Supporting London’s gay & bisexual young men since 1997
OutZone is a popular (and friendly!) youth project for gay & bisexual men aged 25 and under. It has been operating since Valentine’s Day 1997 and is a safe & confidential service provided by the youthwork staff team from PACE – The leading health and well-being charity for the LGBT communities in London.
There’s no pressure to be anything other than who you are
OutZone offers lots of support for everyone at all levels of being ‘out’ (or not), and there’s no pressure to be anything other than who you are.
Our busy (super cool!) weekly group offers a varied programme of events and information sessions, and is a safe place to meet new people away from the ‘commercial’ gay scene in London. Confidential one2one support is available (by appointment) outside of group times around any issue, or if you don’t quite feel ready to come along to the group. Read on for more information about OutZone and what we do…
‘OutZone helped me make my first gay friends’ (OutZone member aged 17)
At a regular weekly OutZone session (if there is such a thing), between 15 – 20 young men usually come along to the group – often more, but sometimes less. The average age of group members is between 17 and 23 years old, though OutZone is generally open to all young men aged 25 and under.** You don’t have to come along every week, or stay for the whole session if you decide it’s not for you.(**You may be asked to prove your age and/or identity.)
OutZone meets every Friday (6.30pm – 9.30pm) at its base in Islington, North London (Caledonian Road Tube, Piccadilly Line – 3 minutes). If you email us, (firstname.lastname@example.org) we’ll send you a map with full directions, including tube, train and bus routes. We aim to answer all emails within 5 days. If a member of the youthwork team is unavailable if you decide to telephone (020 7700 1323 – office hours), please leave a contact number (or email address) and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
New members come along to the group every week!
~ A safe, friendly weekly meeting place in North London every Friday evening
~ Make friends & meet people of your own age – away from the ‘gay scene’
~ Confidential* one2one help & support around any issue
~ Information about what to expect if you access ‘commercial’ gay venues
~ Regular social events, workshops and trips out in and around London
~ Sexual health information and FREE resources
~ Regular email newsletter delivered direct to your inbox
~ Active Facebook Group and email support
~ On-line support & information pages inc. latest weekly events information
~ An opportunity to take part in FREE residential weekends & annual events
talking about stuff CAN help
Confidential One2one sessions with a member of staff are available – by appointment (outside of group times) – and can help you to deal with any issues that may be impacting on the way you live your life. You might also just want to meet up for a one to one before you come along to the group for the first time, to find out more about what we do. We are also able to provide on-going support by email and telephone to existing youth group members. Find out more about One2one support sessions here.
Finally, OutZone can help ‘point you in the right direction’ (no pun intended!) if you’re ‘new’ to gay life in London, and gives you the opportunity to meet people of your own age, in a safe and supportive environment.
You’ve made it this far…
…maybe its time to explore YOUROutZone?