Four Pillars, Grampian’s LGBT+ charity and organiser of Grampian Pride is looking for a new home!!

On Friday 12th June 2020 The Market Village, managers of Aberdeen Market went into administration. Whilst this doesn’t always result in an immediate closure, we are all aware that Aberdeen City Council recently approved plans to pull down the market and replace it with new offices and smaller retail space. That means it is highly unlikely a new company will now take over from The Market Village in order to save the many independent traders inside the premises, including Four Pillars.

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are having to relocate and set up a new hub and LGBT+ safe space in the centre of Aberdeen. This will take money! We will of course be doing everything we can to get funding to help with this move, but we need your help too. Any donation of any size will contribute to insuring Four Pillars can continue to support LGBT + individuals and their families in Grampian.

“As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the globe, we have tried to adapt our services, as a local charity, to help those in need through the crisis and have been looking forward at the kind of support individuals will need in the future. As if things weren’t bad enough, we were informed on Friday that the Market Village has gone into administration. Aberdeen Market is our home, where over 100 people a month access our services. Over the past 14 months Four Pillars have put over £5,000 into the hub, making it look and feel comfortable, secure and safe for our clientele. We now need to find a new home and urgently”.

Rachael Beedie, Vice Chair at Four Pillars said “Whilst the board will be seeking funding to assist, we need community support to make this move happen. If we find a new premises, we will need to make it work for our community, this could mean adding fixtures and fittings to ensuring the building, where ever it is, is accessible and safe for everyone. That will take money, money as a small charity we do not have”.

We understand that due to COVID-19 many people will be struggling financially but are asking those that can, to support us in this hour of need. Without a home, a hub, a safe space, there is a real threat that Four Pillars as a charity will struggle and although we don’t want to think about it yet, there is a real chance of closure due to this latest challenge.