Steps to Sustainability: Open Table Network secures funding for spiritual and wellbeing support for LGBTQIA+ communities 

Yasmin Jiang

11 November 2020

Following the launch of our ‘Steps to Sustainability’ initiative in October 2020, we are happy to announce that the Open Table Network has secured a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, with our support. 

Open Table Network is a partnership of LGBTQIA+ Christian communities hosted by inclusive churches across northern England. The group is embarking on a six-month project to help individuals in the Open Table Network communities and the wider LGBTQIA+ community through this difficult period of increased isolation. With this grant, Open Table Network will support and promote spiritual, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing-for LGBTQIA+ people by:

  • Sustaining existing communities
  • Fostering new ones
  • Enhancing the online presence of these communities
  • Making resources and support more accessible
  • Promoting greater awareness of Open Table Network and their commitment to creating safe sacred spaces for everyone

Open Table Network was one of the first groups we have supported through ‘Steps to Sustainability’. We’re very encouraged by their momentum: it goes to show how a small amount of considered support at a key moment can go a long way.  Steps to Sustainability will provide the same free, one-to-one coaching and hands-on support to 60 other VCSE groups having social impact in hard-hit areas of the UK.