Rainbow badge scheme

Find out more about how we support staff and patients who identify as LGBT.

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​As part of our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive employer and care provider, we have signed up to the national rainbow badge scheme.
The scheme originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion and is being adopted by trusts across the country.
It aims to actively break down barriers LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, + simply means we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.) people may face within the NHS.
By signing up, we are showing that our Trust offers open, non-judgmental and inclusive support and care for all, regardless of how people identify themselves.
If you see someone wearing a rainbow badge
If you see one of our staff wearing a rainbow badge, they have made an informed choice to do so. This means you can be sure they are a friendly ear, willing to listen without judgment and will know how to signpost to the support available. So please don't be afraid to talk to them.
Support and advice
  • TransForum Manchester is a discussion forum and mutual peer support group for all gender diverse people and those in any way questioning their gender, together with their partners, family and friends.
  • Embrace is a Sefton community network for all LGBT+ people who live, work or socialise in Sefton.
  • Knowsley Youth Mutual delivers LGBT+ services in Knowsley.
  • Over the Rainbow is a part social, part support group for young people aged 13-25 years in St Helens who identify as LGBT+.
  • TAGS is a friendly and supportive group for LGBT+ young people aged 13-19 in Warrington.  
  • BYou + supports LGBT+ adults in the Wigan borough. 
  • BYou is an under 19s LGBT+ group in Wigan.
  • Silver Rainbows is a Cheshire-based older people's LGBT network.
  • National charity Stonewall offers resources to support LGBT+ people.
  • LGBT Foundation provides a wide range of support services to LGBT+ people.
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust provides support for LGBT+ people who are homeless or living in a hostile home environment.
  • Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit community interest company aiming to increase understanding of gender diversity. 
  • The charity Mermaids works to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people.
  • The Proud Trust provides LGBT+ youth information.
  • Gay farmers' helpline offers someone to talk to who understands the farming situation as well as what it is like to be gay – call 07837 931 894 or email: info@gayfarmer.co.uk
  • Advice, support and information telephone line: 0345 3 30 30 30.
  • Juno Dawson's 'This Book is Gay' is a guide to sexuality and gender for young people, written by a young adult author and available to buy online.