Love Dogs? Have a Dog? Identify as LGBTQIA+? Based in the West or East Midlands? Rainbow Pooch Pride brings the LGBTQIA+ community together through their shared love of dogs. They are now seeking volunteers who can help deliver a new online initiative: Rainbow Pooch Pride Portal - Virtual Pat and Chat.

Across January and March 2021 (every Sunday) Rainbow Pooch Pride will host Virtual Pat and Chats via Zoom. There will be four series with each series being delivered over three consecutive weeks by a Guest Speaker alongside the Host (Gina Biggs - Founder of Rainbow Pooch Pride). Each speaker will present a different way in which the connection to dogs can positively impact physical/mental wellbeing. Events will last two hours. We are looking for volunteers who can:

• Work alongside Gina to support the technical running of these events on the day and monitor the chat function.
• And/or write about their experience for the blog which will feature on our website Rainbow Pooch Pride.

Volunteers supporting the delivery of the events will need to be available for creative Zoom training on (2 January) and must be able to commit every Sunday (1-3 pm) to join us virtually for one of the following date ranges:

3,10,17 Jan - Destress with Doga (the ancient art of yoga done with dogs)
24, 31 Jan, 7 Feb - Dog Breeds and Behaviours – Cohabiting with Kin
14, 21, 28 Feb - Relax and Unwind - Beginners Guide to Canine Massage
7, 14 & 21 Mar - Mindfulness with Dogs

Beyond this project, this training will be of interest to anyone considering how to facilitate creative group work online in a sensitive and supported way. If you are interested in joining us please email [email protected] stating:

1. Why you want to be involved with this initiative
2. What you value most about dogs
3. Your preferred dates (from the selection above)
This initiative is primarily (but not exclusively) targeting our Birmingham members and so Birmingham-based volunteers will be prioritised.

This initiative is funded by: Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

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