Rainbow Fund supports LGBT advice and advocacy projects

Besi Besemar December 7, 2012

Last week the Rainbow Fund announced financial support for a range of organisations working in the local LGBT and HIV communities. Amongst the grants announced, MindOut and Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard received support.

This is the third time the Rainbow Fund has supported MindOut, and the second time Switchboard has received a grant.

The Rainbow Fund provided MindOut with start-up funding three years ago and the organisation has gone from strength to strength since then.

MindOut offers a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people. Based locally, it provides local services as well as a number of national initiatives.

Helen Jones

Welcoming the grant, Helen Jones, MindOut’s Director said:

“MindOut are delighted that the Rainbow Fund will be funding part of our peer support group work service this year.  It’s vital in helping us keep our established services running in Brighton & Hove in this financial climate.  Our peer support service continues to be very well attended: this year we have focussed on women, people over 55 and people under 30.  Our over 55s group has highlighted the need for more work on older people’s mental health and we asked the Rainbow Fund to support us to run an event next year aimed at mental health in older age.”

Paul Elgood

Paul Elgood, Chairman of the Rainbow Fund said:

“We hope that the support we provide for these organisations will help them increase their financial sustainability and improve their reach with their beneficiaries.  These kinds of services provide a vital contact point for LGBT people when they need it most.

’We feel that it is important to be clear how the money donated to the Rainbow Fund is being used, and these kinds of projects show how even small donations by individuals can collectively make a big difference.”