We can all agree that a chat over is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, but not everyone always has someone to do this with regularly. Our telephone befriending programme Rainbow Buddies aims to reduce loneliness for LGBTQ+ people across Greater Manchester.
How does Rainbow Buddies work?
Those who sign up for the service will be allocated a buddy, who will have received training from LGBT Foundation and have passed a DBS check. Some of our buddies have lived experience as an LGBTQ+ person, and some are LGBTQ+ allies. You will then "get-together” over the phone with them for a chat at least once a week for around 30 minutes. After eight sessions over two months you will graduate from the programme and be given access to our range of LGBT Foundation groups, including the chance to meet others who have benefited from the Buddies programme.
Who is it for?
You must be:
- a Manchester or Greater Manchester resident
- aged 18+
- LGBTQ+ or questioning (people who have come out or are not out yet)
- experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation due to measures put in place around coronavirus or other circumstances
- able to access a landline or mobile phone
- able to commit to regular calls (one or two per week)
We are particularly looking to support those who are:
- over 50
- people of colour
- seeking asylum or refuge
- on a low income or are unemployed
- unable to access LGBT Foundation groups at this time for any reason
A telephone call will be made with you to establish your eligibility for this service. If you are someone with complex needs or if we establish that your needs are not linked to being lonely or isolated then you may be referred to a different support service.
How do I apply?
To see if you are eligible for this service please read our detailed guidance above. If you are eligible and wish to apply please complete our wellbeing services self-referral form. If you need help completing the self-referral form please call 0345 3 30 30 30 or if you have any questions about the service please email [email protected] .
We are also happy to take enquiries if you know of someone who could benefit from this service and you require information to pass on to them, however we cannot make an initial call to them without their permission.
How do I become a befriender?
The application process to become a befriender is currently closed, please keep an eye on this page for futher updates.