Community Spotlight: Bolton Rainbow Community
Here at Manchester Pride we want to celebrate the amazing individuals, groups and organisations that support our vibrant LGBTQ+ communities. To do this we will have a regular spotlight, highlighting a particular group or individual, the great work they do and most importantly - how you can get involved!
Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities. Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice. We are committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond. We are part of a global Pride movement that celebrates advancements in equality and challenges discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ people. These Community Spotlight’s will help to connect us all and build a stronger LGBTQ+ Community in Manchester and beyond.
In this week’s Community Spotlight we caught up with Jennifer from Bolton Rainbow Community.
Bolton Rainbow Community is helping to tackle social isolation amongst the local LGBTQ+ Community, through creative events and weekly meetings.
Jennifer, please tell us more about what Bolton Rainbow Community does?
Jennifer: Our main aim is to help tackle social isolation amongst the local LGBTQ+ Community. We do this through our weekly Thursday meetings and by offering a safe non-judgemental space for all LGBTQ+ people.
We also work with other LGBTQ+ Organisations such as the LGBT Foundation and would do rapid H.I.V Testing once a month.
We tend to help the local community by using our contacts within Bolton at Home, to help people who may be facing housing issues, or even need Clothes for an interview, by passing them onto Bolton at Homes, working Wardrobe, were they will get interview clothes for free, and help with Job interview techniques and preparation.
We work closely with the Proud Trust’s Bolton LGBTQ+ Youth group by referring anyone who comes to us for help, who may be underage for our group and would probably be better served by the Proud Trust.
How can people get involved with your organisation?
Jennifer: If you’d like to get involved, simply turn up to one of our Thursday evening meetings. We usually hold these in person, so once it is safe to do so again we’ll be holding these at Bolton CVS. You can also drop us a line on our social media accounts via Twitter or Facebook, and we will happily chat, and set up a Zoom call if need be.
How has the pandemic affected your work?
The Pandemic has been brutal for us, as we had a lot of plans for 2020, that just had to be put on the backburner, or completely scrapped. As a team we are all good friends, so naturally we’ve missed each other and have done what we can to keep each other's spirits up throughout the pandemic.
Our main aim now is getting back to Physical meetings, and then we can draw up concrete plans. Hopefully then we can announce some interesting and exciting things.
What is your favourite memory of Manchester Pride?
We’ve haven’t had a stall at Manchester Pride yet, but there’s a few great memories from other events around Greater Manchester. Sparkle 2019 was great fun. We had a stall to sell our handmade Paracord Wristbands, which was brilliant. These were cords wrapped into bracelets in as many of the LGBTQ+ flags as we could do. They went down really well. This really helped us to raise some funds for our room hire costs.
Plus, everyone was super lovely that we met. And gave us more of an insight into the common issues that Trans and Non-Binary people face, and how we can help our Trans members.
Bolton Pride 2019 was so much fun too, as we Vogue Danced all the way throughout the Pride Parade, including a Vogueing Flash Mob in the middle of Bolton town square.