Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, is turning five and to celebrate the milestone, its volunteer ambassadors are taking on unique fundraising activities in The 5.0 Ambassador Challenge.
Fundraising challenges include running, roller skating, making a zine, singing a capella and livestream gaming to help raise money for LGBT+ young people ahead of School Diversity Week, the annual celebration of LGBT+ equality in education happening 21-25 June.
Volunteer ambassadors are hoping The 5.0 Ambassador Challenge will help improve the lives of LGBT+ young people who are twice as likely as their non-LGBT peers (52% vs 27%) to have felt lonely and separated from the people they are closest to on a daily basis during lockdown.
Over half (55%) of LGBT+ young people worry about their mental health daily, compared to just a quarter (26%) of non-LGBT+ young people.
Just Like Us' independent research found that LGBT+ young people who are also Black, disabled and/or eligible for free school meals face even greater challenges.
One in four (25%) LGBT+ secondary school pupils are experiencing daily tensions in the place they are living, while half (48%) say they have received little to zero positive messaging at school about being LGBT+ in the last 12 months.
Charity Just Like Us is celebrating five years of working with primary schools, secondary schools and colleges to make education more inclusive through school talks, Pride Groups and School Diversity Week, happening 21-25 June this year.