Rainbow Flourish - new social groups for LGBT over 50s

Begins September 2021

Coming to Wigan, Trafford, Manchester South (Mosside, Rusholme and Hulme) and online, Rainbow Flourish is a free monthly social group run by LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Ageing programme for LGBT people over 50. Come along and join in with our monthly activities or relax with a cup of tea and some cake while meeting other LGBT people in your local community. We’ve set up Rainbow Flourish as a place to learn new skills and develop personal growth in areas that interest you – and our first taster sessions which run throughout September are now available to book.

Find out more and book a place via the links below:

Book a place for our Wigan group

Book a place for our Trafford group

Book a place for our Manchester South (Mosside, Rusholme and Hulme) group

Book a place for our online group

Rainbow Flourish is run by Pride in Ageing at LGBT Foundation and is supported by Ambition For Ageing and the Older People's Fund.

In order to ensure we're making our events as safe as possible to attend for everyone, we ask that you agree to follow our Covid-19 guidance:

  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19:
    • a new continuous cough
    • a high temperature
    • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • Do not attend if you have been asked to self-isolate and/or are quarantining after travel
  • We ask that you undertake a rapid lateral flow test before attending. Please take a test within 24 hours before attending. Tests are available for free at pharmacies or to order online at GOV.UK. If your test comes back as positive for Covid-19, do not attend, please self-isolate and report to the NHS.
  • We ask that you wear a mask (if you are able to do so) in all instances apart from when you are participating in the activity. We will provide a mask on the day of the event if you are unable to bring one.
  • We ask that you wash hands thoroughly and/or sanitise hands when entering a room/venue and when participating in an activity
  • Attendees are encouraged to respect that not everyone is open to physical contact, and to adhere to physical distancing unless given consent otherwise

We also ask that you agree to follow our inclusive and safer spaces policy:

Our spaces are for all self-identifying LGBTQ+ individuals over the age of 50 wishing to access Pride in Ageing group spaces. This is inclusive of trans, non-binary and gender fluid people, people of colour as well as disabled members of our community, to come together and celebrate.

In order to enable this, there are a few ground rules to ensure that everyone feels as welcome and comfortable as possible at all times.

If you feel unsafe at any point, or witness any problematic behaviour, please let the host know. Anyone found to be deliberately disregarding our safer spaces policy will be asked to leave the space.

We must agree that no one records or takes any screenshots or pictures of the sessions as this is a serious infringement of our confidentiality policy.

Age Limit

Participants must be 18 years or older.


Pronouns
A pronoun is how you refer to someone, for example using she or they. Please ask people what their pronouns are if you are meeting them for the first time. Use their correct pronouns, even if the words are unfamiliar to you. If you make a mistake and refer to someone with the wrong pronoun, apologise and move on.

Assumptions
Don’t make assumptions about someone’s identity and think about the ways that people from minority groups may be impacted in different ways by the issues you discuss. Be aware that your experiences of sex, sexuality and gender are not necessarily the same as everybody else in the room. Be aware of any position and privileges you may bring regarding for example your race, your class, your gender identity, your ability or your age. Try not to make generalising statements such as 'All lesbians hate X' - using ‘I’ or ‘me’ wherever possible, rather than ‘you’ or ‘we’.

Oppressive Behaviour
Racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, ableism, fatphobia, ageism or discrimination on basis of ethnicity, immigration status, or religious, cultural, and/or spiritual beliefs, or any other kind of oppressive behaviour is unacceptable and will be challenged. Please do not use slurs that are not yours to use. For example, if you are white do not use racial slurs, even if you are being critical of them. Please give a choice for people to interact without having to talk if they don’t want to, If they are neurodivergent, do not tell people off if they want to talk or move when everybody else is sitting quietly and give space to people to go at their own pace.

Sexual Harassment
There is a zero tolerance policy to sexual harassment. This means no unwanted touching, including hugs, so please make sure you have consent before engaging in any physical contact with someone. This also means no wolf whistling or catcalling, and no inappropriate sexual comments or sexually based jokes, songs or taunts.
Accessible Language
Try to use clear, uncomplicated language in the group space and avoid any acronyms and in-jokes. If you mention a theory or person, please give a brief description of who they are, no matter how well known you believe they are.

Content Warnings
Give people a heads up if you are going to discuss something that others might find upsetting. Sometimes upsetting things happen and we need to be able talk about how we deal with them as a community. It’s important to have a space where we feel able to do this, and we hope that this event will provide that. However, not everyone is able to talk about everything all the time, so let people know if you are going to talk about something potentially upsetting, such as mental illness or domestic abuse. During breaks and other less formal settings, you can also do this informally by asking ‘is it okay if I talk about X thing?’

Space to Speak
Please be aware that it is difficult for those belonging to marginalised groups or minority groups to participate in discussions both online and in person. Do not talk over people and try to gauge whether it is appropriate for you to speak on certain topics. Try to give less confident and quieter people a chance to speak.

Privacy and Confidentiality
We ask that anything shared in the group space is not discussed with people outside the group after the session has ended, or conversations are not continued with other members of the group without their consent. We will ask everybody to respect the fact that not everybody is “out” everywhere outside of the group space so if you use social media, please do not share any contact information or identifiable information of other people without their explicit consent.

Social Media
Everything in this safer spaces agreement also extends to social media, including Twitter and Facebook, so keep that in mind when using social media today.