The Health & Wellbeing Project is funded by National Lottery Awards for All from October 2018-19 to provide inclusive safe spaces for the community to enhance their health and wellbeing.

The Rainbow Project aim to provide a time-table of health & wellbeing activities accessible to the LGBT+ community and allies. The health & wellbeing project is underpinned by 5 ways to improve wellbeing: -connect -be active -take notice -keep learning -give

This funding will meet the following priorities to bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities;

– Provide inclusive and welcoming places for the LGBT+ community and support engagement/participant in health & wellbeing activities with the wider community. In the UK homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport is still extremely prevalent, and significant barriers to participation persist (Sports England, 2016).

-Provide a platform for LGBT+ participants to enhance their self esteem & confidence.

-Provide interactive activities and workshops with the wider community which aims to enhance community cohesion through education and awareness raising.

-Promote campaigns on social media to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport through awareness raising and education. Out on the Fields (2015) evidence that homophobia can affect participation, the use of homophonic verbal slurs such as ‘FAGGOT’ OR ‘DYKE’ was experienced by a significant number of gay men (84%) and gay women (82%). This funding will meet the following priorities to enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage;

-Provide an inclusive safe spaces for the LGBT+ community to overcome isolation and enhance their support networks. The majority of LGBT+ spaces are centred in the night time economy which can exacerbate poor health and wellbeing.

-The Rainbow Project are a community hate crime reporting centre and we can respond to any reports by directly reporting anonymously to RMBC and SYP .