Health and Wellbeing

Information & Support

The Rainbow Project provides a range of information and support services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Trans people, their families and friends, and professionals who also work with members of the LGB&/T community. These services include:

  • Listening-Ear-Service: support for LBT&/T people either via the telephone or face-to-face.
  • Information on coming out, being gay, dealing with and reporting homophobia, bi-phobia, transphobia, domestic violence in same-sex relationships, sign-posting to other available services, etc.
  • Information on supporting a child, friend, or client who comes out as LGB&/T.

Please feel free to get in touch if you think we can provide you with information or support in any way.

 

Education & Training

The Rainbow Project provides specialised training and community education to help professionals offer a more responsive and inclusive service to members of the LGB&/T community. Training can be tailored to the individual needs of your organisation, services and client group.

Some typical examples of our training programmes include:

  • Raising awareness of the issues that affect the LGB&/T community in Northern Ireland.
  • Guidelines for working with LGB&/T people.
  • Supporting clients who disclose their sexual orientation.
  • Making your services more LGB&/T -friendly.
  • Counselling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

For more information about our training packages, please contact us.

Health Promotion

A significant part of our work is promoting physical, sexual, emotional and mental health.

The Rainbow Project employs a Physical and Sexual Health Development Officer and a Mental Health Development Officer. Their role is to promote health and well-being and to work with statutory agencies to make their services more responsive to the needs of the LGB&/T community.

We also distribute safer sex packs – condoms, lubricant and safer sex information – to commercial gay venues, via the internet, through the LGB&/T community organisations, genito-urinary medicine clinics, and at major gay-interest events such as Belfast Pride.

We regularly produce and circulate pamphlets, posters and leaflets highlighting the importance of safer sex, looking after your mental health, and highlighting the risks associated with binge-drinking, using illegal drugs, and smoking.

We also facilitate a number of personal development courses for gay and bisexual men which promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Mental Health Services

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Sexual Health Services

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Counselling & Therapeutic Support Services

The Rainbow Project houses Northern Ireland’s only LGB&/T specific counselling service. We provide professional counselling for LGB&/T individuals and couples, men who are attracted to men, or those unsure of their sexual orientation. Counselling is provided by qualified counsellors who also identify as gay or bisexual. Click here to visit our counselling microsite.

Advocacy

Threats, violence, verbal abuse, intimidation, vandalism and damage, sexual assault and/or coercion are all ways you can be affected by homophobia, hate and discrimination whether it is coming from members of the public or your own family.

The Advocacy Service is there to provide support and information if:

  • You have been or are a victim or a witness to hate crime and/or incidents
  • You are experiencing abuse from your partner or a family member
  • You are having trouble accessing products and services

Our advocacy worker can:

  • Support you in your disclosure and reporting of incidents
  • Advise you of your choice and control over what happens next
  • Accompany you in a supportive role should you wish to take things further with PSNI, NIHE etc
  • Provide information about support and services available to you and your family
  • Speak on your behalf to agencies and service providers
  • Raise awareness of issues you have faced/are facing to improve services in the future
  • Treat all matters with sensitivity and respect for your privacy

To access our Advocacy service, please contact Natalie Corbett on (028) 9031 9030 e mail natalie@rainbow-project.org.natalie@rainbow-projet.org

Research

The Rainbow Project regularly undertakes research to highlight issues that affect our community. In 2009 we published “Through Our Eyes” which examined the perceptions and experiences of LGBT people towards homophobic hate crime and policing in Northern Ireland. In 2011 we published  “Making this Home my Home” in partnership with Age NI which investigated making nursing and residential care more inclusive for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people. For copies of our research, please go to our publications page.

We also contribute to other pieces of research carried out on issues affecting the health of gay and bi-sexual men carried out by other organisations on a regular basis.