The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland.

Did you know...

  • The Rainbow Project was established in 1994 by a group of volunteers who were concerned about the spread of HIV within the gay male population of Northern Ireland.

  • As a result of working with the community, in 1998, The Rainbow Project developed a professional counselling service for gay and bisexual men and those questioning their sexual orientation.

  • By 2003, The Rainbow Project had developed sufficient resources and governance to open a second centre in Northern Ireland’s second city, Derry/Londonderry and began delivering youth development services across the Foyle area.

  • We developed a rapid HIV and syphilis testing service in 2010 for those who found it challenging to access statutory sexual health services.

  • In 2012, The Rainbow Project was still formally constituted as a gay and bisexual men’s organisation, although a significant number of service users were LGB women and a growing number of users were trans. The Board of Trustees began a change process which was called ‘Going LGBT’ to grow The Rainbow Project from a men’s organisation to one which supports the full spectrum of LGBT people in Northern Ireland.

What makes The Rainbow Project different

We are the foremost LGBT charity in Northern Ireland, providing services across the spectrum of Health and Wellbeing, including, sexual health, mental health, emotional health, physical health and social inclusion and wellbeing.

Other ways to support

We rely on the support of volunteers to carry out some of the work we do, you can get in contact with us at if you are interested in volunteering.

Please let us know which area you are interested in:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Campaigning

  • Fundraising and Events

  • Administration

  • Sexual Health


Cathedral House, 23-31 Waring Street

Contact Number

028 9031 9030