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Buddy project for LGBTQIA+ people with a migrant background

Vinden en (Ver)binden (Dutch for Find and Connect) is a project of the City of Antwerp, Atlas Diversity and Het Roze Huis, subsidised by Equal Opportunities Flanders.

This buddy project is aimed at LGBTQIA+ people with a migrant background in the city of Antwerp and its surroundings. The project offers those who want a buddy with a buddy-volunteer. It aims to empower them and offers a coming-in into local LGBTQIA+ communities. A buddy can make a difference!

Buddy’s meet up at least twice a month, for a period of six months. Together you decide what kind of activities you’d like to do. During the six months, you will be supported by the project coordinator.

For any questions you can reach us at buddy@hetrozehuis.be.

The participants

Are you a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual person with a migrant background? Do you want to meet people who understand you? Do you think a buddy could help you get to know other LGBTQIA+ people and activities? Or are there other

reasons why you can use the support of a buddy?

When you apply for this project, you will first have an introductory meeting with the coordinator. During this meeting, we will explain how the buddy project works and what your expectations are. We will then look for a volunteer who will become your buddy!

Could you use the support of a buddy? Then apply as a participant!

I want a buddy

The volunteer

As a volunteer, you offer a friendly ear, mental and social support and do fun activities with the participant. In doing so, you contribute to their well being and help expand their social network in Antwerp. You and your buddy will decide together what kind of activities you want to do. This could be anything: taking a walk, having a coffee, cooking together or visiting a (LGBTQIA+) bar.

When you apply to be a volunteer, you will first have an introductory meeting with the coordinator. During this meeting, we will explain how the buddy project works and what your expectations are. If you are interested in joining the buddy project, you will receive three mandatory trainings that help prepare you for becoming a buddy. After that, we will find you a participant and you can start with the buddy project!

Are you an LGBTQIA+ person and do you have time to be somebody’s buddy? Then apply as a volunteer!

Become a volunteer