Rainbow Network Victoria was set up in 1998 to meet the needs of workers facilitating groups for same sex attracted young people across Victoria, Australia.
A small group of workers began meeting informally to discuss issues within their projects, and new developments in policy and practice. Since then, with the emergence of new groups and a growing recognition of the needs of same sex attracted and transgender young people, the network has continued to grow. Currently, there are over 300 members.
Rainbow Network Victoria provides opportunities for workers to:
- exchange ideas, information and resources
- discuss issues that may emerge when working with young people, their families, schools and community agencies
- hear from guest speakers about the latest research, government initiatives or community information
- advocate for same sex attracted, bisexual, queer and transgender young people
- develop partnerships between agencies and schools aimed at empowering young people to participate in decision making and community development
- plan and develop activities for same sex attracted, bisexual, queer and transgender young people to meet and participate in discussions
Members of the network are invited to four free professional development days / peer support sessions each year, and to be part of an e-mail list for information sharing, support, and resources. For details on how to join the see membership.