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.

Friday 11th October 2019 between 6 pm and 9 pm

Rupert Street Bar, Soho

We will be meeting up in Soho for a few social drinks.

Rupert Street Bar, 50 Rupert Street, London, W1D 6DR.

We have a space by the DJ booth, just ask the bar staff.

Friday 18th October 2019 between 6pm and 9pm

General Havelock Pub, Ilford

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

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

If you have any other ideas about events please let us know!

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

RSVP if you are interested.


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 the London Borough of 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.

November date to be confirmed 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:

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019 takes place from 12th – 19th October 2019.

It is an opportunity to raise awareness of what hate crime is and stand by those affected by it.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week encourages us to consider how we can respond to hate crime when we witness or are victims to it. This can help to ensure people report instances of hate crime, victims get the support they need and those committing it are met with justice.

Hate crime includes any criminal offence targeted at someone that is fuelled by hostility or prejudice related to the individual’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

These events could be useful if any help is needed.

Monday 14th October – Hate Crime Awareness Stall at the Loft, Ilford Exchange (1pm – 5pm)

Friday 18th October – Hate Crime Drop in Surgery at Redbridge Central Library (2pm – 5pm). The police will be there to help and advise on hate crime reporting.

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 15th October 2019 between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm at

Fullwell Cross Library

140 High Street, Barkingside


Thursday 7th November 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at

Redbridge Central Library and Museum (Ilford)

Clements Road

Phone: 020 8708 2414


Tuesday 12th November 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:

Other Events

Monday 14th October 2019 between 5 pm and 9 pm at Redbridge Central Library and Museum. (York Room).

Our colleagues at Positive East have their monthly film night.

To promote awareness around National Hate Crime Awareness Week this session will differ slightly from the usual format.

We’ll be starting at 5pm with a talk from PC Suzanne Stanbrook – Faith, Hate and CT Officer from the Metropolitan Police (specifically the Havering, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham areas).  After this, there will be a screening of an award-winning film (one of the first Hollywood films to address HIV and the stigma that surrounds it, starring Tom Hanks).  This will be shown in the York Room. 

Our volunteers will be welcoming guests at the entrance of the library from 4:30pm.  There will be a short break between the evening’s main activities, with a selection of nibbles, juices and hot drinks provided for all.

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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