Established in 1998, Rainbow Network began as an intimate peer support group of workers who would meet to discuss the shared challenges they faced when working towards meeting the needs of young SSAITGD consumers. Since then, the network has grown from strength to strength, with a number of new SSAITGD youth groups starting up and a growing recognition of the needs of same sex attracted and trans* young people.
Rainbow Network provides opportunities for members 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, intersex, trans* and gender diverse young people;
- develop partnerships between agencies and schools aimed at empowering young people to participate in decision making and community development; and
- plan and develop activities for same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and gender diverse young people; and
- engage in same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and gender diverse youth-led activities and initiatives.
Training and networking
Membership means access to no less than four free professional development sessions per year, priority invites to sector training and events, and networking opportunities and events with more than 600 other members across Victoria.
Members have access to a selection of current resources and the latest sector research.
Every month members receive an eBulletin filled with information on the latest sector news, events, training opportunities, resources and job listings.
Rainbow Network recognises the key to building safer, more inclusive environments for young SSAITGD Victorians relies on workers and support people feeling safe and supported in their practice. Because of this, Rainbow Network has developed a highly sought after professional supervision program for its members.
Rainbow Network also offers tailored secondary consultation to service providers, boards, and committees. Rainbow Network’s secondary consultation also includes the provision of advice, policy submission and advocacy to local and state government to ensure SSAITGD inclusive youth practice remains on the agenda.