PACE is committed to providing a safe and welcoming ‘youth-friendly’ space for its younger users. Its range of specialist youth projects and support services are designed to be easy to contact, confidential* to access and engaging to be part of. Find out more about the PACE Youth Network (at PACE).
The OuZone Youth Project for gay and bisexual young men was initially formed [in 1997] in response to local & government targets relating to HIV prevention, mental health & suicide, all areas where gay & bisexual young men are known to be at (increased) risk.
PACE Youth Network is the name we use to describe our unique (and diverse) family of projects and services for young LGBT people from right across London and beyond who choose to access them. Each project is staffed and managed by PACE who employ lesbian, gay and bisexual youth workers.
Our youth projects and separate weekly groups (for gay and bisexual young men, lesbian and bisexual young women and all lgbt teens aged under 18) offer a safe and regular meeting place with good transport links. The youth projects operate a joined up way of working and offer a rolling programme of issue-based workshops and recreational activities – and social networking opportunities with other young people – away from the pressures of the commercial gay scene.
The main purpose of our work is to provide educational and recreational opportunities for lgbt young people that supports emotional health and well being and promotes good sexual health. We achieve this by providing weekly youth groups for young men, young women, and under 16’s through a structured youth and group work programme, residential weekend courses and by offering free and confidential one2one emotional support.
PACE Youth Network:
Young Men aged 25 and under
Contact Andy at OutZone: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Women aged 25 and under
Contact Becky at Girl Diva: email@example.com
LGBTQ aged under 18
Contact Tim at First Move: firstname.lastname@example.org
The vast majority of young people that access our projects also ‘just want to meet others and have FUN’ …and they do!
We work primarily with the London boroughs of Haringey, Enfield and Barnet, however, young people from all over the capital are able to access our projects.
Our primary funders:
With the continued and valuable support from our primary funders (and partners) – Enfield Council, Haringey Council, Enfield PCT, Haringey TPCT (Joint Enfield & Haringey HIV Prevention Partnership) – OutZone (and Girl Diva) has been able to evolve and develop to provide a unique health and well-being service that also helps to meet the social and recreational needs of young people from across London.
The main aims of our work are to:
Build self-esteem and confidence by providing invaluable peer and one2one support
Promote a positive self-image & identity through structured group work sessions and discussions
Provide speedy, uncomplicated access to information, including sexual health and HIV prevention information, resources or referral
Ensure lgbt young people in London are happy, healthy and socially included.
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Coming out, sexual health concerns, parental or peer attitudes and homophobic prejudice are all issues we deal with a lot and can be quite distressing for some, so to make things easier, we are now able to provide extra one2one support outside of group times, if requested.
Girl Diva members preparing for Pride London (© 2008)
However… not everyone that comes along to our youth groups has a problem or needs extra support – the majority of young people that use the youth groups just want to have FUN and meet others without the pressure that is sometimes associated with the ‘gay scene’ in London. Many young people are unable or unwilling to go to pubs & clubs – youth groups are a great place to make new friends & socialise AWAY from the gay scene!
Our popular youth projects can provide:
A safe & relaxed, weekly meeting place to make friends of your own age
Information about ‘lgbt life’ and services in London – and what to expect
Sexual health information/resources and/or referral
The chance to meet other young people who understand how you feel – and essential peer suppport.
Interesting and FUN weekly group events away from the ‘gay scene’
Continuity, in a sometimes chaotic city (?!)