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Sunday 10 April 2016

RY move to new premises

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News staff - 4th April 2016

RainbowYOUTH have moved into a new building, just five minutes down the road from the old K Rd drop in centre.

National Manager of RainbowYOUTH, Toni Duder says “Our move went really smoothly - mostly in part thanks to all of the amazing volunteers who helped over three days - we had volunteers from ASB, Auckland Libraries & Have a Hart Auckland as well as members of the RY whānau.”

Duder says it was an emotional moment handing the keys back for the the old centre at 281 Karangahape Road. “We’d been there for 15 years and a lot had happened in that time.

“But seeing the excitement from our members when they see the new place has been awesome. We keep saying - this is all for you, what do you think? And they love it. They’ve already adopted a cat that hangs around outside the centre in the evenings when they have their peer-support group meetings. They’ve called it ’Spoons’ - haha!”

She says the new centre is great and with most walls made from glass it really gives an impression of openness. “Staff have their office spaces, but you can still look right through to the drop-in centre.

“It also has space for of all our services - our community wardrobe, our queer and gender diverse library, a support room, gender neutral bathrooms, free wifi, information and free food! (the most popular after the wifi - haha).”

The new centre will be officially opened to coincide with the Annual General Meeting next month.

RainbowYOUTH drop-in centre
End of Abbey Street, Auckland
Open Mon - Fri 11am - 5pm.

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