Foundation the Rainbow Group (FRG) is a NGO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, committed to people with social problems, the homeless, drug users and those with mental health problems. The organisation provides low-threshold services, such as day and night shelter, psycho-social support, drug consumption rooms, needle exchange programs and work and reintegration projects. Furthermore, FRG provides social support through buddy projects. The main aim of FRG is to prevent isolation and stimulate participation of marginalised groups in society. Empowerment and participation of clients are keywords in the activities of the organisation.
In addition to the work at the local, practical and grass-root level, FRG has always been committed to international cooperation. For more than 15 years, FRG has been involved in European and international organisations and projects. The aim of the international involvement is to exchange experience and knowledge, to stimulate mutual learning and understanding, to improve the accessibility and quality of services for vulnerable and marginalised people and to influence policies, targeting these particular groups.
Since 2005, FRG is coordinating the project Correlation – European Network Social Inclusion & Health, which is funded by the Health Programme of the European Commission. Correlation is targeting marginalised and vulnerable groups - including drug users, sex workers, undocumented migrants, MSM, and young people at risk - and has more than 100 partners in nearly all European countries. Partners are service providers, grass-root organisations, research institutes, self-help groups and advocacy groups.
Correlation I (2005-2008) identified important gaps and inequalities in the access to health and social services, targeting marginalised groups. This concerns specific health issues, such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, as well as specific populations, particularly drug users and young people at risk.
Correlation II (2009 – 2012) built on the experience of Correlation I, focusing on the improvement of prevention, care and treatment services, targeting blood-borne infectious diseases (BBID), in particular Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS among vulnerable and high risk populations.
To ensure the sustainability of the achieved results in the past years and to maintain the network, the communication channels and the exchange of information it is decided to develop a sustainable network form and membership structure, which enables European organisations, institutes and individuals to become a member of the network.
The Correlation Network will be part of the FRG and consists of a Steering Committee and the members in the various European countries.