Club Kali Network (CIC) supports LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer) people from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) backgrounds to reduce isolation by providing safe social events. Our service users/members experience a range of mental / physical health issues in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. As BAME people the needs around their experience of issues required appropriate support and interventions eg, domestic abuse/forced marriage (from family members), health, self-harm, addiction, homelessness, stigma, discrimination etc.
We run monthly club nights and social events mainly in Camden, North London. Our event volunteers support members by listening, peer support, ‘buddy’ introductions to other members and social/Meet-Up Groups and to community partners (other charities or service providers such as NHS Health) present at our events.
Our events are open to all LGBTQI+ people, we have been running for 25 years by providing a safe space that is unique, welcoming to all nationalities and faith. The way we run our events provides a sense of validation and acceptance to LGBBTQI+ individuals and South Asian identity through music and cultural celebrations. Our reach extends across the UK and is international though our events are based largely in London.