Rainbow Families Planning First Camp For Same-Sex Parents And Their Children


Rainbow Families NSW has announced their first weekend camp for primary school-aged children and their same-sex parents in the state.

The group’s Resilience Camp will be a weekend away at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre in New South Wales from Friday August 17 to Sunday August 19.

The children’s weekend will be packed with activities and outdoor group challenges designed to build confidence and collaboration skills, as well as creative workshops. Parents will have free time to meet and build community with the other families at the camp.

Social worker and Rainbow Families volunteer Vanessa Gonzalez will host resilience workshops for parents as well as children, focusing on issues specific to LGBTIQ parents and their children.

Rainbow Families spokesperson Ashley Scott said the event is based on the Beyondblue Toolkit for Parents.

“The camp is all about community, making friends and building children’s resilience,” Scott said.

“We are hoping to give our kids the tools to build supportive relationships, build autonomy and responsibility, and manage their emotions, while creating opportunities for personal challenges in a safe and supportive environment.”

Tickets and more information about the camp is available from the group’s website.

Rainbow Families is a volunteer-led organisation that provides a network of support to children and families within New South Wales LGBTIQ community.

On July 22, the Queensland branch of Rainbow Families will relaunch after a two-year hiatus with a special event in East Brisbane.

Regional groups across the state will also be celebrating that same day, with community picnics planned in areas from Cairns through to Mackay and the Fraser Coast.

Rainbow Families QLD are also in the process of establishing two weekly playgroups in Brisbane, one northside and one southside, as well as a playgroup on the Sunshine Coast, in conjunction with Accessible Playgroups Qld.