Outpost, a charity that supports young LGBT homeless people, have just named Jackie Crozier as their newest ambassador.

Founded in direct response to a young girl who faced remaining in a homophobic and hostile environments or moving to the streets, Outpost has since come a long way since it was established in 1995 in the North East of England.

Outpost is a unique organisation in the North East with eight furnished bedsits, a referral scheme in a city centre location of Newcastle. However, with twenty five homeless LGBT youths for each flat vacancy, the organisation is in desperate want of development.

Jackie Crozier, founder and director of LadyRock Festival, is the organisation’s latest ambassador. It is hoped that Crozier’s wealth of experience in the charity and fundraising sectors and national recognition in the press, for both herself as an individual and for her dedicated work to the LGBT community, can help raise the profile of and develop further what Outpost does.

Wendy Hodgson, Service Manager at Outpost says, “We are so pleased and excited that Jackie Crozier has agreed to join The Outpost Housing Project as a National Ambassador. We know that Jackie has already made, and continues to make, a huge contribution to the LGBT community, and it is an honour to have gained her recognition and support for our work. We hope that Jackie will be able to encourage others to support us, and with her knowledge and success of fundraising, and events management, we are confident that with Jackie’s help, we will be able to raise awareness of our charity to a more national basis.”

Crozier is currently working with organisations including Oxfam and Alzheimer’s Society, and has held previous posts at charities Marie Curie and Manchester Pride.

Jackie said: “This is a cause I feel fully committed to and passionate about. What Outpost does as an organisation is truly very special. People forget that some young LGBT people don’t only face prejudice but also run the risk of being thrown out of their own homes. In some cases, individuals are forced to leave due to fear of their own safety. I could not possibly imagine feeling the streets would be safer for me than my own home; it’s shocking. I am thrilled to bring to Outpost my contacts, experience and name – in the hope that we can raise awareness of what a fantastic organisation it is, and develop it into a bigger and more powerful force to make sure young LGBT people do not have to live on the streets.”

To find out more about Outpost please see: www.outpostproject.org

LadyRock Festival is taking place on Saturday 26 May at Manchester Rugby Club, and is headlined by KT Tunstall. For more information please see: www.ladyrockfestival.com. A full archive of our press releases can be found in the ‘Press’ section of the site.

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