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

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

Thursday 23rd May 2019 – 5 pm - 9 pm – Marks Gate Rollerbowl Centre, Goodmayes.

Note this was originally due to take place on Thursday 9th.

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 or Hainault. The nearest stop is the City Pavilion on a large roundabout.

Saturday 1st June 2019 – 12 pm onwards Valentines Park, Ilford.

We have a meet-up and walk in the park and a picnic afterwards. Meet us at the entrance on Cranbrook Road nearest to Ilford station.

If you have any other ideas let us know!

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

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.


This is the latest upcoming date:-

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 15th June 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:

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 21st May 2019 & Tuesday 2nd July 2019 between 4 pm and 6 pm at
Gants Hill Library
490 Cranbrook Road
Gants Hill
Phone: 020 8708 9274

Thursday 30th May 2019  & Thursday 27th June 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at
Redbridge Central Library and Museum
Clements Road
Phone: 020 8708 2414

Thursday 13th June 2019 & Thursday 11th July 2019 between 4 pm and 6 pm at
Fullwell Cross Library
140 High Street
Phone: 020 8708 9281

Tuesday 4th June 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:

Thursday 20th June 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at
Goodmayes Library

116 High Road
Phone: 020 8708 7750

Other Events

Monday 10th June 2019 between 6 pm and 9 pm

Our colleagues at Positive East are organising a film night at Redbridge Central Library - The film is Pride followed by a talk.

Details are on the links below

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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