The Rainbow Project couldn’t carry out its work without the help of our amazing team of volunteers. We have a strong volunteering ethos and seek to create opportunities for people to contribute to our overall organisational aims and objectives. From our safer sex pack assistants to our befrienders to our volunteer Board of Trustees, our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation and we strive to ensure we provide recognition and support along their volunteering journey.
Why should I get involved?
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are driven by a range of motivations for why they volunteer. From an opportunity to meet new people, to help continue to help the fight for equality for LGBT people in Northern Ireland to those who are hoping to sharpen their CV- volunteering is a two way relationship. We seek to remove all barriers to volunteering and also endeavour to ensure our volunteers get as much out of the relationship as we do! We also seek to up-skill our volunteers in working with others or providing services for those in need. Most volunteers receive mandatory training ranging from Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Awareness to safeTALK training and more.
A big part of volunteering is the social aspect; opportunities to making new friendships, attending events as part of The Rainbow Project team etc. Many people volunteer their time to give something back to the community by supporting people. Here are some statements from volunteers; both current and past volunteers:
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and volunteer for a variety of reasons. Many of our volunteers are former service users at the Rainbow Project.
Volunteers support our work in many different ways depending on their availability and what skills and experience they bring to the role. On this page are some examples of roles we recruit for. Some of our roles are casual whilst others involve a more sustained level of commitment from the volunteer.
We like to support our volunteers build their CV and associated skills through training and development such as receiving our ‘Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Awareness’ training.
We provide one-to-one supervision and monthly meetings for volunteers to provide feedback to staff.