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Corporate Giving Pack

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Who are we? 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.

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Our accommodation We currently have 12 bedsits in Newcastle City Centre. These are not for emergency access. The flats are for single people and are self-contained. This means that each flat has its own front door, kitchen, bathroom, living room and bed area. All of the flats are fully furnished, including bedding, towels, kitchen utensils, and a first week's basic shop and toiletries. Cooking, cleaning, and paying for items such as electricity and water will be the responsibility of the young person; with help of a support worker to learn the necessary skills if needed. Support is available to residents from our Project Workers Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. We help them settle into their flat and when ready, we can help them to move on to independent living. The maximum time to stay in one of our flats is 18 months, but we do help young people find somewhere to move on to. In addition we expect residents to attend regular support sessions whilst they are living in one of our properties.

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Support, Information and Advice At the Outpost Housing Project our team can give information and advice on a range of support topics including: • Housing • Emotional difficulties • Sexual orientation and coming out • Education, training and employment • Claiming benefits • Independent living skills • Drug & alcohol use • Sexual health

Youth development activities We provide a range of activities for our service users designed to challenge them, help them grow as a person, try new things, and of course enjoy themselves! With opportunities to take part in a variety of activities such as: • Art Gallery, cinema and theatre visits • Involvement with LGBT History Month and Northern Pride •Ice skating and rock climbing • Meals out and coffee mornings • Day trips to theme parks such as Alton Towers • Residential trips to places like Kielder or the Lake District

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Case study This is Stephen’s Story:

“When my college friends 'outed' me as being gay to my parents my dad didn’t really want me … he couldn’t understand what I was going through. It caused arguments at home. I started doing really badly at college and ended up leaving. Things at home got really difficult and my Mum and Dad told me to go away and sort my life out. I ended up sofa surfing and didn’t know what to do next. That’s when I found out about Outpost, where I could get support and a place to live, and I could get my life back on track. My support worker would sit down with me and a coffee and talk to me about my lifestyle, my plans for the future and anything else I wanted. I learnt how to pay bills, and shop for myself, and how to plan for what I want to do in the future. I’ve started back at college and feel like I have a future for the first time since my family turned their back on me. I have been given the confidence and support I needed to live on my own!"

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Strategic partnerships The Outpost Housing Project has developed a scheme for your company to fulfil its long term objectives whilst maximising the positive impacts made by our charity in the process. This exciting relationship aims to engage all of your stakeholders as you support homelessness in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community through in kind donations and fundraising activities. Our Fundraising and Communications Officer will work closely with you to understand your aims in supporting The Outpost Housing Project before developing a sustainable fundraising plan together, which will ensure you meet your key performance indicators and achieve key corporate and social responsibility goals associated with your policies and our values. In addition, The Outpost Housing Project is host to various events and marketing campaigns throughout the year which will give your company the opportunity to be involved with tailored sponsorship packages or by participating in a corporate led activity for your customers.

Until difference doesn’t matter anymore

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Charity of the year Adopt the Outpost Housing Project as your charity for the year. It is a brilliant way to demonstrate your commitment to the LGBT community whilst inspiring your employees and customers to fundraise for our charity, in turn raising awareness. Our Fundraising and communications officer will work closely with you to understand your aims in supporting The Outpost Housing Project and as part of your partnership we will provide you with a structured plan to assist the delivery of your objectives, including:  Direct support from the Fundraising and Communications Officer  A bespoke calendar of events  Press and PR provision  Outpost merchandise  Corporate volunteering opportunities The Outpost Housing Project exists until difference doesn’t matter, therefore adopting us as your charity of the year will contribute towards this mission.

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Employee fundraising The Outpost Housing Project’s Fundraising and Communications Officer will develop a tailored plan with you to encourage employee fundraising within your company whilst providing support, ideas and tons of enthusiasm to ensure succession for both your company and Outpost. Our website details a comprehensive A-Z of fundraising ideas to assist your plans and we can also provide you with sponsorship forms, balloons, marketing and t-shirts too!

For those members of staff who are looking for an alternative of supporting The Outpost Housing Project, then a sustainable way to do this is through Payroll giving, where donations are taken before tax, giving immediate tax relief on the donation. In addition, we are happy to arrange employee volunteering opportunities so that your employees can gain and enhance numerous skills including: project management, teamwork, mentoring, fundraising and communication skills.

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Sponsorship The Outpost Housing Project have a strategic plan of events that are available for sponsorship throughout the year, which is a great way for you to support our charity whilst gaining brand awareness for your company.

A tangible link between your company and Outpost can be promoted during fundraising and marketing campaigns, activities and high-profile events showing your backing for the valuable work that we do at Outpost. The wide range of sponsorship opportunities we currently have include tangible benefits such as; PR, brand association, commercial benefits and corporate social responsibility communicated through a range of multi – media resources and campaigns. Gaining sponsorship allows us to host events which in turn raises awareness of The Outpost Housing Project and increases fundraising income.

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Further Information Fundraising Materials Outpost can provide you with various resources to assist with your activities and events. Please let our Fundraising and Communications Officer know if you would like any of the following: • Collection buckets and tins • T shirts • Sponsorship forms an regular giving forms • Leaflets, brochures and flags Donations £1.50 would pay the metro fare for a young person to attend a housing appointment. £10 would buy material or equipment when teaching skills for example cleaning or cooking. £50 will provide funding for the first week's shop of a young person moving into their new flat helping them become established with basic toiletries, cleaning materials and food. £500 will provide funding for a young person to access a course on Mountaineering in the Lake District, building independence, self-confidence and leadership skills. £1,500 will enable us to provide a CRISIS fund for a year which we access to help prevent young people become the victims of sexual exploitation. £2,120 will completely furnish a new flat. We currently have 8 flats and would like to double the number of flats we can make available to young people in need. £3,500 would help us create and maintain a new drop-in facility to help equip young people with the skills they need to move on from our accommodation and live independently; and help us do preventative work with families to avoid young people becoming homeless.

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Contact us If you would like to discuss any of the opportunities detailed in this pack, then please contact Krissie Akrill, Fundraising and Communications Officer on Krissie@outpostproject.org or 0191 281 0099 www.outpostproject.org

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The Outpost Housing Project - Corporate Giving  

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