The Ledward Centre (TLC), the new LGBTQ+ centre in Jubilee Street, has launched a campaign to raise funds to complete the first phase of the fit out, the café-lounge, kitchen and servery.
Donors are asked to donate £20, and to create their own ceramic tile which will then form part of a huge progress rainbow flag at TLC.
Chris Gull, Chair of the Brighton Rainbow Fund, which has recently acquired the lease on behalf of Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ communities, and has facilitated the community consultation and planning, said “We’re so excited to be turning our plans into reality. We need help from the LGBTQ+ community and our allies to get this first part of the project completed.
“The café-lounge is the centre piece of TLC, a safe, social space to drop into or to attend the many events – quizzes, cabaret, talks, supper clubs, lunch clubs – which will be arranged. A different kind of space for our communities, alcohol free, and exceedingly comfortable thanks to an extremely generous donation of sofas and chairs from DFS.
“We’re hoping that at least 250 people will get this initial fundraising off the ground, so please donate, reserve your place in our huge progress flag, and in Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ history
“Also please share the link to all your friends, relations and acquaintances and ask them all to help us reach our first goal.”
Duncan Lustig-Prean, Centre Director, added “We also have another ask. We need a team of volunteers to look after the donors when they come into TLC to ‘Make their Mark’.
“We will be arranging sessions for donors to come in, press their thumb into a pre-cut moist clay tile, write their name or a short message on the tile, and to choose a colour for the tile to be glazed in.
The Make Your Mark team will prepare the tiles and guide the donors through the process. Adam Ceramic, Brighton-based potter (familiar to many from last year’s Great Pottery Throwdown) will be making sure that you are fully trained.”
If you are interested in joining this team, email Billie Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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