Volunteer Stories

“I was looking to volunteer in the LGBT sector again after taking time to raise my son. As a parent the hours of safer sex packing team suits me perfectly so I can enjoy the criac with a diverse group of people who I may not have met otherwise. We also have social gatherings throughout the year”. Grainne, Volunteer Sexual Health, Safer-Sex Packer

“The Rainbow project has been so supportive to me in changes in my life that I wanted to volunteer to contribute back to the community that has helped me so much. It is so rewarding to see how a small contribution of my time helps to inspire someone who feels the benefit from the support of a befriender.” Karen, volunteer and befriender.

“Befriending is invaluable to LGBT people who want to meet other LGBT people in a safe and supportive environment, one that isn’t based around going out on the scene and alcohol etc. We offer an alternative space and experience that is welcoming and non-judgemental.

“I am a Sexual Health Clinical Assistant at the bi-monthly drop-in clinics for both rapid HIV testing and full sexual health screenings.  I help to keep these busy clinics running smoothly and ensure our clients are happy and looked after.  My beautiful adopted home and community over in Melbourne, Australia, taught me that sexual health testing should be as routine and shameless as going to the dentist.  Sex is great, and it is even better when we look after our bodies and each other.  Volunteering with Rainbow lets me to bring a little of this philosophy back home.” Lucas, Volunteer Sexual Health Clinical Assistant

“What attracts me to volunteering with The Rainbow Project is that it’s an organization that punches above its weight.  With modest resources it has had a huge impact:  in promoting health and well-being; in helping people who have had difficult experiences; and in advocating for the full inclusion of LGB and/or T people in every aspect of life. 

“What I like about volunteering with the Board is seeing ideas for new ways of helping become reality, and hearing the feedback from people who use our services – even when it’s to suggest improvements. Volunteers have been an asset to Rainbow and there is even more potential for new roles in the future, so I’d encourage people to get involved. I’ve learned a lot from my time as a volunteer and, as a bonus, have really found it helped me develop my skills.” Gareth, Volunteer Trustee Board Member

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