Working Together to Help the Next Generation
The Rainbow Youth Centre was originally founded by Martin Needham our current Chief Executive Officer, to service a significant hole that exists in the child support framework. We know personally what it feels like to have a child struggle with mental health issues, without help from those who you would expect to be there when you need help the most.
ELCAS, CAMS and the NHS are so massively underfunded and overstretched that waiting lists are simply extreme to the point that you will only get to see a physiatrist if you are in immediate risk of harming yourself or another, even then the help you receive is limited to the parameters of the service you end up in, it is note there fault, they can only act on things that the government deem urgent.
The Rainbow Youth Centre acts as a hub for parents and young members of the LGBTQI+ community, a place that offers help, support, a place that is safe for young members of the LGBTQI community to be themselves, find a friend, ask questions and discover that they are not alone and that there is help.
We believe that all LGBTQ+ young people should be able to celebrate who they are, what makes them unique, and why they matter. We provide a safe, inclusive, affirming environment where young people can connect with peers, build leadership skills, and take care of their mental and physical health. Open to people 18 and under, our in-person and virtual programs are all free and confidential.
The Centre is a true home with open doors, where you can drop in to meet and make friends, and connect with those who share common experiences