Margot Fink

Margot Fink

We acknowledge that TGV meets on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people and may occur on the lands of other Aboriginal nations in the colonial states of Victoria. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners with continuing connection to these lands. Their sovereignty has never been ceded. We respectfully recognise the Elders of these nations: past, present and future.

Background

We’re delivering the Trans and Gender Diverse Peer Support Program to improve the lives of people in our communities across Victoria. This sits alongside the establishment of two multidisciplinary gender clinics (or ‘Care Hubs’), and skills development and training for healthcare professionals.

All three initiatives are part of the Victorian Government’s reform agenda to expand inclusive health services for the trans and gender diverse community.

Community Reference Group

The Program’s Community Reference Group (CRG) represents a diverse range of lived experience and perspectives from across our communities. They share their knowledge and offer guidance on peer-support practices and delivery of successful programs.

These initiatives and strategies will form part of our mapping of support services and ways that they can improve and will continually feed into strategies guiding what we can all do better. Members will be paid an honorarium, plus reimbursement of travel expenses.

Recruitment of additional members

Due in part to the impact of COVID-19, the composition of the Community Reference group has changed over time and the need to recruit new members has been identified. A limited number of additional places on the CRG have become available that community members can now apply for.

The TGD Peer Support Community Reference Group reports to the Expert Program Steering Committee and has four aims, being to increase or improve:

  • capacity and resources of a state wide network

  • connections between peer support services and the health system

  • capacity and resilience to serve clients and community

  • health and wellbeing for all trans and gender diverse Victorians.

 

The CRG will work to ensure comprehensive community ownership and governance of targeted program activities to support increased health and wellbeing outcomes for trans and gender diverse Victorians.

We aim to help ensure diverse voices and perspectives are represented on the CRG that reflect breadth of diversity within trans and gender diverse communities.

This includes (but is not limited to) people who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, a person of colour, living with a disability, or neurodivergent.

We’re also eager to hear from perspectives with experience of living in regional and rural Victoria, prisons and corrections, sex workers, seniors, and parents/carers.

The above is not an exhaustive list of the many identities and perspectives within our communities. We recognise that categorisation can, in itself, be limited and does not necessarily reflect all experiences.

Members of the Community Reference Group must be able to work constructively with others who bring different viewpoints and perspectives. Racism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination are not tolerated within the CRG, and we aim to foster a safe and inclusive environment for all participating in the Program wherever possible.

Accessibility

Due to COVID-19, CRG meetings need to take place remotely at this time. We recognise that digital meeting platforms may not be suitable and accessible for everyone, and are eager to find ways to meet competing access needs within limitations of program. We also welcome feedback and recommendations from members of our communities.

To Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter describing your interest, community experience, and why you’d like to get involved in representing community on the CRG to by 5pm on Friday the 10th of July 2020.

Let us know how you engage with your peers in community or local spaces and any skills and experience you may bring to the CRG including but not limited to:

  • Organisational skills

  • Networking or group facilitation skills

  • Experience of being involved in peer support groups, especially for LGBTIQ+

    or trans and gender diverse focus groups

  • Capacity to inspire and lead

  • Strategies for bringing people together across differences

  • Mediating compromise in the name of collective wellbeing

 

Further Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

Monday, 11 May 2020 18:45

IDAHOBIT - 3. Donate

3. Sign up to Support & Donate!

Donate to support equality! Even the smallest donation can make the BIGGEST difference!

No matter the amount, your donation means contributes to positive social change and improving services for trans and gender diverse people across Victoria.

Signing up to give even a couple of dollars each month has an enormous impact in enabling us to create resources, foster understanding, and strive toward equality for all!

Monday, 11 May 2020 18:39

IDAHOBIT - 2. Spaces

2. Create More Inclusive Spaces

Want LGBTQIA+ members to feel welcomed and accommodated in your classroom orworkplace but don’t know where to start?

A TGV training session will give you all the information you need! Covering a broad range of topics including 101 Introduction, LGBTQIA+ 101, Trans & Gender Diverse focused training, Aged Care, and Workplace Affirmation, as well as customised training tailored to your group or organisation’s needs!

You’ll be equipped with knowledge of best-practices to support your LGBTQIA+ people in your space. Visit https://www.tgv.org.au/training now for more information.

Monday, 11 May 2020 18:34

IDAHOBIT - 1. Awareness

1. Raise Awareness

This IDAHOBIT, sharing TGV resources and campaigns is one of the easiest things you can do to raise awareness and promote understanding!

Share the links to our Peer Support programs, Birth Certificate Reform factsheet, and How to Change Your ID (Facebook event) on your social media.

While you’re at it, have a look at our comprehensive glossary for all-things-pronouns. Go to https://www.tgv.org.au/information and get sharing!

Monday, 11 May 2020 17:31

IDAHOBIT

What is IDAHOBIT?

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia.

It’s held globally each year to raise awareness on critical issues of violence and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people, advocate for progress and equal rights, and show love and support to each other and our communities.

On this day that we come together to fight for what’s right, for LGBTQIA+ justice and equality!

drummond street services is still supporting families during this very challenging time. We provide a range of services and programs to support children, young people, families, relationships and communities.

We know that COVID-19 has put extra pressure on many families. This might be isolation from family, friends and community, financial stress, loss of employment, strains on relationships, having to balance caring for children, working from home and home learning, fear and anxiety about your own and your loved ones’ health, and separation from usual supports and activities that help to keep us happy and healthy.

Learn more here: https://ds.org.au/support-for-families-and-individuals-during-covid-19/

Monday, 11 May 2020 13:35

COVID-19 Hub

TGV and Drummond Street Services have teamed up to create an LGBTIQA+ community hub to help us get through COVID-19 together separately!

This isn't a source for the latest updates on COVID-19 and the current measures in place, there's already great resources and information covering COVID-19 out there like https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Instead, this is a space to share resources, uplifting articles and videos, and find community as we navigate social distancing.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:48

Workplace Affirmation Services

A service tailored to the needs of an organisation wishing to provide a supportive, safe environment for a staff member transitioning in the workplace.

4 Hours
This program begins with a modified 2 hour version, of the LGBTIQA+ training, which introduces concepts of gender, relationships, sex and sexuality diversity; followed by a 2 hour section on LGBTIQA+ family and intimate partner violence.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:47

Aged Care Training

2-3 Hours
LGBTI-inclusive ageing and aged care training for all people involved in the aged care sector. This training promotes a better understanding of the needs of older LGBTI+ people. It provides staff with the confidence to deliver an inclusive, best practice service.

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