The Pride Shelter Trust is Africa’s first formal haven that provides short-term accommodation to the LGBTQI+ minority groups during crisis periods. The objectives of The Pride Shelter are to promote human dignity, respect and a sense of personal empowerment among members of the LGBTQI+ community.

Assisting vulnerable LGBTQ+ people & communities

Cape Town, ZA

Support homeless LGBTQ youths living in Cape Town


Throughout the years, staff, counsellors and volunteers have aided South African citizens, as well as legally confirmed refugees and/or asylum seekers in our short-term residential facility. Programmes and projects at our shelter include the provision and facilitation of relevant self- and psychosocial support programmes, and programmes to eradicate gender-based violence and homelessness on the African continent.

As of 2021, the Pride Shelter Trust remains an active anchor for the LGBTQI+ community across the Western Cape and is a dependable source of support to facilitate the recovery, support and integration of LGBTQI+ individuals across South Africa.

The Pride Shelter Trust has celebrated many successes over the years and has supported hundreds of individuals in crisis.

The Pride Shelter Trust VISION

The vision of the Pride Shelter Trust to support the LGBTQI+ community focuses on protecting the human rights, dignity and psychosocial well-being of the LGBTQI+ community through their connected social networks. As part of their ethos on participative community involvement, the Pride Shelter Trust has created and erected various support structures, especially focusing on homelessness, multiple discrimination, crises and trauma. This way all LGBTQI+ individuals and their significant other can feel validated, supported and connected in their journey through life.

Dear Reader, 

For more than a decade, the generous support of people like you has made Pride Shelter a safe haven for young, homeless victims of LGBTQ discrimination. People such as Amanda, a 23 years old lesbian. Amanda came to Pride Shelter after being kicked out of her family home. With no family support, and no friends to stay with, she spent a week living rough in an abandoned building.

By chance, she met a stranger who knew about Pride Shelter and referred her to our service. Amanda comes from a conservative family who discovered her in bed with another woman. Her father began insulting her, making verbal and physical threats, before throwing her out of the house. 

In my four years of leading this organization, which provides life-saving programmes for young LGBTQ, I have never been more concerned about their future. They are already facing heartbreaking marginalization, rejection and trauma, solely because of their gender identity. Without your support LGBTQ South Africans will continue to face considerable challenges, including social stigma and homophobic violence, even though discrimination based on sexual orientation is unconstitutional. 

Thousands of young people sleep rough, on any given night, but you can change this. Your donation, no matter how big or small, could help a single mum find accommodation or empower people like Amanda to take the first step back into employment.




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Our programmes

1. ‘My Structured Journey’ self-development programme

The My Structured Journey sessions provide residents and external participants with a space to engage with humanistic theories in both psychology and sociology. This follows a step-to-step approach to understand realistic goal setting, self-confidence and self-worth.

Residents interrogate the SMART modality framework, time management principles, emotional intelligence and communication. Importantly, participants learn how self-leadership and emotional intelligence find their space in action and impact.

2. Life Skills Training

The Life skills training development programme is a highly interactive skills-based programme that provides support in terms of human identity, agency and psychosocial wellness. Part of the outcomes in this programme includes identifying concerns, human expectations and goals.

Participants unpack what is meant by crisis and trauma, stigma and discrimination, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, upliftment and change. The seminal works of Erikson stages of psychosocial development and Dabrowski’s narratives and autopsychotherapy are integrated as theoretical frameworks during this programme.

3. Health & Wellness: beyond my physical journey

The Physical Health and Wellness programme encapsulates the state of health and wellbeing during the residents’ stay. 

The focus is placed on basic nutrition, physical activities, mindfulness and sexual health discussions. Diet, regular exercise and adequate rest (relaxation) after trauma are also emphasised during this programme. In 2021, Yoga was integrated with the shelter’s physical health and wellness offerings.

4. Employment readiness skills programme

The Employment readiness skills programme focuses on technological advances, economic shifts and changing social norms in searching, finding and securing employment. Key areas dealt with are curriculum readiness, knowledge and skills as employability requirements, transferable skills and context.

Outcomes of this programmes would be on how to conduct job searches, informational interviews, labour market research, create networks and professional digital footprints, compile cover letters and curriculum vitae, acquire interview skills, entrepreneurial skills and understanding the job market criteria. Community outreaches on this programme will commence in July 2021.

5. Spiritual programme

The spiritual programme aligns sexual identity with faith, through an all-inclusive lens of beliefs and practices. The focus is on deepening spiritual awareness with the self and renew human strength as a result of trauma.

The spiritual programme includes counselling services at the Pride Shelter Trust. Additional outcomes also include reconciliation with the family, and focus group discussions.

6. Nutritional food relief

Breakfast, Lunch and Supper are offered to residents. Food security parcels are also distributed to displaced and surrounding homeless individuals.

7. Gender-based violence shelter support

The eradication of gender-based support programmes are offered to assist local communities on the Cape Flats area of the Western Cape. This programme is steered by Pride Shelter staff, in collaboration with social media influencers across South Africa.

In 2022, programmes will be expanded to peri-urban and marginalised areas of the Western Cape. The purpose of this initiative aims to address physical violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, economic violence, violence against the LGBTQI and systemic violence. This address will look at new and innovative ways to eradicate and address GBV as an evasive issue in local communities.

8. Broader community outreach

Broader community support is provided through teleconferencing, local and provincial interaction, information sessions, awareness programmes and workshops.

These forms of support will be mediated through a hybrid (face-to-face and virtual) modes, and are organised by Pride Shelter staff, social media influencers and South African celebrities. A brochure of all activities can be acquired from our offices as from July 2021.

Get involved


We are a registered NPO, and a number of our services rely entirely on the generosity of the public.

You can provide a once off donation, or monthly. This will assist us in expanding our reach and support to communities facing multiple discrimination, violence and homelessness.


Our volunteers play a wide range of vital roles in victim support, providing emotional and practical support, assisting our office teams with project work or administration, and assist in raising much needed funds.

Whether you’re a university student, graphic designer, a project manager or an HR professional, we have a project that needs your expert skills. If you’re interested in giving some of your time to support our work, please forward an abbreviated CV with key skills.

Raise funds

We are always looking for people to raise our profile in their local community and help bring in vital donations to allow us to continue our work.  Give your time to support people, take part in events and raise money for the Shelter. Whether you know what you want to do or are looking for some fundraising inspiration, we’d love to hear from you.

Become a Sponsor

With your support, we can help victims of multiple discrimination feel safer and find the strength to move forward. Find out more about becoming one of our corporate partners.

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The Pride Shelter Trust was recently acquired by a new team who is motivated to get it thriving once more. As such, we're finalising an audit process with SARS and cannot issue any certificates until our new paperwork is in order. We can, however, provide proof of payment for all donations.

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The Pride Shelter Trust

Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Thibault Square
Account Number: 072 808 055
Branch Code: 020 909
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Providing a safe space...

Protecting and safeguarding the LGBTQ+ community from harm and ensuring their mental and physical health is not compromised.

Healing trauma and mental wounds...

Offering mental health support, counselling and individual treatment to address trauma and familial wounds.

Fortifying body and soul...

Providing supplementary health, wellness and spiritual resources and counseling to build up that which was broken down.

Preparing and empowering...

Offering the necessary resources which allow our residents to upskill, grow confident in their bodies and beings and take on whatever the future may hold.

Championing human rights and dignity...

Fighting for legal, social and cultural rights, integration and acceptance for people of all orientations.