Our Work With LGBTI+ Communities
In 2010, Catalyst Foundation recognised a need to include LGBTI+ older people in our work and practice, providing information around ageing and aged care.
Over the last 10 years, the organisation has worked to include LGBTI+ communities in its information and has developed social activities and training relating to LGBTI+ inclusion and concerns. In addition, our Board, staff and volunteers have, and will continue to undertake cultural awareness and sensitivity training focused on the LGBTI+ cultures.
We know that the older LGBTI+ communities are often not accessing supports and services they are entitled to and are often absent from resources and services. For that reason Catalyst Foundation aims to increase awareness of ageing issues through the delivery of projects, programs and services which support seniors to live active, independent and connected lives. Our programs are inclusive and promote engagement and improve social, emotional and health and well-being.
As part of this commitment, the Catalyst Foundation Board employs an LGBTI+ Project Officer (who is part of the LGBTI+ community) to provide relevant inclusive services, connect with communities and develop culturally appropriate resources for older LGBTI+ people and their carers.
As Catalyst Foundation moves ahead with our work we are listening to the needs and wants of the community, taking that feedback, and where possible providing services and projects that reflect identified needs.
Our work includes:
- Social groups for LGBTI+ communities over 50
- An online directory of LGBTI+ services & activities across South Australia, The Rainbow Directory SA
- “Toward a Safe Space” – LGBTI+ Domestic and Family Violence training
- LGBTI+ 101 Professional Development Training for workers in the community sector
- A monthly e-newsletter for LGBTI+ people over 50
For more information about any of these services, please email Catalyst’s LGBTI+ Project Officer here.