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Marching with Pride: giffgaff gives back to LGBTQ+ communities



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Community is at the heart of everything we do at giffgaff. We as a community ourselves that listens and cares, made a commitment to support diverse communities all year round and as part of our giffgaff gives back campaign, we are holding ourselves to that promise.

Over ten years old, we’ve always been big supporters of Pride. But this year we’re doing things slightly differently. Back in May, we hosted a panel called Not Straight Talking where we invited members from the LGBTQ+ communities to share their experiences and stories with us.

Discussing brand participation in Pride parades, we discovered a greater value in brands lending support beyond Pride month and sponsoring smaller, local LGBTQ+ communities throughout the entire year as well. So that’s exactly what we’ve decided to do - to march on beyond June - by donating to 5 grassroots charities who are making a difference in the LGBTQ+ communities.

Following a successful collaboration with Neighbourly on goodybank, we’ve decided to partner up once again to donate a total of £8.5K to the below charities:

African Rainbow Family

This charity works with the LGBTQ+ people of African heritage and Black Asian Minority Ethinic groups seeking asylum in communities. African Rainbow Family is created and run by people who’ve been affected by this issue. They run regular counselling and confidence building sessions for emotional wellbeing. Their services also include signposting to immigration advice, organising social events and providing food and basic essentials for LGBTQ+asylum seekers.

LGBT Youth Scotland

Based in Edinburgh, this charity supports local LGBT youth groups across Scotland to help with their health and wellbeing. They work with youths between the age of 13-25 and organise live chats with trained youth workers for them. They also conduct the LGBT Charter programme for schools, organisations and businesses. During the pandemic, they’ve been focusing on providing digital youth work services to these LGBT groups.

Brighton LGBTQ Disabilities Project

This initiative is run by the Brighton and Hove LGBTQ Switchboard. They conduct activities, provide support and volunteering opportunities for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.

Viva LGBT+ (West Rhyl Young People’s Project)

This charity provides support for 14-25 year olds identifying themselves as LGBTQ+ or are still exploring their identity. Viva LGBT+ deliver educational sessions, conduct youth group activities and one to one support to keep these youths connected with each other.

The Rainbow Project

Based in Northern Ireland, the Rainbow project focuses on physical and mental well being of the LGBTQ+ groups and people who are still finding out more about their orientation. The charity’s initial focus was on STI and HIV prevention but over the years they’ve extended support in educating about more issues related to physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. They also run social awareness and support programmes.

If you’d like to find out more about the charities or donate to their causes you can do so by visiting their links.

We will be supporting each cause through Neighbourly, an award-winning giving platform that helps businesses to make a positive impact in their local communities by donating and offering their volunteering time.

If you fancy learning even more about Neighbourly, you can visit their website and check out all the wonderful ways they’re supporting local communities nationwide.

We will continue to share stories of impact from the LGBTQ+ communities here, so keep an eye out for more.

Written by shainak

Shaina is a Content and Engagement Manager at giffgaff