For 15 years, Over the Rainbow has been a local and national beacon, recognised for its outstanding support, advocacy, and service provision to the LGBT community, and is widely known to be at the very heart of that community.
The Over The Rainbow premises in St Michaels Road, Bournemouth, hosts a wide range of LGBT friendly services, which include transgender and sexuality support, weekly sexual health clinic, and support groups.
Support groups include Mind Out, who address discrimination and prejudice often experienced by LGBT with underlying mental health needs, and Break Free, a trans community group who meet every week to empower local individuals who are exploring their gender identity.
Working alongside local agencies, the centre provides support in the reporting of local hate crime, and support for those who have been sexually assaulted and those in commercial sex work. Many of our service users suffer from vulnerabilities and complex needs; without OTR, they would experience isolation, increased vulnerability, and the loss of crucial healthcare support.
Over The Rainbow's award winning staff have developed training and education packages to help raise LGBT awareness in local schools, colleges, universities and professional organisations. They also deliver creative and unique health promotion events across local gay venues, such as the "pop-up sexual health screening at the annual Gay Pride events. These packages have been recognised nationally as models of excellence.
Sadly, cuts to NHS and public health funding have challenged the continuation of this service from its current premises. The staff are passionate about maintaining and developing the service, to meet the ever-growing specialist needs of our community.
We have joined with the LGBT Dorset Equality Network to apply for funding to sustain and develop Over The Rainbow as an LGBT community hub. This partnership will improve our advocacy for the LGBT community and will expand and improve links with other community groups. Our NHS service providers and commissioners recognise the importance of the service and are committed to preserving and developing it.
How you can help
We are seeking community based crowdfunding funding to protect the service in the short term, while we work with the LGBT community and local commissioners to secure long term funding. Any funds that you are able to pledge will be gratefully received, and used for the benefit of our community.
Help us build a pot of gold to preserve and expand current services for our local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community in Dorset:
- Sexual health information & advice
- General health information
- Health promotion
- Psychological support
- Help to stop smoking
- We provide condoms, dental dams & lube
- Risk assessment work
- Coming out support
- Self esteem encouragement
- Sexuality advice & support
- Peer support
- 1 to 1 or group training
...and much more -
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Catch up with the latest news on our sexual health clinics, health information updates, Bournemouth scene news, gossip and fun! Scroll over our latest tweets and pics below - otrbournemouth on Twitter
There's loads of sexual health info out there for gay men, straight men and straight women, but sometimes it seems that gay and bi women are left out the loop (arrrh!). But not to worry help is at hand!
There are all sorts of misconceptions around gay women's sexual health; We've heard people say "I can't get HIV I'm a lesbian" and "I don't need a smear I've never had sex with a man"… if only that were true!
So here's some information & useful tips for all you fab gay gals/women out there!
Not to be confused with the drag queens and kings that keep us company with our booze cruise Saturday nights, Gender Identity Dysmorphia (GID) is a term used to acknowledge a persons dissatisfaction with their biological gender. More common than you may think it is estimated that there are 20 people per 100,000 living with GID in the UK alone.
Embarrassed or unsure about talking about sex, relationships and sexual health with other people? No problem! Young Rainbows has produced a pocket-size sexual health guide just for guys who like guys, and a guide for girls who like girls.
'The Sexy Stuff' talks about pretty much all of the sex, relationships and sexual health issues, you as a young person might face but doesn't tell you what to do.
We now offer full screening of sexually transmitted infections at Over The Rainbow. Make an appointment now, pop in and get checked out for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis and HIV, with free vacinations for Hepatitis B. The service is friendly, confidential, and we're easy to get to!