Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Out of the Can plus (OOTC+) project is to develop a pop-up café that is run by LGBTQ+ young people for young people, once a month on a Saturday to develop life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, health and food hygiene, and how to work together to develop a social enterprise.

OOTC+ have recognised there is a need to reach out to young people that are LGBTQ+ who live in more rural parts of Wiltshire who are struggling with their sexuality/gender identity, have feelings of isolation and unable to the access support due to the transport constraints or cost. Also, the added pressure of potentially not being out to their parents or friends.

Within the café we would also like to incorporate activities such as Art, Spoken Word and Music, by collaborating with other organisations and service providers. This will create the opportunity for young people attending the pop-up café to connect, enjoy and experience expressive therapy, this is something that has been proven to develop mental health and wellbeing, as not everyone can be expressive through talking.

OOTC+ is the only youth provision for LGBTQ+ young people in Swindon we would like to develop, grow this opportunity for young people to being able to access a safe space over the weekend which is run by young people who identify as LGBTQ+. This will be advertised across Wiltshire using Social Media and Posters on buses that access rural Wiltshire.

OOTC+ currently runs a weekly youth club within Swindon for LGBTQ+ young people to attend that enables young people to make friends, develop their self confidence and access support with other like-minded young people. OOTC+ allows young people to meet in a safe environment and talk openly about their Sexual or Gender identity, which is sometimes not possibly within the Family or Friends environment.

Young people who are LGBTQ+ are at high risk of the mental health, suicide, homelessness and drug and alcohol missus because of not feeling comfortable in who they are or accepted, not feeling support by their family, peers and feeling isolated. Therefore, OOTC+ can support the OOTC+ members, and provide the opportunity to build-on something that is safe for other young people to attend so they are not alone, where they can play games, sing, draw, eat, drink, meet and chat to other like-minded young people.

Facts from Mental Health Foundation
- Evidence suggests people identifying as LGBT are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health.
- Members of the LGBT community are more likely to experience a range of mental health problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and alcohol and substance misuse.
- The higher prevalence of mental ill health among members of the LGBT community can be attributed to a range of factors such as discrimination, isolation and homophobia. This can lead to members of the LGBT community feeling dissatisfied with health services, with mental health services most often perceived to be discriminatory.

Facts from Stonewall:
- Nearly half (45 per cent) of LGBT pupils - including 64 per cent of trans pupils - are bullied for being LGBT in Britain's schools. This is down from 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65 per cent in 2007.
- Nearly half (48 per cent) of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30 per cent said they had done so in the past year, while 59 per cent said they had at least considered doing so.

Out of the Can plus

Moment of Pride

OOTC+ has been able to set-up a network within the youth club environment where young people support each other, are able to share their stories and celebrate each other steps no matter how big or small their development is, this makes us very proud. OOTC+ has been running since 2004 in Swindon.

Location: Wiltshire, UK