Rainbow Coffee Club is back!

A social group run our Country LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Program (CLIP), the Rainbow Coffee Club meets on the last Friday of the month from 11am to 12pm with the next one taking place on Friday 28 May.  The group which aims to connect local LGBTIQ+ adults, meets for a coffee and a chat at The Social Foundry, 86 Mollison Street, Kyneton.

After months of restrictions on social gatherings many people have been left feeling isolated and disconnected from their friends, work colleagues and their community.  For those living in rural areas in the LGBTIQ+ community this social disconnection can be made worse by experiences of discrimination, concerns about privacy and a lack of inclusive services and public spaces.

“Being part of a community and feeling socially connected can really have a positive impact on a person’s mental and physical health,” says Belinda Brain, CLIP Coordinator.  “These coffee catch-ups are a great way to meet new people and create meaningful social connections and a sense of belonging to the community.”

The Social Foundry recently completed a workshop run by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health on how to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer.

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s CLIP program and the youth specific WayOut program both work to increase LGBTIQ+ visibility across the region and to ensure a more inclusive community.  For more information about  about the various programs, groups and training offered, call Belinda on 5421 1666 or email healthpromotion@scchc.org.au.