Qtopia, a non-profit organisation in Christchurch which promotes rainbow inclusion, says lockdown measures are coming as a challenge, but it is taking the hurdle as an opportunity for strengthened connection.
Executive Director, Alice Andersen, believes it is important for the community to keep active and spread the word of their services.
"We're always thinking about ways we can better connect to youth, rainbow young people, or the rainbow community who don't know Qtopia exists - that the support is available to them - so it's really important to us that we're connecting with as many folks as possible who are also helping us to share the message."
Twice-weekly "cuppa tea and a yarn" sessions with professional aunties are some of the social initiatives the group is offering, as well as weekly movie nights and daily wellbeing content on social media channels.
Communication among the 500-strong members is something Andersen hopes to keep alive especially during the lockdown period with "a lot of young people in environments that don't affirm them."