Redbridge Rainbow Community

Telephone: Mobile - 07471 072 882 / Office - 020 8553 3116

Address - c/o ECH, Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1QP

Redbridge Rainbow is a voluntary group made up of LGBT+ people who live, work, socialise or study in the London Borough of Redbridge.  We:

  • arrange meet-ups for friendship and support and any ideas you have for LGBT events.

  • provide training for local organisations on LGBT+ issues.

  • work with local council, allies and partners so that the London Borough of Redbridge meets the needs of our diverse community.

Social Events

Pride in London

We have applied to march in Pride in London on Saturday 6th July 2019.

Further details to follow. We have 35 wristbands for the march so please let us know if you would like to participate.

Other events will occur from 6th June. We will let you know!

Look at their website for updates.

Other Social Events

We are planning some social events so people can just meet up.

Friday 19th April 2019 between 6pm and 9pm - General Havelock Pub Ilford

This is a Good Friday social event where we can just have a chat and enjoy the atmosphere in the pub.

We will be meeting up in Ilford at :-

General Havelock
229 High Street, Ilford, IG1 1NE.

Just look out for our rainbow bags and come and have a chat.

Saturday 4th May 2019 - 11am onwards - Hainault Park

Our first on is in Hainault Park - Get the 247 bus from Barkingside - the nearest stop is Fowler Road in the Industrial Estate opposite the park.

We plan a meet up-in the café and then a walk in the park.

Thursday 9th May 2019 – 7pm onwards – Marks Gate Rollerbowl Centre, Goodmayes.

We have a rollerbowl night in Marks Gate for our members, and their friends and family or anyone else who would like to join us. Contact us for details. Bus 247 from Barkingside.

Other up-coming events include a picnic in the park, a possible museum visit for example.

If you have any ideas let us know!

For any of these events feel free to bring along friends and family.

Library Stand and Drop-ins

These are the latest upcoming dates:-

Library events involve a stall set up in a visible public space to help our LGBT community raise awareness and ask LGBT and their allies to come along to our events. You are still welcome to come along and help or just have a chat with one of our volunteers.

Please ask at reception and they will guide you to our space.

We are always open to ideas for social events and support ideas that you would like to see us provide.

Tuesday 16th April 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at

Hainault Library

100 Manford Way

Phone: 020 8708 9206


Tuesday 23rd April 2019 between 12 pm and 2 pm at
South Woodford Library & Gym

116 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2QS

Phone: 020 8708 9067 

Library email:
Gym email:

Tuesday 30th April 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at

Redbridge Central Library and Museum

Clements Road

Phone: 020 8708 2414


Tuesday 7th May 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at

Fullwell Cross Library

140 High Street

Phone: 020 8708 9281



These are the latest upcoming dates:-

Our drop-in session is open to both supporters and members of the local LGBT+ community that live work, socialise or study in Redbridge.

This drop in is for socialising and addressing any LGBT issues or ideas for events you may have.

This is a private space in our office.

Saturday 11th May 2019 between 12 pm and 2 pm at
Eastside Community Heritage

The Parish Centre
Cardinal Heenan Centre
326 High Road

Phone: 07471 072 882

Office email:

Featured projects:

Changing Minds

Watch our short documentary Changing Minds, produced for LGBTQ+ history month in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage.

Visit the website for more information on this project addressing mental health and wellbeing in the LGBTQ+ community.

Being Civil In Redbridge

An exhibition by Eastside Community Heritage in partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community.

Britain now has a strong record for equality; however this has not always been the case. Until 1967, same sex sexual activity was illegal and many people were imprisoned, ostracised and faced intense discrimination due to their sexual preferences. Despite the legalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, the battle for equality was only just beginning…and continues today.

Redbridge Rainbow Community, in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage, embarked on a project to document the experiences of Redbridge’s LGBT+ community on the road to equality. This touring exhibition tells these powerful personal stories and anecdotes of the campaigns for equality in the LGBT+ community from Redbridge, leading to the 2004 Civil Partnership Act and of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

Redbridge Rainbow Community 

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