Micro Rainbow has been awarded £20,000 by myLotto24, the online lottery betting operator.
The early Christmas present, awarded as part of Local Charities Day, provides a much-needed boost to our work in supporting LGBTI asylum seekers with housing, employability and social inclusion activities.
The two-year funding is part of £100,000 of grants made to six London charities. As well as the early Christmas present, Micro Rainbow had another surprise when an oversized matador from myLotto24 presented us with their cheque outside the iconic Tower Bridge. The ‘Fatador’ was recently unleashed on London as part of myLotto24’s Spanish Christmas Lottery campaign, where Londoners now have the opportunity to win a share of £2.1 billion by betting on the outcome of El Gordo – the world’s largest lottery.
Sebastian Rocca, Founder and CEO of Micro Rainbow said:
“In a number of countries being LGBTI can, and does, lead to imprisonment or death. Over 2,000 people from those countries come to the UK to seek safety every year. However, when they reach the UK they are still not safe and face violence and homelessness. Micro Rainbow supports LGBTI asylum seekers with a holistic approach to integration that includes housing, social inclusion and economic empowerment. Support from the Good Neighbourhood Fund contributes to the salary of an Outreach Officer whose work will reduce violence, homelessness and the isolation that LGBTI asylum seekers face at a critical point in their lives”.
Shenaly Amin, Head of myLotto24 UK, said:
“The myLotto24 Good Neighbourhood fund was set up to support organisations who often fly under the radar but are doing incredible work in London. Micro Rainbow are doing just that. Our £20,000 Christmas present helps set them up for the next two years to continue providing support to so many Londoners.”
und was set up to support organisations who often fly under the radar but are doing incredible work in London. Micro Rainbow are doing just that. Our £20,000 Christmas present helps set them up for the next two years to continue providing support to so many Londoners.”
Administered by the London Community Foundation, the myLotto24 Good Neighbourhood Fund was set up in 2014 and has awarded more than £250,000 in grants to 23 London charities spanning 14 boroughs and reaching nearly 10,000 Londoners.
The other five charities selected this Christmas are:
- Code Your Future – based in Islington, they provide free accredited training courses in coding to disadvantaged groups including refugees and asylum seekers.
- North London Cares – based in Islington and founded by the UK’s only recipient of an Obama Fellowship, they bring together people from different generations to improve local connections and reduce isolation.
- Mental Fight Club – based in Southwark, this user-led organisation provides a community café and wellbeing activities for those with lived experience of mental ill health.
- Sound Minds – based in Wandsworth, they help transform the lives of people experiencing mental ill health, through participation in arts activities.
- SUFRA – based in Brent, they provide a range of services to address extreme poverty, homelessness and social isolation, including a food bank and community kitchen.
Over the next year we look forward to helping hundreds of LGBTI people who have had to seek safety in the UK just because of who they are and who they love.