Wandsworth Oasis have awarded the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum a new round of funding to continue to deliver their 50+ LGBTQ+ Coffee Morning in partnership with the Furzedown Project. 

Now in it’s 4th year, the coffee morning, like many services and social groups, has faced huge challenges during the COVID crisis but has found new ways to develop and support the existing members. 

Mick Morrell, Furzedown Project Manager, said:

“I know the Coffee Morning has been a lifeline through the lockdowns to its members. Using WhatsApp, Zoom, and when permissible meeting in person has provided stepping stones to cross the swamp of isolation. That the group has stayed together supporting one another and recently celebrated its 4th birthday is testament to its value. With the new funding promised by Oasis we can look forward to a better year ahead and a 5th birthday celebration with a proper cake to share.”

Gill Perkins, Wandsworth Oasis CEO, said:

“Everyone at Wandsworth Oasis is delighted to be funding the 50+ LGBTQ+ Coffee Morning for the last 3 years.  It’s great for a funder to see a project develop and to be able to see its positive impact on so many people.  

Lockdown saw the project go from strength to strength as David moved the project online and actively worked with all the members in ways that worked for each individual to help them combat isolation and support one another.”

David Robson, Chair of Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and Coffee Morning Project Facilitator, said:

“As we emerge from the pandemic there is going to be a lot of work needed to be done on rebuilding our communities. 

Our funding ended back in May and it would have been a disaster for us to end the service at a time when people needed us most.

I’m so pleased Wandsworth Oasis have been able to fund us once again, until November 2021, to continue this important project.

Long may it continue.”