VALID have partnered with GALFA and Thorne Harbour Health to work on a peer led project which seeks to engage LGBTIQ people with all types of disabilities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders and people with disability from CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities to understand how disability advocates, health care organisations and the wider community can learn from, appreciate, respect and support their needs.
State Government Funding received for Capacity Building: An LGBTIQ Self-Advocacy Disability Alliance project.
Jake Lewis is working on this project for VALID two days a week and is happy to talk with anyone who has ideas, information or questions about the intersection of disability/sexuality and gender identity.
- Jake Lewis, Project Worker. [email protected] / (03) 9416 4003
- Dominique Moollan (Mr), VALID Project Admin.
- David Petherick, VALID Project Coordinator.
- Organising a survey to be informed by and distributed to the LGBTIQ/PWD community right across Victoria.
- Selecting five mentors to receive advocacy training and to support peers allocated to the project
- Connecting with and sending expressions of interest out to at least 20 people from the LGBTIQ community who live with disability. These 20 people will be:
- trained to become stronger self-advocates and peer group leaders
- help with co-design
- identify the unique barriers to access and inclusion that LGBTIQ people with disabilities face.
If there is anyone (clients or community members) who you think might be interested in providing an Expression of Interest to become one of the 20 peers, please keep them in mind so that when promotional material is ready to send out, we can provide EOI documentation directly to potential candidates that VALID already has connections with or supports in some capacity.
In May 2019 the goal is for the project Alliance to negotiate a stronger presence and or relationship with the Victorian Pride Centre. It will report on its achievements and future roles as a result of the data received from the membership survey.
The Alliance will move into the Peer Action Group structure of VALID. The goal is to sustain the group with supports provided to do this by VALID.
Following the opening of the Victorian Pride Centre building (located in St Kilda sometime in 2019-2020) the Alliance will seek space at the Centre for meetings and office space if required.
The Peer group leaders and mentors who will have been trained in self-advocacy, advocacy skills and leadership will be poised to assume leadership roles within the Alliance beyond the closure of the funded project.
The Victorian Pride Centre
The Pride Centre belongs to everyone. For more information about the Pride Centre click here.
There are a variety of ways people can be a part of, and feel ownership in the building relative to their personal circumstances. A donation is the simplest and most effective way to show your support. Visit givenow.com.au/donate_pride for any donation of $500+ and for information about tax deductibility, contact the Fund raising Director on (03) 8777 0133 or email [email protected].
The Pride Centre has a fundraising target also. You can help raise funds by hosting a dinner party, asking for donations instead of wedding gifts, or asking friends to sponsor you in an event. Simply email [email protected] for an information pack.
Victorian Pride Centre: Justine Dalla Riva, Communications Adviser