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Why support OutZone?

The ‘PACE Youth Survey’ asks specific questions about how our young users feel about their lives in relation to:

  • emotional health and well-being
  • family and support networks
  • experiences of bullying and discrimination
  • exercise, diet, nutrition
  • drug and alcohol use
  • sexual health and risk of HIV infection

Young people complete an initial youth survey needs assessment form when they first access our youth groups or other support services, and youth workers conduct follow up (or tracking) surveys at regular intervals, while they continue to stay engaged with us. Initial results reveal some continuing trends and worrying statistics about how lgbt young people in London feel at the point of accessing our services, for example:

  • 28% have attempted suicide by the time they reach us
  • 17% regularly think about harming themselves at point of contact
  • 19% are deliberately hurting themselves

In total 34% have attempted suicide, harmed themselves or thought about harming themselves in the 6 months prior to accessing support

  • 27% feel isolated often or most of the time
  • 20% never or only occasionally feel good about themselves
  • 17% never or only occasionally feel confident with other people
  • 30% feel worried/anxious often or most of the time

40% experienced negative reactions when they told someone about their sexuality - a significant number have told no one at all

  • 25% felt they would be in danger from someone they knew for being LGBT (commonly a family member)
  • 21% are being actively bullied at point of contact
  • 16% have used class A drugs

In all, 71% of young people who accessed PACE Youth services reported one or more of these indicators of need

We hope to publish further findings from the PACE Youth Survey, on our website, sometime during 2009.

Please help ensure our work continues

In the last 12 months alone, we've worked with more than 300 different young people, providing essential support and access to information around dozens of issues, including:

* sexual health promotion
* HIV/AIDS and STI prevention
* coming out and sexual identity
* rejection by family/friends
* isolation and loneliness
* homophobia and discrimination
* drug and alcohol use and misuse
* eating disorders and self-harm
* suicide attempts & emotional distress
* bullying at school, college & work
* physical and sexual abuse
* mental health concerns name just some.

Click here to donate securely online:

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To discuss other ways of helping, such as setting up a regular donation or leaving a legacy, contact PACE CEO Tim Franks on 020 7700 1323 or by email:

Volunteer Fundraising...
You may want to support us by becoming a volunteer fundraiser for PACE. This might involve helping out at pub nights, arranging other events and activities, doing collections. We are currently developing a scheme for this; in the meantime, phone the PACE office on 020 7700 1323 for more information.

About Gift Aid...
If you are a regular UK tax payer, your regular donations could be worth even more to us than your original donation. The Government's Gift Aid Scheme means that we can reclaim the tax you have already paid on your gift to us. That means that a gift of £10 from you will be worth £12.80 to us, at no extra cost to you.

The OutZone Youth Project at PACE is PROUDLY supported by: