The Rainbow Sisters group meets a real need for a safe space for lesbian, bisexual and trans women seeking asylum and has enabled some members to understand and celebrate their sexuality for the first time.
Rainbow Sisters is part of the charity Women for Refugee Women and has an in-person meeting for members every Tuesday, during term time, from 1pm to 2.30pm in the Old Street area. Some weeks the group hosts visiting speakers/workshops covering topics including mental health, campaigning and drama/the arts.
We are looking for a queer volunteer, who identifies as a woman, to help with running the group every Tuesday from 12.30pm to 3pm.
Tasks will involve:
• helping the coordinator Nikki set up and pack down the meeting space
• helping members to enter the building
• chatting with members
• offering emotional support when a member is upset
• helping to facilitate sessions
• helping to design sessions
• one off events on other days such as attending London Pride
There is scope for the volunteer to run their own workshops if this interests them, but is not a requirement.
You will learn about the UK asylum system and the specific difficulties LGBTQ+ women seeking asylum face in the UK.
The situation of LGBTQ+ rights around the world.
You will have the opportunity to attend different workshops run as part of the group on topics such as campaigning, mental health and creative arts
We are looking for a queer woman (ideally a woman of colour) to support Nikki in running the Rainbow Sisters group.
Someone with a lot of empathy but also a good sense of humour and a positive outlook. Someone who is proactive and is not afraid to voice their ideas.
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