed its name to The Outpost Housing Project in 1995.
In January 2011, we appointed a Service Manager to lead the strategic and operational management and development of Outpost, so that we can reach even more young people in need of support and housing.
Our staff team has grown to include a Fundraising and Communications Officer and Volunteer Coordinator who are helping us to grow and diversify the charity. Part of their work is to encourage corporate support and community involvement.