Apr 2017

Video: In Dorothy's Heels Sponsored Walk

Apr 2017

In Dorothy's Heels! Pier to Pier Sponsored Walk

In Dorothy's Heels! Pier to Pier Sponsorded WalkA fabulous event in Bournemouth

A unique fundraising event took place Easter Sunday 2017 - raising funds to help keep Over the Rainbow at the heart of the Bournemouth LGBT+ community.

Friends, family, work mates, everyone & anyone grabbed heels and sponsor forms to help raise some funds for our current plight.

It was a brilliant turnout, and we featured that night on BBC News, South today!

What a great day! Over The Rainbow would like to thank all the heel walkers & people who came along to support us along the way. It wasn't easy as you can see from the video above!

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Be a part of keeping us
at the Heart of your Community

Read more on JustGiving.orgFor 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:

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