foyle youth groupYouth Groups are a Rainbow Project initiative run under our Young Persons Empowering programme, currently funded by the Big Lottery.

The youth groups are targeted at young people aged 14-25 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or who are exploring their sexual orientation.

The Rainbow Project facilitates a mixed youth group for young LGB&T people. The group meets on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 17:00 – 19:00 in a well-managed safe environment at our Foyle Centre, as well as organising and participating in other projects both locally and regionally, including residential events with other youth groups from across Northern Ireland and further afield.

Past projects have included film making, LGBT history, resource design, website design, creative writing, practical photography, mask making, digital photography, pottery crafts, mural painting and storytelling. The Youth Groups have  also run multiple events with guest speakers on issues that affect young men such as self-harm, suicide prevention, testicular cancer, HIV and safer sex, depression and promoting good mental health.

Access ia also available to one to one support from experienced staff, advocacy, parental and family support, professional counselling with a qualified youth counsellor, literature and reading resources, TV and DVD nights, games as well as information on many issues. For further information contact Colleen in the Foyle Centre, 20 Strand Road, L’Derry telephone (028) 71283030 Email colleen@rainbow-project.org