Media Release: Encampment is now a program of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT
Date 5 June 2017
The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is proud to announce Encampment will now be provided to Canberra's young under the Council's suite of services. Founded in 2013, Encampment is currently a non-residential camp for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) young people and their friends.
Encampment creates a safe and accessible space for young people to express who they are, build resilience, make new friends and most of all to have fun. Camp activities include workshops and projects on art, sexuality, gender, self-expression, mental health, coming out, activism, and sexual health.
These changes will provide funding for the program, which previously ran through grants, generous community donations and support from the Council. The new arrangements will also change how the Camp is run: still guided by young leaders and volunteers along with the support and coordination of Council Staff.
Encampment leader Lumiel said, "We are so pleased that the AIDS Action Council saw the potential of Encampment. We're enthusiastic about the future and sustainability of the program, and looking forward to leaping into organising this year's Camp."
Encampment will strengthen the diverse range of services and programs offered by the Council, ensuring that young members of the LGBTIQ communities in Canberra have access to support, information and resources.
The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is a community based non-profit organisation working with Canberrans towards the virtual elimination of new HIV transmissions by 2020. By collaborating with other service providers, community members and organisations we contribute to a strong and safe community that is free of discriminiation, marginalisation and stigma.
FInd out more about the Council and our diverse range of programs and events by viewing the services listed on our website or calling our team during business hours on 02 6257 2855.