Spring is in the air and the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful green spaces of our local area.

forum+ is excited to share details about our programme of active, adventure and outdoor events.

Mind, the mental health charity, has advised that being outdoors can improve your mood, reduce stress and help you feel more relaxed. At forum+ we love interacting outdoors and there is much to enjoy across Camden and Islington!

Over the spring and summer months, we invite LGBTQ+ people and their friends to engage in our outdoor social support groups.

Upcoming highlights include the forum+ Spring Walk, kayaking at The Pirate Castle in Camden, a visit to Freightliners City Farm and many more opportunities to get active and outside with forum+.

Ham & High: Tessa Havers-Strong invites LGBTQ residents to get outdoors with forum Tessa Havers-Strong invites LGBTQ residents to get outdoors with forum (Image: forum+)

Camden and Islington nature reserves, parks, canal paths and waterways provide the most spectacular settings for our activities. It doesn't matter whether you're a total beginner or an experienced outdoor enthusiast – there's something for everyone and you are welcome to join with forum+!

Our active groups are free, fun and a great way to meet new people. Many of our activities and wellbeing walks finish at cafes where we enjoy refreshments and an informal social. In the summer we look forward to picnicking together and getting on the grill again for another community cookout.

We understand that engaging in outdoor activities isn’t for everyone and every month forum+ will continue to deliver our online events such as Incite! spoken word, the forum+ International Film Club and there will always be opportunities to get involved in events taking place indoors at local LGBTQ+ venues, community centres and spaces.

It is our mission to support LGBTQ people to feel visible, confident and that they have a stake in their local community. Collaborating and joint working with charities, community groups and residents across Camden and Islington is so important to forum+.

We are always looking to connect with welcoming spaces and venues. Please get in touch if you would like to collaborate and host a forum+ activity or event.

For updated information on all upcoming forum+ community engagement and events please email: info@forumplus.org.uk, follow forum+ social media: @forumplus and visit our website: forumplus.org.uk

  • Tessa Havers-Strong is director of forum+