Queer Migrants Project

Queer Migrants (QM) is a two-year Erasmus+ funded project done in partnership with four European partners. The ultimate goal of the project is to promote equal support from Adult Education for all beneficiaries, regardless of sexual identity, nationality or age, not only in each partner company but in the rest of the EU as well.

Previous research undertaken in the UK by the Office for National Statistics has found that sexual orientation formed part of the basis for an asylum claim in 3% of applications in 2019. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand how sexual orientation and gender identity affects migrants in both their home and receiving countries.

Objectives of the project:

The main aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of professionals in answering the needs of LGBTQI+ migrants. Many professionals are not given sufficient support and training to correctly deal with certain issues faced by this community. In order to do this we will:

    • Identify the issues that affect LQBTQI+ migrants. This will be done through highlighting the challenges and dilemmas LGBTQI+ migrants face in relation to the immigration processes and within society. The combination of identities (migrant and LGBTQI+) has meant that individuals may face more complex challenges in their everyday lives. Many seek help and support from third sector organisations.
    • Develop a sustainable training programme that will aid professionals working with LGBTQI+ migrants by equipping them with the knowledge and understanding needed to provide sufficient support.
    • Spread awareness of charities, organisations and relevant resources currently available in the UK to LGBTQI+ migrants.

By developing an online training programme for educators and professionals in the employment, education and social sectors, we can better handle the needs of migrants coming from the LGBTQI+ community. The Queer Migrant project hopes to make the LGBTQI+ community feel more included and heard with regards to the issues they may face.

IARS are partners with:

    • EURO-NET (Italy)
    • SYMPLEXIS (Greece)


Visit the Official Website: https://queermigrants.netsons.org/

GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER – 2020-1-UK01-KA204-079101


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  



Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.