Our Work With LGBTIQA+ Communities
In 2010, Catalyst Foundation recognised a need to include LGBTIQA+ 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 LGBTIQA+ communities in its information and has developed social activities and training relating to LGBTIQA+ inclusion and concerns. In addition, our Board, staff and volunteers have, and will continue to undertake cultural awareness and sensitivity training focused on the LGBTIQA+ cultures.
We know that the older LGBTIQA+ 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 LGBTIQA+ Project Staff (who are members of the LGBTIQA+ community) to provide relevant inclusive services, connect with communities and develop culturally appropriate resources for older LGBTIQA+ 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 activities for LGBTIQA+ communities over the age of 50
- The development of a website listing LGBTIQA+ specific services and activities (due for launch June 2019)
- “Toward a Safe Space” – LGBTIQA+ Domestic and Family Violence training
- LGBTIQA+ Sensitivity and Awareness Professional Development Training for workers in the community sector, particularly the aged care sector