De Regenboog buddy is committed to homosexuals, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders who have an (temporarily) unbalanced life caused by mental health or multiple problems.

For instance one of our clients is a homosexual man who fell into a depression after being diagnosed with HIV. He ended up in a social isolation and developed a multitude of problems in this downward spiral. We also support a lesbian woman who cannot find a balanced routine, maintain social contacts or share her feelings, due to her mental health problems. Our buddies can really make a difference in the lives of these people.

The project

The buddies of de Regenboog Groep usually had their own coming out experience. They feel solidarity for people who are less fortunate, they do not judge and they are open-minded people. Before they start buddying they receive a training and information about homosexuality, coming out and the most common problems and requests for help.

A buddy meets the client regularly, and supports the client in good and bad times. A buddy does not take over any responsibilities, but helps someone back on track and stimulates someone to pick up their own responsibilities. During the contact period de Regenboog Groep offers the buddy professional support and peer group meetings.

The Regenboog is always in need of buddies. Please call us at +31 20 531 76 00 if you want to register. Please note, however, that there are limited opportunities if you do not speak Dutch.

Support needed?

Do you want the support of a LHTB-Buddy? Please contact us. 

Use our (Dutch) sign up form or call us at 020 53 17 600.

Sign up form

What can you do?

We need your help, become a volunteer! You can help by investing your time and energy, by working with citizens of Amsterdam with unusual stories. Or become a donor! Your money will be well spent on care for homeless people, aid for (former) addicts and people living in poverty or social isolation. You are always welcome to drop by and see how your money is spent. Or why not buy one of the products from our online Gift Shop? A present for someone you know, perhaps. It's all contributing towards a better society. And that's great, isn't it?


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