The GMDC Foundation CIC
Dedicated to creating a healthier and better connected LGBT+ community in London.
Alex Scurr founded the GMDC in September 2015 as a weekly dance class. The company quickly developed into a safe space where people could share their experiences. The Foundation was created in response to evident needs within a community still burdened with external stigma and prejudice. A board of dedicated volunteers has been elected to run the Foundation, and our work supports already established LGBT+ charities.
Issues we are committing to tackle include:
● Mental health
● LGBT+ stigma, and young people’s education
● STI prevention measures
● HIV stigma
● Coming out
● Chemsex and substance abuse
● Support for the LGBT+ elderly
● Trans discrimination
Our partnered organisations can approach the Foundation directly for funding towards specific projects, programmes and events.
We will also be developing our own ideas to work with our partnered organisations, such as:
● Dance and performing arts classes for the LGBT+ elderly, helping them keep active in a fun, sociable way and create a sense of community, combating loneliness.
● Dance and performing arts classes in schools for children, giving them ‘normalised’ exposure to LGBT+ people.
● ‘Life Lessons’. Regular open events where people can learn life skills that they may not have previously learnt or want more information on, eg. saving money & budgeting, health/fitness and wellbeing, drug use harm reduction or employment skills.
● Self defence classes.
● Bring & Buy jumble sales. Get rid of all your old and wanted stuff, we’ll sell it on or recycle it.
The GMDC Foundation, with its partner organisations and the Gay Men’s Dance Company, want to increase support for the LGBT+ community in London, helping all to live better lives.