The Rainbow Project was founded in 1994 to prevent the further spread of HIV and AIDS among gay and bisexual men in Northern Ireland.
Over the last 21 years The Rainbow Project has developed into Northern Irelands largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support and advocacy organisation with centres in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. The Rainbow Project is a health and wellbeing organisation which aims to promote the health and wellbeing of LGB&T people and their families in Northern Ireland. We do this through the provision of services such as sexual health testing, counselling, training and personal development programmes, youth support programmes and peer and social support groups as well as advocating on the needs and rights of LGB&T people through campaigns, research and political lobbying. The Rainbow Project also provides support and advocacy to victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and to LGB&T people who are homeless.
The Rainbow Project currently has 13 full time members of staff and around 40 active volunteers. We are a registered charity in Northern Ireland and are a company limited by guarantee.
The Rainbow Project is funded in a number of different ways included contracts with the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Trusts for the delivery of services such as testing and counselling, grants from Comic Relief, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the BIG Lottery. The Rainbow Project also receives a core grant from the Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety for the employment of the Director. The Rainbow Project has an annual turnover of around £450,000.
Our offices are open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm. We do not offer an out of hours helpline service but do run services outside of office times.
More information on The Rainbow Project can be found on our website – www.rainbow-project.org