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RAINBOW VALLEY NEWSLETTER
November 2021

Get up to date on the latest news from our last meet-up and stay in the know about other upcoming events and opportunities.

What is Rainbow Valley?
Rainbow Valley is a space that is open to all young people (aged 12-25) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-diverse, intersex, non-binary and queer (LGBTIQA+) or are questioning, curious or exploring their gender identity, sexual orientation and/or attractions.

Rainbow Valley is a welcoming, safe social group for young people to hang out, create events, support each other and express who they are.

Hello <<First Name>> 👋

What did we get up to at the last Rainbow Valley?
 
This month we held our first ever edition of a Rainbow Valley home cook-a-long which was (ambitiously) in the style of MasterChef and also Halloween themed.


How did it go? Let's just say that Ijabo, Thien and I were pleasantly surprised at the controlled chaos that ensues when you put a group of queers in a kitchen. Here are a few pics of some of the crepes that were made!
 
   
    
 
Top, left to right: among us with a 'gay lol' flag; duochrome ghosts; cat and collar; sad crepe.
Middle, left to right: cursed cheshire cat; blue(berry) stack; berry "fake blood" butcher's slices; single Eugene
Bottom, left to right: batch of Eugenes; shrek in his swamp

We also brainstormed a bunch of ideas for things we might do together as a group in the Rainbow Valley meet ups to come, like:
  • Grab a bubble tea together
  • Clothing swap
  • Team up with Snazzy Creators Society for arts & crafts
  • Op shop store adventure + upcycling and repurposing clothing
  • Bob Ross style painting session
  • Fashion show
  • Chalk art at Queens Park
Feel free to write in with your own suggestions if you've got them to youth@mvcc.vic.gov.au 
 

When’s the next Rainbow Valley?

If you missed out on this month's meet-up, not to worry because you are always more than welcome to join us at the next Rainbow Valley which will be held on

When: Last Friday of the month – November 26, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Where: Zoom for now, but Thien will let you know if this changes!

We'll send through a reminder a little closer to the date of the event, with a bit more info on what we are planning to get up to :)

 

Updates from the team behind Rainbow Valley

We want to introduce our newest member of the team, Thien, who joined us for the MasterChef home cook-a-long and will be the person who is taking over the coordination of Rainbow Valley from now on. Here's a little intro to who he is:
 

My name is Thien (pronounced "TN"). I moved from Adelaide, South Australia to Melbourne, Victoria in February. I am super excited to be offered for the Youth Worker – Rainbow Valley role and knowing that working with LGBTIQA+ in Moonee Valley council. 

I have been working in the community development field for more than 12 years, particularly in disability and mainly with children and young people which I am so passionate in this work. 

My favourite foods are Vietnamese soups, Thai beef salad, Korean hotpot and BBQ, beef and chicken curry, beef lasagne and tuna mornay. But I love the most is seafood. My hobbies and interest are: cooking, hiking and walking, gardening and planting, traveling, fashion, going to events, reading a short book, watching movies and listening to music.

I can't wait to meet you all and getting to know each and one of you well and better. 


As you may already know, Mon's time with Rainbow Valley is coming to an end and they wanted to share a few words with you before they leave:

Thank you all for the most joyful half a year spent indoors, creating terrible scribbles, in-jokes and now crepes together. I don’t think Youth Workers always own up to just how important facilitating and being a part of these spaces can be for us personally. As someone who identifies as queer themselves, my cup has been filled month after month being able to convene this group and see the brilliance, creativity and heart in our community. The talent and kindness that oozes from the lot of you inspires me to the nth degree (its almost sickening!) and I cannot wait to hear what you get up to in this next chapter of Rainbow Valley with Thien.  

 
Ijabo is starting a new role in Council but will still be dropping in from time to time to say hi and join in on the fun:
 
Working with you wonderful, resilient humans has truly been the highlight of my year. I’ve learned so much from you all. Thank you for all the laughs and good times. I’m going to miss our monthly Friday link-ups dearly. I’ll still be around so please reach out if you ever need anything or just want to have a yarn. Sending you all lots of love and good vibes.


Kindly,
Thien, Mon and Ijabo
from the Valley Youth team
 


UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
 

Snazzy Creators Society
The Snazzy Creators Society is a creative drop-in space for LGBTQIA+ young people and their allies! Meeting fortnightly on Thursdays and planned by young people from our very own Rainbow Valley. Fill out the form here to sign up.
 
Crystal Queer 
Brimbank Youth Services queer youth group, Crystal Queer, is back up and running online. They are working on creating events that are for and by young queer communities, with the first event planned for December.
  • Online sessions are currently being held every week on a Thursday.
  • If you want more information, reach out to Jacob Tiauli (he/they) at JacobT@brimbank.vic.gov.au


HANDY INFO
to keep in your back pocket
 
The Fab Jab Project

A Victorian Government initiative in collaboration with a number of LGBTIQA+ organisations, The Fab Jab project is an online resource that provides a list of rainbow friendly vaccination clinics/sites, as well as community resources to share information for supporting you and your loved ones in getting vaccinated. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Young People

Young people play an important role in education and empowering our families, friends and wider community on the vaccine rollout. Vaccine conversations can go so many different ways, but that doesn't have to be a barrier!

That's why YACVic have put together a comprehensive guide to help you confidently talk through vaccine hesitancy with your family and friends. Find out more here or check out or other vaccine resources
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