The Africa Centre is excited to announce that it has secured a game-changing grant through the Propel initiative, a long-term funding collaboration that will give the capital’s civil society and communities the flexibility, trust, and capacity to make long-term, systemic change in London.

The funding will enable the delivery of a 12-month programme and create a safe space for Black LGBTQ+ community voices. A series of monthly events will bring a variety of queer community leaders together and provide an environment for open and frank conversations on issues around representation, progress, resources, opportunities, and challenges within the Black LGBTQ+ community. It is expected that sessions will be led and delivered by individuals with relevant lived experience.

The Centre is now recruiting for a Programme Coordinator to help deliver the year-long programme. We are keen to hear from anyone passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and with experience in delivering engaging and impactful programmes.

Nzube Ufodike, Trustee at The Africa Centre said, "This groundbreaking initiative will connect queer community leaders over a meal. It was inspired by an award-winning debut novel and will be run by the community, for the community. The facilitated meetings will help us share resources, develop frameworks, and sustainably grow resilient safe spaces within and between our marginalised groups. Working together, we shall address shared challenges faced when making space for us."

Propel is powered by London Funders and is being supported by a growing list of funders, including Bloomberg, City Bridge Trust – the City of London Corporation’s charity funder – The National Lottery Community Fund, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and main advice funders, such as Trust for London, coordinated by London Legal Support Trust. More information about the Propel collaboration is available here.