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The Rainbow Project Belfast

1st Floor, Belfast LGBT Centre
Old War Memorial Building
Belfast
BT1 2DX
United Kingdom

Contact Details

The Rainbow Project

james@rainbow-project.org

The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland.

About The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland.

We are the largest LGB&T organisation in Northern Ireland and have two centres: one in Belfast city centre and the other in Foyle, L’Derry.

History

The Rainbow Project was established in 1994 by a group of volunteers who were concerned about the spread of HIV within the gay male population of Northern Ireland.

These volunteers wanted to provide information and support to men who have sex with men (MSM) ahout HIV and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).  They carried out research within the gay and bisexual communities in order to find out what type of information and support services were required.

As a result of this research, the project began to offer information on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), distributing safer sex materials and leaflets at commercial gay venues and LGBT events.

Although our initial work was focused on HIV and STI prevention, it became clear that our service-users had additional support needs related to their physical health generally as well as mental & emotional well-being.  As such, The Rainbow Project was able to offer professional counselling services to gay/bisexual men, and those unsure of their sexual orientation, as well as providing practical interventions in the form of advocacy support for those men who had been discriminated against or been verbally, physically, and/or sexually assaulted because of their sexual orientation.

Today, The Rainbow Project is still committed to the prevention of HIV and STI transmission among men who have sex with men, however, we are also committed to addressing the physical, mental & emotional health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered people in Northern Ireland.  We do this by providing a number of services, facilitated by 12 full-time members of staff, under the direction of a volunteer-led Board of Trustees.  We continue to have a strong volunteering ethos and seek to create opportunities for people to contribute to our overall organisational aims and objectives.

Vision

The Rainbow Projects vision is of a society free from homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia where all people are recognised as equals.

Mission Statement

The Rainbow Project is devoted to promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered people and their families in Northern Ireland, as well as those questioning their orientation or gender, through partnership, advocacy and the development and delivery of appropriate support services.

This mission will be achieved by:

  • Introducing best practice based on evaluation of services, research and engagement with partners and LGB&T people.
  • Being innovative in both the development and delivery of services.
  • Working in partnership, with statutory, community voluntary and private sector organisations to ensure the needs of LGB&T people in Northern Ireland are met.
  • Influencing policy by lobbying policymakers in constructive and concerted campaigns.
  • Raising awareness of The Rainbow Projects expertise in relation to issues impacting on LGB&T people in Northern Ireland.

Values

The Rainbow Project holds the following as its key values:

Gay Affirmative: The Rainbow Project values all sexual orientations and believes that no one sexual orientation is better or worse than any other. We believe that all sexual orientations should be celebrated equally and that no person should face prejudice or inequality based on their sexual orientation.

Sex Positive: The Rainbow Project values sex, and sexuality, as an important part of who we all are. We believe that understanding our sexuality and promoting openness in our relationships leads to better sex lives, better health and wellbeing and better relationships.

Gender Aware: The Rainbow Project values the diverse representations of gender within our society. We believe that people should not have to fit in with the gender roles assigned to us by society and we actively encourage free presentation of gender as a representation of our uniqueness.

Evidence led: The Rainbow Project values the opinions and experiences of our community and society. We ensure that all our work aimed at addressing the inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered people is clearly evidence led and in response to the needs of our community.

Rights based: At its core, The Rainbow Project values the individual human rights of all within society. We believe that to ensure the rights of one you must ensure the rights of all and consequently, our work is carried out from a rights based perspective.

Holistic: The Rainbow Project values a holistic approach to addressing the inequalities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people. Our work is led by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account the impact of social factors, rather than just the individual’s physical or mental health

Innovative: The Rainbow Project values new and innovative approaches to addressing the inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people.

Expert: The Rainbow Project values itself as the leading expert on LGB&T issues in Northern Ireland. Through continual study, research and consultation we work to increase our knowledge around issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity and provide expert services to LGB&T people and those working with this group.

Volunteer led: The Rainbow Project values the individual contributions made by each of our volunteers and recognises the key role of volunteers in developing and delivering the strategic aims of the organisaiton.

The Rainbow Project Belfast's Content

Health and Wellbeing Outreach Officer - Western

The Rainbow Project Belfast

From 23166 To 24717
Belfast
Wednesday / 09 November 2016 2:21pm

Sexual Health in LGB/T Women Survey

The Rainbow Project Belfast

Would you like to have your say about sexual health services available for LGB/T women?

Friday / 11 December 2015 2:48pm

THE RAINBOW PROJECT WELCOMES DUP CLIMBDOWN ON BLOOD BAN

The Rainbow Project Belfast

Today, The Rainbow Project, the largest support and advocacy organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGB&T) people in Northern Ireland, welcomed the announcement by DUP Health Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA that blood donation regulation

Wednesday / 16 September 2015 4:27pm

HIV Gay and Bisexual Men's Survey

The Rainbow Project Belfast

Are you a gay man living with HIV?

Tuesday / 28 July 2015 1:23pm

HIV + Gay and Bisexual Men's Survey

The Rainbow Project Belfast

Are you a gay man living with HIV?

Tuesday / 19 May 2015 10:39am

The Rainbow Project Welcomes Ashers Ruling

The Rainbow Project Belfast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE RAINBOW PROJECT WELCOMES ASHERS RULING

Thursday / 08 January 2015 7:34pm

The Rainbow Project welcomes Court ruling on Poots bias

The Rainbow Project Belfast

Today, The Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland’s largest support and advocacy organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual and/or transgender people, welcomed a ruling in the High Court which held that former Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA was biased

Wednesday / 07 January 2015 4:22pm

The Rainbow Project introduces new ways to book a HIV and Syphilis test

The Rainbow Project Belfast

The Rainbow Project is introducing new ways for LGBT to get a sexual health test.

Sunday / 14 December 2014 12:43am

Merry Christmas and Welcome to Discrimination Central: Day 6

The Rainbow Project Belfast

The Rainbow Project is fighting against the Conscience Clause bill launched by Paul Givan, DUP, this December which would see discrimination against LGB and/or T people legalised if this contradicts an individual's deeply held religious belief.

Friday / 12 December 2014 12:34pm

The Rainbow Project expresses disappointment at the introduction of a bill to legalise discrimination against LGBT people

The Rainbow Project Belfast

The Rainbow Project has expressed it’s disappointment that Paul Givan MLA, with the support of the Enterprise Minister and First Minister launched his campaign to legalise discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

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Type of Organisation

VCSE

Team

  • John O'Doherty
  • Robyn Lardie