Together For You is a mental health and well-being project, led by Action Mental Health and working in partnership with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, Cruse, MindWise, Nexus, Praxis Care, Relate NI and The Rainbow Project and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Through a range of services we can help young and old, men and women, minority groups (Black and Minority Ethnic and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and marginalised groups (prisoners, NEETS (Not in education, employment or training) and unemployed).
This is the first time nine leading mental health charities have come together to deliver a range of activities aimed at: educating people and their communities; raising awareness of mental health and encouraging help seeking, promoting good mental health and early intervention; preventing mental illness; and providing intensive support for those already experiencing mental ill health. For more information visit www.togetherforyou.org.uk
The Rainbow Project’s role within the Together For You Programme is to develop LGB&/T Peer and Social Groups across Northern Ireland and offer one to one support to LGB&/T people and their families. LGB&/T peer social and support groups can offer both social and professional support. This type of provision can reduce or diminish social isolation by providing safe places and opportunities for people to meet other LGB&/T people, which will increase their social and support network; people can form healthy meaningful relationships.
The support provided by LGB&/T staff, delivery of programmes, workshop and awareness sessions provide professional support. This can increase personal and social development, which in turn can increase people’s confidence, self-worth and self-awareness. These groups are invaluable to reducing social isolations within the LGB&/T community and the impact this has on people; diminish loneliness and be a positive impact on peoples emotional and mental health well-being. Additionally, this provides a direct way into support services, whether these are delivered by LGB&/T organisations or partner organisations within the Together For You project.
Three groups have been established or in the process of being established at present and they are/will be in Omagh, Enniskillen and Ballymena.
Omagh LGB&/T Peer and Support Group
This group is for anyone aged 18+ and the group meet on a Tuesday evening in Omagh Community House from 7pm to 9pm. The meetings usually happen on a monthly basis and the dates of the next session can be found on the group’s facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/omagh.
Enniskillen LGB&/T Peer and Support Group
LGB&/T Youth Group meet on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm in FUEL Youth Club, Enniskillen; for more information on the group contact Roisin at email@example.com.
Enniskillen LGB&/T Peer and Support Group for people 18+
This group is only beginning to be established in the area and the open night for this group is planned for Wednesday 29th April from 7pm-9pm in Fermanagh House. This is the opportunity for the LGB&/T community to come along and have input into the group and how to take the group forward.
Ballymena LGB&/T Peer and Support Group for people 18+
This group is only beginning to be established in the area and the open night for this group is planned for Thursday 30th April from 7pm-9pm in N-Gage, Ballymena. This is the opportunity for the LGB&/T community to come along and have input into the group and how to take the group forward.
For more information contact Nuala on 028 90319030 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.